Dealing with Summer Time Skincare Issues
Episencial’s Babytime Skincare Products Review
Like so many moms, I worry a bunch about all the chemicals and bad stuff that my kids soak into their little bodies. I’m not perfect, but I try my best to be conscience of what I put on my kids. In regards to their skincare and haircare products, I do a pretty good job at keeping clean, natural products in our home.
When Episencial reached out to me to review their Babytime line, I immediately began to research. I couldn’t tell my readers about a brand that I would otherwise not consider using. For years we were loyal customers of another mom start-up skincare line, that after changing their formula (unbeknownst to their consumers) and adding harmful chemicals, I stopped buying. I was bummed, but they were dishonest. I can’t get down with that. I haven’t found another brand that meets all our needs since.
This summer has been especially hard in terms of skincare issues. Summer time means lots of sun exposure (YES! Brown babies burn, too!), severe eczema, sunspots, diaper rashes and more. Sebastian especially is dealing with very irritable skincare issues, so Episencial’s email could not have come at a better time. I hate seeing my little man uncomfortable. As a disclosure, this is not a compensated post. I was sent Episencial Babytime products to test out in exchange for a review.
Upon receiving the products, I immediately started using their Sunny Sunscreen. It really doesn’t matter where you live, but in Vegas (where it is currently 115 degrees outside – no lie), we use a lot of sunscreen. And if you knew all that horribly yucky crap that goes into sunscreen, you wouldn’t think twice about buying a high quality baby variety for your kids. Episencial’s is SPF 35 and water resistant for up to 80 minutes. It’s also non-greasy and moisturizing. Sebastian’s skin doesn’t break out from this sunscreen, like it does after I use the other stuff. All in all, I really love this product and will buy it when this tube runs out.
My only complaint is the same with all cream based sunscreens – when you have brown skin, it takes a long time to sufficiently rub the product in. My kids never sit still long enough! Whenever possible, I cover Sebastian’s skin with protecting clothing and hats, but when I have to use sunscreen, I slather it on and let him go. As long as his skin is protected without harmful chemicals, I could care less if he looks like a character out of Lone Ranger.
Episencial’s Cheeky Salve: The Break Out Star!
After the Sunny Sunscreen, our next favorite product is definitely the Cheeky Salve. A few months ago, Alina got the most persistent case of chapped lips. They were SO chapped – ALL the time! In addition, she deals with a patch of eczema near her mouth too. I bought so many different kinds of chap sticks to remedy her poor lips, which at this time had started to bleed from all the cracking.
Being a typical girly girl, she loved putting on chap stick. People would buy her all kinds – princess kinds, Dora kinds – all super cute, but what the heck was in that stuff that she slathered on her face 12,000 times a day? And since they were probably sweetened, Alina would continuously suck it all off. The whole thing grossed me out, and it had become a serious battle, since Alina loved to feel like she was applying lip gloss. Cheeky Salve is honestly a God send because it saved my sanity and Alina’s lips.
With actively healthy ingredients, Cheeky Salve 100% cured her chapped lips. That’s awesome enough for me! This product has totally become a household necessity for us. I also love that I can use it to stop treat Sebastian’s severe eczema areas or other sensitive spots. I have already found a local Whole Foods market that sells it and have no worries when my little diva wants to reapply.
We also received Episencial’s Soothing Cream lotion and Playful Wash. Both products are mild and unscented, which was great for Sebastian’s sensitive skin. The Soothing Cream did not irritate Sebastian’s eczema areas, but it also didn’t cure them. I still had to use his steroid cream on the worst patches.
There are a couple other Episencial products that I want to try though, so hopefully we’ll reduce the use of the steroid cream eventually. You can find Episencial online or at Whole Foods. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter too!
If you’ve tried them, be sure to let me know in the comments!