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Sensitive care at your pharmacy

Wednesday, 6th June, 2018 3:39pm

The heat brings with it an abundance of problems for your skin and in the sunlight we tend to notice our imperfections more. Staying cool and non-irritated isn’t hard if you shop local and head to your nearest chemist for some advice.

Uriage Thermal Water Spray (€5 for 50ml; €9.50 for 150ml) has the highest concentration of minerals and trace elements and is proven to be soothing and fortifying for the skin. Its high mineral content and rich compositions make it exceptional water with therapeutic properties. Uriage Thermal Water Spray comes in a 50ml, 150ml and 300ml version, so the 50ml version is perfect for your handbag when on holiday!

Brand new to the Irish market is CeraVe which already has a cult following in the US. The brand is targeted at all skin types that may experience sensitivity at times. It is a fragrance free, non-irritating, non-comedogenic skincare range. Developed with dermatologists, CeraVe does more than just moisturise the skin.

Its secret? CeraVe contains three essential ceramides that help restore your skin’s natural barrier to lock in moisture for all day hydration. As we know, ceramides are touted as the must have ingredient for drier skin types.

The CeraVe range is specifically designed to moisturise sensitive skin that is dry to very dry, suitable for eczema-prone skin. The products start from just €9 and will get to work quickly.

Ultra-Pure labs is a brand I wanted to try for a while. It is available in pharmacies and is best known for its products like witch hazel and castor oil, but I tried the Calming Face Serum lately when my skin was dehydrated. This calming illuminating serum, formulated for sensitive skin prone to eczema and psoriasis, contains a carefully chosen blend of grapeseed, avocado, rosehip, blackcurrant, pomegranate and jojoba oils.

These oils are rich in Vitamins A, D and E and Omega-3 and are known to have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce redness and swelling, limiting irritation.

I can honestly say that if you are sensitive and need something extra to help your skin, you won’t regret trying this range. If you like a cream there are two available in the range, one being unscented to match this serum. For anyone suffering with warm nights, the menthol body cream in the range is a godsend. A thick luxurious cream, with a carefully chosen blend of menthol, which has been shown to help cool the burning sensation of irritated skin. Formulated for sensitive skin prone to eczema and psoriasis, as well as cooling menthol, this thick body cream is infused with natural extracts, rich oils and ingredients which help to combat topical skin problems with a touch of luxury.

Ingredients include marshmallow, chamomile, horsetail, lavender, witch-hazel and aloe vera which are known to fight dry skin, restore the normal pH of skin, hydrate, soothe and naturally treat eczema and psoriasis. It is also great if you are suffering with menopause, as it is quite cooling without having an overbearing smell.

And finally, if like me the pollen count drives you scatty, try Marimer Isotonic (€8.50) which is a sterile diluted 0.9 per cent seawater isotonic solution designed for daily use to gently cleanse the nasal cavities, facilitate the evacuation of nasal secretions, bacteria, viruses, dirt and allergens in order to help prevent ear, nose and throat infections, while also moisturising dry mucous membranes. I have found it effective in the morning and evening to help me decongest.

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