How I look after my dry scalp…

Since November 2016 my scalp has been on another level of dryness and over the past few months I have finally started to get proper control of it. That’s nearly a year of dealing with an itchy, dry head! Never again! I have tried so many different products over the past year but now I feel like I have a proper plan in place and I’m going to share that with you today…

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  • Daily…

Sometimes I wash my hair daily, sometimes I wash it around 3 times a week and sometimes I wash it once a week. It totally goes on how my hair/scalp is feeling, what plans I have and if I can be bothered. When I do wash it I always use an anti dandruff shampoo…I miss you nice smelling shampoos! At the minute I am using this Oilatum shampoo to keep the itch away and keep everything calm. It also leaves your hair soft and swishy, which I have found it quite hard to find in an anti dandruff shampoo! It is also great to use daily as there’s no build up, yaaasss!

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  • Keeping things calm…

To keep my scalp happy I use these bad boys twice a week. The Eucerin Dermo Capillaire range is so good for crazy, unpredictable scalps! I really like using them together because they keep the dryness and flakes away, as well as the itchiness. It’s always the itchiness that starts the scratch circle of death isn’t it! Damn you itchiness! I also really like using the shampoo on its own and quite often alternate it with the Oilatum one. This shampoo also leaves hair swishy, soft and I even get a lot of shine from it! The leave on treatment is a thin solution that goes on the scalp really easily and dries without leaving a residue. I like applying this stuff at night after I’ve washed my hair so it has loads of time to work and by morning my scalp always feeling amazing.

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  • When things get bad…

What I find with eczema is that you can prevent, prevent, prevent but one day you wake up and everything gone wrong…you’re  bright red, itchy, sore, weepy and you just want scream bloody murder and scratch your skin off. Who else has been there?! This has happened quite a few times with my scalp so now I have a plan in place…I’m not a big fan of the plan because ahhhh chemicals but sometimes when you can’t get a brush through your hair or your scalp is weeping so much you’re sticking to your pillow case then something needs to be done. I’m a firm believer in not suffering. I get these two products prescribed through my doctor after a consultation so they can’t be overused. Nizoral is an anti fungal shampoo that really dries things up and brings relief fast. I only use this a couple of times when my scalp is bad because it is very vey drying, which is good for weeping sores but not great for flakes. Betnovate Scalp Application is a steroid based watery solution that you apply to any areas of the scalp that are particularly bad. Like with the Nizoral, I only use this until I feel I can use the other products to do the rest of the work. This is because I don’t like using steroids too often on my skin but like I said I don’t believe in suffering and I will only use them as a last resort.

What do you use to calm your scalp?

First impression Friday – Ezápé Naturals Chamomile Balm…

I love a good balm, especially this time of year when the weather starts getting colder. My skin gets so dry that standard moisturisers just don’t cut it and I am always on the hunt for the perfect balm.

As I have said in previous posts, I am starting to use more natural products on my skin and swapping out my current favourites for like for like products. Get those pesky chemicals away from me!

I recently came across Ezápé Naturals on Instagram and ordered a couple of their sample sized balms. For £1.50 you get a sample of the rosemary body butter and the chamomile balm. They’re good sizes too! I wish more companies did that because get those tiny, fiddly sachets away from me! Vanessa, who owns the company, kindly gifted me a larger sized pot of the chamomile balm after we got chatting, which is completely unexpected and very generous of her!

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First of all this balm is 100% natural and handmade in the UK. YAS! The balm glides on to skin and melts in very quickly, leaving a protective barrier without the greasiness. This was what I really like about this product because I can use it in the day without it transferring onto my clothes, phone or what else is around me. I have also noticed that after I have washed my hands, there is still a moisturised feeling so I haven’t had to reapply 5000 times throughout the day and a little bit of this stuff goes a long way! The balm smells really light and delicate, perfect for skin that can be irritated easily by strong fragrances (mine…miss you perfume). I have also noticed a difference in my hand eczema after only a few days. My hands, knuckles especially, get really dry and cracked at this time of year, you know that sort of eczema that no matter how many times you moisturise it’s still dry…well this balm has sorted them out! The itchiness has definitely gone and they’re slowly starting the heal! I can actually bend my hands without them splitting open! Yassssssss!

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Overall, I really like this balm and what the brand stands for. They have proved that you can treat dry, sensitive skin with products that are 100% natural without all the fuss. This pot will definitely be staying next to my kitchen sink as I have no excuse for dry hands anymore!

You can pick up your pot of chamomile balm from http://www.ezapenaturals.co.uk for £10-20 or £1.50 for 2 sample sized pots.

As I said earlier I was kindly gifted this product by the brand but in no way am I getting paid or being told what to write for this review. All words and opinions are my own. 

My skincare wish list…

It’s no secret I’m addicted to shopping for new skincare, looking for new skincare and researching new skincare. I just bloody love the stuff! Since I finally realised that you should try a new product for at least 28 days before you start seeing results I have cut back on my spending (I hate being a grown up). So, naturally, I have a list as long as my arm full of products I really want to give a go…

  • The entire Avène range.

The packaging…the amazing reputation. I need it all! I’d also really like to go to the Avène hydrotherapy centre in France, which is dedicated solely to dermatology!!!! France isn’t even far! Anyone want to take a flakey gal to her dream spa?? No? Fine. I’ll save up.

  • The Body Shop Hemp range.

