INNER THOUGHTS: PAINT

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(Image taken in Taormina, Messina, Sicily, Italy)

Life is art. Art is life. Some are true artists. Others, not so much. Others, you. You are not a natural. You never listened in art class. You don’t know the techniques. Your hands shake, forever dropping the brush. The vast variety of brushes make it hard for you to know which one to use. You paint the sky. Red. It is wrong. Blue. Blue is right. How can you correct your error when you can’t erase the red? Blue over red makes brown. Brown is wrong. Blue is right. Why? Why blue? Why blue? Brown is wrong. Blue is right. But why? Why blue? Blue, is not your colour. You and blue don’t mix. Brown is wrong, but brown is you. You are not wrong. You are just different. Just because your colours don’t mimic reality doesn’t mean your picture is any less beautiful. So paint the sky red. Paint the ocean white. Draw the grassland as marshland. Draw the marshland as savannah. Live in the absurd, the mad, the crazy. Be bizarre, be strange, be colourful. Make mistakes to create new pictures. Discover that red and blue don’t make brown. You were never brown. You were always purple. You have the brushes. You have the colours. Now paint…

Amy-Louise

PRODUCT REVIEW… BIOSKIN JUNIOR RANGE FOR ECZEMA

I’m always sceptical when trying new things and really wary of ingredients that go into products. Let’s face it, half of the ingredients in a lot of products are completely alien to most of us. How long are we going to keep putting unknown products into our extra sensitive skin exactly? It’s time to sit back and start to take note of those added bits in those floral smelling dream creams you have there. Are they really as natural as they make out?
Well talking of real natural floral dream cream I’ve been doing a 4 week trial on a product that I just had to share it with you guys.
I’ve had a love for lavender since I can remember and this product has lavender written all over it. I mean, granted, let’s face it, it kind of smells like your gran but everyone loves their granny right?
I was recommended to try the junior range which wasn’t necessarily a shocker. Am I right when I say most people recommend us eczema sufferers to use junior creams? What’s great about products for children is that you know 100% they are for sensitive skin. If you can use them on babies, you can sure as hell use them on yourselves. 🙂
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The ‘Salcura Bioskin Junior’ range consists of 5 different products that cover all of your/ your child’s daily needs. What I love about these products is the fact that they have written very clearly on the front of the bottles/tubes ‘NO STEROIDS’ which put a smile on my face as soon as I took one glance at them. I do love a good clear label!
There’s a ‘daily nourishing spray’, an ‘outbreak rescue cream’, and 3 products to help with bathtime troubles… 1. Bathtime Shampoo, 2. Bathtime Bath Milk, and 3. Bathtime face and body wash.
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I’m presuming you want to know my verdict on them all now I’ve come to the end of my 4 week trial right? Ok, let’s get reviewing…
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1. DAILY NOURISHING SPRAY.
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This product I absolutely loved!!!! Like I said earlier, I love lavender and this smells of nothing other than that beautiful lilac wild flower. This spray is something really rather special because it helps the skin repair itself by building up its own protective membrane by supporting the growth of new cells. Now, I don’t know about you but when I have a massive eczema flare up, my skin gets ridiculously hot which makes it even more irritated. In these moments this spray was absolute heaven on the skin! The spray is so cooling that it really helped with calming the skin down. It doesn’t leave you with that wet, greasy feeling that moisturisers leave you with either, it’s light and absorbs really quickly. What was also great about this is that not only is it cooling and calming to the skin but due to it smelling of lavender it is extremely calming on the mind aswel. They say lavender helps you sleep, and as we all know, us eczema sufferers get anything BUT sleep. Whether this helped me sleep, I’m unsure but it certainly made me feel more relaxed.
RATING: 10 being super itchy, 1 being completely itch free…
I rate this product as a…………. *drum roll* a very itch free 2!! 🙂
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2. OUTBREAK RESCUE CREAM
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Now, out of all the products this one is my least favourite. It’s not that I don’t like it but it just didn’t really help me all that much. This product is specifically for those occassional moments when you’re having a flare up and are in need of a little help to stop that deep, constant, all over itch. What is good about this product is that you don’t need to use alot so it is quite long lasting. I just felt that when having a flare up, the ‘daily nourishing spray’ worked better. I think the reason for this is just the fact that my skin hates thick creams and as the spray is so thin, my skin can just handle it better. All in all, it’s a good product but just not for me. The good points for this though is that it’s completely steroid free and so there’s no worry of how many times you’re using it and no worry of doing further damage to your already damaged skin.
