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I moved to Johannesburg from Cape Town over a decade ago. The month was April, right in the middle of autumn. Sure the air was drier…much drier – but I was newly in love and did not anticipate what the dry climate would eventually do my hair and skin.

Within a couple of weeks, I noticed that my hair was very brittle. Back then, I used to wear a twist out, which meant twisting the hair in the evenings and letting it out in the mornings. The twist out was no longer working as a hairstyle of choice because the twists had no volume or bounce to them due to the lack of moisture in the air. So I shaved it off as it was breaking off.

A few more weeks in, I woke up one morning and cried when I discovered my entire back was covered in dry scales. I was convinced I had a rare skin disease and was terrified to see a dermatologist. I eventually did and was told my skin is trying to get used to my new reality i.e. dry air with no luxury of ocean sprays and a humid climate. That was the day I changed my entire shower routine to include lots of oils as cleansers and washing with water that is lukewarm and not hot. Today, I’m happy to say my skin is back to “normal”. I’ve been living in Joburg for so long my skin doesn’t know any better and my hair stays cropped. I’ve since learnt that when skin goes dry, it means it is losing water too quickly. This usually happens because the skin’s lipids have been compromised or eroded. There are a number of reasons why this happens including a dry climate, harsh skin products, over-exfoliation, which can wear off the skin’s barrier function.

The new challenge has been my 3 year old daughter. She has mild eczema, which I didn’t notice until recently. The dry patches are mainly around her legs and joints (wrists, ankles, elbows) and because of her complexion, you don’t really see any redness and can only feel the dry patches when rubbing your hands on her skin. I’ve tried the oil in bath water thing, I’ve mixed all kinds of oils into her cream and I’ve tried various brands that formulate skin products for eczema. Some stuff has worked and other is plain rubbish.

So when SBR sent me two of their creams targeted at very dry skin, I couldn’t resist giving them a try. Here’s how I used the Lipocream:

– Applied to lips and around the lip area just before bed.

– Applied to my 3 year old’s dry, rough and patchy spots on her legs due to mild eczema.

– Applied around the eye area before bed as a hydrating eye mask. (Once a week after cleansing)

– As hand cream throughout the day

– Applied on dry knees and elbows on my 6 year old and dry heels on myself.

I used the Skin Barrier Repair Cream on my daughter’s eczema flare-ups.

The promise?

SBR Lipocream assists in treating dry skin by fortifying and repairing the skin’s barrier function by replacing two physiological skin lipids. The special formulation of SBR Repair restores the skin’s barrier working to accelerate recovery by carrying skin-identical barrier lipids to the epidermis where they last longer in 3 stages:

*Reducing water evaporation from the skin

*Replacing lost lipids in the skin’s outer visible layer

*Penetrating to the skin’s epidermis to replace lost lipids for up to 24 hours

The result?

  • Immediate relief in tightness of skin and the effects lasted at least 4-5 hours, depending on area applied to.
  • Skin visibly turned smoother, plumper and more nourished from first application.
  • Skin felt comforted and less inflamed.
  • These really work!

For You…

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