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When skin is irritated to the point where it gets chronically sensitive, it shows up on the skin surface in different ways such as redness, itchiness, and dryness to the point of skin flaking.
Getting any of these skin reactions can disrupt your day and affect your mood, and the factor that you can control least is itchiness.
You may be able to conceal redness with makeup. You can also keep moisturising the dry, flaky skin areas. Sometimes, the flakiness doesn’t go away so you’re left with unsightly flaky, peeling skin. However, you can’t feel your skin flaky.
As for itching, it is a sensation you cannot relieve simply by scratching it or by applying a rich moisturiser. Many times, severe eczema sufferers would turn to steroid creams or injections to relieve any skin inflammation, and keep rashes and itch at bay.
Until now, aside from steroid creams, there aren’t many effective ways to relieve itch. Apply ice pack on itchy skin can be messy and time-consuming. Moisturising doesn’t always take the itch away. Cooling agents in moisturisers don’t last and you’re back itching in no time.
To address this, Dr Tey Hong Liang, who runs the Itch Clinic at the National Skin Centre in Singapore, has paired up with Good Pharma Dermatology to create a skincare line for relieving itch with various cooling ingredients like menthol. These are also said to be highly moisturising so the skin feels further comforted.
If you face any of these skin irritations we are talking about, then you might want to check out the follow products we reviewed:
Gentle Moisturising Facial Cleanser, $19.90 (100ml)
It claims to be: An ultra-gentle face wash for sensitive and eczema-prone skin.
Key ingredients: Shea butter to moisturise and sodium hyaluronate to help skin retain moisture.
How it feels on skin: It feels like a lightweight balm cleanser that melts instantly upon contact with wet skin.
Results: This is one highly moisturising face wash. While it doesn’t leave a cooling sensation, it leaves the skin soft, comfortable and well-moisturised.
Cooling Itch Relief Facial Moisturiser, $39.90 (50ml)
It claims to be: A quick, itch-relieving moisturiser for sensitive or eczema-prone skin.
Key ingredients: Five types of ceramides to soothe, hydrate and nourish skin, and strengthen the skin barrier. Linoleic and linoleic acid to moisturise skin. Northern truffle extract to soothe any skin irritation and redness.
How it feels on skin: This lends an instant minty sensation that’s more intense than the body moisturiser.
Results: The lightweight gel-lotion melts into skin readily to leave it soft and supple.
The best part is it doesn’t sting the eyes when you apply it over the skin around the eye contours.
If your skin is feeling very itchy, apply this and fan your skin to intensify the cool, minty sensation.
If your skin tends to itch over the day, you’ll be relieved to know that the minty sensation lingers on the skin for a good few hours even after you apply sunscreen and foundation.
Rapid Itch Relief Scalp Spray Moisturiser, $38.90 (100ml)
It claims to be: A water-based spray moisturiser for the scalp that’s developed for those with scalp conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis (eczema on the scalp), bad dandruff, psoriasis, or dry and flaky scalp to relieve itch.
Key ingredients: Natural non-drying menthol to ease itch and ceramide to nourish scalp.
How it feels on skin: The light serum-like texture gives the scalp an instant cooling sensation that feels refreshing and minty.
Results: This comes with a spray nozzle that directs the watery moisturiser directly on the scalp without creating any messy. It also doesn’t clump up hair so you can use it throughout the day whenever the scalp gets itchy.
While it’s difficult to tell if the scalp is more moisturised after using this, the scalp feels minty and significantly less itchy.
Dual Rapid Itch Relieving & Restoring Body Moisturiser, $21.90 (75ml)
It claims to: Relieve itchiness in five minutes while hydrating skin.
Key ingredients: Ceramides to moisturise and menthol to soothe itch. Free of steroids and parabens.
How it feels on skin: This is a very lightweight cream that spreads easily and penetrates quickly into the skin. It leaves skin smooth and supple, and doesn’t leave skin sticky.
Results: Dry skin feels hydrated enough and the slight menthol sensation slightly soothes itchy skin. If you spend time in cool, windy air, you would be able to experience a more intense cooling sensation.
We found that using it at night keeps the skin soothed and you could still feel the cooling sensation when water hits your skin in the shower in the morning. That's a pretty refreshing way to start the day, we reckon.
Suu Balm products are available at Suubalm.com and at most Guardian and Watsons outlets islandwide.