Monday, July 11, 2011

Thoughts on Asian Skin Care?

Dear Internets,

I'm looking for recommendations on an appropriate facial moisturizer for Lana. She is 8, but the skin on her face is very dry.

I am using Aveeno Ultra Calming on my own face, and I really like it, but since it is advertised as reducing redness (a problem in my very Scandinavian skin), I am hesitant to put it on my daughter - am I wrong about this?

The prescription non-steroidal cream her last dermatologist prescribed was completely useless, and it costs $40 to re-fill. (I wouldn't be opposed to spending $40 if I thought it was helping, but it doesn't do anything. We've had more luck with Cetaphil, but she still has some very dry spots.)

So, should I stick with cetaphil, try the Avenno, or is there something better?

Your input is appreciated!



Blogger Mer (Lulu's Mommy) said...

you know i went to culture camp this past weekend and they had a class on this. i didnt go, boo.

Monday, July 11, 2011 12:47:00 PM  
Blogger mam said...

I got nothing: Lucy's skin is ok and I'm pretty sure it's because of the fine layer of mac-n-cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and bodily fluids she has covering her face at almost all times...but I'm pretty sure Lana won't go for that regimen.

Monday, July 11, 2011 1:36:00 PM  
Blogger Sandra & Steve said...

With our Alea, we found that less soap, cooler baths and less bathing all helped. We used a couple of different lotions and found the ones without fragrance worked the best. Also, reducing redness usually means reducing inflamation which I would think is a good thing but I'm no doctor. Also, Aveeno didn't work as well for Alea. Eucerin worked best for us. Dove soap is considered healthy for skin, less likely to strip oils, also I've used a pure olive oil soap made by Bambu Earth (Etsy shop) that is very good. Good luck.

Monday, July 11, 2011 2:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We do use Aveeno (with success) and Aquafor (sp?) straight on Binh's face in the winter. I also use a product called "Johnson's soothing naturals sooth and protect balm" on areas on his face. It comes in a stick lick thing-y that has a twist up at the bottom. Does that even makes sense!? :)I think it's more in the baby isle but we still use it on our kids.

Monday, July 11, 2011 5:25:00 PM  
Blogger Michal said...

When Ev was little, she would get infant excema. She had these horrible dry, red patches all over her legs. well when we took her for some bloodwork, one of the phlebotomist asked me about it - long story short- she was a Granny that had three grandchildren with the same thing -she told me, "don't even waste your time taking this little thing to a doctor. Just bathe her only once a week, make it tepid and fast and use creamy vaseline". That's what I did and it worked like a charm. So now I recommend creamy vaseline for asian skin. I used to give Ev a massage with it every night, but now we just use it after bath time. I prefer the total moisture conditioning in the yellow bottle or I just found their intensive rescue repairing moisture -fragrance free in a white bottle. I would definitely go with something fragrance free for the moisturizer. I also use only aveeno products for her bath soap- they have some really nice new scents out that don;t seem to bother Ev at all and Ev will break out with different brands of sunblock.
I will recommend only changing one product at a time and giving yourself time to see if that one product helps or worsens. If you change a bunch of stuff and it gets worse you won't be able to tell what caused it. Good luck!
Now anyone have any tips Asian hair that doesn't behave Asian?! As in being brown and thin and slow to grow?

Monday, July 11, 2011 8:15:00 PM  
Blogger Rich Menno said...

I have been following your blog for a couple of years because you are adoptive parents of a wonderful little girl from Vietnam and an incredibly thoughtful & insightful writer. My wife and I have a little 4 year old girl we adopted from Lang Son, Vietnam in 2008. We struggled with the same issues of her having dry skin and tested many brands. A dermatologist told us that a product called "Vanicream" is very good for dry skin. We put it on her after her nightly bath and it works great for our daughter. Good Luck,

Monday, July 11, 2011 8:22:00 PM  
Blogger Kelli said...

I use Aveeno baby eczema. I have also used the cetaphil tub with aquaphor in the winter. I have been using cocoa butter (CVS brand in a tub- thicker than normal lotion) on Aiden's skin this summer and have been having good luck.

Friday, July 15, 2011 11:14:00 PM  

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