I was pleased to hear recently of a company that isn’t new, but was certainly new to me. Queen Cosmetics is a British business that was founded in 1927 by a team of three dermatologists and a pharmacist. The company caters for sensitive skins alone, and their philosophy is to make and sell products which are simple, yet as effective as possible, with no unnecessary ingredients.
This is music to my ears, as being a life-long psoriasis sufferer, I am often on the hunt for new items that can ease the scaliness, dryness and general itchiness of my skin. Queen Cosmetics have the philosophy that they want to work with their clients to find the right products for them, rather than operate a one-size-fits-all manner.
After checking with me about my problematic areas, I was sent the Sensiderm Rich Handcream, £9.35, (because the psoriasis is worst on my hands) and also the Enriched Moisturising Lotion, £25.95, (for those stubborn knee and elbow patches) to try out.
A practised ingredients reader, my first thought was one of concern as both products contain Methylparabens and liquid paraffin, two ingredients I’d always been conditioned to avoid. Still, I thought I’d give them a chance, as my skin is pretty horrendous at the moment and I’m always happy to test something out in case it works wonders.
I delved straight into the handcream and was pleasantly surprised. Some handcreams I have tried (cough cough Jergens, Neutrogena) have had an immediate negative effect. And by negative, I mean eye-wateringly painful, burning and itching. But with this – nothing. It’s a thick cream that does feel slightly greasy as it sinks in, but I can deal with that. It’s not the most portable item though. I like to carry hand cream on me at all times, and this pot isn’t really practical – I’d prefer it if it came in a tube. Long term usage certainly hasn’t improved my psoriasis, but it hasn’t caused me any issues either, and that’s the most important thing. Would I repurchase? Yes. I think a little goes a long way, and if Queen could offer a version in a more user-friendly tube, then this would certainly be worthy of repurchasing.
I have to confess that I’m not a regular body lotion user. Partially because my bathroom is utterly freezing cold. And mainly because I’m a bit lazy. You won’t find me religiously slathering myself with lotion on a daily basis. However, once I’d got into the routine of using this after a shower, I did notice that my skin was smoother and certainly felt like it had been given a treat. Would I repurchase, at nearly £26 a bottle? Not really, not for the amount I needed, plus I would be nervous about constantly using methylparabens and parafinnium liquidum on my poor skin on a daily basis.
You can find out more about Queen Cosmetics and check out their entire range of products here.
*****EDIT***** I have just been informed that Queen Cosmetics are happy to produce their creams in any format that suits the user. Therefore you can buy the handcream in a tube should you wish to. How’s that for customer service?