Selexir Peace Balm for Extremely Dry Skin

I don’t have eczema and I have never suffered with it, but when I heard the story behind new treatment product Selexir I was really quite moved. (I’ve mentioned my predisposition for crying, have I not?) I was sat face to face with Elena and Mirella, the founders of the brand, and Elena was describing how she had been absolutely disfigured by her eczema, which for many years had made the skin on her face red, itchy, swollen and flaky. She still seemed genuinely distraught about that period of her life, and I felt my throat aching a bit and had to stare quite hard at a point just beyond her head! (Old trick. Only works if you think about tax bills or pasta recipes at the same time – seems to neutralise emotion, for some reason.)

Elena went through hundreds of different creams before deciding to create her own and then, when friends and family started begging her to produce it, she joined up with her best friend, Mirella, and they set about turning it into a viable, sellable product. The clinical trial results were amazing – you can see some of the facts here – with skin left smooth, soothed and hydrated. Many of the volunteers had, like Elena, tried loads of different treatments for their severe skin dryness and in 100% of them there was a marked improvement. Good news for those at the end of their tether with flaky, itchy skin!

I have been testing Selexir on two zones (check me out with my scientific research!): chapped nose-skin and a deep graze on the back of my hand. Both areas reacted very well to the balm – the graze didn’t go through that itchy, scabby phase and it healed up really quickly! The flaky skin around my nose was gone in under two days. I couldn’t use this on my face “proper” as it would probably be far too rich (it’s a thick, thick balm, not a cream – think the texture of Eight Hour Cream, but it doesn’t stink and it’s not sticky) but those with eczema or tight, dry skin will want to slather it all over!

I have three 75ml tubes of Selexir Peace Balm for my readers to try – they are worth £99 each and will last for absolutely ages. I’d love for these balms to go to readers who genuinely suffer from eczema or very dry, itchy skin, so please be honest if you leave a comment below registering your interest. I’d also very much appreciate it if the readers who receive the balms write a short (or long!) post with their feedback and results. So, entry requirements: genuine eczema or very dry skin sufferer, willing to write me some feedback. Leave me a comment below before Saturday at noon (that’s the 3rd of November) and please only leave one comment each.

If you want to find out more about Selexir or ask Elena or Mirella any questions, you can tweet them @Selexir or find them on Facebook here.

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  1. Bernadine
    October 31, 2012 / 6:46 am

    I’ve had extremely dry skin all my life, with a couple of small particularly dry and flaky and sore patches on my face (one under my left eye and the other between my eyebrows). On an occasional very good day my foundation looks ‘OK’ but usually I can’t wear foundation or tinted moisturiser as it sticks to the dry patches and looks hideous. This combined with generally sensitive skin and red patches my face (and body in general) is a big dry flaky sore thing…
    I’d love to be able to trial the Selexir balm!

  2. Sinead Hagen
    October 31, 2012 / 7:10 am

    Hi Ruth, fortunately I haven’t suffered from the effects of eczema, however my mummy, for the past twenty eight years has. It interrupted family life for us quite significantly as she was hospitalised and literally looked like a mummy with bandages covering her body. I remember as a young teenager sitting at home covering her in cream and bandages, even between her toes, it was horrendous. Eventually they found she was allergic to certain things, the main one being parabens, which at the time was in everything – even now every product I look at from hair dye to medication I check the ingredients first. Thankfully with this knowledge it is more under control, however, we are constantly on the lookout for something new to try and give hydrationmand would really appreciate a chance to trial the balm for you. Thank you.

  3. Natalie McDermott
    October 31, 2012 / 7:17 am

    Since I was 18 I’ve suffered with flare ups of dry skin under my eye but the main problem has been a patch under my nose. Long story short, it began with a spell of glandular fever which left me very run down and despite some hydrocortisone cream helping to tame it somewhat, for the last 11 years my skin has never returned to normal. Colds and allergies always aggravate and dry the area so I’ve looked like Rudolph for so long now I’ve kinda given up hope. Maybe this would be the miracle cure? Fingers crossed!

    Well done to all the people who get to try it. I hope it changed your skin ( and maybe your life) for the better!

  4. October 31, 2012 / 7:20 am

    I’ve got clinically dry skin and severe keratosis pilaris (such bad scarring that I am only just starting to wear short sleeves after years of long ones), so I’m always looking for ways to get extra moisture into my skin. And for purposes of blog testing I’d probably decant half of this to give to my friend who really does have bad excema which has gotten worse since she’s moved back east!

  5. Expatgal
    October 31, 2012 / 7:23 am

    Earlier this year I treated myself with a series in spa facials that involve a new treatment designed to boost collagen. Rather than coming away with gorgeous skin I ended up after the first treament with all the tissue under my eyes in the peri orbital area being burned away. the top layer was still there but other epidermis layers were compromised. Now I have the slow recovery process of waiting for that skin to regenerate and the skin depressions that I was left with to fill out and for the layers of unburned skin to reveal themseleves. I need to keep the area hydrated in order to prevent scarring. Selexir sounds like it might just do the trick.

  6. Nene
    October 31, 2012 / 7:36 am

    I got really excited when I read this post, i’ve tried countless numbers of creams & none of which I found really helped. I’m 22 & got ezcema on both of my hands and I HATE it. I think I would burst into tears if it was on my face! I would love so much to try this cream! Xx

  7. rubybuttons
    October 31, 2012 / 7:40 am

    I dont know if this balm is suitable for children??? but if so my 7 year old neice suffers with really bad eczema and recently other children have been commenting ( kids can be so cruel ) and she has very little confidence as a result. If this is suitable for children i would love to be able to pass it on to her, esp as at that price its not something they would normally be able to afford. Jo.

