Lush Dream Cream Review

Thursday, 15 May 2014

It’s time for another review of a moisturiser from Lush! I’ve heard great things about Dream Cream and have been intrigued by it for a long time. I remember being told by a woman in Lush that it’s really helped her eczema so as soon as my tub of Sympathy for the Skin ran out I immediately jumped on Dream Cream.

This simple cream works like a dream on upset skin: cooling and soothing ingredients like oat milk, rose water and chamomile blue oil calm down hot and itchy skin, as well as a blend of essential oils help to nurture skin: redness-reducing rose absolute, anti-inflammatory chamomile blue, antibacterial and antiseptic tea tree and conditioning lavender.

I went for the Self Preserving version so it’s free of any nasty gunk and I’m sure one of the employees at the Lush store I was in said it was thicker than the original version. There are some great ingredients (oat milk and cocoa butter being the main ones) in Dream Cream that usually assist me in my fight against eczema so I had high hopes for it.

I had gone moisturiser free and had devoured cheese (my delightful eczema trigger) and a lot of alcohol prior to using Dream Cream for the first time so I was giving it the ultimate test. Everything was fine and dandy after I had applied Dream Cream all over the place but then I fell asleep. I was a few hours into a jolly good slumber when I woke up to my legs burning. I actually checked to make sure they weren’t on fire as they were so damn hot. Why my legs would be on fire I do not know but my mind is a bit odd that way.

I don’t know if the cream caused this to happen but the burning was a result of me scratching a good chunk of my thighs to death. When I finally fell back asleep my calves met the same fate. This continued for the next 3 nights and each time I had used Dream Cream beforehand.

Fortunately I haven’t scratched the living daylights out of my skin after using Dream Cream since but I now have another issue. The skin on my left inner elbow burns on a regular basis whenever I apply the cream. It’s uncomfortable and it takes everything I have and more to not scratch but in the morning my skin has improved. My legs have also been clear of any dry patches and the scratches are now starting to fade (they’re taking their time as they were rather huge scratches). I also have fewer dry patches on my stomach and my neck is free of eczema.

I can’t say the redness has been taken out of any of the patches of skin that are currently affected by eczema. If anything my skin gets redder once Dream Cream has been applied to it but it calms down fairly quickly.

The cream is incredibly thick but it’s quick and easy to rub in and my skin has usually soaked it up by the time I’ve located my pyjamas. It has a subtle lavender scent to it (which apparently helps people sleep, why am I not one of these people?) that isn’t detectable once on the skin. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the smell but that’s just personal preference.

I’ve been using Dream Cream for close to 3 weeks now and my tub is still practically full. A little goes a long way with this cream which means it’s perfect for popping into a significantly smaller tub for a night away from home. It is £11.50 for a 240g tub so it’s on the pricier side of the moisturiser scale but as it will last for absolutely ages it’s completely worth it.

I wouldn’t say this is my favourite cream for when it comes to eczema but as an everyday moisturiser I’m all for it. Some people have had amazing experiences with Dream Cream when it comes to skin issues but unfortunately I’m not one of those people. My experience is average at best but I’m still glad I purchased it as it works perfectly for smaller patches of regular dry skin. I would recommend it to all you non eczema sufferers but I’m still not convinced by it when it comes to an eczema battle.

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