Before Ben was born we had a stock of all sorts of your standard baby toiletries that people had bought for us. It turned out we couldn’t really use any of them as a) Ben has really sensitive skin and b) most of them are just not necessary. By the time Ben was a year old he had already been referred to a dermatologist with the most awful eczema – we were back and forth for a few months using strong prescribed steroids till things were eventually under control. Over the years his skin has settled down and is really well controlled now – I think he has grown out of it to an extent. However he is still prone to occasional flare ups and you can imagine this has made me very paranoid about using anything new – bath products, washing powder and so forth – we know what suits his skin and tend to stick to it.
For the last couple of months we’ve been trying out several items from the Oriflame baby skin care range with Organic Cotton Extract. The range consists of five paediatrician approved products designed to protect and care for babies’ skin as they grow. The range has been scientifically developed to gently moisturise skin without causing irritation. The ingredients are mild, pH-balance and free from parabens – and let’s face it we all do what we can to avoid chemical nasties for our children.
The full range consists of a Baby Talc, a Baby Hair & Body Wash (with tear-free formula), a Baby Moisturising Cream, a Baby Soap Bar and a Baby Oil.
We have used the Baby Hair & Body Wash on all three children – there has been no sign of any irritation to their skin, there’s certainly been no tears when washing their hair and I really love that it is multi purpose – having one product for their hair and skin really does make life much easier, especially when you’re trying to bath three little ones at once. While we’re on that note the pump action bottle is great too as you can dispense the product with just one hand. I must admit that I used it on myself in the initial weeks after my operation as it was the most gentle thing I had for cleaning my section wound and the surrounding area. It’s a really lovely product.
I have never really used a baby oil on the children before but
regularly when I remember I do use it on myself after a shower – particularly on my legs and arms. I have noticed my skin is especially dry at the moment – between general Winter skin woes and trying to stay hydrated enough while breast feeding my skin really isn’t in great condition. I’ve used the Baby Oil several times myself – it’s easy to use, a nice consistency, isn’t greasy and does the job of helping to lock in moisture. In terms of using it with the children it will be great for baby massage – but I haven’t quite found the time for that yet!
We moisturise Ben’s skin regularly with a prescribed lotion which he finds very soothing. I know when we have used other products in the past that have stung and made him sore. As his skin is really well maintained at the moment (to the point you wouldn’t even know he suffers from eczema) I felt brave enough to try the Oriflame moisturiser and it didn’t bother him at all. I wouldn’t use it on a regular basis just because I know and trust his prescription lotion however I would happily use it on the girls.
*Disclaimer – we were provided with a selection of products free of charge for review however all thoughts and opinions are my own*