  8. October 31, 2012 / 7:50 am

    This balm sounds so Fab…I’ve been struggling with my skin since being diagnosed with Lupus in 2010, and combined with the dangerous drugs that I’m forced to take to try to convince my immune system to stop attacking my own body and our moving to Las Vegas for my husband’s career, my skin apparently hates me! I’m on steroids right now, as well, and I’m unable to go outside in the sun from 11AM – 5PM. I have been using coconut oil with some success, however, but I would love to try anything! Xox

  9. Clever
    October 31, 2012 / 8:00 am

    Although I do have the odd dry patch of ezcema, I am entering this completion so I could pass it to my sister who is plagued head to foot with ezcema. She has suffered her whole life and it seems to be getting worse recently. She has tried all sorts of therapies and creams, both prescribed and not and nothing has made much of a difference. I know how much if affects her and my young nephews are now starting to develop ezcema too, so hopefully we can find a cream that helps them before they have years of discomfort!!! Thanks for running such excellent competitions!

  10. Sally Linsley
    October 31, 2012 / 8:03 am

    Please ,please,please let me try some for my daughter. She has to use harsh damaging creams from doctors. I’ll write as much as you like for website. It sounds perfect!

  11. Caroline
    October 31, 2012 / 8:44 am

    I’m entering the competition for my boyfriend’s teenage brother… He’s not even allowed chocolate as it seems to make it worse…. :( I feel so bad for him! Thanks for telling us about Selexir! Xx

  12. Ali
    October 31, 2012 / 8:49 am

    Hi Ruth, Elena and Mirella. All of the comments so far sound really deserving of the cream. Perhaps Elena and Mirella could consider a lower price for a small sample so those who aren’t lucky enough to win can try it. I have had eczema on and off all my life on my body and face, have taken sedatives to stop the itching and used strong steriod creams (even on my face in desperation). My daughter is 16 and has suffered with eczema on her face and body since her early teens and I so don’t want her to ruin her face with steriod creams. She loves make-up and understands she needs to respect her skin and look after it. I would love for her to have the opportunity to try your creams and find something she can invest it for her future skin health.

    • RuthCrilly
      October 31, 2012 / 12:32 pm

      Thanks Ali, that is a really, really good idea! x

    • Hanni
      October 31, 2012 / 6:24 pm

      Hello Ali, I just visited the website of selexir, they do sell 30ml and 15 ml as well! The price per 100ml is just slightly higher.

  13. October 31, 2012 / 8:59 am

    This is not for me, so I understand if I don’t qualify. I would like to give this to my sister who has very dry red patches of skin, covering her right cheek and half of her forehead. I’m sure she would be happy to write a review about her experience with the product. Thank you!

  14. Amy
    October 31, 2012 / 9:18 am

    Hi Ruth, I don’t know if men may be eligible to try a sample, but my boyfriend has suffered with extreme eczema for all 31 years of his life. Severe itchiness, rough patches, lots of bumps, flaking, and split skin due to severe dryness are the norm. During certain times of the year he has even gotten dyshidrotic eczema which results in blistering bumps on the hands and feet. Despite considerable research, adjusting his diet, and trying tons of products, we don’t know what the cause is. He has had some success with Embryolisse Filaderme, although he can’t really be using up that tiny jar on the body.. so like a typical guy, he just deals with all the discomfort without complaining (too much) :) With the Boston winter fast approaching, it would be amazing if he could get a chance to try this product. Maybe then he would be able to focus on finishing his graduate studies without feeling trapped inside his skin! Thanks for the opportunity.

  15. Amy
    October 31, 2012 / 9:19 am

    Hi Ruth,

    What a great product, and it has come just at a time when I am desperate for some dry skin relief, E45 cream just doesn’t cut it! I am in the middle of a horrendous flare up of my life long condition Ulcerative Colitis – my immune system attacks itself and I am in severe pain constantly. I am currently having to take a cocktail of pills including steriods at high doses which make my skin, especially on my hands cracked and painful. Nothing seems to make them better at the moment. My knuckles have actually split, and my hands are swollen and red raw with all the meds I have to take. This balm looks like the answer to my prayers right now and I would LOVE to be able to review it for you. On another note, you could have two reviews from this balm if I am lucky enough to get one – my husband has severe eczema, all over his body – when he was 16 he tells me his ‘skin fell off’, like a snake!! He shed his skin it was so severely infected, and he has deep strecth marks all over his body from the stress it caused to his skin. He suffers every winter with his eczema and I am sure he would test this balm out with me to help relieve his symptoms. x

  16. zhabysko
    October 31, 2012 / 9:26 am

    Hi Ruth, thanks for the kind offer.

    I have very dry skin on my face and hands which I have to moisturize thoroughly to prevent it from cracking. I’ve probably inherited this disposition from my father, who has been suffering from eczema for many years. He currently has an itchy wound in the palm of his hand, which for the last three years, would not close up. The doctors have not been of much help. He is not the one to whine, but I can tell that he is in pain. As a man who loves to work with his hands, he has been so upset by his condition. While he carries on with his projects despite the discomfort of constant itching and burning, I would love to share this product with him, especially since he would never consider spending this sum of money on himself.

  17. Joanne
    October 31, 2012 / 9:34 am

    Hi Ruth,
    I would like to try this amazing sounding remedy not only for myself, suffering from excema on my face and neck but also for my two sons. My family has major issues with excema running down the family tree with both my Dad and my husbands Mum being hospitlised with it in the past. My eldest son has been attending the local childrens hospital dermatology department in attempt to get the right treatment for him. With the winter fast approaching I am preparing for months of slathering on (at times) 9 different creams to each child depending on the severity and have stocked up on the child friendly sedative to help with the itch – much as I hate having to use it it’s the only way to get a 3 and 4 year old to stop scratching.
    I feel I have tried all prescription and over the counter remedies with very little success. If this works as well as you say I’ll happily write feedback on this site and also be shouting from my rooftop!
    Joanne x

  18. Yasmina
    October 31, 2012 / 9:42 am

    Hi Ruth,
    I’m entering this for my younger sister who has nasty eczema covering her entire limbs. She’s tried all the those prescribed creams which are so stripping, but they really don’t work!
    I’m always on the look out for new ideas to help her skin (since i’m skin-obsessed myself) and this sounds like the best yet.
    The eczema is hard for her to live with, and at the moment she cant show her legs and arms in public; they’re just too red and scaly.

