Okay, so to get the ball rolling I thought I would have a look around and see what is out there at the moment and what brands are being discussed about via the internet on other psoriasis sites.
I found that Salcura Skin Care are being talked about in a few places, so I thought I’d give their site a look over and saw that they were doing a “free trial” on some of their products. So hey, seeing as I'm not exactly bursting at the seams with cash, I thought I’d pay the £2 p&p and give their products ago.
(prices are on the website – there are different prices for different ml)
Okay, so in the free trial there was a few moisturising packets and two of their sprays;
- DermaSpray Natural Skin Nourishment: Intensive
- DermaSpray Natural Skin Nourishment: Gentle
- Salcura Zeoderm Moisturiser
After reading the instructions on how to use the spray products I was a bit hesitant at using them. It says “select an area of affected skin on which to use up this sample” and I already was debating where exactly I should choose seeing as psoriasis is sporadic! So I decided to do it on an area which I can actually see the best which was my chest. The tester also says to spray on the affected area “3-4 times a day” which was going to be annoying as I don’t like to publicise my psoriasis so whipping out the tester bottle to re-apply throughout the day I didn’t like the idea of, so I decided to spray it on once in the morning and once in the evening as I would treat my psoriasis with any other product.
Another reason why I wasn’t so fond of spraying it onto my skin throughout the day is that the spray (especially the intensive one) has a very strong smell, and it’s a sort of chemical smell at first but dies down into a smell you could pass off as ‘minty’.
After first spraying it onto the skin it immediately reduces the whiteness over the top of the patches and makes them smooth to the touch – I like the fact that it does that immediately! It says that its non greasy which I'm not 100% sure I agree with, it does leave your skin feeling soft but it does feel a bit greasy for a while after putting it on (maybe this is just its sinking in time).
I like the fact that it is a liquid spray as I does cover a lot of skin with one application and can be done quickly.
I'm a bit funny about spraying things onto my face, especially seeing as I am a female and wear makeup (which is also a confidence thing as it hide the psoriasis on my face) – therefore I don’t like greasy products to touch my face and I am very particular to use a more “high street” moisturisers in the morning when I am getting ready to go out. SO, I used the Zeoderm moisturiser in the evening and used it only on my face and neck whilst using the spray for non-facial patches. I like the moisturiser, it did have a strong smell and was a little greasy at first, but that didn’t matter as I wasn’t going anywhere except to sleep. After waking up my skin did feel softer and the patches lacked the whiteness and were smoother to touch.
I think the only down side to the DermaSpray would be the fact that it is a spray and that makes applying it to areas which you can’t see so well (i.e. your back) a bit of a hassle and would have to be used as a moisturiser and applied to the hand first and then applied to the back (unless you get someone else to help you out)
I didn’t use the DermaSpray Gentle as I am not under 12 months or have hypersensitive skin – so I don’t have a lot to say about that BUT if you did want to use it, it does pretty much the same thing however doesn’t reduce the whiteness as quickly as the intensive and has a different smell that you can’t really pass off as ‘minty’ - it is a less potent smell so if you are particularly worried about that then maybe the DermaSpray Gentle is best.
Price: 8/10 – The DermaSpray and the Zeoderm are both pretty average prices for a decent psoriasis product.
Smell: 4/10 – Not a fan myself of the intense smell that these products have, I don’t really like being asked about it so if someone was to question me I would feel uncomfortable having to explain. Giving it a 4 though as it doesn’t bother me if I was to do it in the house.
Texture: 9/10 – Both products spread on the skin easily, they don’t feel tacky or clump together and once they have sunk in (after about 5-10mins) then they stop feeling greasy. The Zeoderm is a more creamy texture though and feels thicker when you apply it.
Packaging: 8/10 – Simplistic packaging. I Like the DermaSprays nozzle to apply it to the skin (even though it might be difficult to apply to the back etc..).
Time consumption: 9/10 – The DermaSpray doesn’t take long to sink in (but for make-up wearers - I wouldn’t recommend putting it on your face before you go out) and the spray does really help spread it quicker. The Zeoderm is the same as any other face/skin moisturiser so didn’t take longer than usual.
Overall result: 8/10 – I like these products, they work well once you find a routine that works well for you. The only thing which puts me off wanting to use them for my psoriasis routine is their intense smell but i'm sure it is a smell you would get used to. However I am definitely thinking about buying the Zeoderm for my night-time skin routine.