I’ve read good things about this range, especially the hand cream for eczema. I also really like saying the word hemp.

  • The Body Shop Vitamin E range.
  • The Body Shop Chamomile range.

Maybe I just need to live in The Body Shop for a while?

  • Too Faced Hangover Primer.

Please save my dull looking skin but also please be a bit cheaper.

  • Kiehls Midnight Recovery Oil.
  • Kiehls Revive Concentrate Oil.
  • Kiehls Christmas advent calendar.

This is seriously the advent calendar of dreams! It’s full of deluxe samples and I need every single one right now!

  • Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser.

Glossier products recently came to the UK so naturally I need them all! I’ve also never tried any of their products before. Will I be allergic? Maybe. Will my face fall off? It could happen. Will I regret it? Who knows?? This is why I’d like to try it out!!

  • Fenty Beauty.

I don’t think this ones needs much of an explanation. Get that gold highlight on me and get those magnetic dreamy sticks in my make up drawer.

So yeah, that’s just a small selection of products I am desperate to try out but will have to wait because my bank balance is currently weeping. Seriously, this grown up thing is tricky!

On a serious note, what products do you have on your shopping lists? Or do you have suggestions of any skincare I should try out?

First impression Friday – Yes To Carrots Dry Scalp Shampoo..

My scalp is shit. One minute it’s fine and the next minute it’s open, sore, scaley, dry, crusty and just not in a good way. When I part my hair and look at any irritated patches in the mirror they look so small! Why do they feel so big and way worse when you can’t see them?! The smallest ones always hurt the most! After one of my many evening skincare google holes I came across this Yes To Carrots Dry Scalp Shampoo…

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What really got my attention was the paraben free and 95% natural ingredients bit. Let’s face it, anyone with a skin condition knows the products that work the best and the quickest are the ones packed with chemicals. As much as I love that they guarantee relief for irritation, the thought of all the shit I’m putting on my skin makes me feel uneasy. This shampoo also had amazing reviews on the Boots website, which always sways it for me.

I like this shampoo but I don’t think it’s the best anti-dandruff product I’ve ever used. Maybe I need to be more patient with it and use it over a long period of time but my first impression of it is that it’s gentle on the scalp. It lathers up nicely, which can be quite difficult to find in a dandruff shampoo and it made my hair feel really soft. My scalp didn’t feel tight at all after drying my hair and the tingling feeling it promises on the label feels really nice! It smells quite medicinal, which I think it pretty normally for a dandruff product and the bottles bloody masssiivvveee, this is going to last me ages! I have noticed a few flakes and some itchiness the next day after I’ve washed my hair, which is a little disappointing because I had such high hopes. I’m going to keep trying this shampoo out though, I won’t give up just yet!

I got my bottle from Boots for £3.99 in an offer. BLOODY BARGAIN.

What products work best on your scalp?

My September favourites…

Ok, so I know I’m over a week late but I thought I would still share my September favourites anyway because who doesn’t love a good monthly favourites?!

The weather in September seemed to go from summer to autumn over night and woah my skin felt it! My scalp went mental, my skin went mental, I nearly went mental from the itching! I decided to strip all my skincare back with no fuss and concentrate on soothing my skin over anything else, so lets get into it…

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  • Eucerin – Dermo Capillaire.

You know what is the most embarrassing part of having sensitive skin/ eczema? DANDRUFF. I don’t mind the odd patch of red skin here and there but constantly having to brush flakes off your shoulders is just plain shit. Since the weather changed my scalp, the hairline especially, has been really dry and flakey so after a quick google search I came across this leave on treatment for dry, itchy scalps. Why have I not used this sooner? It’s a lot more gentle than prescribed scalp treatments. The nozzle makes it really easy to apply to any dry areas throughout the hair and a little goes a long way! I’ve been massaging in some of this after I have washed and dried my hair before bed, in the morning there are no flakes or sore spots. It totally took the itchiness away too! I picked my scalp treatment up from Boots UK for £12.

  • Jun-i – Hair Oil.

This oil is amazing for super dry, itchy, sore scalps that need soothing. I have been massaging this onto my scalp 2-3 times a week, really concentrating on the most irritated bits and it has worked wonders! To make it even better it’s made up of only 3 ingredients! Jojoba oil, tea tree essential oil and lavender essential oil, dreeaammyyy. This oil takes the itch away as soon as I apply it and the lavender makes me have such a good nights sleep, which we all know is amazing for healing skin. Even the packaging is dreamy! I would definitely recommend this to anyone having scalp issues. I got my bottle in my September Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box but you can get one for £10 from http://www.junithebrand.com

  • Egyptian Magic.

Sensitive skin or not, you need this cream. This has seriously changed my face from dry, red and puffy to glowy, skin coloured and not shit! I LOVE it! I won’t go into too much detail about this one because I did a whole post about it in September but it is actually magic! It instantly hydrates and brightens tired skin. It keeps skin protected all day and my makeup goes on so much better! I don’t think I’ll ever stop using this product it’s that good! I got my tub from http://www.egyptianmagic.eu for around £25, I know that’s pricey but they regularly have offers on so keep an eye on their Instagram page!

I know I don’t have as many favourite as usual this month but it’s been a very dry, frustrating skin month and I didn’t want to over complicate anything. Sometimes it’s better just to keep skincare simple!

What products have you been loving this month?