  19. Emily Lawrence
    October 31, 2012 / 9:43 am

    I wanted to say a massive THANK YOU for posting about Selexir. I have had extremely bad ezcema all my life and have tried everything on the market – the only thing that works is strong steroid cream that is making my skin, especially my hands, look like a 90year old instead of a 30 year old! It’s like a dream waking up this morning and reading about a new product on the market that sounds like it works, very excited about trying it.

  20. Venus
    October 31, 2012 / 10:21 am

    This does sound like a wonderful product!
    While I have dry skin that gets greasy, there’re not to the point of bad irritation on my face. However, my legs and feet are absolutely dry. My feet gets itchy and you can always see a thin white layer of flaky skin on my legs and feet. An example, when I stretch, my skin starts to pull and hurt before my muscles or hamstring hurts, and i’ve only just brought my leg to 90 degrees when I lie flat on the ground! So everytime when I decide to do a bit of stretching or exercise in general, i will have to slather my legs with cream, although once they are absorbed (or transferred onto my pants) you can feel the skin pulling again…. Would love to give this balm a try, especially since it’s not sticky! =)

  21. Claire
    October 31, 2012 / 10:24 am

    I have dreadful eczema over my eyelids.The area from my lashes to my eyebrow is always red and flaky and of course sore and itchy. I struggle to find creams that soothe the eczema (especially in the winter) but that doesn’t irritae my eyes.Rosehip oil has worked, but no longer due to the winter. Would absolutely love to try this!

  22. Missy
    October 31, 2012 / 10:24 am

    Hello, hello! I would love, love, love to try this balm! I suffer from eczema so bad since I had my second baby that I am unable to wear my wedding bands, that my face is always flaky and red and cuticles cracked and prone to bleeding. The only solution that I have found to make a difference is to apply corticosteoïds, which I am quite opposed to. The Canadian winter, along with my high-stress work environment and lack of sleep seem to be the Perfect Storm for my eczema to thrive, unfortunately. And the name: who doesn’t want more peace in their lives? I would be happy to provide you with status update and feedback on the product. Fingers crossed!
    PS: Either way, thank you for bringing this brand to my attention!

  23. October 31, 2012 / 10:27 am

    I’d love to try the balm.ill be honest I don’t have eczema but I am a nurse who gets very dry skin on my hands,especially at this time of year and I really struggle to stop them from getting very sore and itchy!plus I love beauty products.

  24. Tammy
    October 31, 2012 / 10:39 am

    I would love to try this balm. I am not a serious sufferer but do have eczema problem. Both for my face and my body. I am fed up with the doctor’s E45 (cream) approach, and the occasional steroid, so this sounds very interesting. The problem is once I spot the flaky skin it just takes forever to stop. Willing to write feedback too. Thanks.

  25. K
    October 31, 2012 / 11:17 am

    Hi! I would really appreciate the opportunity to try Selexir. I have had a brain tumour and since the operation and Gamma Knife radiotherapy my skin is completely different to the way it was before. I have had terrible steroid acne from the medication, but ironically my nose and sides of my mouth is so dry and cracked that they bleed in the cold weather. I have been using Dermaquest for the acne but have not found anything at all that works on the dehydrated areas. I like the fact that this is a balm and would be interested in trialling it and providing detailed feedback. Anything that made my face feel more comfortable would be gratefully received. I do try to wear make up to cover my bad skin, but as you can imagine, the dry patches just look worse with cover up. Thanks for considering me!

  26. Michelle
    October 31, 2012 / 11:45 am

    Hi Ruth thanks for posting about this! This product seems great and I would love to try it! Like any other eczema sufferer I’ve tried a countless number of products but the only thing that has worked on my eczema are the prescribed steroid creams. Now although they clear up the eczema quickly they also leave the skin looking like the skin of an elderly woman! I’m a 17yo with the hands of an old woman! -slightly embarrassing and makes for awkward questions! I’d love to try it and thanks for posting about this brand!

  27. Denise
    October 31, 2012 / 12:16 pm

    hey ruth, my post is totally irrelevant to this but i hope you’ll respond.
    i have liquid gold but didn’t do anything for me. apparently my foaming cleanser makes the ph level of my skin too high therefore liquid gold can’t to its trick.

    i wonder what cleanser and/or toner you use on the nights you use liquid gold or the serum.

    your answer would be so much appreciated.


    • RuthCrilly
      October 31, 2012 / 12:31 pm

      Really? Which foaming cleanser do you use? You could just try the Alpha-H triple action? That ones pretty standard and does the job? x

      • Denise
        October 31, 2012 / 6:41 pm

        thank you for your response. i use foaming cleanser from a brand called louis widmer. and do you use a toner before liquid gold or g serum? x

  28. Lucy
    October 31, 2012 / 12:39 pm

    Hi Ruth

    I would love to trial this as suffer from eczema during the winter months and get quite self conscious about it – this product sounds amazing but is a bit of my budget so would be fantastic to see if it works for me :) thanks for your brilliant site always love seeing the new videos and posts!

  29. October 31, 2012 / 12:48 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    I have always suffered from what I thought was dry skin and dandruff and soldiered on, trying out many products along the way. I have since been diagnosed with eczema and psoriasis. My scalp is ALWAYS my biggest problem, but at the minute inside my ears are awful. I have started playing roller derby over the last year and recently am suffering wherever I wear my skate pads, the backs of my hands are a real mess at the minute, red, scaly, itchy and sore, I would so love to try something new, especially as I would be apprehensive spending that much money on a product when so many before have failed me.

    I would like to share however that Emma Hardie Moringa cleansing balm is an absolute dream for my skin, make up normally sits in my flaky skin, looking unsightly and really takes away the pleasure of making up my face. The use of this balm and Avene rich compensating cream have allowed me to wear foundation comfortably for the first time since my teens.

  30. Tonya Green
    October 31, 2012 / 12:49 pm

    Thank you so much for this information. My brother suffers with eczema in just the manner you described from Elena’s experience. I’m always on the lookout for a product that will really help him. The steroid cream his doctor proscribed is so harsh that even when the eczema improves he is left with red, sore, and dry skin on his face. It’s painful as ell as embarrassing for him.

