For as long as I can remember I have always suffered with dry skin particularly on my hands, fingers, legs and feet. My Mum has been telling me for years that I should apply and reapply moisturising hand cream after I wash my hands, and that I should protect my hands more, like wear rubber gloves, when carrying out household cleaning chores. Compared to my weathered old skin on my hands, my Mum’s fingers and hands look much younger and more attractive than mine. I just think that in my everyday life it is just not possible to avoid washing my hands as often as I do (and indeed deed pre children) and I would get through so much moisturising cream if I were to add cream everytime I washed my hands!! And yes, I know that rubber gloves would prevent my skin from drying out when washing up or cleaning the bathroom but again it is just not something I have worried about too much to be honest.
My hands get very dry, flaky, cracked and can sometimes bleed and, as a woman in her late 30’s, it is not a look I am proud of I have to admit.
However, this aside I think I suffer with dry skin anyway because the skin on my feet is bad too and they dont get exposed to cleaning products and as much cleaning in a day as my hands do! My feet definately suffer more in the summer when I am not wearing socks and they crack and look like elephants skin at times! My hands suffer muchmore in the winter with the colder weather, but to be honest they feel rough and dry all year round now. I know my skin is bad because my OH is always complaining about my “rough old hands that feel like sandpaper” and if my feet brush against his in bed I get complaints of how rough they feel too!
Apart from trying to get better at applying cream, to my skin as part of my daily post shower/bath routine, another way I know which helps my skin is to use a moisturising soap , one that is specifically made to combat dry seinstive skin. One brand which I trust above all others , together with their roll on deodorants too for the same reasons, is Dove. I have been using this brand of soap for years now, probably since it was first launched actually (showing my age now!) and I love how creamy it is when mixed with my wet hands and skin and I always feel that it is doing my skin some good.
However, I have never tried the Dove Pure and Sensitive soap having always purchased the standard Dove cream moisturising bar .
I feel a bit silly now because suffering with dry skin the Pure and Sensitive soap would have been better suited to it being hypoallergenic and yet still moisturising! I was sent some bars of this soap to put to the test of my dry hands (and to wash the rest of my body of course!) and I have been using it in place of my normal liquid soapwash these last few days too, to see if I can feel and see the difference. I must admit that the soap is as creamy when made into a lather as my normal Dove soap, and does feel lovely on my skin.
Seeing as though it has been formulated to accommodate those with sensitive skin, Dove is a soap which I use on my children too. Jenson actually suffers with dry patches of skin on the tops of his leg and his lower bottom cheeks, and often gets little rashes on his tummy. I think he will suffer with sensitive skin more than his brother as it is a common ailment which runs in my side of the family at least! Being hypoallergenic, I know that Dove Pure and Sensitive is safe to use on his delicate skin. As I mentioned before, I trust the brand to be kind on his skin, my own and that of his Daddy and older brother.
Dove Pure and Sensitive is suitable to use on your skin if you suffer with eczema too, being that it is a mild non-soap, hydrating emollient cleanser. In fact Dove and the National Eczema Society have formed a new partnership recently to assist people in looking after their sensitive skin. This soap is ideal for sufferers of ezcema because when being used as a cleanser it minimalises skin barrier damage. It is National Eczema Week this week (14th -22nd September, 2013) and for more information about this or the society itself please check out their website (click on the badge below)
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