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As someone who suffers from moderate to severe eczema, I feel as though I've tried every available cream under the sun. From E45 to Diprobase and even the Lush Dream Cream, I've smothered my sore skin in most of them so by now I have a rough idea of what works for my skin and what doesn't. But in all honesty, my eczema is very temperamental which means I haven't found a cream that consistently works - yet.


So when I was contacted by Cetraben to try out their dermatological cream for problematic, dry, sensitive and eczema-prone skin I needed to give it a go.


The transition from summer to autumn is when my eczema tends to flare up the most. Add in the fact that right now I'm washing my hands excessively and I'm using hand sanitiser quite often, and I've got a winning combination of things that upset my skin. With all of these factors affecting my skin there really is no better time to put a skincare product to the ultimate test.


A bottle of 50ml Cetraben sitting on a mirrored tray
A 50ML bottle of Cetraben

I was gifted the 50ml size product to trial, which from experience I now know lasts roughly 2 weeks when using regularly. I would use the Cetraben cream maybe 2-3 times a day using the full amount of cream produced from one pump. My Eczema does get quite severe as the seasons change so I could have done with using the cream slightly more some days but I was conscious not to use it all up too quickly.


The Cetraben Dermatological cream has a very thick consistency, similar to Sudocrem. While the cream does sink into the skin quite a bit, it doesn't rub in completely and leaves a thin shiny layer on the surface. This isn't particularly greasy or uncomfortable, however I'd recommend using the Cetraben cream when you're not planning on doing too much with your hands.


As for the price, the 50ml tube of Cetraben retails at around £4.99 so it's not the most expensive eczema cream on the market however I don't think it's the best value either. If you are looking for a product you can travel with then the smaller sized product is ideal, but for everyday use I would recommend going for the 475ml product as this retails at just £12.99, meaning you get a lot more for your moola.


Two photos showing both sides of my hands and the visible patches of eczema
Patches of eczema on my skin on the first day of the trial before using the Cetraben cream
 


2-week trial using Cetraben


The first day I tried the Cetraben cream Imy eczema wasn't particularly bad, however my skin was still very dry and flaky. On applying the cream I noticed it was fragrance-free which is always a bonus when you have sensitive skin. Although I adore scented products and will use them wherever possible, they aren't always the best thing to be putting on sore skin. Unlike some of my favoured scented moisturisers, Cetraben aims to soothe and protect the skin which is exactly what it did as soon as I started to rub the product in. Although the cream instantly relieved my dry hands, it would take a couple of days for me to see any physical improvements.


SHOWING THE PATCHES OF ECZEMA ON MY HANDS AFTER USING CETRABEN FOR 1 WEEK
Visible patches of eczema on my skin after using Cetraben for 1 week


By the end of the first week, I was well on my way to having an eczema flare-up. My skin was less flakey but I had more noticeable sores, splits, and red patches on the palms of my hands. After a few days of using Cetraben, my skin did start to heal, but the change in temperature mixed with my ongoing use of hand sanitizer had clearly taken its toll on my hands. Although I upped my use of Cetraben around this time, it's not uncommon for me to have to call in the big guns and use Hydrocortisone if I cannot control the flare-up. I chose not to use Hydrocortisone this time so see if the Cetraben could help and after a few days of having quite sore hands, I did start to notice improvements.


At the end of week two, my skin was healing well and I was still using Cetraben regularly to soothe it. Most of the cracks in my skin had healed up and my palms were much less itchy than before. Although I don't think the cream worked any miracles, I do think it helped me to keep my eczema moderately under control, and stopped me from reaching for the Hydrocortisone cream which I try to use very sparingly.


SHOWING IMPROVEMENTS IN MY ECZEMA AFTER USING CETRABEN FOR 2 WEEKS
Improvement in my skin condition after using Cetraben for 2 weeks


Main pros of using the Cetraben Dermatological Cream:


  • Fragrance-free and very gentle on the skin
  • Rubs into the skin quite easily 
  • Reduces the itchy sensation I get when my eczema flares up


What what did I think of the Cetraben dermatological cream overall? It's a decent little cream that I think works best over a prolonged period of use. I would have liked to have tried it out for longer as I feel it's hard to get a good overview of a product after using it for only two weeks, especially as my eczema can get worse very quickly. I found that the Cetraben cream works just as good as other similar products I've used in the past such as E45 and Diprobase, but for now, the verdict is still out on which one of the three works best.


Can it cope with a full-blown eczema flare-up? Not in my experience and I don't think that's what it's created for. But can it soothe moderate eczema and help with dry patches and soreness? Yes, it can!


Fancy giving Cetraben a go? You can get it here.


Do you suffer from any skin conditions? Which creams do you reach for?


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I USED CETRABEN FOR TWO WEEKS, BUT DID IT HELP MY ECZEMA?*

*The items in this Body Shop haul were gifted in exchange for an Instagram post


Towards the end of August, I was sent a package full to the brim with The Body Shop goodies. The products, which were picked out by the Body Shop team, were all either hair care items or skin protection products containing SPF.