  31. Vicky
    October 31, 2012 / 12:58 pm

    I don’t suffer from Eczema but do suffer from very dry skin, I always have done, resulting in cracks and ‘kins’ (not sure if this is Northern dialect or bona fide English) on my hands and feet, and ‘scaly’ skin on my legs – sounds horrible, I don’t look like a reptile, but it’s not nice and most moisturisers don’t really do anything. Would love to try the product.

  32. Tracey
    October 31, 2012 / 1:00 pm

    Oh Ruth that would be a total saviour! Have tried everything to get rid of the dry skin on my nose,can’t even wear foundation at the moment because it just looks so scaley,have tried everything! Today I put reve de miel lip balm on it to see if its works!

  33. Joanna Kaniewska
    October 31, 2012 / 1:03 pm

    I would love to try the product myself. I suffer with a very very dry skin. Recently it seems to get much much worse :-( I’m trying everythig and nothing seems to work anymore! It’s so frustrating! This post made me super excited and gave some hope! I wish I could try the product and give you my opinion on how this helped me! Thank you for a great giveaway!

  34. Syd
    October 31, 2012 / 1:23 pm

    Would love to get this for my mum who always has to resort to steroid creams and antibiotics for her eczema flare ups. Her itchy skin is so bad that it ends up bleeding and leaving horrible marks on her face and hands. Needless to say, she has tried everything for her eczema but nothing seems to work. Thanks for this giveaway

  35. ellen
    October 31, 2012 / 1:28 pm

    This is very interesting, I’d love to try it. I’ve had eczema since I was little and through the years it’s been ups and downs. The bad parts (inner arms) used to be so itchy that I’d scratch till it started bleeding. I tried many creams (inlcuding cortisone ones), but everytime they appear to work for a short while only and the eczema would return. Right now it’s all a bit more under control (moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!), I’m mostly dealing with a couple of red, slightly flaky patches on my cheeks. As I often deal with clients for my work, I’m pretty conscious about the condition of my skin. As cheesy as it may sound, I think smooth. clear skin really is the best beauty asset.

  36. Emma
    October 31, 2012 / 1:28 pm

    Hi Ruth! I’m constantly battling with dry, flaky and eczema prone skin both in summer and in winter so this sounds amazing! At the moment I’m struggling to keep the areas around my mouth and eyes happy as they are very red, flaky and itchy and nothing seems to be working. Everything I’ve used in the past has only ever temporarily helped my skin and I find that I have to use several creams every day, several times a day. So id love to see if this could be my one staple product that I can rely on which will see me through the day! I also noticed on the packaging that it says Switzerland and I was born there so it sounds like it would be a perfect match! Thank you!!

  37. Caroline
    October 31, 2012 / 1:36 pm

    Hi Ruth,
    do you still use the cosmetics a la carte skin veil and shine illuminator?would you recommend it-i found it here in germany (we are always a bit late….)and interested in bying??

  38. Alison Atkins
    October 31, 2012 / 1:49 pm

    Hi Ruth,
    I would love to try this balm. I have eczema on my face, scalp and ears and have been looking for something to treat it for the past seven years without the use of steroids. My skin gets super itchy, red, scaly and if scratched too hard, will weep. Everything I use on my face causes some sort of irritation. It would be nice to have it be soothed.
    Thanks for all that you do on this website and all of the great information that you provide!

  39. Sarah
    October 31, 2012 / 2:10 pm

    Hello Ruth,

    I would like to try this Balm because I suffer from eczema (neurodermatitis) since I was a child… this time of the year, it’s extra bad from the cold air outside and the heating indoors :-/ I do not have any skincare that suits my skin type and have tried so much already! It’s the worst on my shins, my fingers and hands, around the eyes and between mouth and nose.
    I would gladly try this Peace Balm and write a review!
    Greetings from Germany,

  40. Kate
    October 31, 2012 / 2:21 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    I am writing on behalf of my 11 year old daughter. She has always suffered with eczema – in the usual places, and it is heartbreaking watching how self conscious she has become of it, and how uncomfortable she feels when it is bad. You can’t underestimate the distress having a skin problem causes. I’ve been so lucky with my skin, and never even thought about it until my daughter was born, but the upset this has caused her has been awful. I’ve tried so many things, in the hope that I’d finally found the answer, but apart from the temporary relief the prescription creams from the doctor gives, I still haven’t found anything effective. I don’t like the idea of applying the steroid creams long term. I would love to give this cream a go. I don’t mind paying that price if I know it would work, but I couldn’t afford that amount just to find that it isn’t right for her. It would be perfect to be given the chance to try it first. Thanks x

  41. Mae
    October 31, 2012 / 3:14 pm

    Hi there,

    I’d really like to try this product too, as I also have eczema since I was a child, its an on going battle trying to treat or reduce the itching and weeping. Especially hits hard in your teen years and onwards being body conscious, not wanting to go to the beach or reveal your skin problem. I have it on my hands, arms and legs, and doctors just keep prescribing the same medication since I was little, I’m not quite sure if I’ve damaged my skin from all the steroid and cortisone creams but its time I find something effective and non abrasive!

  42. Tobiah
    October 31, 2012 / 5:18 pm

    Hi Ruth

    My sister has suffered from this her entire life! She’s never been able to wear makeup, and sometimes her hands get so bad she has to wrap them up like a mummy and put on mittens to keep the Canadian winter cold from making things even more painful. I would love to be able to give this product to her.

  43. lu
    October 31, 2012 / 5:25 pm

    Dear Ruth, I have lost count how many great product tips you gave me. And today is no different. It has been quite a while now what I am suffering from really dry hands. They get so dry (and yes I moisturise several times a day and tried countless amount of creams) the skin cracks and starts to bleed. Not a nice sight. Few days ago I was scratching them like a mad woman because they itch a lot and my 17 month old daughter who cant talk yet just walked away and came back with my hand cream. How cute is that?
    There is no way i can afford to pay price like this for a cream at the moment but would be very very happy to try it and share my experience.
    Love Lu xx

  44. Danielle
    October 31, 2012 / 6:28 pm

    Reading all the below comments my heart goes out to everyone who suffers with eczema/psoriasis, I’ve had acute excema since childhood & it’s so extremely isolating! Unfortunately I suffer really bad on my face, and was bullied relentlessly for it- I completely understand when you say Elena felt distraught- it’s exactly how I feel when thinking back to my late teens/early 20’s. Only recently have I fully understood the need for a real skincare regime & am going through many creams targeted at the ‘eczema’ market (stuff prescribed by my GP is pants!). I’d love to be able to try Selexir- and promise a fab (I trust you that it is just that!) review!

