Saturday 24 March 2018

Cuderm: the low down (AD)

You probably know, if you read my blog, but in case not - I've suffered from eczema since I was a baby, and it comes and goes. It was quite bad recently, sore and red on my arms and my legs and in between my fingers, itchy and dry and annoying in the way that eczema is. It's something I have, for the most part, got used to; but I'll try pretty much anything to get rid of it, or make it a bit better, and when Cuderm asked me to collaborate with them I thought it would be a great opportunity.

They're a brand who are completely vegan and cruelty free, which is important to so many people, as well as being free of loads of other things like alcohol, parabens and fragrance. Cuderm use 'colloidal oatmeal' in their products which is basically oats that have been ground down to a reaaaaalllly fine powder. Oats are something I've tried in various ways to help with my eczema; a common trick is to fill a pair of tights full of oats and hang it over the tap as you run a bath so that the water flows through the oats, making your bath milky. If you do that you'll smell like a flapjack, which is a good or bad thing depending on who you are. Anyway, oats are good because they moisturise, soothe, cleanse, protect and restore the skin's pH balance.

I've been testing out two products from Cuderm for the past few weeks: their gel wash and their cream, which retail for £5.49 and £6.99 respectively - so not exactly breaking the bank. The gel wash can be used on the face or body and it's soap free but still does a great job at cleansing the skin. I wouldn't recommend it to take make up off, but it's not that sort of cleanser anyway - it's perfect for a second cleanse or a morning cleanse, and it works really well as a shower gel too. The cream is thick and feels almost like a balm when you squeeze it out, but it sinks in fairly easily and leaves the skin so incredibly soft - it reminds me a bit of the NSpa overnight face mask but it's unscented and probably a bit better for your skin. Make up applies (and lasts!) really nicely over it, too, so it's a definite winner for me.

My face has seemed less red since I've been using these, and while they don't do anything to curb breakouts, they don't seem to cause any disruption to the anti-spot products I do use. If you suffer from eczema or any other dry/irritated/itchy skin conditions, I'd say Cuderm is well worth looking into; they also do a hand cream, and a lotion which I imagine is a bit thinner than the cream if you prefer something like that.

Have you ever used Cuderm? If so, let me know how you got on with it!

This post was written in collaboration with Cuderm - as always,
all words/opinions etc are my own but please see my 
disclaimer for more info if need be.

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