7 Reasons We All Need Sudocrem 

Lifestyle, motherhood

I’m pretty sure every mum in the UK..and maybe elsewhere as well, has a tub of Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream at home to use in case of baby rash. What I didn’t know and you may have not know however is that this cream is useful for so many other things. 

I bought the cream as you do when I gave birth and used it a couple of times when it seemed as though the little lady had a nappy rash but other than that it’s pretty much been sitting untouched amongst the baby stuff. It wasn’t until a few days ago that someone suggested that I use it on my daughter’s eczema rash around her neck that I finally came to appreciate its healing powers. I’ve mentioned in past posts that my girl has very dry skin and as of late she’s developed what the doctors describe as eczema on her neck which is the worst place to have a rash or anything for that matter because the area is often wet and now that she’s started teething, it’s usually covered in saliva. 

Less than a week ago, I started using the cream around her neck after her bath and I can honestly say the rash/eczema is gone. To think I wasted money on expensive creams….

Sudocream is said to be good for the skin because it has anhydrous hypoallergenic lanolin which is an emollient that helps to not only soothe the skin but also soften it. The Benzyl alcohol formula in the cream gives it its antiseptic properties. 

Here are just some of the benefits of using this healing cream: 

1. Nappy Rash – as I previously said most people know this cream for its effectiveness in healing nappy rash. It works as an emollient and is clinically proven to soothe and heal babies’ delicate skin. It also soothes sore and inflamed skin. 

2. Anaesthetic- not only are the ingredients recognised for their healing properties, the cream also has a mild local anaesthetic which helps to ease pain and soothe any discomfort. 

3. Cuts & Minor Burns – Sudocrem is known to provide effective relief from everyday cuts and grazes as well as minor burns. It reduces the risk of infection by forming a protective layer over the wound.

4. Acne & Other Skin Conditions – the inexpensive cream can also be used as a mask to treat skin conditions such as acne. I have to say that it’s very thick and can feel heavy on the face but it’s worth it. Your face will feel soft and smooth as a baby’s bottom (pun intended)! 

5. Eczema – funnily enough, it does say on the tub that it can be used for eczema but I somehow missed that until now. Because this conditions can cause cracked and sore skin that can be painful and difficult to keep hydrated, Sudocrem can be used to calm, soothe and heal the eczema. 

6. Cracked Heels – summer is upon us (well…almost) and that means less Boots and more sandals. For softer heels,apply thecream, put socks on, and allow to seep in overnight. 

7. Primer – this is a beauty hack I wasn’t aware of before but applying a tad bit of Sudocrem as a primer before applying makeup will provide the skin with a thin barrier so that the foundation can be applied without sinking into pores. It’s rather thick so only a small amount is necessary for a matte finish.
This just goes to show that it’s not always about fancy, pricey products to get the job done. Sometimes it’s the very thing sitting in your cabinet you’ve been ignoring. 

Love,

Lilia 

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Most Common Baby Rash

Lifestyle, motherhood

I’ve mentioned a few times that my daughter has very dry and sensitive skin. From birth, we have been dealing with one skin condition or another and I wanted to write this post because I know a lot of mums can relate to my frustration when it comes with baby skin issues. 

As a new mum, I was unfamiliar with a lot of the skin conditions babies are born with or develop soon after birth. I’d heard of conditions like eczema but because I’d not had an direct connections to it, I was pretty much ignorant about it. My daughter had surely changed that in the last five months.  

I have quickly learned that it’s perfectly normal for babies to develop rashes as their skin is sensitive from birth, however what I have always done and would always advise any mummy to do is to seek help if you’re worried. Sometimes what may look like a simple rash may be the beginning of something more serious like meningitis so always seek help if you’re concerned and/or unsure. You would not believe the amount of GP calls and visits I have made in the past five months but peace of mind is everything and to be honest I’d rather annoy my GP and Health Visitor than take any chances with my baby’s health and wellbeing. 
Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, here is my list of the most common rashes to grace your baby’s skin:

1. Baby Acne – I was very shocked to find that my baby’s skin wasn’t as perfect as I’d expected when she developed acne. I honestly thought it was a puberty issue exclusively reserved for teenagers and above but the joke was on me, clearly! Baby acne came in the form of pimples on my baby’s cheeks, nose and forehead. I have to admit it got worse before it got better but although initially I thought I had to buy some super cream, I was advised and also found out from experience that the acne clears out within weeks. I kept her face clean with just water and cotton. 

