I’m a Big Baby About Having Rosacea

Little Sleepy Head Bath

Hi Rosy Friends!

It’s been a while, but if you’ve been keeping up with my latest videos on my Rosy JulieBC YouTube channel, you know that I haven’t disappeared. I’ve also started tinkering around as @RosyJulieBC on Instagram. Throughout that time, I’ve become quite the big baby about having rosacea…

By that, I mean that I’ve been incorporating a growing number of products meant for babies and toddlers into my life.  I’m not a parent, so I don’t regularly find myself walking/surfing through products meant for little ones.  However, every now and again I’ll come across a product or two as I shop and, despite the fact that they’re designed for teensy tots, they often work better for me than equivalent products designed for us grown-ups!

I recently released a video on the subject (below, in case you’re curious), but I thought it might be nice to dedicate an actual blog post to the topic, since I find it to be an interesting one, and I’ve really let posting slide over the last little bit.  I’m dedicated blogging regularly again (I know, I know, I keep saying that, but I swear I mean it every time haha).

The following are some of the products meant for little ones but that work for big babies with rosacea, like me!

Kids-sized reusable water bottle

Hydration is massively important to healthy skin, healthy digestion, and overall wellness.  To function properly, your body needs to get a certain amount of water through your food and through drinking it, of course.  In my ever-so-humble opinion, living a Rosy Lifestyle absolutely requires you to hydrate properly.

Since I’d prefer not to be a giant hypocrite, that means that I work hard to drink the right amount of water every day. When I head out the door, I need to take water with me. As a result, I have amassed a broad selection of different types of water bottles.  The main struggle with reusable water bottles is that you never really know how well one will work for you until you give it a try.  I have glass ones, stainless steel ones, BPA-free plastic ones, ones with citrus infusers, ones with a straw, ones with a small drinking opening, ones with a wide drinking opening…I’m pretty much the reason the reusable water bottle people are in business!

kids water bottle BPA freeWhile the big ones and the heavy ones (glass!) are great for keeping around while I’m at home or in the car, it’s my kid-sized one that I love the most when I head out to walk dogs, go to outdoor festivals, or at any other time that I’ll need to carry it around. The one I have is Nalgene with a carabiner-style locking flip-cap and a small pour spout-style drinking opening. It’s easy to carry in a bag or attach to a strap.  It locks so it won’t accidentally open and spill, and its opening is small enough that I don’t pour it all over myself when I drink out of it.  I’ve never seen these options in water bottles made for adults. Plus it has a shark on it that says “chomp” and that’s just awesome! 😉 I got this one in clearance in the kids lunchbox section of a department store.

Kid-sized gel ice packs

Keeping cool in the summer can be very difficult, especially when it’s a million degrees outside, humid, and I’m trying to get to sleep despite regular anxiety attacks.

This may sound like a nightmare thing to do during the winter, but in the summer, I take kids’ first aid gel ice packs straight from the freezer and either wrap them in a tea towel or use them straight-up against the back of my neck and/or on the bottoms of my feet.  Sounds crazy, but the next time you’re very, very overheated, give it a try.  It cools you down really fast.

Hello Kitty Boo-Boo Pack gel ice packsSince being overheated is a fast way to turn my cheeks tomato-red, keeping cool is very important.  I got my freezer packs (or in this case, “boo boo” packs) at the local dollar store.  Mine happen to be Hello Kitty themed, but I’m sure that the Strawberry Shortcake or Thomas the Tank Engine would work just as well (as would any other character or non-themed gel ice pack.  I’m 98% sure the theme doesn’t affect the coldness haha).

Baby food fruit puree pouches

Ever since I was a child young enough to be in the target market for most of these products, I’ve been at risk of hypoglycemia.  When I eat the wrong balance of foods or wait too long before eating, my blood sugar levels plummet.  It makes me emotional (hangry!), my hands shake, it spikes my anxiety, and can even cause me to faint. All those things are a rapid path to a rosacea flush – and are rather uncomfortable, too – so, naturally, I try to avoid them.

