Finding a natural lotion
When I found out about the toxicity in our everyday products I wanted to change everything to 100% natural. In reality it doesn't go so fast because you also want to find alternatives that work instead, experience with the new products and this can take a lot of time.
Focusing on the ingredients, not on the brand
Many times people write to me and want to know desperately what brands and products they should buy and use to ease their symptoms or to have a great moisturiser. At the beginning I was just so extremely sceptical with everything, not even the most organic cold pressed hand manufactured products seemed safe enough, I wanted to make everything on my own. I felt so sick of the industries ruining and controlling our lives and spreading chemicals all over the planet, our bodies, our environment. Soon enough I realised I was not a chemist or a cosmetician, I couldn't produce everything on my own, but I found out some really amazing brands who do that for you. I started to be more open to try out brands with safe ingredients and still mixed some myself.
It's really important to watch the ingredients of everything you're putting in and on your body. Many times we think that soaps and creams are just cleaning our skin or making it softer but not realising that the skin absorbs so much chemicals and these are then present in our bodies.
There are thousands of products out there that claim to be natural and good for you, however it's really not like this. I was a huge Lush fan, thinking how cool that they have handmade products. Well... handmade doesn't mean natural, right? I lost my interest when I checked the ingredients one by one online because most of them were just basic cosmetic industry chemicals.
Basically anything that smells strong, anything that removes your natural oil barrier from your skin or dries out the skin is a no-go. Sadly there are also big brands such as Eucerin, Aveeno, Nivea, LaRoche Posay etc. that offer solution for sensitive or eczema prone skin. Whenever I used these products, nothing happened with my skin, unless I used tons of it and this is not how it's supposed to be for sure. So I checked the ingredients and was shocked to find out what I was using on my skin.
Let's compare the ingredients of an Aveeno, a Weleda and a Balmonds moisturiser to see the difference.
Aveeno daily moisturising lotion
Aqua, Glycerin, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Palmitate, Paraffinum Liquidum, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Avena Sativa Kernel (Oat) Flour, Paraffin, Cera Microcristallina, Sodium Chloride, BHT, Benzyl Alcohol
Water; Glycerin; Distearyldimonium Chloride is a chemical compound, a quaternary ammonium salt; Isopropyl palmitate is a colorless and almost odorless liquid substance made from palm oil and/or animal fats; Paraffinum Liquidum is a liquid paraffin, also known as Russian mineral oil, is a very highly refined petroleum based mineral oil; Cetyl alcohol is a flaky, waxy, white solid often derived from coconut, palm, or vegetable oil; Dimethicone is a type of silicone; Avena Sativa Kernel (Oat) Flour is colloidal oatmeal; Paraffin wax is a soft colorless solid derived from petroleum, coal or oil shale; Cera Microcristallina is a type of wax produced by de-oiling petrolatum, as part of the petroleum refining process; Sodium Chloride is salt; BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) is a synthetic antioxidant used as preservative in lipsticks and moisturizers; Benzyl alcohol is a naturally ocurring and synthetic ingredient used as solvent and preservative
Honestly I used this lotion earlier on and was not a big fan because it didn't really made my skin any hydrated, less itchy or less inflamed. I didn't know that most of the ingredients were chemicals produced from petroleum and other weird stuff, not exactly what I could imagine to be soaked up in my skin to be honest. It's also sad to see that the only natural ingredients here are water and oatmeal...
Weleda white mallow body lotion
Water (aqua), Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (sesame) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Beeswax (cera Alba), Hydrogenated Coco- Glycerides, Theobroma Cacao (cocoa) Seed Butter, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (safflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (sweet Almond) Oil, Althaea Officinalis (white Mallow) Root Extract, Viola Tricolor (pansy) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Caprylate, Squalene
Water, Coconut oil, Sesame seed oil, Glycerin, Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside is a sugar based emulsifier, Beeswax, Hydrogenated Coco- Glycerides is a white, solid, vegetable-derived fat from coconut, Cocoa seed butter, Borago seed oil, Safflower seed oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Unsaponifiables are a fatty substance including all of the components that after a process called alkaline hydrolysis (saponification) soluble in organic solvents, Glyceryl Stearate Se is made from vegetable glycerin and stearic acid, Sweet almond oil, White mallow root extract, Pansy extract, Xanthan gum is a natural thickening agent and stabilizer, Glyceryl Caprylate is a co-emulsifier and is produced from various vegetable oils, Squalene is a lipid produced naturally by your own skin cells, it increases the spreadability and absorption of creams
Do you guys see what I see? These ingredients are really different from the Aveeno lotion. 95% natural, the rest is also derived from plants, so I was totally convinced. Other than the nice ingredients this lotion has been just magical, my best friend for many many months. It made my skin smooth, healing much faster after a flareup and made my skin stay hydrated and well moisturised. Five stars there! Extra points for this lotion that it actually gets absorbed quiet fast so I didn't need to sit with juicy oily hands for long hours, perfect if I'm going out for instance.
Balmonds Intensive Hand Cream
Aqua, Olea Europaea (olive) fruit oil*, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter) Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Cannabis Sativa (hemp) seed oil*, Sorbitan Olivate, Hippophae Rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) oil, Calendula Officinalis (calendula) flower extract**, Stellaria Media (chickweed) extract**, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (chamomile) flower extract** Urtica Dioica (nettle) extract** Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) flower oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene (from essential oils) *organic ingredients **biodynamic ingredients
Water, Olive fruit oil, Sunflower oil, Shea butter, Glycerin, Cetyl alcohol is a flaky, waxy, white solid often derived from coconut, palm, or vegetable oil; Cetearyl Olivate comes from Cetearyl alcohol and the fatty acids of olive oil; Hemp seed oil; Sorbitan Olivate is mixture of the fatty acids from olive oil plus a dehydrated sugar known as sorbitol; Sea buckthorn oil; Calendula flower extract, Chickweed extract, Chamomile flower extract, Nettle extract, Glyceryl Caprylate is produced from various vegetable oils; Xanthan Gum is a natural thickening agent and stabilizer; Roman Chamomile flower oil; Benzyl Alcohol is found naturally in essential oils and is an approved preservative; Limonene is the major component in the oil of citrus fruit peels
I found this cream also very pleasant to use. It absorbs in the skin within an hour, has a solid, natural fragrance but no perfumes and is very gentle on the skin. I could even apply it to some itchy flaring patches without any problem or irritation. Also five stars from me!
This is of course just 3 brands but as you can see there's a big difference of ingredients and efficiency, at least for me. It doesn't really matter what they claim on their products and websites, of course everywhere you'll find before and after pictures but these are just not true. There is no skin healing without lifestyle changes, a clean diet and some patience for healing. If you're interested in even more natural products, check out https://productsbylizzie.com or https://eczemahoneyco.com they have totally natural ingredients, very gentle on the skin with really good reviews.