  45. Stephanie
    October 31, 2012 / 6:40 pm

    My excema isn’t as bad as some others below but I get little, extremely itchy blisters on my hands and patches on my wrist and arm. Diet and sleep seem to affect it (and stress, I’m sure) but I’d love to try this for flare-ups! It would be great to find something that works as I’ve been unsuccessful so far.

  46. October 31, 2012 / 6:40 pm

    Dear Ruth,

    My son is 8 months old and he has been suffering from eczema since he was born. The GP has prescribed creams for him to put on but nothing works for him. We’ve been trying for many cream. He is so itching everyday so he keeps scratching himself whenever I change him nappy or bath him. It’s heartbreaking to watch my little boy suffering from the eczema. I would be really happy if this cream works for him. I hope can have a chance to try this cream. And I would be more than happy to share the experience. Many thanks!

    Penny xx

  47. October 31, 2012 / 7:07 pm

    Hi Ruth, thank you for this! I have seborrhoeic dermatitis which is a mild form of eczema and I’d love to try some as well. I’m always trying to find make up that will suit dry skin but it always looks flakey no matter how much moisturiser I use :( I’ve been using diprobase cream for a while now but if I don’t change up my creams they seem to not work as well :/ so now would be a good time to get a new cream I think!

    PS – do you think you could do some posts about make up suitable for extra dry skin??

  48. Mark
    October 31, 2012 / 7:34 pm

    Are men allowed to enter? I’m being heckled by my girlfriend as we speak- as a man who suffers from psoriasis on my face (I’m embarassed to admit this!) it’s as mortifying vanity wise as I’m sure it is for many other ladies who suffer with eczema! I’d love to try out this cream, please dont tell my friends I said that ;-)

  49. Ugne Argentina Gaurilcikaite
    October 31, 2012 / 8:08 pm

    Hi Ruth, I would like to enter for my boyfriend. He’s been suffering with eczema and it is always worst on colder months. He’s been on antibiotics and he’s been very down latly. As he works with people and need to face people every day I can see how his skins problems affect his confidence and self esteem. Who would like to be itchy, with red dry skin and be in meetings all day? I would love to be able to give him something new to try that might help his skin and his mind.

  50. Clare @ The Blossom Shed
    October 31, 2012 / 8:20 pm

    Goodness this sounds like a match made in heaven for my skin right now. After 27 years of perfect skin, I’m getting major payback – dry, sensitive, blotchy, sore, you name it! This sounds like it coud be a lifesaver this winter.

  51. October 31, 2012 / 8:42 pm

    Hiya Ruth! I am now 15 and have been suffered from chronic eczema since I was born, it can become quite severe resulting in impetigo I have always tried not to complain too much about it, but it becomes very restrictive. Whilst growing up I never learnt to swim properly because going swimming was such a daunting task, the chlorine would dry my skin out and everyone would see my eczema, the thing I was most worried about people commenting on. As I’ve grown older it hasn’t got any better! I now get eczema on my face which I have never experienced until a few months ago and it makes me very nervous to meet new people. On bad eczema days I have to take time off school as I do not want other’s to see what my face looks like as it makes me feel anything but pretty. I also have to take time off school when the eczema on my body flares up as it is agony to move which is becoming stressful as exam time is fast approaching. This cream sounds like it would be perfect for me as I would love to try something developed by someone who knows the same problems that I am facing and has lived with the condition. I would like to find something to help keep my condition under control more than anything in the world and stop me worrying when picking outfits for parties and putting on fake tan so that I can focus on being a normal teenage girl. Thank you so much.

  52. Lucinda M
    October 31, 2012 / 9:04 pm

    Hi Ruth, I’d love to try this product. I’m 15 years old and I’ve suffered from eczema all my life. I tend to get it on my neck, arms and sometimes my face and legs. It’s very difficult to cover and I’ve tried so many different creams but they never seem to have any effect. I’m always worried about whether people will notice it, as I hate it when people ask me what’s wrong with my skin. Thanks for posting about this product :)

  53. Aniqah Sultan
    October 31, 2012 / 9:22 pm

    Hi Ruth,
    I’d love to win this – I’ve suffered with eczema on my eyelids and lips since I was about 15! Of course, due to the fact that it is my eyes and lips, traditional steroid treatments are somewhat dangerous to use, but needs must! Thank you! Ani x

  54. Rachel
    October 31, 2012 / 9:25 pm

    Hi Ruth! This product sounds amazing and good luck to whoever gets to try it out!

    I’m 25 years old and have had eczema from birth. When I was a kid it was absolutely terrible, always itching and having open sores behind my knees, crooks of my elbows, down my neck – you name it, it’s been eczema-ed! haha As I’ve gotten older my eczema has certainly calmed down (or maybe I’m getting wise in my years and don’t go crazy and scratch myself to a pulp anymore ;-). I moved to the UK a couple of years ago and my eczema flared up. Turns out, my skin and hard water don’t go well together. I’m still on the search for skin products that will settle down my eczema and plump up my skin again and would love to try out this balm.

    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to try this out, it seems quite pricey!