While I usually like to pick gifted items out myself, on this occasion it was nice to try out a selection chosen by someone else as it meant I received items I wouldn't necessarily go for.


a pot of banana hair mask with the lid off. the creamy product can be seen inside.

So what did I receive in my Body Shop SPF & hair care haul...


Banana Truly Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner - This fruity flavoured hair care duo aims to moisturise and nourish dry locks leaving them super soft and adding a healthy shine. Both products are fused with organic banana puree which not only nourishes the hair but smells incredible too. I haven't tried either the of The Body Shop Banana Shampoos or Conditioners yet but I will definitely be doing a full review once I have.


The Banana Truly Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner retail £7.00 each for a 250ml product.



Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask - Like the Truleu Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner, the Banana hair mask also contains vitamin-rich banana puree. The Truly Nourishing hair mask, which works best with the products mentioned previously, aims to reduce frizziness and leave your hair looking naturally shiny. 


The Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask retails at £12.40



Ginger Scalp Serum - The Body Shop Ginger Scalp Serum helps to soothe dry flaky scalps and rebalance scalps which produce too much oil. It's infused with a delicious smelling ginger essential oil and works best when used with the Ginger Scalp Care Shampoo & Conditioner. 


The Ginger Scalp Serum retails at £15.00


a small glass vial of body shop ginger scalp serum. The with pipet is off the vial and can be seen to the side.


Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence with SPF 50 - This Body Shop moisturising lotion aims to protect your skin against harmful UV rays and pollution. It claims to be The Body Shops best protection ever whilst also staying lightweight and suitable for sensitive skin. It is also one of the many Vegan products now available from the brand.


The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence retails at £22.00 for a 60ml product.



Skin Defence Multi-Protection Face Mist with SPF 30 - The Body Shop Face Mist is a lightweight product which protects your skin from pollution particles as well as UV rays. The Defence Mist which is to be used on clean skin before applying makeup forms a clear protective layer on the skin. The product is also enriched with Vitamin C and red algae extract to help leave your skin glowing


The Skin Defence Multi-Purpose Face Mist retails at £18.00



a bottle of skin defence mist and a tube of skin defence moisturiser are placed side by side.

So those were the hair care and SPF protection products I was gifted from The Body shop last month. Don't forget to keep a lookout for my reviews of these products as and when I test them out!


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 *The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Sleeping Mask was gifted to me in exchange for an Instagram post. All opinions are my own. This post also includes affiliate links. 


A product review post? Are you feeling okay Grace? I know, I know it's been forever since I dished out my opinions on some new products but that's because I haven't tried anything recently that's really blown me away - until now. 


A little while back I worked with The Body Shop on an Instagram campaign and was gifted a whole host of goodies which I picked out myself. In amongst my haul was the Vitamin E Moisture Sleeping Mask which would soon become one of the products I reach for the most!


Pink pot of body shop vitamin E sleeping mask with the lid off. the pot is surrounded my sequins and jars of mint.


So what do I think of The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Sleeping Mask?


The moisturiser, which is actually an overnight treatment, aims to help "restore and protect skin's optimum moisture level" and so far I can say it's been doing just that. Initially, I did use the Vitamin E Moisture Mask as a nightly treatment every few days as suggested, but it has quickly become my daily moisturiser. I'm not sure it's intended for daily use but it's not oily, makes a great base for my foundation, and as of yet, I haven't had any issues with it.


I did suggest in my initial review of my Body Shop haul that it makes my skin greasy if I overuse it, but as I've been using it daily for quite some time now this hasn't been the case so I can only assume the excess oil was due to something else!


a pot of moisturiser in the center of the image with the lif placed to the side. The pot is surrounded by sequins and jars of mint


One of the things I really like about the moisture mask is its consistency. It's a powder pink, jelly-like cream that does go a long way. I've been using the same 100ml pot for a while now and I've still got a tonne of it left which is ideal when money is tight.


Speaking of £££, The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Sleeping Mask will set you back £11 per pot. It's not a dirt-cheap pot, but it's a hell of a lot more affordable than my beloved Clinique Moisture Surge, and it does the same thing. It's basically a mid-range product that I would happily fork out for in the future.


Besides using the sleeping mask on my mush, I've also been using it occasionally on my hands as I suffer from quite bad eczema and I found it helps a lot. This isn't promoted as a product to be used on eczema-prone skin however I noticed my dry patches were looking better after I started applying the moisturizer with my hands, so it made sense to start using it on them too!


a pot of moisturizer shown from above. The pot is surrounded by sequins and jars of mint.


Is there anything I don't like about the Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Mask? Similar to the comments I made in my Clinique Moisture Surge review, the only issue I have with this is product is that it comes in a pot instead of a tube. I prefer my skincare to be packaged in tubes as I feel it's more hygienic but it's not a massive issue and wouldn't put me off repurchasing.


Overall I've been thoroughly enjoying using the moisture mask and I would buy it again in the future.


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