As I was doing a bathroom cabinet reshuffle the other day, it struck me that I’ve never shared with you my love of the all-purpose product.
The product that promises – and delivers – on seemingly a gazillion things.
Remember in the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and the mum kept spraying everything and everyone with window cleaner? To fix things?
Well, all-purpose products are a bit like that only just a teeny bit kinder on your skin.
Every bathroom cabinet, first aid and travel kit should have at least one.
My eldest looked at me strangely when I handed him a bottle for his bag as he set off to Schoolies last weekend.
You know that look? Rolled eyes plus raised eyebrows and a certain resignation that they’re going to just have to go with it to shut me up?
Yep, that one.
I’m skilled at ignoring such looks and shoved the bottle in his bag next to the seven pairs of undies and 12-pack of two-minute noodles, telling him to USE IT should he get sunburnt, bitten by mosies, cut, or stung.
I can pretty much guarantee it hasn’t been touched but at least I was seen to be doing my parental job.
That product I armed him with? Necessity Fixaderm Skin Repair. Read on for more about it and four others that I ask a lot of.
Necessity Fixaderm Skin Repair (30ml, $14.95)
Necessity Fixaderm is a very light liquid blend of 11 quality essential and plant oils. The price is a winner and a little bit goes a long way. It’s said to help with preventing infection, repairing skin damage and speeding up healing so is ideal for cuts, minor burns, fungal infections, bites and stings. Even pimples. It won me over after I accidentally forgot to apply sunscreen to my décolletage (bad girl, bad girl) and then accidentally spent the morning on the beach, albeit a windy, rainy overcast beach. I still burned, of course. But – one application of this product and by the next morning the redness had gone.
Twenty8 Essential Healing Skin Boost (50ml, $57)
I have used this gel/lotion-like product for everything from burns (yes, this works very well, soothing immediately) to chafing in places that shall not be spoken of and mossie bites. I’ve had success with this one in calming and healing the odd pimple or two too. You only need the smallest amount, so don’t be put off by the price. The base is organic calendula and carrot seed oil – then geranium, orange and patchouli essential oils step in to balance, soften and heal. I’m a bit addicted to the smell.
Trilogy Everything Balm (45ml, $18.95)
This one has more of a solid waxy balm consistency. Love the smell of this too. It’s powered by certified organic marula and rosehip oil, which work to heal and preserve the skin. These sit on and work with a base of jojoba, olive, honey and vitamin E. I love this one on the lips too.
Lanolips 101 Ointment (15g, $17.95)
This was my first love in the super beauty balm department. And it’s been a firm fixture in my handbag and on my bedside table ever since that first encounter. The tube scores on the convenience side and this ointment that is enriched with 100 per cent ultra-pure medical grade lanolin has worked for me on cracked lips, cut cuticles and contact dermatitis. It’s safe enough for newborn babies too.
Do you have any go-to super beauty balms that work to heal or care for more than one thing? Or do you have a home remedy that just works instead?
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*Nikki Parkinson was never allowed a Barbie doll as a child. Her politically correct mum thought Lego and Tonka trucks were more fitting. Now the Queensland-based blogger advises women what to wear and put on their face for a living. The former journo and magazine editor manages an award-winning blog Styling You – offering real world fashion and beauty advice for busy women. Don’t tell anyone but she’s secretly a closet dag who likes nothing more than relaxing at home with her family… but open a champagne bottle and she can have her heels on and hair done in minutes. You can follow Nikki on Twitter @stylingyou and Facebook.