This post is in collaboration with Britmums and Eucerin. I was kindly sent some Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm to try and these are my thoughts on it.
When I first squeezed the balm into my hand I was surprised at the colour, as I expected it to be white. But it resembled petrolatum jelly. I was then dubious because I don’t like using petrolatum jelly on my skin. However, the product box states that Aquaphor is “clinically proven to soothe and protect very dry, cracked or irritated skin”.
Now, I am someone who creams my hands all the time! It has become such a habit that I keep moisturiser everywhere; In my handbag, in the changing bag, near the kitchen sink and even in my car!
So, I decided to try the balm on my hands first as I have contact dermatitis on my left hand. This is like two small eczema patches weirdly caused by certain washing up liquid. Having used various lotions and potions which have failed to deliver when it comes to my eczema, I was surprised when Aquaphor actually made a difference! I have been using it for a few weeks now, and the appearance of my “dry patches” has actually improved!
Is Aquaphor Suitable For Babies?
As a first time mom I am sooo picky about what I use on Aniyah’s skin. She is only 4 months old and I would rather avoid unnecessary chemicals for as long as possible. I am also the type of person who reads the ingredients on products. So I was happy to see Aquaphor is only formulated with seven ingredients. Some of these include Glycerin (a humectant which attracts moisture) and Panthenol (which improves skin hydration and has soothing properties). Aquaphor is also fragrance-free, preservative free AND non-comedogenic! Aquaphor has such a silky smooth texture (honestly it feels lovely) and is able to protect the skin by creating a breathable protective barrier. This makes it perfect for nappy changes!
Aniyah usually hates having a wet nappy. Most babies are fine with them (according to friends and my social media mom friends) but not mine. As soon as Aniyah has a wet nappy she instantly cries, even if the indicator line is still 99% yellow I end up changing it. So I go through an obscene amount of nappies! It is understandable though, because I wouldn’t like having a wet bum either, and the urine is most likely irritating her skin. Since using Aquaphor Aniyah has tolerated being wet for longer, and rarely wakes herself up crying because of it now, Yay! Her skin also looks a lot healthier thanks to the balm.
I couldn’t imagine using the same product for my baby’s bum on my lips. BUT the formula of the balm makes it suitable for dry chapped lips too, which is common in the winter due to cold weather and the warm air from central heating.
Before I had Aniyah I carried my lip balm EVERYWHERE! (Can you see a trend here?) To the dinner table, to the gym, to the cinema…it always had to be with me. My sister has ridiculed me for this and my partner rolls his eyes every time I have a melt down because I’ve lost the small tube down the back of the sofa. Since having Aniyah I have to carry various baby bits around the house, including her, so it was a hassle grabbing my lip balm as well.
So when I discovered I could use Aquaphor on my lips too, I was sold. A little balm goes a long way, so I know the 45ml tube will last for quite a while. Being able to use one product for various things makes my life so much easier, and I keep it on my bedside table during the night and our baby changing bag during the day.
Let me know if you have tried Aquaphor and what your thoughts are.
This post is an entry for the BritMums #MyAquaphor Challenge, sponsored by Eucerin. Discover the benefits of Eucerin. https://www.eucerin.co.uk/products/aquaphor