Going au naturel

Not long after Luca was born I realised he had sensitive skin and eczema. I tried everything that I was advised to try on babies with eczema and nothing seemed to be making any difference at all.  As he got older he began to scratch himself to the point where he would bleed.  As a new mum seeing him tear his delicate little skin open through itching so much broke my heart.  By this point I had tried all the things that were prescribed to him such as E45 and Oilatum, yet absolutely nothing worked.  
 
One day we were contacted and asked if we would like to review some baby skin products by Weleda and I thought why not. I mean what did we have to loose right?  I couldn’t be happier that I made that choice and we haven’t looked back since. Weleda saved my precious babies skin and I will be eternally grateful to them for that.
 
Since that miracle week (yes it only took a week) when Luca healed I really started to think. When I looked at the ingredients on the products prescribed to help his skin they were just loaded full of chemical after chemical, no wonder it never helped.  I remember my Grandma telling me years ago that you should never put anything onto your skin that we wouldn’t put into your mouth and suddenly it all added up.  Everything we put on our skin is absorbed into our body, so of course it makes sense to be careful about the things we do use.  Nowadays I really think about the things I use on Luca’s skin and for a long time now he has only been using products that are 100% natural.  In fact, he has only been using Weleda.

His bed time routine consists of a bath with Weleda Calendula Bath Cream.  He’s then washed head to toe in Weleda Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash before being cuddled dry and lathered up in body lotion.  The latest body lotion to grace my child’s skin is Weleda’s White Mallow Body Lotion.  This body lotion is especially designed for babies with hypersensitive skin, so things like baby eczema.  As expected we weren’t disappointed with this body lotion, it soothed Luca’s latest flare up in just one application.  

 

 
 
How could it have disappointed though, with 100% natural certification and the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance it was obviously going to get our seal of approval too.  As always I have given it a go too and it really is a very soothing body lotion.  So now we rotate between this and the Calendula one, which is still Luca’s favourite, although when I asked him he couldn’t tell me why. I think it may be the smell he now associates with bedtime and being cuddled.  
 
We also can’t live without the Calendula Face Cream. I always have a little travel size tube in my handbag for when we are out and about, especially in this cold weather to either slap on Luca’s face if it’s starting to look a bit dry or chapped and also to save my hands from getting dry too. 
 
 
 
Our discovery of Weleda has meant Luca’s skin has never been better.  But what about ours?
 
Now that we are vigilant about the products we use I have started to notice how many products I use that probably aren’t so kind to my skin.  Laying in the bath the other night I started to itch my legs, like I always do when I have a bubble bath.  I’ve always put my itching down to the heat of the water but then whilst I lay there soaking my troubles away I started to think about the times when I drop a bath bomb into my bath rather than some bubbles.  I don’t itch then, and sometimes I like a bath without anything in, and I don’t itch then either.  I jumped out of the bath and threw all my bottles of bubble bath straight into the bin.  The only things that were spared where my bath bombs from Lush, which like Weleda are all natural.  

 

 
This revelation has really made me take note and I have decided that I am now going to make a conscious effort to only buy natural products for myself too.  My daily skincare routine already fits the bill with Liz Earle providing my basic skin care needs and Weleda travel size hand and face creams in my handbag.  My sensitive skin has meant that through experimenting with different skin care products I’ve been left with only natural ones as these are the ones that don’t make my skin worse or cause any reaction. Again something I hadn’t even considered until that bath time revelation, it just occurred this way through trial and error.  
 
However, there are many things I should be changing like my shower gels.  Shampoo and conditioner are definitely first on my list though, I always get an itchy head and know I am allergic to most shampoos, but like a fool I bear and grin it for a few weeks until my skin gets used to it and then it stops.  So this will be the first thing that I’m am going on the hunt for, natural shampoos and conditioners, any recommendations are more than welcome, although I think I know where I will most likely be going as I’ve had my eye on the OAT replenishing shampoo and conditioner for a while now.

 

 
 
Disclaimer: The lovely people at Weleda kindly sent us the White Mallow Body Lotion to review. As always the opinions expressed in this post are completely honest and all my own.

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