With us all spending lots more time at home during the last few months on lockdown, many of us have looked to de-clutter our houses.
The Kondo effect has seen many of us having a look at our homes to see where we can streamline and clear out the old and unnecessary - with our bathrooms being a major clutter culprit.
Families can have multiple members at varying ages, with varying skin needs and issues, some with sensitive skin or other skin issues. As a result there can be an almost dizzying amount of different products rattling around our showers and bathroom cabinets. But, is it possible to streamline our skincare array? Are there personal care brands that tick all the boxes as family-friendly skincare saviours?
Are there budget-friendly, no-nonsense, plainly packaged skincare gems that are free from unnecessary and sometimes worrying skincare ingredients, fragrance-free and suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive?
This week, I've gathered together some hard-working skin products from family skincare brands that will offer you a general road map on what to look out for if you're looking to streamline your family's bathroom shelves.
For a shower wash suitable for all the family, this soap and detergent-free option is a great pick. If anyone in the family suffers from dry skin, this may prove a handy helper. Its non-foaming formula is different from normal shower gel as it's completely non-drying and actively moisturises our skin, and works to protect it against further leeching of hydration during washing.
E45 Shower Cream Wash, €5.50 from pharmacies nationwide.
This is the No1 best-selling body cream on Amazon.com and is a top best-seller in the US market, too. Developed with dermatologists, this American brand arrived on Irish shores just a few years ago and has proven to be a smash hit with families here. This is a fragrance-free, non-comedogenic (ie non-clogging) and fast-absorbing body lotion that packs a serious punch at a brilliant price.
Cera Ve Moisturising Cream, €10 from pharmacies nationwide.
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Ovelle is an Irish skincare brand that's been around for over 80 years. They use only purified, clean formulations in their products which are all free from synthetic chemicals and are fragrance-free - a perfect fit for the whole family, young and old. This coconut-oil gem is a great multi-tasking skincare helper. It's suitable for eczema-prone skin and beneficial for all skin types.
Ovelle Coconut Oil, €4.50 from pharmacies nationwide.
This natural Irish skincare line is based in Cork and opts for all-natural formulations that pack a heavy beauty punch, at a great price point and in generous amounts - so it is a really great option for families. They have a broad range of skincare products, from deodorants to lip balms, but their Family Remedy Cream is an especially good option for families to have in stock. This multi-tasking all-rounder helps to soothe a whopping amount of family skin issues from eczema, psoriasis, and acne to soothing dry and sensitive skin, itching and razor burn, cold sores, athlete's foot, insect bites and sunburn.
Human + Kind Family Salve, €12.95 from pharmacies nationwide.
This Irish skincare line is adamant about using streamlined ingredients in their formulations, and ditches the sulfates, parabens and any other unnecessary synthetic ingredients. This is a rich and intense facial moisturiser which amps up skin hydration levels with its combination of emollients, leaving skin feeling soft and hydrated. Sensitive skin will feel calm and nourished as the ingredient list is made specifically for skin susceptible to flare-ups.
Elave Intense Moisture Surge, €19.95 from pharmacies nationwide.
If there's a newborn or very young babies in your household, this beaut could be a smash hit. Specifically formulated for newborn skin (to minimise the risk of allergies), it gently cleanses baby's skin, and because of its gentle, soap-free formulation (it uses colloidal oatmeal and oat essence), it's gentle enough to use daily on skin and hair. Grown-ups will love this too, and it's especially good for those who may be prone to eczema.
Aveeno Baby Daily Care Hair And Body Wash, €6.99 from pharmacies nationwide.
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If I told you that studies have shown that a whopping 90pc of all skin ageing occurs from exposure to light rays, would you be surprised to learn that our digital devices also emit rays that have now been shown to create skin damage? How? High-energy visible (HEV) rays - aka blue light - from our laptops, TV screens, phones, electronic devices, fluorescent and LED lights can damage our skin and cause visible signs of ageing (including uneven skin tone, dullness, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles).