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HelloSkin skincare plus giveaway

I was very pleased to be offered the chance to choose a selection of 3 products from HelloSkin free to review. The lady at HelloSkin had seen that I have previously blogged about Flexitol footcare products which is a line they stock.

HelloSkin products

HelloSkin is an online store selling skincare products suitable for those people with psoriasis, eczema, acne and dry skin conditions. The site has been designed so that you can easily shop by need, type or ingredient. Alternatively there is a product finder which is refinable by age group, body part, symptom, need and when to use.

I initially chose the following three products
DermaTherapy Fitted Sheet
Moisturising Cotton Sleep Socks
Neutrogena T/Gel 2-in-1 Dandruff Shampoo Plus Conditioner

But as my first choice of socks were out of stock at the time, I swapped to
Jasmine 100% Silk Moisturising Socks for dry and cracked skin

The products were dispatched on a next day service and arrived well-packed. I spotted that they also offer a free standard delivery service, which I always appreciate.

DermaTherapy fitted sheet

So I’ll start with the DermaTherapy Fitted Sheet which is billed as being the first clinically proven Therapeutic Bedding. I chose this in a king size which currently retails for £84.95 but it is also available in single and double sizes. The fabric feels amazingly smooth compared to standard sheets, but to really understand this, you should look at the zoomed in image of the weave. The HelloSkin website focusses on the benefits for those with sensitive skin conditions, but the packaging also indicates that it is ideal for those undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Pity I hadn’t heard about it a few years earlier, as when son1 was diagnosed with leukaemia, I thought I was making the right choice to buy best quality pure Egyptian cotton bedsheets for him.

They also stock duvet covers, pillow case, flat sheets and sleep sacs. I tend to often wake up sweaty in the middle of the night and I found that this sheet is very effective at wicking away heat and moisture. Now I just need the rest of the range, as my ordinary duvet meant I was still sweaty above, although much more comfortable underneath. Significantly more expensive than standard bedding, but definitely worth the investment for those that it helps to a much better night’s sleep in my opinion. It is 50% polyester and 50% polyamide and is so easy to fit on your mattress compared to most sheets. I actually had to double check the packet to make sure I hadn’t accidentally got super-king rather than king size. I washed it on a 60 degree cycle and tumble-dried it on low. It came out almost crease-free, so I didn’t even need to iron. And the packaging indicates that it will withstand washing upto 90 degrees.

Jasmine Silk Socks

Next the socks, which fit size 3-7. I’ve been planning to get a pair of moisturising socks for ages, but had never got round to it. The idea behind moisturising socks is to apply your usual footcare product and then the socks will help the absorption whilst you sleep. I’m loving these. I can definitely say they work. I’ve blogged before about how dry and cracked my feet are, as per image on left. Well I’ve seen a marked improvement in the mornings since I started wearing the socks, as per image on right. At £7.99 for a pair, they are great value in my opinion. Wish I’d got some sooner. Although the socks are silk, they can still be machine washed on a low 30 degree setting, but I chose to hand-wash them.

Neutrogena T/Gel Dandruff Shampoo

And finally the shampoo. I frequently get a flare up of flaky scalp and have tried many different brands of anti-dandruff shampoo, but this is the first time, I’ve tried this brand. At the time of testing, I only had a very mild case of dandruff (as per top left image), which I’m happy to say it treated. I do prefer using combined shampoo and conditioner like this rather than two separate products. This shampoo lathered up well and also had a nice fragrance and my hair felt soft and tangle-free afterwards. This was the 125ml size which currently retails for £3.99 and it is also available in a 250ml size. More expensive than most shampoo at the supermarket but competitive with salon brands.

So in summary, I was very happy with all three products and will certainly be using this site in the future.

Also I have an offer to pass on to my readers – 10% off your next purchase at HelloSkin with discount code: “HELLOCLAIRE”. This offer is valid once per customer.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway HelloSkin products to three lucky winners. The first winner drawn will win a DermaTherapy fitted sheet in their preferred choice of size. The second winner drawn will win a pair of Jasmine Silk Moisturising Socks. And the third winner drawn will win a bottle of  Neutrogena T/Gel 2-in-1 Dandruff Shampoo Plus Conditioner.
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Disclosure.  This post is a review of products I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

Yves Rocher hair products review

I have just received two free hair care products to review from Yves Rocher.

Yves Rocher delicate cleansing cream and rinsing vinegar haircare

First up we have the Delicate Cleansing Cream, a low shampoo with organic hawthorn. It says that the non-foaming formula protects the integrity of the hair fibre even when used daily. Apparently inspired by the ‘no shampoo’ method seen in the US, something I haven’t heard of.  I found it quite strange washing my hair with a product which didn’t foam up. It felt a bit like I was trying to wash it with conditioner. The tube didn’t indicate how much to use, so I started with a handful. Without the foaming, I wasn’t convinced whether I had used enough, so I repeated with a bit extra.

Yves Rocher Low Shampoo

A handful of delicate cleansing cream

Yves Rocher Low Shampoo

Look, no foam!

Following up with the raspberry-scented Rinsing Vinegar which it says will eliminate limescale and mineral build up, leaving your hair ultra shiny and smooth. The word vinegar is slightly off-putting, as you think of fish and chips. But don’t worry this product smelt fantastic and the raspberry aroma lingers. However it is a liquid and tends to start running between your fingers if you try to pour into your hand. Second attempt, I got round this by pouring into the lid instead before tipping onto my hair before the final rinse. Again I didn’t know how much of the product to use, so I went for two capfuls, as it is a very small cap.

Yves Rocher Rinsing Vinegar

A capful of Rinsing Vinegar

Both products are silicone, paraben and sulphate free and are composed of 98% natural ingredients. Once my hair was dry, it did look nice, so I was pleased with both these products and recommend them. However I would have appreciated guidance on how much to use.

Yves Rocher Low Shampoo

Soft and silky results

The Delicate Cleansing Cream currently retails at £3.45 for 200 ml, reduced by 50% from £6.90 whilst the Rinsing Vinegar currently retails at £5.65 for 150 ml, reduced by 50% from £11.30.

This is my second Yves Rocher review. You can read my previous review of Comme Une Evidence perfume here.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of products I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.