2. Cradle Cap – this is the bane of my mummy existence, for real, for real! I didn’t know what cradle cap was prior to having a baby. Imagine my horror when I saw scabs on my newborn’s head. That, coupled with the acne, I was certain I had failed as a mummy. I will dedicate a whole post on cradle cap and how to treat it because by now I’m a bloody expert but for now, I’d describe it as whitish/yellowy scaly patches on the head and forehead. This appeared after her first month and has been affecting on and off ever since. I treat it by putting coconut oil and brushing it off with a soft brush. 

3. Eczema- this is more of a long term condition and when my daughter’s skin problems first started, I initially thought that it was eczema but fortunately for us it wasn’t. Eczema causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and mainly affects babies and children but can continue into adulthood. It’s not curable but there are special creams and ointments to help manage this condition. 

4. Nappy Rash – this is an irritation of the skin and will most likely affect 99.9% (I made up the stats) of babies. A nappy rash is caused by prolonged exposure to wee or poo. I try to change my daughter every 2/3 hours and normally leave her without a nappy for a few minutes after every change so her skin dries off properly. I swear by Sudocrem for her nappy area. It’s important to note that fungal infections can also cause a nappy rash. 

5. Heat Rash – because my daughter was born in November and because my African family are allergic to the cold, my mother-in-law would make me turn up my radiator to full mode. I kid not, that’s the first thing she’d do when she came to visit and vice versa ( she still does)! I know she means well and of course babies get cold but they also can get over heated and get a rash as a result. A heat rash flares up when a baby sweats, signalling blocked sweat glands. They appear as tiny reddish bumps. They tend clear up soon enough on their own but I also use baby powder on her chest abs neck because the girl can dribble!


There are many more rashes that affect newborn and babies in general but these are the ones that I’ve personally experienced so it’s only fair that I don’t write about something I have no knowledge of or experience in. I’d love to hear from other mummies who have similar issues with their babies skins and other rashes that may affect babies that I haven’t mentioned. 


Also, the best thing that has worked for my daughter’s dry skin so far is ZeroDouble emollient and Shea butter. The more common Cetraben cream didn’t work for her but a lot of mums swear by it for dry skin. I get my emollient free from the pharmacy on prescription and use it a few times a day when I spot a dry patch on her skin. 

Love,

Lilia

Best Sun Protection For Babies 

Lifestyle, motherhood

The weather this past weekend was just too delicious for words. It hardly ever really gets hot enough that my family and I go out for a picnic but seeing as it was Sunday and the heat was giving me my entire life, the hubster and I decided to make a day of it and have a full blown picnic with the baby.

While the weather was great, I have to admit that I mostly kept under the shade to avoid little madam getting too exposed to the sun. Hubby laughed when I suggested a sunscreen lotion for her because in his African mind, babies with dark skin do not need sunscreen. I of course took this opportunity to school him on the dangers of sun exposure to any and every skin type and I’m proud to report that I’ve succeeded in changing his views.….maybe!

Being the research junkie that I am, I took this as a cue to look into the best sunscreen lotions out there for babies and below are my top finds:

Solait Moisturising Baby Lotion SPF50+ –This lotion is from Superdrug’s Solait suncare range. It is dermatologically tested and is suitable for babies with sensitive skin which my daughter has so already it ticks a very important box for me. The only downside is that it doesn’t contain as many natural ingredients as some of the other sun creams which is a shame because it’s good value for money at only £3.49 for the 100ml bottle. 

Nivea Sun Kids Pure & Sensitive Sun Spray SPF50 

A lot of us already use skincare products from this brand so it’s nice to see that they also cater to babies skin. The sunscreen lotion is fragrance, preservative and colour free, making it very baby-friendly. Being that it’s a somewhat of a named brand, it’s also good value for money at £8.99 for a 200ml bottle in Superdrug. 

