Gentle Baby Regimen with Skinfix

Every skin is different and it might require different regimen but all babies have something in common, their skin is thinner, more delicate and definitely more sensitive and much more prone to dryness than adult skin, therefore it requires special protection. Baby skin should only be exposed to mild, child friendly products, which will nourish their skin, protect its natural balance and maintain the outer, protective layer. Skinfix can offer it all.

Gentle Baby Regimen with SkinfixSkinfix Inc. is a Canadian company that makes healing balms and daily care products that treat skin’s most vexing conditions. Their story starts around 1850 in Victorian England when a Yorkshire merchant compounded an active skin healing ointment. Through the years they have changed their “place of business” but their formulas are still compounded using the scientific traditions of pharmacopeia.

Now they return to Brittan.

Gentle Baby Regimen with Skinfix - Skinfix Baby RangeSkinfix, has launched a range of skin care products onto the UK market. Their collection is dermatologist recommended, fragrance-free and use natural ingredients. At present there is four product design especially with babies in mind:

Gentle Baby Regimen with Skinfix - Skinfix Baby Gentle Hair & Body WashSkinfix Baby Gentle Hair & Body Wash 236ml RRP £12.99

A mild and gentle formula that cleanses baby’s delicate skin and hair. Sulfate free and fragrance free, this 2-in-1 formula uses natural botanical based cleansers that are tear-free and won’t strip away skin’s natural moisture or irritate. Key Features: dermatologist recommended; made with 98% natural ingredients; free of tree nut & peanut ingredients, sulfates, fragrance, parabens and phthalates; non-stripping, safe for daily use on sensitive, eczema-prone skin; tear free, 2-in-1 formula; suitable for: 0-5 years old .

Skinfix Baby Gentle Lotion 236ml RRP: £12.99Gentle Baby Regimen with Skinfix - Skinfix Baby Gentle Lotion

Specifically formulated for dry, sensitive and eczema-prone baby skin. Free of fragrance and irritants, this silky lotion is infused with natural moisturisers and soothing botanicals that quickly absorb to banish dryness on contact. The perfect texture for all-over body application and the key to a regimen that keeps baby skin healthy and supple after bathing. Key Features: dermatologist recommended; made with 98% natural ingredients; free of steroids, tree nut & peanut ingredients, fragrance, parabens and phthalates; lightweight, easy to apply and deeply hydrating; safe for daily use on sensitive, eczema-prone skin; suitable for: 0-5 years old.

Skinfix Baby Gentle Eczema Balm 60g RRP £14.50a10215615

Formulated for tender baby skin and provides concentrated healing and targeted therapy, creating a barrier to protect dry, red, itchy and irritated skin patches all over the body. An alternative to steroids and prescription medication, this healing balm helps to repair the skin barrier with natural butters, botanicals and emollient protective oils. Key Features: paediatrician tested & dermatologist recommended; made with natural ingredients; free of tree nut & peanut ingredients, steroids, fragrance, parabens and phthalates; concentrated formula helps manage eczema flare-ups and dry skin all over baby’s body; suitable for: 0 to 5 years old.

Gentle Baby Regimen with Skinfix - Skinfix Baby Nappy BalmSkinfix Baby Nappy Balm 60g RRP £6.99

This super- rich balm protects baby’s delicate bottom, locking out wetness and irritants that may cause nappy rash. This balm effectively creates a barrier against wetness with zinc oxide, while replenishing essential moisture with emollient protective oils of sunflower and jojoba. Formulated without tree nut & peanut ingredients for those babies with allergies. Key Features: dermatologist recommended; made with natural ingredients; winner of the North American Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal & National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA); free of steroids, tree nut & peanut ingredients, fragrance, gluten, parabens and phthalates; provides a protective barrier to seal out wetness & irritants; leaves babies skin moisturized, soft and smooth; suitable for: 0-5 years old.

What do you think?

Does it sound like something you are your baby would love to try?

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Dog Care – How to Treat a Hot Spot

Acute moist dermatitis or pyotraumatic dermatitis, commonly known as hot spots are usually red, itchy and oozing skin infections which can emerge at anytime and anywhere on your dogs’ body. Until Bunk, I had never experienced or seen this type of skin condition but during the last few years we became kind of self-taught experts on hot spots, its causes and treatments so today I would like to share my knowledge with you.

