Purepotions - Review Of An Eczema Sufferer

This week is Allergy awareness week and what better way to mark this than reviewing a dry skin care range for sufferers or Eczema, Psoriasis and Dermatitis.

I have suffered from Eczema since I was born. It was so bad when I was a child, I had to be wrapped in bandages and wear cotton gloves at night so I wouldn't scratch my skin. It's been on and off all of my life but this year has been considerably worse.

I have always used steroid creams and I wanted to find a more natural option. I recently discovered Purepotions and contacted them asking if they would be happy to send over some products to try out, which they were kind enough to do.

Purepotions was founded by a mother, Natalie Balmond who was searching for a cream suitable for her daughter's dry and itchy skin. Finding that steroid creams made her daughter's skin worse, she started experimenting with creating a blend of oils and herbs in her own kitchen. To her relief, the salve she had created worked really well as a natural moisturiser to hydrate her daughter's dry skin. 

Here's what I thought of the products I tried and tested.

A 100% natural ointment with a blend of magic ingredients including Hemp oil, Olive oil and Chamomile.

I was a bit hesitant to try this as I'm not a great lover of ointments. They are often really greasy and when I've used pharmaceutical ointments, they have made my eczema worse. This was the first product I started using and I applied it to the itchy, dry areas at night as I knew I was less likely to scratch when I was asleep. After a couple of days of use, I noticed a difference. The areas were less dry and there was a reduction in redness. The product felt really nice on the skin and non greasy. I have carried on applying this to the affected areas at night and this has massively reduced the redness and dryness. I'm so happy I've discovered this product, I won't be going back 
to pharmaceutical creams again!

A 100% natural salve which can be used on lips or as an emollient on the skin. Tea Tree possesses natural antibacterial properties and has been used for many years to treat wounds and prevent infections. 

I had a break out on my forehead recently and applied this directly to the area twice a day. The salve soon dried them out and reduced the size and redness pretty quickly. The 10ml size is also so handy!

A 100% natural blend of oils which has been specially formulated to to replenish lost moisture from bathing and showering.

I add a small amount of this to my usual sea salt bath salts and I love it. It gives off a delicate scent which is really relaxing. The product  is intensively moisturising and a little goes a long way. It's also great to rub over the affected areas during and after showering. It lasts all day and I never find myself getting dry while using this. Although it didn't help with the redness, It did help to keep my skin hydrated. I'm a big fan of bath oils and I can see myself buying this again. 

A 99% natural moisturising cream which has the same benefits to the Skin Salvation Intensive Moisturising Ointment but in a handy cream. This product is vegan as it's free from Beeswax.

I love the Skin Salvation Intensive Moisturising Ointment so much so it's super handy to have this in a cream form as well. I have this on my desk at work and apply it to my hands and arms when required.

I suffer from dry skin on my arm tattoos and applying this really helps to get rid of the dry patches. I find it great as a hand cream too as it's thick and so hydrating. A great all round moisturiser and delicate enough to use on your face. The pump bottle is a generous size and I can see this lasting a really long time making it great value for money. 

Although I love all of the products I reviewed, my hands down favourite is the ointment. It's made such a difference to my skin that it would be stupid to go back to pharmaceutical products. It goes to show that we don't always need medicinals when there are safer, natural alternatives available.

You can buy Purepotions online here and their range is now stocked in Boots, Holland and Barrett and Waitrose.

*Please note this post contains PR samples - opinions are honest!

Monday 17th April

Last week was a hard one. My day job was so busy and my manager was on holiday. As a senior member of staff, I was holding the fort for the 4 day week. Brain fog plays a bit part of my everyday life and sometimes I can't even remember what happened the day before so this was a big challenge for me. Although It was super stressful, I think I did alright and kept everyone happy. It's great to keep everyone else happy, but I forgot to take care of myself. I skipped lunch on Thursday and wasn't able to take my Naproxen which I knew was a bad idea. I didn't want to stay late as I was finishing for the Easter holidays so I battled through lunch. Once I got home, It was time to relax my mind and my body and I didn't want to move off of the sofa. We went to bed super early.