Mustela Baby Very High Protection Sun Lotion SPF50 

Mustela is a French brand that specialises in natural products that are gentle on skin prone to conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. My daughter has very sensitive, dry skin and I was first introduced to this brand by family members who swear by their skincare products for babies. I’m yet to try Mustela products but knowing that they also do sun lotions makes me more likely to give them a cry. I’m very much inclined to try them. Mustela specialises in natural products that are gentle on skin prone to atopic conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It’s also water resistant and suitable from birth. 

As with most research, I have come across debates for and against using sunscreen lotions on babies under 6 months. Some say it may not be safe as they’re too little whilst others say it is ok. My daughter is only 5 months old and I don’t know if we’ll get another sunny day out before she turns six months but if we do, I think I’ll go with the Mustela as it’s safe to use from birth. Unfortunately it’s not sold in U.K. shops but can be ordered online for around £15 for the 100ml bottle. 

Love,

Lilia 

7 Ways I Use Raw Shea Butter

Lifestyle

Although I have always moisturised my body with some sort of Shea butter body product or other, I was first introduced to natural unrefined Shea butter by the hubby who swears by the raw African Shea butter. 
I have to admit that I wasn’t a fan of the unrefined butter at first because I didn’t particularly like the smell (of lack of, actually) of it but when I got pregnant, I decided to use it more frequently and let me tell you it’s one of the best things you can put on your skin. 

Shea butter comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree and is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. Although it is widely used in Africa and other countries as food and to improve skin and hair, I feel that some of us in the West are still in the dark about its many other uses and benefits. I initially started using Shea butter as a body butter but I have since found other uses and benefits of this super product:

1. Moisturiser – my skin tends to get really, really dry and I have tired many beauty store moisturisers that claim to work on dry skin and for some reasons they just don’t quite hit my dry skin spot like I need them to (see what I did there?!). Since I’ve started using Shea butter, my skin feels smooth, hydrated and soft. If like me you’re not a bog fan of the scent, you can add other oils such as lavender oil

2. Eczema – my daughter has inherited by dry skin and a couple of weeks after she was born, she had a mild case of baby eczema. I found that using unrefined Shea butter on the affected areas really helped clear the eczema away. She still has dry skin but thankfully no more eczema. It works just as great on most skin rashes.

3. Cradle Cap – on top of baby eczema, I also had cradle cap to deal with. This is basically scaly/scabby patches that appear on babies’ scalps. Because my baby’s skin is sensitive and my GP wanted me to avoid chemicals on her skin, etc, I was left with using both coconut oil and Shea butter for her hair. I’d message the butter on her head and leave it over night then gently brush it off the next day.

4. Stretch Mark Prevention – I swear by using Shea butter to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy. I used this everyday on my belly and i didn’t get a stretch mark….until my Shea butter ran out towards the end of my pregnancy and Mother Nature refused to let me be great. I am convinced had it not run out, it would have been a win for me…well, i’m starting to love my stripes anyway.

5. Tough & Cracked Heels – i love a good pedicure. My favourite part is when they peel off the hard skin on the heels. Wellll…I found out some time ago from one of the people I follow on Twitter that pedicures aren’t as great for your feet as I first believed. Did you know that peeling off your skin makes even tougher skin grow up. I guess it’s a way of your skin defending itself. Now, every night before bed, I put a generous amount of Shea butter on my feet and wear socks and it works. 

6. Shaving Cream – this is a recent discovery (must have read it somewhere). I tried this and it left my legs feeling so soft. The consistency is slightly thicker but it does the job so much better than most standard shaving creams

7. Hair – my hair is natural and a lot of the hair products I buy contain Shea butter but nothing compares to actually using the unprocessed butter. I use it mainly on my scalp as a conditioner or put it all over my hair for shorter, more manageable hair. It locks in moisture and prevents my hair from getting dry and frizzy. 


As you can see the raw butter is a bit hard at first but it can be melted for a more oily texture. 

Love,

Lilia