Acute moist dermatitis or pyotraumatic dermatitis, commonly known as hot spots are usually red, itchy and oozing skin infections which can emerge at anytime and anywhere on your dogs’ body. Until Bunk, I had never experienced or seen this type of skin condition but during the last few years we became kind of self-taught experts on hot spots, its causes and treatments so today I would like to share my knowledge with you.

My first experience with hot spots was an extremely expensive learning process. It started with Bunk having a “bubu” on his head. Well, we all get scratched at some point so I decided to deal with it myself… I was cleaning it, drying and doing all I should do (or so I thought) but cutting a long story short, a week later we ended up at the vet, and after a few long hours of procedures which included the sedating of the dog, lots of cleaning and scraping of the wound, we were finally presented with a half bald Bunk, no actual answers as to the cause of his malady and for the pleasure a £500 vet bill (no, at this time, we didn’t have dog insurance, so we just had to pay it… lesson learnt). This expensive mistake led me to seeking knowledge of the main root causes and at the same time what home treatments are there for hot spots.

When you read about hot spots on the net a lot of articles state that poor grooming is one of the reasons for it… well it might be so but most of the time Bunk is very well groomed and he still has them. The other reason offered are fleas, ticks, mites etc… again, my dog has never had any of these, yet he does have hot spots… the point I am trying to make is that hot spots can come and go and if you have a dog prone to them, it really isn’t necessarily your fault, it is just the way it is. It took me a long time to understand this, as for weeks or even months I was blaming myself for Bunks skin infections.

There is no underlying reason for Bunks hot spot as we know of. I know that some food types make it worse so now he is on a gluten free raw diet, which seems to be helping. I know that wet weather condition can make it worse so we do our best to keep him as dry as possible especially after each walk in the rain. I know that dry skin isn’t helping so he is fed coconut and fish oils on a daily basis, which helps with preventing them but also helps speed up the healing process once we have an outbreak.

Any dog can develop a hot spot, for a number of reasons, so it’s important to know how to deal with them once you encounter them.

How to treat a hot spot?

With hot spots time is of the essence. They can grow very fast, so once you spot it, it needs immediate attention… really I mean immediate as in right then at that moment, not later, after dinner or in the morning… trust me when it comes to hot spots time isn’t on your side.

Step 1 – Clip the hair over the top of it and all around it. This will allow you to monitor if the hot spot is growing but most of all it will allow you to move to step 2 easily. Yes, I know your dog may end up looking awkward and unsightly and this isn’t always an ideal solution but think about it this way: what would you prefer: a healthy dog or a pretty dog?

Step 2 – Clean the area with something anti-allergic. I personally use “grey soap”, it’s a type of soap with a much higher content of carboxylic acids, glycerol, citric acid, sodium chloride and no added dies or perfumes. It doesn’t cause irritations and it has drying properties. When you have cleaned the area completely then pat it dry with kitchen towel and move to the next step.

Step 3 – Disinfect the wound. You can use shop bought sprays or simply make one. If I run out of disinfectant I mix 1 part of Listerine (the original orangey one) with 4 parts of water and add a few drops of oil (almond one works for me). Mixed in a spray bottle it works perfectly and it does the job as it should.

Step 4 – Apply a topical help. Well, now this is a difficult one as self-treating hot spots can be tricky and it all will depend on how big it is, how advanced it is and where is it on their body. The type of things which work for us include: raw manuka honey, raw aloe, comfrey ointment and Gold Bond powder. They all speed up the healing process and gold bond is perfect for helping the wound dry out.

Step 5 – Keep your dog away from the wound. This is even trickier that picking what to use on the wound itself but once you tune your ear to the sound your dog makes when he or she is scratching, biting or licking you will be able to quickly act on it and stop them… or you can try one of those collars as used by the vet that looks like a lamp shade around their neck (we struggled to find one that would fit a Newfoundland and when we finally did, turns out Bunk hates them and besides that it became very obvious very quickly that he is way too big to be running around the house in one).

