There are two brands that I’m using to help get through the harshness of winter. Babo Botanicals has a new Sensitive Skin Care Therapy line that has products that hydrate, cleanse, calm and comfort dry skin as well as sensitive and eczema-prone skin.
The second brand is BREVENA® whose products focus on skin health and hydration using Macro B Complex®, their proprietary ingredient proven to deliver gorgeous, glowing, ultra-smooth skin.
The main reason I was excited to get products from both brands is that they are basically fragrance free and both help with dry skin. I’m all about fragrance free whenever possible.samples/ affiliates
BABO BOTANICALS Sensitive Skin Dry Relief Hydrating Stick is an all in one product. It’s just the right size to carry with you to help relieve so many issues: chapped lips, eczema, dry hands and cuticles, insect bites, and more. I’ve been looking for products that are great for travel and this fits in perfectly with my plans. There’s a slight minty smell to it and feels soothing when applied.
The packaging is like a mini deodorant (3″ tall, 1.5″ wide) and is suitable for everyone including children. It’s 100% natural and contains medical grade colloidal oatmeal for immediate dry skin relief. The benefits are that it protects against dry and chapped lips, as well as relieves and soothes flare ups, irritation, rashes and itchiness. Sounds pretty miraculous and it actually is. I’ve used it mostly on my hands since my fingers often get chapped.
Ingredients that help it moisturize and soothe are shea and cocoa butters. It’s also enriched with “Nutri-Soothe Complex”. There are other products in this Sensitive Skin line like Hydra Therapy Lotion for dry and eczema prone skin (fragrance free and vegan) and Hydra Therapy Wash for face and body. (gluten, soy, dairy and sulfate free).
BREVENA®’s products focus on skin health and hydration using Macro B Complex® and a blend of emollients to deliver deep hydration. Their products are not only fragrance free but they are also dye-free, made in the US, not tested on animals, and are great for all skin types. I’ve been using both their Hand & Cuticle Therapy Balm and the Intensive Foot & Heel Repair and realized that they are actually the same product but different packaging. So you only need one to perform a fantastic job of moisturizing your hands and feet.
In 90% of the hand cream reviews I see they talk about how quickly the product absorbs but I’m not going to say that. This is a thicker balm so it takes time for maximum absorption. Brevena says to give it about 15 minutes though I find that after 10 minutes it feels terrific and I can go on with my life. For some that might mean to use it before bed, for others it means just take a little extra time. My hands don’t feel greasy after but they feel fabulously soft and protected.
Both the Hand & Cuticle Balm and the Foot & Heel Repair have the same ingredients and texture.
I’m not a person who can sleep in socks so I apply the Intensive Foot & Heel Repair when I get it bed. Not only do I massage it into my tootsies but I also use the remainder on my hands. Not everyone is going to have this luxury but if I just had one it would be on my nightstand. There’s a protective barrier that helps my hands and feet look better – no more scaly heels or fingers. While these are expensive to begin with ($49) remember that they aren’t lotions or creams. They are protective balms and a little goes a long way. (Our key ingredient is Macro B Complex, a botanical element extracted from the cell wall of the oat plant)
Don’t let the rest of winter beat you down. Fight back and shield your skin from the harshness of winter and skin problems with Babo Botanicals and Brevena Laboratories. — Marcia