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Review: Sudocrem Moisturising Mousse

Both me and Rosie have dry skin/eczema. I have the more severe of us two and have had it all my life. It is very visible as it covers my face, scalp and neck. Not a pretty sight when I have a flare up!

I have been in constant need of a moisturiser that not only works but is affordable, also one that will not leave me looking like a raw, shiny tomato. So far I use a mixture of creams and lotions, of which none are perfect. Rosie has dry skin patches on her arms, legs and back. Hers are, thankfully, non visible, as I know all to well the looks you can receive.CP-Logo--300x126

The lovely people at Sudocrem, who have over 80 years experience in skin care for delicate skin, sent me a new product to try out on both me and Rosie to see if it was up to the challenge!

I have given it a full 7 days to truly give an accurate description of how it has fared.

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Received the parcel with the Sudocrem Mousse today. Initial impressions are that it fits very nicely with the Sudocrem brand, it retains the distinctive look that Sudocrem products have. I immediately read the ingredients as that is my first port of call on all moisturising products and am happy to see that there is no lanolin in the mousse. I react badly to lanolin which is found in many products marketed to help eczema sufferers. Those products remind me of a childhood blighted by painful, stinging when the creams were applied <shudder>.  I test a small patch behind my ear for 24 hours to check for no reaction <voice of bitter experience>

No lanolin yay!

No lanolin yay!

 

Day 2: No reaction to either me or Rosie so on with the trial. First thing I notice when applying this mousse is how light it is, it is really light! I am used to heavy creams that you almost have to trowel on! Rosie is enjoying the application which is a good sign and her skin feels lovely after putting it on. So far no real difference to my skin but we must be patient.

 

Day 3: I am loving the ease with which it is to put on, it’s clean and efficient with no lingering odour. There is a noticable difference to Rosie’s dry patches and my less eczema heavy patches on the face are looking tip top. The big plus is that it is so easy to pop into the change bag and use when out and about, there is very little residue on my hands after using so perfect for on the move.

 

Day 4: Starting to see an improvement on my worst affected areas now, still quite flaky but the redness is reduced and I’m looking less like a tomato. Rosie’s patches are much, much better.

 

Day 5: Had a flare up ūüė¶ this happens when I’m run down/under the weather so not at all unusual with a baby and night wakings! Back to square 1 but no pain or soreness on application, gotta keep going.

 

Day 6: Considering I had a flare up yesterday things are looking good, the lightness of the mousse means I can apply it more regularly and not feel/look bogged down under cream. Definite plus.

 

Day 7: Mum notices a difference over Skype, must be working then!

 

Overall this is a nifty new product. Rosie has definitely benefited from it and I have noticed a difference too. It’s never going to banish my heavy duty eczema but the ease of use and lightness of the product means I am very happy to apply throughout the day which is helping reduce the redness and soreness levels. A plus by anyone’s standards. So for moderate to low level eczema/dryness I would recommend this product in a heartbeat. For severe to high level eczema/dryness this is a good tool in the arsenal against our battle with the flake!

Review: Baby Massage sponsored by Infacol

There is no polite way to put this.

Rosie has gas.

She is a little burping and farting machine. Bella was never gassy at all, she was many things but gassy was not one of them! Gas, wind, whatever you prefer to call it is actually quite rare in EBF (exclusively breastfed) babies and it was this that prompted me to look into the cause behind Rosie’s gas problem. She has a complete lip tie which means she has a shallow latch enabling air to be taken in when feeding.

Mostly this means unladylike belches, many farts and quite a bit of posseting. Apart from the change of clothes pretty manageable.baby massage

But then there are the other times when it does become a problem. Trapped wind; uncomfortable as an adult, excruciatingly painful for a baby. All those who have had dealings with windy babies know all too well the red faced screams as they arch their backs, pull up their legs as the bubbles of air inside them cause a whole lot of pain.

So it was with interest when I was contacted by Infacol to try out some baby massage in order to see if it helped with Rosie’s wind problem. I tried baby massage with Bella but that girl hated it, hated being naked, didn’t like being massaged so I had sort of dismissed it for Rosie. I fell into that trap that many parents do of assuming our children will be the same in likes, temperament etc.

So out came the towel, downloaded the info, dug out the massage oil from my maternity kit and off we go!

Now at this point  I must stress that the items I use are what works for us and may not be suitable for everyone, if using oil for massage always do a small test patch on yourself and your baby 24 hours before the intended massage in case of reaction.

We are using Sweet Almond base oil for our massage and only a tiny amount. This is an oil I have used on myself during pregnancy and on Rosie’s dry skin after she was born. We both had eczema, mine the more severe, so it was key to use an oil that would not react.

I started with the anti-colic exercises as Rosie was displaying signs of trapped wind when we tried these techniques. They seemed strange at first but Rosie loved them, out of all the other massage types (apart from the shoulder one, that was her absolute favourite!) the anti-colic trio were the biggest hits!

The information sheet is simple and easy to follow, giving clear instruction on each technique and how long to perform the massage for. I can see these massages becoming part of our nightly routine before bed in order to help Rosie remain pain free. I plan to show my husband these techniques tonight so we can both enjoy the time massaging Rosie.

Infacol are the market leaders in colic relief and have set up a virtual colic surgery with and expert midwife on hand to advise on the treatment of colic in babies. Why not check it out today?

Review: Bloom & Wild

I was first introduced to Bloom & Wild via Twitter. Someone I follow posted a stunning picture of her bouquet and when I asked her about it she put me onto the company. Well, what can I say except this is an amazing idea!

My husband is many things, a wonderful husband, brilliant father, amazing cook and all round good egg. What he is not, however, is good with flowers. He is, as I like to term it, “florally challenged”. I love flowers, I really love flowers but what I do not love is how quickly they wilt and die if cut and I have an amazing ability to kill off any houseplant that finds itself within 50 yards of me.

So when I heard about a company that supplies long lasting blooms I thought “brilliant!”. More flower for your money. Then came the bestest best bit of all. They deliver them to your door and the fit through the letter box!¬†

Flower heaven.

© Bloom&Wild.com

© BloomandWild.com

Now the flowers are not your usual cut bouquet you might find in your local supermarket, of course they are not because they are long lasting flowers. They are wild, different, striking and really make a statement in the room. I currently have a monthly subscription and am really looking forward to seeing what flowers arrive next month because they change each month to reflect seasonality.

Overall I give this company 5/5. Their communication is superb, they are a very welcoming and easy company to deal with and their product is wonderful.