Reusable baby food pouchOver the last few years, those little baby food fruit and veggie puree pouches have become extremely popular.  I keep them on hand so I can toss one in my purse or bag in case I need a quick blood sugar boost. Since I’m not exactly a fan of the packaging garbage they create, I’ve recently found some reusable/refillable ones so I can simply make my own purees (easier than you think), fill the pouches, freeze them and then take them with me when I think I’ll need them.

Little Sleepy Head Bath Time and Skin Care

If you’ve been following my videos/blogs for a while, you’ll know that I’m always on the hunt for a new sunscreen.  In my opinion, sunscreens are the hardest skin care product to find because the vast majority of them cause my rosacea to flare.  They make me itchy, they sting and they make my skin red and pimply.

In my hunt for a product that wouldn’t do this (because it never hurts to have options!), I came across the Little Sleepy Head Daily Rehydrating Sunscreen.  It caught my eye because it’s safe for babies and toddlers with sensitive skin, as well as being free of “Paba, Parabens, Nano-particles, fragrances, or Phthalates,” non-irritating, water resistant, and non-comedogenic.  What really sold me on it was that it flat-out says that it’s “well received” by people with lupus, rosacea, acne and other skin conditions.  Holy cow!  A sunscreen that directly says that rosacea sufferers don’t often react to it!

Little Sleepy Head Sunscreen, Body Wash, and LotionBefore I knew it, I was unpacking a box with the sunscreen as well as the brand’s entire line of bath time and skin care products! So here’s what I thought of treating my skin like a big baby with Little Sleepy Head‘s skin care line:

  • Little Sleepy Head Daily Rehydrating Sunscreen – I’ve been using this on my face, neck, ears, and upper chest area since I first got it.  On hotter days when I was wearing short sleeves, I used it on my arms as well.  My skin has tolerated it extremely well.  It has no fragrance and is very easy to apply.  I can see how it would be quick to spread on the skin of a kid who is fussing because it was certainly easy for me to apply to myself – and boy can I be fussy! 😉  I liked that it did feel like it was moisturizing my skin, but even if I got sweaty and it ran into my eyes, it didn’t sting. I’d usually wash it off my face as soon as I came indoors again, but it never irritated any place that I applied it no matter how long I left it on. This was a definite find.
  • Little Sleepy Head Gentle Hair and Body Wash – As much as this is meant to be used both as a shampoo and a body wash, I just used this as a body wash.  I have a huuuuge amount of hair and would likely go through the whole bottle in three showers if I shampooed with it.  That said, when using this as a body wash, a little bit goes a long way!  It’s a very soft product that lathers and spreads nicely.  It feels lovely on the skin and smells phenomenal.  I shower before bedtime, so the natural lavender and chamomile in the ingredients provided a beautifully soothing and relaxing bit of aromatherapy to help me combat my typical bouts of insomnia. It was also very effective at washing away the sunscreen, which I didn’t find was at all difficult to remove. As a side note, I know for certain that this product was not meant for this purpose, but in a pinch it also doubled wonderfully as a shaving gel!
  • Little Sleepy Head Hydrating Baby Lotion – After using a baby bedtime bath product it only makes sense to moisturize with the matching lotion, right? This moisturizer also contains lavender and chamomile and has a very close (natural) scent to the body wash. Since it also contains oatmeal, aloe, and shea butter, even my super-sensitive, rash-prone skin tolerated this product very well.  I love that both this product and the body wash are in a pump bottle.  I find that super-convenient.  I haven’t run either of them out yet so I don’t know if the pump bottle lets you get the product right up to the end (some designs. are more effective than others in my experience) but if I run into any problems, I’ll be sure to update this blog post to let you know.

So there you have it.  I have rosacea, and I’m a big baby about it, too!

