Category: Health & beauty

Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Lotion & Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths

I’ve been using these Cetaphil products for just over a month now, so I thought I’d share my thoughts on them.

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~Please note that these products were sent to me to try, but all thoughts in this post are my own.~

Gentle Cleansing Lotion (400ml, R245 – Clicks)

What the product claims to do

Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Lotion is the ideal choice for:

• All skin types, all ages, all seasons
• Sensitive skin
• Removing eye make-up
• Contact lens wearers
• Fragrance-free
• Unlike soap, your skin will not be left feeling dry and tight.

My opinion on the product

The first few times I used it, I kept washing and washing, waiting for it to form a lather. I hadn’t used a non-foaming face cleanser before, so it felt a bit strange to me. Then I remembered I’d read on the bottle that it would not lather like soap, and proceeded to stop scrubbing the skin off my face. Of course, being a sufferer of “mom brain” meant I forgot this the next few times, and repeated the relentless face washing process. Now that I’m used to it though, I quite enjoy the soft, foam-less (actually this part I’m still not quite used to), texture of the cleanser.

Something I’m especially impressed with is how clean it leaves my skin. I wasn’t convinced at first… I mean would this lotion-like cleanser actually clean my skin properly? One look at the still very clean cotton pad I use to tone my face and neck after, and I changed my tune.

I also decided to test their claim that “your skin will not be left feeling dry and tight.” Being a stay at home mom, I could afford to take this test to the next level. After washing my face with the cleanser one morning, I didn’t tone and moisturise as usual. I wanted to see just how non-drying/non-tightening the product was, so I carried on my day without applying anything else to my skin (like I said, next level stuff here.. Lol). Zee and I got started with school, and before I knew it, the day was pretty much over, and I was still moisturizer free. Surprisingly, my skin actually didn’t feel much different from when I actually have moisturized. And this was on one of the freakishly cold days we’ve had recently! Nice work Cetaphil. 🙂

Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths – for sensitive skin (25 pack, R140 – Clicks)

Product claims

• Convenient, pre-moistened – perfect for when you’re on the go
• Ultra soft and gentle
• Thoroughly removes makeup and dirt, leaving skin clean, refreshed and balanced
• Mild, soap-free formula cleanses without irritation- it won’t strip skin of its natural protective oils or emollients
• Moisturizes without leaving residue that can clog pores
• Fragrance-free and ophthalmologist tested

My opinion

Cetaphil can make these claims confidently, because in my opinion, all of them are true. I’m not much of a fan of facial wipes, as some have irritated my skin, one even stung a little. I found these wipes however to be just as gentle and moisturizing as the cleansing lotion. They felt soft and mild on my skin. I even used them to remove eye makeup, and it did the job. Well.

Also, convenience. They’re perfect on late nights, when all you can handle is minimal effort in cleaning your face. I also threw them into my handbag when we were away for one of the recent long weekends, and they kept both my face and hands fresh.

Both products surprised and impressed me – a “lotion” which cleans amazingly, and facial wipes which don’t irritate, and actually moisturize. On my next toiletries run, I’m probably more likely to buy the cleansing cloths, purely because I’m super happy to have finally found wipes which work for me.

Zeeview | Sanex Dermo Kids

Zeeview - Sanex

Today Zee is letting us know what she thinks of this beauty. No, not the Panda & Frost mermaid – she’s gorgeous, but that’s for another post. 🙂 Today, we’re talking about Sanex Dermo Kids Bodywash & Foam Bath.

This is what Sanex claims about the product:

Specially developed for children and approved by paediatricians, this hypoallergenic bodywash and foam bath has been formulated to gently clean without drying your child’s delicate skin. Suitable for head to toe wash.

Here are Zee’s thoughts on the product:

1. What do you think of the bottle?

I like how kids is written on the bottle in bright colours. It makes the bottle look really pretty.

2. How does it smell?

It smells like candy. It really does. Mmmm…

3. How does it feel on your skin?

It feels so gentle, and soft, and lovely on my skin.

4. How does your skin feel after bath time?

When I touch my skin it feels really soft and smooth. I feel refreshed and super clean!

5. Would you like to tell your friends about this body wash?

Yes I would. And I’d tell them because after my bath I feel so fresh and I think maybe they would like to feel fresh too. And I think they would love how sweet it smells.

6. Would you like mommy to buy this for you again?

YES!!!

7. How many smiley faces do you give Sanex Dermo Kids Bodywash & Foam Bath?

Ten thousand and two. 😀😂

8. Okay, but out of five, how many smiley faces would you give it?

Five out of five!

So there you have it moms, one Zee-approved kids bodywash/foam bath you definitely want to get your hands on next time you’re out toiletries shopping.

Mom verdict: I’m really happy with this product. Only a very small amount of the bodywash is required to get my little person super clean, as she put it. It’s gentle on her skin, forms a lovely lather, and smells amazing (I actually love the scent). I’ll be heading out for more.

Sanex Dermo Kids Bodywash & Foam Bath (500ml) retails for +/-R56,00 (Clicks/Dischem)

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Cream cheese pancakes and green smoothies anyone?

So in December I bought a new blender, and yesterday I finally started making stuff. 🙂

We (Husband and I) had spent much of the second half of 2016 lamenting our food choices, lack of exercise, and the results thereof. We eventually committed to making changes as soon as we got back from the year end holiday. That didn’t happen, but a week later we seem to be on track.

Hello lovely new blender! I didn’t realise quite how handy you’d be.

I knew I’d use it for smoothies, but now I’ve found all these awesome new healthy recipes, and some of them are pretty much made completely in a blender. Winning.

So here’s what I made yesterday, because like, two whole people asked. 😛

Green Smoothie

This is what went in, to give it that sexy *snort* green colour:

  • Seedless grapes
  • Papaya
  • Banana
  • Spinach
  • Yoghurt (I use Woolworths Ayrshire fat free vanilla, as it’s the only one I enjoy)

It was yummy and filling, and even Husband didn’t mind downing one for breakfast. He even said it tasted pretty good – score!

Cream Cheese Pancakes (Snickerdoodle Crepes) – Low Carb And Gluten Free

This was a first attempt, but it’s such an easy recipe, even I couldn’t mess it up. I was like a very happy child when the pic I posted on instagram was liked by Melissa Sevigny of I Breathe I’m Hungry – it was her recipe I followed.

Here’s the recipe, so you can try them too:

Ingredients:

  • Just under 60g cream cheese (it’s like 56,7g once converted from ounces)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar replacement  (I used Xylitol)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Method:

  • Put all the ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth. Let the batter rest for two minutes, so the bubbles can settle.
  • Grease a hot pan with butter. Pour 1/4 of the batter into the pan, and cook for 2 minutes. Flip the pancake, and cook the other side for 1 minute. Repeat with the rest of the batter.
  • Serve with syrup/berries/cheese/ham.

These are so delicious, it’s a little hard to believe they’re so good for you too! As I mentioned on instagram, they’re Zee approved as well. She even asked for more this morning, for breakfast. 🙂

Let me know if you try the recipe, and what you think of them.