RATING: 10 being super itchy, 1 being itch free….
I rate this product as a…..*drum roll* rather disappointing 7!! 😦
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BATHTIME RANGE
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If you’re anything like me you’ll absolutely hate bath time! I feel like I’ve reverted back to my early childhood days where by I used to dread Sunday bath nights. I have to literally leave the whole evening free when it’s bath night as I just know my skin is going to kick off and give me just the worst time! If there’s one time that my strength is ever tested, it’s BATHTIME!
For this reason finding the right bath products is key if I’m going to heal my skin.
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1. BATH MILK
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Bath milk’s set alarm bells ringing whenever I hear the name mentioned. I usually find when using bath milk’s such as Olaytum that they leave a greasy film on your skin when you get out of the bath and that sets me off in a massive flare. The ‘Salcura Bioskin Junior Bath Milk’ however is totally different. It’s a non-greasy milk that leaves the skin feeling nourished and smooth without that slippery film other products leave. When bathing your skin dehydrates so this milk locks in that moisture, soothing those cracks created by severe dryness. Is this product long lasting? Not really but would I still reccomend it? ABSOLUTELY.
RATED: 10 being super itchy, 1 being itch free….
I rate this product as a……*drum roll* very happy 3!! 🙂
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2. SHAMPOO
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I think one of the main problems with shampoos for me was not just the side effects it would have on my scalp if it reacted badly but also the hellish side effects I’d end up getting on my hands from having to massage it in. As you all know, my hands are highly sensitive but this shampoo left them feeling anything other than itchy. My scalp felt so much better after washing in this also which was certainly somewhat of a relief! Is my hair still falling out? Yes, but I guess that’s just TSW for you.
Do I like this shampoo? yes. Would I recommend it? CERTAINLY
RATED: 10 being super itchy, 1 being itch free….
I rate this product as a……*drum roll* very satisfying 2!! 🙂
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3. FACE & BODY WASH
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This has to be a favourite of mine. I mean, I don’t know about you guys but I find it hard to find products to wash in that one, don’t cause too much irritation and two, don’t dry out the skin. This however really was a welcome addition to my bathroom shelves! It’s weird I’ve just said ‘bathroom shelves’ because I actually don’t have any shelves in my bathroom which is a little awkward but I fear that if I say it was a welcome addition to my bathroom ‘draws’ for instance, it may sound rather inappropriate so I think I’ll stick to my imaginary shelves. 🙂 Anyhow back to the important bit. Once again, the lavender was rather potent, not in a bad way, as I’ve explained I love lavender so I am seriously in my element when using this. I found that it wasn’t particularly irritant. I don’t think I’ll find anything that 100% isn’t irritant. After using it, I would use the ‘Bioskin Junior Nourishing Spray’ which would cool the skin, helping calm down any irritation. As for drying out the skin, I found this really holds in the moisture. I mean I still wake up looking like a reptile with my scaly skin but as soon as I wash it all off with this face & body wash, my face feels refreshed and moist (I hate that word) which is a wonderful feeling! I must stress that it is super important to use a moisturiser after using this product though because as much as any products try to hold the moisture into the skin, water will inevitably dehydrate it.
Would I recommend this product? HELL YEA!
RATED: 10 being super itchy, 1 being itch free….
I rate this product as a…………*drum roll* huge smiling 3!! 🙂
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All in all I have to say that I really do like these products and I will indeed carry on using them. 🙂 If you’re not a fan of lavender then these products are 100% not for you, but if you are a fan then by all means, give them a go. You can find them on their website and searching ‘Bioskin Junior’ http://www.salcuraskincare.com/
Have you already tried these? Want to know more? Leave me a comment and share your advice and questions with all! 🙂
I hope you found my review somewhat helpful.
Loves.xx
amy-louise