While I do still love my all-natural skin care for my face from unbelievably great quality brands like SBT Seabuckthorn, Face Addiction and even Celtic Complexion, among others (the list is always growing), I’m happy to add a kids line, Little Sleepy Head, to my sunscreen and sensitive skin care favourites.

What about you?  Have you found a baby and/or kids product that works better for you than the adult alternative?  If so, please share in the comments section below!

 

 

 

 

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Rosy Life Kit 2 – What Rosacea-Friendly Products Do You Want?

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Hi Rosy Friends,

After the success of last year’s Rosy Life Kit, I’m creating another one.  This time, I’m asking for your help!  I’d love to know what you want in a gift box full of rosacea-friendly products.

Want to help?  Thank you!!!  Please click the link or button below to take the super-fast, super-easy, no-wrong-answers survey.  It’s completely anonymous, never asks you for any personally identifying info and it has only 5 multiple-choice questions.  That’s it!

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Thanks again, Rosy Friends!  Your help means a lot!

My Ongoing Rosacea Busting Journey

Rosy JulieBC

Hi Rosy Friends!  I’m so glad to be back to tell you all the things I’ve been doing over the last while to overcome/beat/hide/understand rosacea.  If you’ve been following me on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, then you know I’ve been up to quite a lot. If you’ve been following me exclusively on this blog, then clearly I owe you an apology!

My hope is that by making this a big-fat juicy post about everything I’ve been up to in living the Rosy Life, you’ll forgive me 😉

I’m not sure where to start, so instead of overthinking, I’m just going to dive in.  Here’s what I’ve been doing to take control over my rosacea.

I’m a member of the National Rosacea Society!

Rosy JulieBC Member of the National Rosacea Society
My National Rosacea Society membership kit

If you have rosacea and you haven’t visited the National Rosacea Society website yet, then that should be your next stop (after reading this post, subscribing to this blog and bookmarking the link, of course haha).

The National Rosacea Society is a registered charity that provides rosacea patients as well as doctors with a huge amount of information about the condition.  It includes everything from the very basics (what it is, what the symptoms are, etc), to guidance about treating it, covering its symptoms, and it even conducts studies regarding its impact on our lives, comorbidity (other conditions associated with it) and other important research.

I’m proud to be a member of such a fantastic organization and I’m looking forward to taking part in upcoming studies and doing my part to further the understanding of rosacea.

I launched the Rosy Life Kit

The Rosy Life Kit is a lifestyle box I created and curated to include products you’ve seen me review, test and love on my YouTube channel.  It was my opportunity to share the experience of some of my very favourites with you.

I absolutely loved the entire experience of coming up with the kit and sharing it with you.  It was far better than I could ever have expected. I launched it in one video and your enthusiasm was overwhelming!  I’ve never had to ship so many packages at one time before. Thank you!

When I first had the idea to share the products I’ve found to be the best for my own rosacea-friendly lifestyle, I talked to some of the companies from whom I’d purchased my very favourite products.

There were lots of different things inside this lifestyle box.  Some were skin care, others were sun protection, some were accessories, one was a very special surprise gift from me to you. All were sensitive/reactive skin-friendly and they’re all things I’ve reviewed in the past and have continued to use and adore. Valued at $50, I sold them at a fraction of that cost. The companies I spoke to were fantastic and supportive. That experience alone was inspiring.  Since I paid for it all with my own money – and I’m a writer, so I’m not exactly swimming in cash – I put only a small number of Rosy Life Kit boxes together.

After only one launch video, they were nearly all gone!  I didn’t even get the chance to mention them here on my blog (until now), and I barely even spoke about them on Facebook and Twitter.  Holy cow! I’d expected to have to give them all to friends and family as Christmas presents haha. I’m thrilled that so many people were interested in testing out what I’d tried and liked.

