Today I am bringing you my top three skin protectors/multi-functioning balms. I am not really sure what to call these as they can be used for a number of different things from intense moisturising to healing cuts and bruises. So I think I will stick with skin protectors. I have always had really dry hands and dry patches on my body. This is mostly due to eczema. Therefore, I am constantly on the hunt for products to relieve my dry and itchy skin. All three of these products are great for protecting the soothing the skin as well as doubling up as great lip balms, primers and even wound treatments.
First up is my ultimate life-saver- Lucas' Paw Paw Ointment. If you have never tried Paw Paw balm then you are massively missing out. This is a thing of miracles! I discovered it when I was travelling in Australia as they use it for everything over there. It is amazing on lips, hands, dry skin, cuts, bruises, burns... just about anything you can think of! It really is a miracle balm and I can't get enough of it. It is all completely organic and certified and does not contain any chemical nasties which are so often found in balms. I mostly use this on my lips but it is also great on small patches of eczema too! You can now buy this quite easily online, however the price is double what you would pay in Australia. I have a few friends in Oz so whenever they come over, I always make sure they bring supplies with them! I now have 4 tubes in my stash so I don't think I will be running out any time soon!
Skin Food from Weleda is another one which is a cult classic and a favourite among celebrities and make-up artists. It has been around for years and can be used as everything from an intense moisturiser to a skin primer. I tend to use this as a hand cream and apply it to my hands before bed when they are feeling particularly dry. I love the smell of this stuff which is quite citrus-y and it leaves my hands feeling really nourished and comfortable. It does have quite a greasy texture, which is why I only really apply it before bed and don't need to touch anything. I have also used this as a face mask and apply a thick layer to my face for 10 minutes then wash off with a muslin cloth. It leaves my skin super soft and moisturised and it really is food for your skin! I know many people also use this as a face moisturiser if you have really dry skin, however, I wouldn’t recommend that if you have slightly oily skin as it is greasy and will probably clog up pores.
The all-time classic and every beauty lovers favourite… the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. I love this stuff- it is such an amazing all-rounder that can be used on lips, dry patches, cuts... you name it! I tend to use it mostly on my lips as an intense moisturiser. I also sometimes use it on little patches of eczema on my hands which I have found works really well! This is my ultimate travel essential and I take it everywhere with me. They tend to do good deals on Elizabeth Arden at airports or on flights so I will wait until I travel somewhere to buy this so I get a good bargain! I also love the 8 Hour Hand Cream from Elizabeth Arden which leaves your hands intently nourished and smooth!
Have you tried any of these? What are your favourite skin protectors?