My kids suffer from moderate to severe Eczema, all year around. I accidentally discovered how foods might play a role in exacerbating their symptoms a few years ago but since then, we discovered, through allergy testing, that there are environmental factors that aggravate their symptoms, BIG time. And sometimes their skin flares up for no reason, it seems. I mean, I’m sure there are r.e.a.s.o.n.s – it’s just that, we don’t know what they are sometimes.
So it’s no surprise, albeit, still annoying, when their dermatologist told me that Eczema is due to genetics - Geeeezz….thanks, Doc. The only thing the kids can do is to avoid the triggers and have to treat it symptomatically. *groan*
Well, their “flare ups” seem almost daily, especially in the winter & spring, and when they play sports. And, unfortunately, the Northesast is the WORST for Eczema. Milder and not too humid temperate areas, like the Southeast, is the best. Stress does cause flare ups too but environmental issues play a bigger role, in my kids. Ask a college kid and a High School Junior. They know s.t.r.e.s.s….but it’s seasonal allergies that wreak havoc on their skin more than the stress.
I am always on the look out for some magical lotions, soaps, shampoos and creams that will either calm their skin when they are inflamed, or prevent flare ups.
So, when I read that Britta Aragon, the author of When Cancer Hits, a book I just reviewed on Monday (there is still time to enter the giveaway!), created this magical potion for inflamed and irritated skin called Rescue+Relief Spray, I was th.rill.ed! I was going to review her book anyway so I asked her about the spray. She was generous enough to send me a bottle try. Yahoo!!
Britta Aragon’s Story
I ‘met’ Britta on Twitter. You know how that goes….some people retweet what you tweet and then you want to find out what they are all about. When I saw that she was tweeting and re-tweeting anything to do with skin, health, and cancer, I had to find out what she knew. And it turns out, she knew a lot about health and beauty, NOT just for cancer patients but for anyone in general.
Britta Aragon, natural beauty expert, author and entrepreneur, discovered her passion for promoting safe self-care through her experience as a caregiver during her father’s eight-year battle with cancer. A survivor herself of Hodgkin’s Disease at the age of 16, she sought solutions for the difficult side effects her father suffered on his hair, skin and nails, but was disheartened by the lack of straightforward information or effective products. Even when she tried products specifically touted for “sensitive skin,” they were often laden with potentially harmful chemicals that actually irritated her father’s fragile skin. For the first time, she became acutely aware of how devastating the side effects from drugs and medical treatments could be.
Inspired and determined to help others, she founded Cinco Vidas in 2008, and dedicated her work to her father’s legacy. A lifestyle brand of products and services, Cinco Vidas provides expert resources and safe solutions to those experiencing side effects from chemotherapy, radiation or medication, or who experience skin conditions like eczema, sensitivity and chronic dryness. With the goal of fostering prevention and encouraging change, Cinco Vidas also works to increase awareness of potential carcinogens in food, personal care products, and the environment. As a result of years spent working as a makeup artist and skincare expert, Britta lectures on Safe Self-Care for Compromised Skin in the New York area. Her blog, Cinco Vidas, is a popular resource and community support center for those dealing with medical treatment side effects and difficult skin conditions.
After she wrote When Cancer Hits, she launched this magical line of beauty products for sensitive skin, any sensitive skin. And I figured, if it’s good for cancer patients, it must be good for anyone, right? Right. It’s like the “Baby on Board” sign on cars…driving safely is good for anyone.
What is “Rescue + Relief” and does it work?
This refreshing, milk-like emulsion coats the skin with moisture while calming and soothing flushed, sensitive skin. The relief is almost immediate when applied to hot inflamed areas. When my kids skin get this red and angry, they are too tender and delicate to touch. The R+R spray brought instant relief from itching and burning skin. I can imagine how it can help soothe skin from sun burns and even from cooking mishaps.
Here are the photos to prove what I mean.