  55. kirstyalicemclaughlin
    October 31, 2012 / 9:55 pm

    Oh my gosh this has come at the exact time I’ve been looking for something like this! I am 20 and have suffered with acne for about 4-5 years now. I take antibiotics which seriously dry out my skin and have been doing so for over two years now so am about to start my second course of roaccutane (dreading it). Would love love love to try this out, it’s totally out of my price range and I would love to find something that bloomin works! x

  56. Tasia Kakos
    October 31, 2012 / 9:55 pm

    I’m 23 and have eczema on my face and severe dermatitis on my legs and nipples (which is quite irritating!). I also am allergic to the things that make soap soap-y, most toothpastes tend to flare up my eczema and 90% of skin creams I try. Any cream this promising makes me feel hopeful! And thank you for at least letting us know about this cream and doing such a lovely give away! xx

  57. Ellen
    October 31, 2012 / 10:16 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    This is an incredibly generous giveaway, so first of all, thank you very much. I have suffered from eczema for about 20 of my 22 years, mainly on the creases of my arms, my neck, back, chest, knees and – most horribly – around my eyes. This causes a lot of problems for eczema sufferers because the harsh steroid creams that doctors prescribe can thin the skin, and are absolutely NOT suitable for the face. My eye lids crease and flake, and can become very sore. In an entirely superficial way, it was heartbreaking when I got the Naked pallete for my birthday last year and couldn’t get the shadows to look smooth and beautiful like they did in so many videos and blog posts. Another beauty issue I had just yesterday was with the Impress nails that bloggers had been raving about! I put them on, adored them, kept them on over night – and realised I’d ripped my arms and back to shreds (which opened my eyes to how much I scratch in my sleep!).Little things like this are really disappointing – the itching and soreness cause so many small problems when doing normal, girly things, and they build up and can honestly become quite depressing.

    More importantly though, is the actual physical pain it causes. Coming into the winter months, I feel genuinely terrified about the way my skin will react: the cracked lips, the flakey eyelids, the bleeding hands, and being unable to wear gorgeous knits because of the constant tickly itchy feeling. The idea of a natural, soothing, relieving balm designed by a sufferer, for sufferers, is so wonderful. In addition, I’ve been trying to get motivated to start my own beauty blog for literally a few years now – if I win the Selexir Peace Balm, I 100% PROMISE you some feedback, and that promise should be the kickstart I need!

    I read through some of the comments here and I was very moved – this post created a little community for those of us with similar problems. Even if I don’t win this product, I know it’ll go to someone who really needs it. Best wishes to you all.

    Ellen x

  58. October 31, 2012 / 10:17 pm

    I don’t have eczema myself but my boyfriend does. He is plagued by it and nothing seems to work for him, I have tried buying all sorts of creams and concoctions on him but to no avail. The doctors are, to be honest, rubbish and just keep prescribing steroid creams which are awful for the skin in general.

    So I would love a tube of Selexir to try out on him and see if it is the answer he has been looking for! xx

  59. Olivia Calvert
    October 31, 2012 / 10:20 pm

    I have eczema on my eyelids, wrists, the backs of my knees and all over my scalp. The scalp is the worst part to be honest, I can put cream on everything else if it starts to itch but if I’m out when my scalp flares up then its agony, its even got to the point where I sleep in gloves so I can’t itch it when I’m half asleep and make it go into sores. When I was at school I got called flaky and a boy td everyone I had dandruff and it was because I didn’t wash, the paranoia has still stuck with me to be honest! I’d love to win this, realistically I would never be able to afford it so the chance is incredible, I may even finally be able to wear eyeshadow if it works! Thank you for your consideration! P.S. your skin is looking fab in your recent photos xxx

  60. sevda
    October 31, 2012 / 11:29 pm

    I had a large mild patch on my back for year. It didn’t bother me much as it was hidden but then it spread to my chest area.

    My mom told me to use la roche poche (she suffers too) and it was sorted in less than a week. A year later so far so good. The face creams do nothing for me but the body and bath/shower are the only products I use.

    I’m not entering as there are far much deserving people in serious need.

    Great prize.

  61. sevda
    October 31, 2012 / 11:33 pm

    Sorry I hit post too fast.

    I don’t envy you Ruth, you have a hard task there.

  62. Nicole
    November 1, 2012 / 12:10 am

    I have suffered from sensitive, dry, (yet also used to be oily), facial skin since I was 16. I am now 43, and recently it has gotten worse, I think this is because now my skin is becoming dryer through age. The skin on my chin, forehead, inside my ears, around my nose and now it seems to be spreading inside my nose! I can’t even use whitening toothpaste, it kind of ‘eats’ the skin on the inside of my mouth and cracks the sides of my lips. Currently I use Hydrocortisone for a 10 day stint, (not in my nose though), and then rest it for a 7 day period. Obcviously, this is not ideal, and heading into the NZ summer, I’m really concerned about sun damage…I would love to try this product, either by winning it or if the lovely Elena markets it here, I would definitely buy it. I’ll try anything (and pretty much have) once.

  63. AMS
    November 1, 2012 / 12:53 am

    Hi Ruth! When I opened up your page I thought, what, Ruth doesn’t have dry skin ! That’s a change! I do, I have eczema on my arms, on the front of my elbows, and underneath my eyes. It gets worse when I’m stressed or the weather changes and it’s so itchy! I just bought Murine eye drops today. Anyways, I always follow your make up reviews because we (seem to) have the same colouring. I get tempted to buy skincare products you use (aka Alpha-H Liquid Gold) but then refrain because I don’t have combo skin by any means. I do love the Pai products you recommended. I bought the calendula remover when the eye cream came with it! This product sounds great, too, would love to be entered to try it out. Thanks! I live in Australia, the way, if that makes a difference to entering or accessing the product. Xx

  64. November 1, 2012 / 6:02 am

    Ruth, is an eye primer a must have? I have just started with eyeshadows.

    • RuthCrilly
      November 3, 2012 / 5:41 pm

      It’s not a must, but it is handy at keeping the shadow on for longer! x

  65. November 1, 2012 / 8:06 am

    I’ve had eczema for a few years now and would love to try a more natural alternative to steroid creams that I’ve been offered by the doctor! Sounds like a fantastic product, and would be very happy to write feedback on it if I win.

  66. Helen
    November 1, 2012 / 8:35 am

    My sister has really bad eczema on her hands ( i have only mild hand eczema and Vaseline works wonderfully for me!) and she is always scratching at them. I will certainly tell her about this new product. She usually uses only hydrocortisone creams because everything else stings and doesn’t work. I would like to know if this product causes any stinging…..

