(The BritMums reviewer was provided the product free to test and review. All opinions are the reviewer’s own.)
Changing seasons can affect our skin so it’s good to hear about natural skincare ranges to help protect our largest organ. Writer Liz Burton has reviewed a nutritious, natural range for BritMums, and here she shares her experiences…
As winter approaches, I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking about how to protect my skin from the harsh weather. My hands in particular, seem to suffer from chapped skin caused by the cold winds. Add in to that the recent hobbies I’ve taken up of floristry and pottery and my hands are ravaged more than ever before – don’t even get me started on the effects of housework and gardening!
I was sent a range of natural skincare products from Purepotions called Skin Salvation and I’m going to talk about their hero products this time of year – their Intensive Hand Cream, Intensive Moisturising Ointment and Daily Moisturising Cream.
The Intensive Hand Cream was the one I dived on first. I’ve used a lot of ‘rescue’ hand creams over the years and this one somehow felt different. Thick and luxurious enough when applied to feel like it was really going to make a difference, yet quickly and easily absorbed without leaving my skin feeling oily or greasy. In the odd little nicks and cuts I had on my fingers, there was no stinging sensation which I sometimes get with other hand creams. I’m sure that’s because of the pure, natural ingredients. Rich with healthy olive oil, sunflower oil, hemp seed oil and shea butter the cream quickly hydrated my skin. The rejuvenating sea buckthorn seems to smooth the inevitable lines and wrinkles which come with age, and the calendula and chamomile felt soothing on my worn skin. This is definitely one that I’m going to continue using.
My face can also suffer from the cold weather. The extremes of central heating and biting cold winds, together with rubbing and chaffing from coat collars turned high and scarves wrapped round our chins and it’s no wonder many of us suffer with chapped skin in the winter. I often get flaky, dry eczema-type patches around my chin but so far, daily use of the moisturising cream is keeping them at bay. When the really cold weather kicks in, I’ll also be carrying the little pot of intensive ointment in my bag to smooth on to those troublesome areas. This rich balm is suitable for eczema, dry and sore skin and provides an instant hit of moisturisation.
The Daily Moisturising Cream, like the hand cream, comes in a pump dispenser so it’s easy to use only what you need. I like the fact that the moisturiser seems a ‘natural’ colour – it has a slight brown tinge to it rather than the normal pure white of more commercial creams. This confirms to me what Purepotions say on their labelling, that they never add anything unneccessary and their ingredients are natural and where possible, organic.
“We aim to make our products as safe, effective and simple as possible so every ingredient we use serves a particular purpose; each has been chosen for its effectiveness rather than for cosmetic reasons. There is nothing hidden, nothing not listed”
The other product worthy of mention is their Intensive Lip Balm. I tend to avoid chapped lips by wearing lipstick, but there are times when that’s just not appropriate! It seems a bit odd walking the dog at 7am with a fully made up face, so this lip balm is just the ticket. Its great for putting on overnight too. Using the same best-selling formula as their little pot of Intensive Moisturising Ointment, but in a handy twist-up lip balm it’s perfect for smoothing chapped lips as well as dry skin around the nostrils if you have a cold – you can even use it to smooth your eyebrows!
I really liked their ethos of using natural ingredients. Ones which have been tried and tested over the centuries and it’s refreshing to read a list of ingredients and see plants that you recognise, rather than a whole load of artificial petrochemicals and fragrances.
Most of their products are vegan friendly (except the ointment and lip balm as they contain beeswax), and suitable for everyone from babies to adults. I’m really impressed so far and it’s a relief to know I’m using natural ingredients to protect my skin. According to some reports, up to 60% of what we apply topically to our skin is absorbed into our body, so isn’t it about time we gave our skincare as much consideration as our diet?