CLEANSEingredients] is my current favourite; for summer / humid climates / active bouts of eczema or irritation, I switch over to the lighter Lipikar Syndet [ingredients]. Please note that both of these shower gels contain niacinamide, sodium laureth sulfate, and Surgras also contains fragrance. If you dislike products which leave a slight 'film' on the skin, avoid Surgras.
Scrubs can be tricky for delicate skin, but the Haus of Gloi Soft Bubbling Scrubs are a good balance of effective and gentle for me -- the sugars dissolve quickly enough into a light, clean-rinsing foam that even a bout of overenthusiastic buffing [me + sugar + bubbles = enthusiasm an ever-present danger....] won't leave skin red or chapped. The dinky 2oz. sample sizes are a perfect way to experiment with the plethora of HoG scents on offer, and each $3.50 tub, used once weekly, lasts me a full month.
|Haus of Gloi Honeysuckle Lemon Curd Soft Bubbling Scrub ingredients|
|FuturePrimitive Soap Co. Urchin Girl Bubbling Sugar Scrub ingredients|
|Haus of Gloi Aether Pumpkin Butter ingredients|
For enquiring minds, the limited edition seasonal scents I do like and repurchase: Three Treasures, Snow Wolf and Plotter's Breakfast (Yule), Samhain (Fall) and Something Hopeful (Valentine's, sometimes -- I hope they bring this back next year).
HANDS AND FEET
...don't necessarily require special / additional products, so listen to your own skin. Since I have Raynaud's (which affects extremities), do a lot with my hands and walk everywhere, separate products do help. Herby Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Hand Recovery (a coarse-grained salt scrub which leaves palms and cuticles soft and coated in oils -- I wouldn't use this on the thin skin on the backs of hands) and Hand Therapy (a matte, instantly absorbed but effective moisturiser) have been staples for years. I use the scrub once a week and keeps tubs of the cream everywhere -- I can get on with whatever I want to do immediately after application without leaving sticky, greasy handmarks.
In my bag, a rotation of travel-sized Japanese drugstore handcreams -- currently Shiseido Hand Cream -- which are usually scent-free, quickly absorbed to wear under gloves and carefully packaged never to explode/spill all over the rest of the stuff I tote around.
CCS Heel Balm contains 20% urea, higher than most UK drugstore offerings, and slathered overnight over feet (optionally topped with cotton socks) helps to keep them soft and prevent cracks.
I was prescribed both of these basic treatment creams by doctors: Womnale DX II is a healing Japanese drugstore 20%-urea-and-hyaluronic acid mix (miraculously elegant texture for a urea cream and never stings), while Diprobase is a barrier-forming paraffin ointment, cheap as chips in the UK. All the blather above ensures that I rarely suffer from eczema / chilblains / cracked and chafed skin any more, but I still keep these around as insurance: a quick slather when early warning signs of sore skin manifest usually nips things in the bud.