  67. Rebecca Pearson
    November 1, 2012 / 9:25 am

    I was finally enjoying perfect, soft skin, after three bouts of year-long acne, when suddenly the area around my nose and mouth decided to flare up last year. Obviously it makes me self conscious on shoots and castings, as make-up only aggravates it, but also the positioning of it makes me really self-conscious that people think it’s herpes! I know that sounds funny but it’s also awful!

    Now winter’s started I can already feel it itching to get out, and a few small, red dots have begun to appear, heralding the return of a scabby looking nose/mouth area which feels tight and dry when I smile. I’d love to try this cream, as even my Avene products are aggravating it.

  68. November 1, 2012 / 11:04 am

    Hi Ruth
    I’d love to be considered to try this new cream. I have extremely dry, itchy, red & sore patches of skin due to having to take strong pain medicine for a health condition. I’ve tried everything I can think of to try & improve this dry skin but nothing has worked so far, so it would be great to see if this cream can help.
    Of course I’d write feedback & include photos of my skin before & after.
    Thanks :)
    Shelley x

  69. November 1, 2012 / 12:44 pm

    Dear Ruth,
    I have been reading your blog and following you on Facebook for months, but I have not been able to try any of your reccommendations so far, as I have developed severe eczema on my hands and arms (that has also spread to around my mouth and eyes) in the past year and have not wanted to upset my skin any further. It has been really difficult finding anything that might help soothe my eczema, as mine is not only dry and flaky it also has cracks and wounds which willl not heal. I have recently begun trying pure Vitamin E oil which seems to be helping with the lesser eczema on my face, but has done hardly anything to the rest of me. I would really love to win this competition so I can see if this’ll work even for me, whom doctors tell they cannot treat as my eczema is a ‘weeping’ type of eczema, and I have not found an alternative remedy that has worked for me thus far. It has really affected my confidence.
    I am crossing my fingers xxxxx

  70. melisa
    November 1, 2012 / 1:48 pm

    I suffer from eczema, especially after wash my face I found my skin to be very tight, dry, with scary looking red patches. I haven’t found the best remedy for it. Usually I use vaseline, but it makes my skin break out. Other type of moisturizers sting my skin. I wish I could try this Selexir balm. It sounds amazing :D

  71. NewMum
    November 1, 2012 / 2:58 pm

    since having a baby 3 weeks ago, my hands have become incredibly dry and im suffering from broken skin from washing bottles so often! nothing seems to help and every moisturisier i have tried stings. it is hard enough dealing with a newborn, and i just wish my hands were less painful. i would love to try selexir balm to see if it helps and would be happy to give feedback.xx

  72. paris1975
    November 1, 2012 / 4:27 pm

    Hi Ruth it is exactly what I have. My face is red, very dry, super itchy, peel off and super sensitive… just looks horrible :( I tried so many creams, tonics, masks etc etc and I found nothing for me :( I feel so sad because I even can’t put my make up foundation anymore on my face because it looks so ugly that I need to take it off :( Please send me this elixir if you can because maybe this is what I need… If you wish I can send you some pics that you can see how bad eczema can be… Sad till now I couldn’t find nothing!!!!!!

  73. Kirsty
    November 1, 2012 / 5:06 pm

    Hi Ruth
    I have been quite lucky in the skin department and can get away with using whatever cream takes my fancy (to varying degrees of effectiveness!) but my friend has suffered with eczema all her life and I often feel bad that I can’t recommend anything to her and I know she hates only being able to use medicinal products. I would love to give this to her as a gift as I know she would be thrilled and more than happy to give feedback.

  74. Andrea B
    November 1, 2012 / 6:26 pm

    Hi Ruth!
    First off, I’d like to say thank you for all of your super informative posts! I am a 19 university student in the States and have suffered from eczema since I was really young. Growing up, it was difficult for me to feel comfortable in my appearance because I was always worried about being judged by my peers. As I got older, I was able to start using medicated creams for my eczema; and though they have reduced the redness, I still suffer from dry, flaky skin. I am just now becoming more comfortable with my look and have discovered a new found interest in cosmetics. Your videos and posts have certainly helped with this! They give such useful and easy advice, I could watch them all day :) I would LOVE to be able to try the Selexir balm; it could be the one product that finally heals my dry, rough skin and gives me that final boost in confidence that I really need in order to feel (both literally and figuratively!) comfortable in my own skin.

  75. Ruth
    November 1, 2012 / 7:28 pm


    Is Selexir available only in the EU? I’m from Los Angeles and my eczema is crazy on my hands and arms (I unknowingly scratch them while sleeping)! I suffer redness and dryness on my neck, no makeup can disguise it. I became aware of Pai, thank to your blog, so I’ve been mixing Pai moisturizer and their rosehip oil. But I’ve been told to only do that at night… But Selexir sounds like a god-send for an eczema suffer. Thanks Ruth!

  76. November 1, 2012 / 9:42 pm

    My daughter is an eczema sufferer and gets it on her face and neck as well as all the usual places. If this is suitable for small children will you consider us? She’s 3 and you can imagine I’m desperate to try and preserve her face as best I can without using steroid cream. Thanks. Erin xx

  77. Karl
    November 1, 2012 / 11:03 pm

    Hey Ruth,

    Great chance here, much appreciated! Here’s some reasons why you should let me trial the balm for you:

    1. As a real eczema sufferer since my late teens, I would love to find something other than Betnovate, as I feel it’s thinning my skin yet no other natural remedy has worked so far. I’d offer to keep a photo diary showing any (hopeful) improvement.

    2. A male’s opinion would provide an equal and well balanced post in this modern day :-)

    3. Just watched ‘This Model Life’ and I thought you were cool.

    4. I’m a student in my mid twenties, living in a student flat (POOR) and facing the long long winter ahead with minimal heat in New Cross. We’re both UoL students. Fellow comrade and all that! Just started reading week so have a lot of free time…. to write a review….maybe… hohoho

    Enjoy your weekend,

  78. Najia
    November 2, 2012 / 4:38 am

    I have suffered from eczema since young, on my feet and face! I can’t wear certain shoes because I’m allergic to its components and I had trouble finding shoes for school. I have been prescribed steroid creams by my dermatologist. I would love to win this Selexir Peace Balm because my eczema has flared up again (I’m 26) and would love to try something non-steroid. Thank you Ruth!