These are my steps for home treating a hot spot. They work for us but we have had years of practise…. You can treat them at home but I would recommend a vet visit if you are new to hot spots and you dog has never had one before as he/she might have an underlying cause for them. It’s important to seek professional help if you are in doubt after all vets are there to help us care for our pets.

Have you ever experienced a hot spot problem?

Do you have some different method for treating them?

*This is a collaborative post.

Sinivalia – UK Made Natural Skin Care

One of the perks of being a blogger is the opportunity to try products from brands I would most likely never have found on my own. With my dry and sensitive skin I am always on the lookout for new natural skin care products, but I have to admit, I’ve never came across Sinivalia before.

Sinivalia – UK Made Natural Skin CareSinivalia was founded by a team of women passionate about skin care who literally travelled the world in search of superior skin care ingredients. Their promise:

  • Never to test product on animals
  • Every product is safe, effective and gentle
  • Every products is manufactured to the highest standards with strict quality controls
  • 100% money back guarantee in case you are less than satisfied with the product

Well, with promises like that who wouldn’t want to try their range?

I was offered to pick a few products which would suit me best. I went for: Rose Gel – Natural Daily Moisturiser simply because it’s pink and I’ve never had a pink moisturiser before and a Face Cream which can be used by all skin types; these types of creams are always useful around the house so it seemed like a great choice.

So how are the products in use?

Let’s start with the Rose Gel, RRP £49.99 for 120ml, currently on sale at £21.99

Sinivalia – UK Made Natural Skin Care – Rose Gel – Natural Daily MoisturiserThe gel is pink! In addition to being pink which is super cute it’s extremely light and soothing with great moisturising properties. It absorbs very quickly leaving a lovely smell behind. Normally I am all pro scent free creams but I actually truly adore this rose gel… maybe because it smells of roses and who doesn’t love roses? I am not able to fault the gel itself or its properties in any way, I am however a little disappointed when it comes to packaging. The gel comes in a jar… ok, this is fine and despite the fact that this is my least favourite container for a cream I could live with it but the jar doesn’t have any security measures to assure that the product received it actually brand new and never used… there is no seal on the rim of the jar itself, there is so sealed wrapper around the jar, there is no box… I know it might be my OCD talking right now but as this is a face cream with RRP of £49.99 some sort of step to assure it has a tamper-proof protection would be nice or indeed expected.

Now, let’s move to the Face Cream, RRP £39.99 for 150ml, currently on sale at £21.99

Sinivalia – UK Made Natural Skin Care – Face CreamFirst thing you notice is, it’s the size of the jar – a giant 150ml. The cream itself is pure white and extremely silky. From the first time I tried it, I really liked it. The cream is lightweight and it spreads with ease, kind of gliding on your skin leaving it super smooth, soft and well moisturised. The scent of the cream is quite strong but not very girly so I am sure it could be used by the male population as well with no big objections. Again, I really like the product inside but have the same problem when it comes to the packaging. The complete lack of any kind of protection against it having been opened before is very off putting, especially that both products have no expiry date, only PAO (period after opening).

So, to sum it up.

I like both creams… the creams as in the product inside the jars… but the packaging a big no, no for me.

Both creams are priced well, taking into consideration their natural ingredients list and their size, but unless the packaging will get some sort of make-over I wouldn’t re-order them.

Have you ever came across Sinivalia before?

What about that super cute pink gel face cream?

Review: Bonapiel Vitamin C Eye Gel

Puffy eyes, dark circles and dull looking eyes can be a problem for many of us. Lack of sleep, incorrect diet, tiredness or excessive stress can only make it worse. I know that this isn’t only my problem, most likely we have all been there at one time or another; we looked in the mirror in the morning and wish we hadn’t.

As much as I wish to lead a perfectly healthy and stress free life, get at least eight hours of sleep every night and have no problems and worries, this isn’t going to happen and I know it, so instead of trying to achieve something virtually impossible, I have turned for help to creams, gels and serums.

Lately I’ve had the opportunity to try the new Vitamin C Eye Gel from Bonapiel.