Jumping back to Naproxen, I went to the GP about my pain medication as it was getting unbearable. I was advised to take Ibuprofen and Paracetamol by the Rheumy when I was first diagnosed but this wasn't cutting it anymore. I was prescribed Naproxen but advised I would need to take gastro medication alongside if I was to stay on it long term. I've now been on it for a couple of weeks and honestly, it's not blowing me away. It has to be taken in 12 hour doses and you have to take it with meals. I really struggle with eating breakfast and this means I don't take a dose until lunch time, therefore missing by second dose as I'm asleep. I also know that it's not going to be great for my stomach long term so I'm eager to find something else.

On Good Friday, we spent the day taking junk to the skip and visiting family. It was a lot of running about and by evening, I was exhausted. We spent the evening on the sofa with duvets and snacks which was perfect. Saturday was a similar day and by the time 10pm hit, I was in bed watching TV.

Easter Sunday was a great day. I woke up feeling pretty good and hardly any pain which is a first. We decided we wanted to go out for the day and go for a walk. I'm always a little anxious about walking as these days, it's not as enjoyable as it used to be. I used to love long country walks and could walk for miles and miles. I dug out my ankle walking boots and we hit the road. In total, we walked about 3 miles which doesn't sound much but I was so proud of myself. I did have hip pain but it wasn't as bad as I'd thought it would be and I found my walking boots a god send. One of my ankles rolls over severely and these kept it in place the whole day. When we got home, we chilled out and watched the Kurt Cobain documentary "Soaked in Bleach" (it's so good, I recommend watching it).

The Beautiful grounds we walked around on Easter Sunday.

Today, I've been spring cleaning the house and taking breaks in between. I find I'm likely to get more done if I do it this way. A little at a time. It's been so cold today, I haven't wanted to venture out!

I'm sad today is the last day of the Easter weekend before going back to work tomorrow.. At least it's only a 4 day week again. I wish you all a lovely, pain free week!

Kerry x

Saturday 1st April, 2017

I can't believe it's April already. This year seems to flying by and it's mad to think we are already quarter of the way through!

I woke up just after 7 as I had an optician's appointment early. I had the usual morning aches and pains but I also woke with an awful headache. Hay fever has already started for me and the headaches that come with it. I love living in a small village out in the country but not the fact I'm surrounded by rape fields!

I got ready and headed out for my appointment. I try to avoid town's on my own or anywhere where you would expect crowds so I decided to book my optician's appointment with a supermarket as I didn't have to worry about the crowds of a high street or worry about parking.

I walked into the optician's room and was told the chair was broken and stuck on recline so I had to sit up with nothing supporting my back. The assessment itself was as expected. I've had a severe lazy eye since I was young but there's nothing that can be done to fix it and luckily my vision in my other eye is really good. The optician said he could try and help out my lazy eye but the lens would be like a milk bottle and I would struggle to find frames to fit them so he went with a light prescription.

On the way home I'd realised I hadn't actually eaten anything yet and I was low on energy. I'm so awful with eating breakfast as I don't have the appetite to eat first thing. I make sure I at least have a cup of tea until I feel hungry.

I briefly stopped off at the garden centre and grabbed a tomato plant. I really enjoy growing my own veg and it gives me motivation to get up and do something. Last year, we had an amazing amount of tomatoes from just one plant and I'm hoping we get the same result this year. I also picked up some Garlic Chives seeds (I thought they sounded interesting!). Our pepper seeds are starting to come through already after just a few days.

By the time I got home, I was really low on energy so I made some lunch and sat down. My back was now starting to feel the full affects of the broken chair so I grabbed my TENS machine. I bought this recently after researching pain management for Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. I'm currently not on any prescribed pain relief and Ibuprofen and Paracetamol doesn't offer much relief. The TENS machine has certainly helped but I feel I'm not using it to it's full potential yet. It's a feeling you definitely have to get used to and I'm using it on a max setting of 3 at the moment.

The boyfriend plays football on Saturdays so I usually spend the day writing, catching up on TV and generally relaxing after a busy week of work. EDS can be lonely but I've learnt to enjoy my own company. I've lost friends along the way but I have an amazing friend who has stuck by me and understands that I don't always have the energy to do things. When we do meet you, you can guarantee we have loads to talk about!

So for the rest of the day, I'm working on new blog posts and an exciting new venture which I can't wait to share with you all.

Hope you're all having a great, pain free day!


Kerry x