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Is there such a thing as fragrance free moisturiser for dry skin?

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iroblonegen Mon 14-Mar-16 14:57:37

My skin has decided to be dry and/or dehydrated (can't actually tell) so I would like any recommendations for a suitable moisturiser that is fragrance free.

I bought a L'oreal Triple Action one today which absolutely reeks but thankfully it only cost me about £5.

I would welcome any recommendations before I spend a small fortune trying to find something that doesn't smell. Am happy to spend up to £10-£15. Thanks very much!

Sprink Mon 14-Mar-16 15:08:27

Have you considered aqueous cream or cetraben from a chemist? I believe both are over-the-counter and a big tub of aqueous cream isn't even £2.50.

I bathe with the first (instead of soap) and moisturise with the other.

bluespiral Mon 14-Mar-16 15:10:16

Boots essential fragrance free moisturiser (in the tub, not the lotion in the bottle.) It's £1.50 and it's fab. Only problem is it doesn't have an SPF.

gunting Mon 14-Mar-16 15:12:18

Is it for face or whole body? No7 dry skin rescue is very good for my face which gets dry

FrustratedFrugal Mon 14-Mar-16 15:31:12

This is my favorite facial moisturizer. No perfume, but the ingredients have a slight medicinal smell.

MrsLettuce Mon 14-Mar-16 15:36:25

yy, Eucerin as per the link above is perfect. Works a treat for me, my skin is dry and dehydrated (given half a chance) and loves to react to all sorts.

MyFavouriteClintonisGeorge Mon 14-Mar-16 15:37:43

Cetraben is excellent.

OurBlanche Mon 14-Mar-16 15:38:03

You can get large amounts of E45 moisturiser very cheaply. No perfume and works wonders... comes in 500ml hand pump, so really easy to use. I think I pay about £7 in most supermarkets for mine.

I use a sunscreen over it, usually Soltan non greasy spray, as it suits me more than many others.

But I too also recommend aqueous cream. Makes light work of my hands and heels.

SweetAdeline Mon 14-Mar-16 15:41:21

Aqueous cream is great as a soap substitute but shouldn't be used as a moisturiser.

I react to most fragrances and also use Eucerin.

greedygorb Mon 14-Mar-16 15:49:50

I use Avene cicalfate.

It goes on a little thick so you don't need much but it is amazing. I'm allergic to loads of products but my skin has never been better since I started using this a year ago. It's really cheap and lasts for ages.

OurBlanche Mon 14-Mar-16 15:50:33

Shouldn't be used as a moisturiser? But it is for 'the relief of dry skin', recommended, in the absence of eczema etc, as a light non greasy moisturiser. I think you may have that the wrong way round, Adeline.

The NHS site says that it is fine for moisturising but should not be used as a sap substitute (emollient)

SweetAdeline Mon 14-Mar-16 16:04:29

Emollients are moisturisers OurBlanche and your link agrees with me confused

SweetAdeline Mon 14-Mar-16 16:08:58

See here from eczema society.

SaliShoes Mon 14-Mar-16 16:27:41

I swear by Olay 3 point Regenerist which is usually available on Amazon for around £12 but make sure you pick the fragrance free one.

iroblonegen Mon 14-Mar-16 16:31:22

Thanks for all your replies. I think the Eucerin one sounds good!

OurBlanche Mon 14-Mar-16 17:29:46

Adeline I was responding to your post Aqueous cream is great as a soap substitute but shouldn't be used as a moisturiser.

And the NHS site has this under Soap Substitutes Although aqueous cream is often prescribed, it should not be used. There are better emollients available, as some people may have a reaction to aqueous cream used as an emollient. It also has a high water content, making it less effective than other products as a leave-on emollient.

and I did say in the absence of eczema etc [puzzled] indeed smile

Are we posting at cross purposes, do you think smile

hugoagogo Mon 14-Mar-16 17:34:38

The eucerin linked to is pretty good, but the tub here is even better and works out cheaper.

iroblonegen Mon 14-Mar-16 17:45:35

Thanks for the top tip hugo! How bizarre that a 75ml tub costs less than a 50ml tube.

hugoagogo Mon 14-Mar-16 18:00:20

It's marketed as body moisturiser I think, but I use it on my face and I'm not the only one going by the reviews.

JacksSkellington Mon 14-Mar-16 20:55:09

I use Lacura (Aldi) 10 per cent urea foot cream on my arms and legs. It's amazing and not perfumed, no longer available on Amazon but the link gives you a pic so you know what you're looking for.

Kennington Mon 14-Mar-16 21:52:45

Eucerin 5 or 10% urea is great and I cant see any perfume in the ingredients but I don't have my glasses on me so could be wrong.

notagiraffe Mon 14-Mar-16 21:59:31

DS1 has a massive bottle of Diprobase with a pump action (again, about £7 from the chemist for 500ml.) Smells slightly medicinal but is very good.

CruCru Mon 14-Mar-16 22:57:12

I use the Avene moisturiser.

iroblonegen Tue 15-Mar-16 20:10:05

I bought some Eucerin 5% urea cream (the tube version) today and have just tried it out for the first time. The texture was not as rich as I thought it might be, it sank in very quickly and now I feel like I have a film over my skin! Is it meant to feel like that? I thought my skin would feel sort of pillowy and comforted but instead it feels like it's got cling film over it. I don't know whether this is how it's meant to feel, or whether it means that this cream and I won't get on.

Can any eucerin users out there shed any light? Perhaps it feels like that to start with and then improves??? (She asked hopefully.)

BettyBusStop Tue 15-Mar-16 20:20:26

I dont know about that one, but for a lighter body moisturiser I find Aveeno quite good. You can often pick it up cheaper in Home Bargains or Savers as well. Their hand cream is also good.

I use bog standard fragrance free Oil of Olay on my face.

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