Author Archives: Sophie

Author Archives: Sophie

Dry Hands Like Sandpaper? Hand Sanitizer, Hand Washing and How to Soften Dry Hands

We’re all feverishly washing our hands and hand sanitizing like never before. Covid-19 has been particularly tricky for eczema sufferers and in the Naturally Happy Skin household.

During Lockdown 1.0, our youngest little lady Izzy age 6 had the best skin of her life. Her eczema was completely under control. Warm, dry, sunny weather helped hugely, but so did the extra care and attention that went into making sure she moisturised her hands after every hand wash. She’s loving Naturally Happy Skin’s Sensitive Skin Recovery Hand & Body Cream at the moment btw. More on that in a minute.

I’ll be honest, it wasn’t just the moisturiser. At home, she didn’t need to wash her hands every 15 minutes. Or use sanitizer every time she left her seat. We had a little more time without the daily commute or school run to hoover the house to eliminate dust mites. No central heating, open windows and lots of long walks in the fresh air. All of this meant she face cleared up entirely. She said to me one heart-breaking morning when she was getting dressed “Mummy, I look like a normal girl with no eczema”. Oh my heart!

I’m happy to say so far, she remains eczema free on her face since she returned to school in September. But her hands! It’s tough being 6 years old. She has special soap – an SLS free, natural and unfragranced brand. It still isn’t perfect, but better than the school offer! After handwashing, she knows that she should put her cream on (Naturally Happy Skin’s Sensitive Skin Recovery Hand & Body Cream), but when you can either run out to play with your friends or put cream on, which 6 year old will opt for the cream? And the hand sanitizing every time she enters or leaves her classroom. She tells me it stings. I know it’s a necessary evil. I just wish it wasn’t.

But it’s not just eczema sufferers. We were inundated with cries for help from our local community during Lockdown 1.0, particularly people who work in health care who needed to wash and sanitize so often, their hands were dry, chapped, cracked and rough like sandpaper.

Soap it itself is a surfactant and its purpose is to strip dirt and emulsify grease to leave your hands clean. A by-product of that is the removal of the natural skin oils, leaving you with a damaged skin barrier. And when you add Alcohol Gel on top of that, even those claiming to be gentle, will strip what precious little natural oil remains, sending it off into the atmosphere when the alcohol evaporates.

It’s not a lost cause. Naturally Happy Skin have the perfect combination to help your hands heal naturally. As I mentioned, Izzy loves our Sensitive Skin Recovery Cream. It’s a rich, luxurious cream, that sinks in fast – that is her biggest reason for loving it! Packed full of Organic Aloe Vera, Hemp, Borage Seed, Shea, and Sunflower Oils, it restores the natural oil balance while soothing any irritation. The best bits though… Evening Primrose Oil and Phytic Acid. These two wonder ingredients actively encourage cell repair by helping to shed damaged skin cells and encourage new healthy cell growth.

Night time calls for something a little more potent. Naturally Happy Skin’s Ultra Restore Hemp Balm is a wonderfully intense balm, full of Organic Hemp Oil to restore those all-important Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s). Combined with Organic Mango Butter for even more of the EFA’s, but with high levels of antioxidants and essential vitamins – great at treating irritated and inflamed skin. As always, our Ultra Restore Hemp Balm is by far best used immediately after washing hands to force moisture into the deeper skin tissue.

Love Suzy & The Naturally Happy Skin Team

Is Natural Skincare Better than Synthetic Skincare?

First let’s decide what we mean by Natural and Synthetic Skincare. Natural Skincare is a term used widely in the cosmetic industry, and it’s surprising to know there is no set definition. But on the whole, it means that a product has been formulated using ingredients found to naturally occur in nature, mainly plant-based, but… Continue Reading

Tamanu Oil for Skin – The Next Best Thing!

Tamanu Oil is one of my favourite oils. You might not have heard of it as it’s not as famous as it’s some of its fellows, Rosehip Argan or the world-famous coconut. But in my opinion, it’s the best! A thick, viscous green oil with a luscious nutty aroma… it’s wonderful, wonderful stuff. Tamanu Oil… Continue Reading

James H

“Really happy with the samples I received. As I have very sensitive dry and damaged skin. Just ordered 50mls of the works. As works perfectly on my skin. I have bought many other products before claiming to be for sensitive skin and has not works with my skin. I’m very happy with this product” Continue Reading

Amy P

“Bought all three products and must say I’m absolutely loving them so far, a little goes a long way and my skin is so sensitive to all products but no reaction whatsoever so far. My skin feels so much better even after only a short use. Amazing product “ Continue Reading

Organic Mango Butter

Our Organic Mango Butter is extracted from the seeds of Mangos, ensuring there is little waste in the production of this wonderful fruit. Our Mango Butter is sourced from 100% sustainable trees, with producers re-planting tress after felling to sustain both fruit and wood production. Mango and Shea Butter share similar characteristics. They are both… Continue Reading

Organic Hemp Oil

Organic Hemp Oil is taken from the Cannabis Sativa plant and contains none of the psychoactive compound THC. We have sourced only the best UK grown Organic Hemp due to its skin saving properties, sustainability and ethical production. Our Organic Hemp Seed Oil is a true superhero for dry, irritable, dull skin. Renowned for its… Continue Reading

EcoSilk (Isoamyl Laurate, Isoamyl Cocoate)

Ecosilk is a wonderful natural emollient derived from sugarbeet and coconut – 100% natural origin and 100% biodegradable. Ecosilk contributes to that luxurious feel in our body butters, helps to soften skin, prevent moisture loss, and leave a light, non-greasy feeling after application. Continue Reading

Rice Starch (Oriza Sativa Starch)

Another fantastic product from that wonderful rice plant. Rice Starch is high in Ferulic Acid, which is known for its ability to help skin cell regeneration and repair damaged skin. The use of Rice Starch ensures that none of our products leave you with that ‘greasy feeling’, and you get the best body butters that… Continue Reading

Rice Bran Wax (Oriza Sativa)

We all love rice, right? This wax is a by-product of Rice Bran Oil production and is derived from the rice husks. It has, in itself, a long chain of those wonderful fatty acids and is also rich in Squalane, a source of antioxidants with moisturising properties. Another fab cruelty-free and entirely vegan alternative to… Continue Reading