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Tuesday, 31 July 2018


In my last post, "My Visit to the 2018 Allergy & Free From Show at London Olympia", I wrote about Dr Justine Hextall's excellent talk and her advice on skincare for sensitive skin.  She stressed the need for a gentle skincare regime, using only a gentle cleanser and the importance of finding the right moisturiser.

I totally agree with Dr Hextall.  Personally, although I have never thought of my skin as being particularly sensitive, I have experienced problems in the past with either harsh skincare products (stinging, dryness etc) or irritating cosmetics (itchiness, stinging eye makeup).  Also, although my skin is not oily, I have found that over oily/rich skincare products have caused spots.  At the time, my thoughts were simply that the product or brand wasn't good or certainly it just wasn't good for me! I always use a gentle cleanser and I've bought the same moisturiser for years because I really do think it's the right one for me.

At the show, La Roche-Posay, who presented the talk, were promoting their TOLERIANE ULTRA Daily Moisturiser for sensitive skin and I came away with a couple of small sample tubes to try.

La Roche-Posay say that TOLERIANE ULTRA Daily Moisturiser is "clinically proven to provide instant relief and longlasting comfort for sensitive skin" and "help reduce redness in 30 minutes". It is enriched with glycerin and shea butter. I decided to use one little tube now and save the other one for the winter, as I sometimes experience "redness" in cold temperatures and biting winds.

When I applied TOLERIANE ULTRA Daily Moisturiser to my face, it had a clean fresh feel and spread on smoothly.  Although it felt very soft and moisturising, it wasn't oily or over rich and left my skin feeling soft, moisturised and comfortable. I was only able to get 3 applications out of the small tube but my opinion is that it is a very pleasing moisturiser.  I would think that longer-term use would be beneficial and certainly worth a try for anyone with sensitive and/or dry skin.  

However, as always, I would recommend that if you suffer from known allergies or sensitivity to certain ingredients, you should always check that a product is suitable for you before use. 

TOLERIANE ULTRA Daily Moisturiser is available at BOOTS, where they currently have a special offer on it - £13.12 reduced from the normal price of £17.50.  

I will be updating this review in the winter, when I will try the moisturiser again to see how it copes with any redness. 

Update is now on January 2019 post, "Cold Weather Chic".

The product mentioned in this post was Not Gifted. Small sample tubes were available at the La Roche-Posay stand for all visitors to take.

Friday, 13 July 2018


GIFTED products from Promise, Genius and Natural Health Magazine: sponsored feature

On Saturday, I went to the ALLERGY & FREE FROM SHOW at  Olympia, the glass-domed exhibition hall in London.

The ALLERGY & FREE FROM SHOW also shared the hall with LOVE NATURAL LOVE YOU and the JUST V SHOW.   It was a wonderful event presenting food and drink, beauty and life-style products made from natural ingredients and/or free from certain things that people might wish to avoid.

My first stop was the BLOGGERS MEET-UP hosted by Robbyn Snow from the ALLERGY & FREE FROM SHOW and Vicki Leeland, from LOVE NATURAL LOVE YOU.   It was an opportunity to meet other bloggers and a few exhibitors who turned up with some samples of their products.  PROMISE GLUTEN FREE gave me a Super Seed Loaf (gluten free, low sugar, high fibre, wheat free, dairy free) and offered me a taster of their yummy Chocolate Chip Brioche Rolls. I also received a gluten free Baguette (frozen to bake in the oven) from GENIUS.  I have been enjoying eating both of these!  Then, Robbyn and Vicki gave us each a "NATURAL HEALTH" shopping bag, containing a copy of the August 2018 "NATURAL HEALTH MAGAZINE", the INTERNATIONAL BEAUTY AWARDS 2018 Supplement, a lovely selection of beauty and skincare products and a few food and drink samples.  As you can imagine, I will be trying out the beauty and skincare products during the summer, so keep posted for my reviews!

As always, the show offered a display of so many products - something for everyone I would say - but each year I usually focus on a theme. This time it was sensitive skin and suitable skincare.

I went to the Learning Theatre to listen to an excellent talk by Dr Justine Hextall, a Consultant Dermatologist, on "The Myths and Facts of Managing Sensitive & Allergy-Prone Skin".  The talk was presented by LA ROCHE-POSAY, known for skincare products designed for sensitive skin.  Dr Hextall explained the difference between skin that was just sensitive and irritated and conditions caused by actual allergies.  She emphasized the fact that the right skincare can reduce skin sensitivity and gave the following advice:
  • adopt a gentle skincare regime
  • avoid over-washing and over-scrubbing
  • avoid harsh cleansers, soaps and products containing alcohol
  • find the right moisturiser that suits your skin
  • products don't have to be expensive
  • use SPF 50 Sun Protection everyday
After the talk, I looked at the nearby LA ROCHE-POSAY stand, where they were promoting their TOLERIANE ULTRA, a daily moisturiser that they claim relieves sensitive skin and helps to reduce redness.  I took a couple of the small samples that were offered  to visitors and intend to test and review the moisturiser.  

Their range of products also includes a 50+SPF sunscreen for sensitive skin, ANTHELIOS XL ULTRA-LIGHT and a variety of cleansers.  I thought that TOLERIANE DERMA-CLEANSER, cleanser & make-up removal fluid for intolerant skin, sounded interesting.  LA ROCHE-POSAY skincare products are easily available at BOOTS, where currently they have some special sale prices on this brand.  Normal prices for these products are within  £12-£20 - not the cheapest on the market, but not the most expensive!

ELC Liverpool: 3-4 November 2018
SEC Glasgow: 2-3 March 2019

Thursday, 5 July 2018


THE ALLERGY AND FREE FROM SHOW is returning to the OLYMPIA, LONDON tomorrow, Friday 6th July and is also on over the weekend, Saturday, 7th July and Sunday, 8th July.  I always find this to be a very interesting and enjoyable event.  I hope you manage to get there!

If you would like FREE TICKETS for the show, please click on the link below:-