Now, do you believe how magical this spray is? I wondered, “What is in this thing????“, since it worked like a miracle in just two days.
Here is what the company states:
Natural Content: 99.4%
Organic Ingredients: 84%
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Glycerin, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract (Water Lily), Valeriana Officinalis Rhizome/Root Extract, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Bisabolol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Beta-Glucan, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Water (Aqua), Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract (Comfrey), Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Maltodextrin *Organic
Tri-Rescue Complex contains:
Turmeric: Anticancer effects; anti-inflammatory properties. Used as an antiseptic for cleaning wounds. Antioxidant helps protect from free-radical-related damage and aging. Found in some studies to help radiation wound healing.
Alpha- Bisabolol: Anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties. Antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Accelerates the healing process. Reduces the stresses of the environment on the skin.
Reishi Mushroom: Strong antioxidant, shown to boost immunity. Acts as an antihistamine, reducing the risk of allergic reactions. Retains water—helps keep skin hydrated and smooth. Anti-inflammatory properties—helps calm and soothe skin.
I know what you are thinking. How could all these plant based natural ingredients work so well on something only steroid cream can calm?
My thoughts are exactly but I am NOT surprised. Mother nature has great resources for everything we need. You just have to know the right combination of ingredients to use on the right condition.
Oh, and her spray was featured on April issue of Real Simple magazine! I trust that magazine and I was so happy to see it featured on one of my favorite magazines!
CV Skinlabs products: (I love everything on this list!)
- Work with the skin, using bio-compatible, natural and/or organic ingredients scientifically and medically accepted to help the skin recover its natural balance and comfort level.
- Are made up of 99.4—100% natural content.
- Contain anywhere from 15–84% organic ingredients.
- Use fair trade, certified organic shea butter from the Léo region in Burkina Faso.
- Do NOT contain any ingredients linked to cancer, hormone disruption, reproduction abnormalities or other health issues.
- Do NOT have synthetic fragrances—only non-hormone altering plant extracts provide a light scent to each product. Even organic essential oils can irritate skin, while some may have a slight potential to mimic the action of estrogen, so they are excluded.
- Have a stable preservative system approved by major worldwide natural/organic standards bodies to guarantee appropriate shelf-life without contributing to environmental harm.
- Include hypoallergenic ingredients not known to cause skin irritation, burning, itching, or allergic reactions.
- Contain anti-inflammatory, wound-healing and skin-soothing ingredients that encourage repair and healing of compromised skin.
- Are NOT tested on animals.
I LOVE Rescue + Relief spray!! Like I said, it is magical. I couldn’t believe the red and angry inflamed areas started to disappear within hours. The thin milky spray has a pleasant odor and it has a very refreshing natural scent. Not chemically induced or artificial smell. It dries quickly and it seemed to get absorbed rather quickly, without dripping down to a waste. It left the skin very soft and smooth and my kids said it felt cool almost immediately.
When I took my kids to an acupuncturist, he told me to give them foods that are cooling to reduce internal heat. It only makes sense to apply something that will cool their outside too when their skin is inflamed.
Oh, one more thing, the detailed information and the instruction was printed on the INSIDE surface of the box – no additional paper insert was used! How eco-freindly is that idea!!
GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED
You knew it was coming. I want to share this magical spray with you because I KNOW you want something for your sensitive skin.
If you want to learn more about CV Skinlabs, please their website, www.CVskinlabs.com . And leave a comment here what other products you would like to try from cvskinlabs. If you follow them on Twitter and Facebook, come back and leave a comment here for extra entries. You can win a bottle of Rescue + Relief Spray if you are ecokaren’s e-mail subscriber, and you are over 18 years old and lives in U.S. I received a bottle of Rescue + Relief to try but did not receive any monetary payment for this review. The giveaway ends at 11:59PM on Tuesday April 10th, 2012. Remember to enter for a chance to win her book, When Cancer Hits.