Category Archives: moisturisation

Is Lanolin Beneficial For Eczema?

lanolin beneficial for eczema

A question from George

Hello Colin,

I was hoping to hear your opinion on a moisturiser by D.R. Harris & Co, the world’s oldest pharmacy. The majority of ingredients in this cream seems very standard, but it is also formulated with isopropyl myristate and lanolin – two ingredients which I know you are particularly fond of. This company also produce lots of shaving paraphernalia which you may also be interested in. I have facial eczema and don’t like to rely too heavily on steroid creams, which my dermatologist is all too keen to dish out. I’m also curious if lanolin can be beneficial in countering eczema as opinion on the internet seems to be on the no side. Regards, George

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Three Reasons To Skip The Shower

Three Reasons To Skip The Shower

Bubbles are fun, but are they good for you?

Cosmetic Design Europe ran a piece plugging a new product launch a few weeks back. It was promoting a product and was paid for by the manufacturer, so I won’t trouble to make a free contribution to their marketing campaign.  But one of the points made in the article was highlighting the drawbacks of showering.  This seemed interesting. Continue reading

Fabric Facial Masks

Facial masks have been around for ages, and are popular enough to get stocked in supermarkets in the UK.  But they are still exotic enough that you can’t assume people know what they are.  The idea of putting a clothe soaked with a fluid on your face and leaving it there for about 20 minutes still seems to be something of a minority taste.  Part of the problem is that people aren’t exactly sure what it is that they are supposed to do.  And judging by the way some of the products in the category are marketed, it doesn’t look like the makers have a much better idea. Continue reading

Differences Between Hand and Face Creams

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I was asked a question by a journalist who was writing an article on the differences between hand and face creams.  It is an interesting question so I thought that now I have plugged my typewriter in I may as well share it more widely.  Before we look at the products lets look at the difference between the skin on the hands and the face. Continue reading

Lip Balms – a quick tip

lip-balmWith a lot of the Northern Hemisphere gripped in bitingly cold winter weather, I thought I would pass on a tip about lip balms.  The best ingredient in lip balms for chapped lips is lanolin.  I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of the success of the Burts Bees range of lip balms is due to them containing lanolin.  Continue reading