  79. Amanda
    November 2, 2012 / 12:44 pm

    Hi Ruth, I would love to give this balm to my brother who is suffering from chronic eczema all over his body. He is 18 years old and his skin on his face has never looked so bad as it does right now. It is so raw and red, and I get so sad when I see it. I think it is because he has given up on the thought of it ever calming down, and right now he doesn’t want to make any effort by using his creams and medication. I am sure that he would try out this cream if I said that I had won it for him. You would get a review of the product from someone who has a severe(!) case of eczema.
    Thank you so much for these sort of competitions :)

  80. Chloe Bompas
    November 2, 2012 / 3:05 pm

    Hi ruth,
    I’d like to win this for my mom. She used to have eczema but got rid of it through a good diet. How ever, she still suffers from dry skin. For birthdays and christmas I always try to spoil her with skin care (all of which are from your recommendation,) but it is difficult with my small student budget. I know she would love this for her mature dry skin and would be willing to give a review of course! Perhaps even before and after pictures if the difference is that noticeable.
    It would mean so much to her and to me. Thank you :)

  81. November 2, 2012 / 4:36 pm

    dear ruth,

    I too am prone to eczema (I have dry sensitve skin) and it tends to flare up in stressful times, and also when the weather gets colder and windy (inside heating and air conditioning is a big no-no too). I had a really bad patch in my early twenties (terribly itchy flaky areas on my face), The worst is the itching, although obviously it’s not very pretty either.

    Now I’m in my thirties, it seems to have calmed down. I do my best to keep it at bay, eat healthy with plenty of omega 3 oils. Porridge also seems to be doing a world of good (apparently it’s an anti-inflammatory) and I make sure I never miss out on my breakfast. At any rate, whenever my skin gets cranky, I have been using a Zinc cream from Uriage (bought in French pharmacy) but I would be delighted to try out a new product, especially now that the cold season seems to be settling in.
    Really enjoy reading your posts, and watching your vids (was even prompted to get the whisles cheetah jumper after seeing you wearing it in recent posts).

  82. xxdaisyxx
    November 3, 2012 / 12:31 am

    Hi, I am am 20 and have had Psoriasis for over 7 years now. I have tried every cream going and various other treatments all with no affect. I understand this could not necessarily help with my condition but of course having this means I can get very dry skin which may not worsen but does not get helped. My face has been very prone to dry skin now we are in the colder months, leaving dry, flaky, sore patches on my skin, of course leading make up to look awful. Like I said I have had this condition for 7 years with no let up from it, I do not get occasional flare ups I have had this constantly. Having this through my teen years and now early adulthood it has had a major effect on my confidence. My skin has become increasingly itchy these last couple of months in the cold and feel this could possibly help me. Thank you.
    [email protected]

  83. JessicaGettingCheeky
    November 3, 2012 / 12:59 am

    Hello Ruth! I’m 24 and have spent most of my life battling eczema and psoriasis. Though you wouldn’t necessarily know by looking at my beauty blog (I photograph mostly my face) my arms or legs are often either suffering with one of the two conditions or in a various stage of healing. I also tend to have very painful eczema breakouts around my mouth. Though I like to think it’s relatively minor, it’s still quite uncomfortable particularly in the cold climate where i live! I’d love the opportunity to try this balm and write about it as I’m always looking for something that will truly do the job.

    Thank you so much for the giveaway!
    ♥ Jessica

  84. Stephie
    November 3, 2012 / 10:05 am

    Hi Ruth, I’m 24 and have battled with eczema all my life. As a child I used to have it all over my body, but now it only remains on my face (I would rather it be anywhere else – you can’t cover up your face after all!).

    It can be really difficult to buy makeup and beauty products as I never know whether they will cause a breakout which could take weeks (maybe even months) to clear.

    I have tried so many creams, from prescription to high street to luxury brands, and nothing is moisturising enough. I currently have to apply cream literally about 10-15 times a day as nothing is nourishing enough. This does create odd looks in meetings at work when I have to whip out the eczema cream! It would be wonderful to find a product that reduces the amount of times I have to apply it.

    I’m dreading the winter months as this is the time it gets really bad. It would be wonderful to try something new and I think it’s fabulous that you are giving people this opportunity. I feel like eczema is a condition that gets forgotten about so often!


  85. Sara Hollander
    November 3, 2012 / 2:54 pm

    Ruth, this cream sounds like a miracle cure. I don’t have eczema but I suffer from extremely dry everything. My skin cracks and bleeds every winter, I have to wear those moisturising gloves at night so my hands don’t crack open while I sleep. I use prescription eye drops because (like my skin) my eyes can’t stay hydrated. It’s made even tougher because I work in records so all day, every day I work with paper and it takes all the moisture from my hands. I’ve tried £60 hand cream, I’ve been prescribed creams, nothing actually forms a barrier around my skin so I can retain all the moisture I should gain from the 2.5L of water I drink daily. It’s probably a side effect of my autoimmune disease or the medication I take daily but when the alternative is being in a care home at 28 because I refuse to take medications…I’m just forever hopeful of finding products to make my life a bit better, it’s one of the reasons I indulge on makeup, to cover the signs and make myself feel pretty. It’s just hard to hide red and bloody skin :(.

  86. Maria
    April 26, 2014 / 10:26 pm

    Dear Ruth,

    I’ve tried so many creams for my extremely dry skin but nothing seems to work. I have extreme bad eczema also and have been giving a-z creams to cure it from GP but nothing seems to work so well. Like your product, I’ve tried new ones but they were just…..failure….I don’t know why I seem to think your one will not work either but then my heart says I should try it anyway, in the hope of finding something that will help me overcome this horrible problem I’ve had for ages. My skin is so dry that no makeup makes it better…..please let me try your product and I hope this is the one. May God bless you for thinking beyond the glamorous looks.

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