I've had eczema since I was a child and whilst it comes and goes, when it's here, it's a huge pain in the ass so I'm always on the lookout for new products to try out. This month, I've been trialling these two Winter Skin Saviours from Aussie brand, Hope's Relief.
I'd never heard of Hope's Relief before, but apparently they make the number one bestselling natural eczema cream in Australia and they're available in a couple of different places here in the UK. The compan got in touch with me to ask if I'd like to try out any of their products as I've written a couple of eczema related posts in the past, so I decided to give them a go!
Hope's Relief Intensive Dry Skin Rescue Cream* (60g, £12.50, link)
This is the number one bestseller in Australia and with a huge claim like that I was eager to see if it lived up to its hype. I've been battling with eczema flare-ups on my legs on and off throughout Winter so now was the perfect time for me to test it out. The cream is packaged in a simple plastic tube which makes it easy to squeeze out and the cream itself is based around a 3-in-1 triple action formula in that it soothes, moisturises and regenerates dry skin. It's a natural based cream so it's Cortisone and Steroid free. Instead, it uses 300mgs of natural active ingredients in each tube which work on the skin:-
- 40mg Calendula (supports tissue growth and conditions skin)
- 100mg Manuka Honey NPA 10+ (medical grade with natural anti-bacterial properties)
- 100mg Aloe Vera (soothing, cooling, anti-itch, moisturising)
- 40mg Gotu Kola (activates collagen to strengthen the skin)
- 20mg Licorice Root (a natural alternative to cortisone)
Manuka honey fans will be pleased to see that this ingredient is second in the composition of this cream and it definitely has a powerful soothing effect. It has a slight Marzipan-ish sort of scent, but nothing too offensive to my nose, and the cream itself has a thick, but easily absorbed and non-greasy/sticky texture. It's best to apply the cream 'little and often' in my experience, and I'm pleased to say that I do think this has been helping with my eczema, especially with the awful 'itch' sensation! Also suitable for people who have Psoriasis and Dermatitis, I'd definitely recommend checking it out.
Hope's Relief Goat's Milk, Shea and Cocoa Butter Body Wash* (250ml, £8.99, link)
First thing's first - that photo of the goat on the front of the bottle has raised several laughs in the shared house that I live in! There's just something about those ears that brings a smile to my face whenever I see it in the bathroom! Anyhow, I had a feeling I was going to like this body wash and I do. This is an SLS-free body wash that's very gentle on the skin, so perfect for sensitive, dry, eczema prone, troublesome skin like mine. Formulated with three very rich natural moisturisers; Goat's Milk Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter, this is a lovely treat that feels very pampering as it softens and soothes irritated skin, and it's quite a thick concentrated body wash so again, a little goes a long way. A must try if you have any dry skin problems.
Hope's Relief products have been formulated using 35 years of research by naturopaths to offer a natural based alternative for treating dry skin conditions like eczema. Their products are free from mineral oils, SLS, petrochemicals, parabens, artificial colours and fragrances. Available in the UK from Wholefoods, Planet Organic, My Big Green Smile, independent health food stores and chemists. More info at hopesrelief.com.au
Have you tried anything from Hope's Relief?