There are LOADS of things they don’t tell you about motherhood before hand.
I’m not talking the labour – everyone knows that part is bloody awful – I mean all those other things you’re not prepared for. Like the fact some kind of emotional switch gets flicked, and you will forever-more be this over-mushy squeamish mess who cries at department store adverts.
Or that you end up washing your hands so often you practically scour the top five layers of skin off. I’ve never suffered from dermatitis in my life, but after three years of cleaning up after the kids, and constantly washing my hands, they were red raw.
It wasn’t anything that traditional moisturisers could touch. It would start as a maddening itch, then become so painful I couldn’t wear my rings, or even bend my fingers properly. It was like my hands had been covered in thousands of tiny paper cuts. Even when I was sitting perfectly still my hands would sting and burn. And they looked absolutely awful – the skin angry and red.
I tried everything from steroid creams, to Big Sis’s eczema treatments, to organic salves. But nothing helped. Then I heard about a product from The Skin Shop called Cardiospermum Gel.
Weird name, sure, but my hands were so painful I was willing to give anything a go. So I tried it out. And do you know what? It bloody well worked. It took about two weeks for my hands to completely heal. Since then I’ve been applying a bit each day, or every time my hands start feeling itchy or sore, and using a fragrance-free moisturiser afterwards. See?
|the red splotches on my fingers were raw, and really painful|
|redness gone! (fingers look like weird, wrinkly sausages though…)|
The dermatitis did try to come back, but the gel seemed to prevent it from getting really bad, and also cleared it up much more quickly.
So here are the deets if you fancy trying it yourself…
Cardiospermum gel is a natural hypoallergenic containing soothing extracts from the Cardiospermum plant, or Balloon Vine, and Aloe Vera. It’s available from www.skinshop.co.uk 100ml, £9.95; 200ml £17.95; 500ml, £39.95, AND there’s currently an offer of 3 for the price of 2. I’m definitely stocking up!
• the soothing skin gel was provided for the purpose of review