Puffy eyes, dark circles and dull looking eyes can be a problem for many of us. Lack of sleep, incorrect diet, tiredness or excessive stress can only make it worse. I know that this isn’t only my problem, most likely we have all been there at one time or another; we looked in the mirror in the morning and wish we hadn’t. I’ve never heard about Bonapiel before but whilst checking out their website I came across their risk-free guarantee – basically if you aren’t 100% happy with your product, you can return it for a full refund. They give you 365 days to try it out. Well this gave me some confidence as there isn’t a lot of companies out there who would offer such a risk-free guarantee.

But back to the eye gel…

Bonapiel Vitamin C Eye Gel comes nicely boxed making it suitable as a gift. Inside the box we have the gel itself, which comes packed in a 15ml pump bottle. The bottle is security sealed so you know no one ever “played” with your eye gel before.

Puffy eyes, dark circles and dull looking eyes can be a problem for many of us. Lack of sleep, incorrect diet, tiredness or excessive stress can only make it worse. I know that this isn’t only my problem, most likely we have all been there at one time or another; we looked in the mirror in the morning and wish we hadn’t. The gel itself is colourless and fragrant free. Its texture is… well… gel like 🙂 It’s quite watery and it spreads with ease. One pump gives you enough product for a single application. It leaves your skin well moisturised and radiant looking. I have very dry and sensitive skin and I didn’t experienced any irritation or redness.

In addition to Vitamin C, the eye gel also contains green tea and cucumber, which both lightens the skin around the eyes and reduces puffiness so you look more refreshed and youthful!

As per the website description Bonapiel Vitamin C Eye Gel should help you with:

  • dark circles and puffiness around the eyes
  • “crow’s feet”
  • reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • creating a more youthful radiance
  • protection against future signs of aging
  • moisturizing and smoothing your skin

I have to admit, the gel works well and it does what it is supposed to do. Currently priced at £24.97 via amazon.co.uk it offers good value for money. The size is small but as it is only eye gel and the single pump is enough for one application, it should keep you going for a month or two.

In general I am very pleased with my new eye gel and I can honestly recommend it to others.

What’s your must have beauty product when it comes to eye care?

Have you ever tried any Bonapiel products before?

* I received the product mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own .

How do you check the age of your skin care, perfumes or make-up?

How do you check the age of your skin care, perfumes or make-up? Have you ever wondered just how old your skin care products really are? Is that brand new, just bought mascara still in date? Is this rare vintage perfume you found on eBay actually still going to work?Have you ever wondered just how old your skin care products really are? Is that brand new, just bought mascara still in date? Is this rare vintage perfume you found on eBay actually still going to work?

All… or almost all cosmetics are marked with a PAO – Period After Opening – this is the open jar symbol with numbers inside of it… 3, 6, 12, 24 months after opening… no problem there… you buy something today, you open it and you know exactly how much time you have until the product starts to deteriorate.

But what about the specific production date itself?

Obviously even unopened products can’t be perfect forever especially if they are not stored correctly and there is often some sort of a cut-off point after which they may start to be unsafe to use.

According to EU law, the manufacturer isn’t required to put an expiration date on any cosmetic products, unless their shelf life is less than 3 years. So all those face creams, perfumes, eye shadows and powders which normally have longer shelf life come with no date… or at least not a date which can be easily spotted or read by anyone without an insight but there is a solution…

CheckFresh is a website which helps you decipher batch codes of most publically available cosmetics and it will provide you with a date of manufacturing; then you can decided if the product is or isn’t safe to use.

This is one of my recent discoveries and I wish I had known about it earlier.

The CheckFresh website is easy to use:

  1. Select the brand you want to check
  2. Look at the pictures and read the batch code description – you would be surprised how much they might very from brand to brand
  3. Type your batch code into the box
  4. Press check and tada…
  5. The information is there… right in front of you!

Old cosmetics can contain harmful microbes and it is really important not to use something which is seriously out of date, especially if you have sensitive skin.

I actually checked the entire contents of my make-up bag… well… needless to say, I need to go shopping as some of my favourites had to go to the bin… better safe than sorry, right?

Check out the website, it’s free to use and tell me what you think about it?

Now you know what I know, do you think it would be helpful for consumers if all cosmetics had an expiry date clearly marked on the packaging?