I do have a very small number left because I deliberately stopped talking about them completely.  Canada Post looked like it was going to go on strike this summer, and I didn’t want to sell boxes to people they’d have to wait weeks or months to receive.  As it turns out, there was no strike, so if you want a Rosy Life Kit, now’s your chance because once they’re gone, they’re gone.  They’re extremely limited edition, and I’m almost out of them.

I tested a huge number of rosacea skin care products

SBT Seabuckthorn Wellness Matcha
My order of two cans of SBT Seabuckthorn Wellness Matcha

This summer was a huge time for me to test out a ton of rosacea skin care products, makeup products and other concoctions to apply to the skin or consume in order to treat, heal or hide rosacea symptoms.

I fell in love with SBT Seabuckthorn’s new Wellness Matcha and made up a ton of recipes out of it.  They include everything from beverages to vegan ice cream and even mini-cheesecakes, each using this glorious powder.

I was swept off my feet by Celtic Complexion and its full line of different skin care products that are all safe for rosacea sufferers (full blog about these coming soon), including a sunscreen and (drum roll please) a facial scrub!  It’s been years since I’ve been able to use an exfoliating product! The Calming Serum is also unlike anything I’ve experienced before and is more than likley the best product I’ve ever applied to a rosacea flare-up.

I still haven’t got the hang of Substance natural sunscreen because I get white stuff on everything when I use it, but it was well worth the try.

I was also flattered to be sent two of the Cover Girl Katy Kat products just before they hit the shelves – the Katy Kat Eye mascara and the Katy Kat Matte lipstick.  Both were a ton of fun to test out.

I tried the super-affordable RubyLux Light Therapy bulbs

At the start of the summer,  a Rosy Friend asked me if I’d tried the RubyLux light therapy bulbs because they were unbelievably affordable and she wanted to know if they worked.  I confessed that I’d never even heard of them so I couldn’t tell her about any personal experience about them

Then it dawned on me.  Why wouldn’t I try these bulbs to help out my Rosy Friends?  After all, if these could work as effective light therapy for rosacea, it could be much more affordable than the methods I’d previously been using.

I contacted the owner of the company and she (VERY generously) offered me the products for free if I’d pay for the shipping.  That was unexpected and absolutely wonderful of her. I was more than happy to cover the shipping and soon I had a Rubylux All Red, RubyLux All Yellow and RubyLux All Blue bulb to test.

These bulbs were great (full blog about them coming soon)!  I wouldn’t say they’re appropriate for the type of use I’d need to put them through simply because they’d take too long to treat my whole face.  However, I can’t think  of a better way to test out light therapy in an inexpensive way to see if your skin will react well to it. It’s the perfect option for a patch test.  The RubyLux light bulbs are also a fantastic travel form of light therapy if you’d rather leave a more expensive device at home.

I’m starting a new rosacea light therapy experiment

After having such fantastic luck with red light therapy for rosacea and amber light therapy, too, I’ve taken it upon myself to test green light therapy.  Unlike when I tested the Dual Care light therapy on my rosacea, back when it was just a prototype (though it has since become a successful and popular treatment for rosacea if my understanding is correct), I’m doing this experiment all on my own.

I already have a green light therapy bulb because I was using it indirectly for anxiety and insomnia issues about a year ago.  After doing a bit of research and talking to a lot of rosacea sufferers, I started to wonder if green light might have some benefits for the rosacea condition, too.  My hope is that it will help to cool down the sensation of red light therapy for rosacea (though I don’t have much of a problem with that, I’ve heard some other people do) and that it will help me with some of the lasting “permanent” redness on my face that just never goes away.

I started on September 10 and plan to do it every day for three months.  Wish me luck!

I created a rosacea product review database

Rosy JulieBC Rosacea Product Review Database
My new rosacea product review database – new products are being added all the time.

After wanting to take on something like this for a very long time, I’ve finally created a rosacea product review database.  Several people have asked me to create a list of products I’ve tried, but every time I attempted to get one started, it just seemed too daunting.  It wasn’t something that could fit on this website.

Instead, I created a sister site for this blog: https://rosyjuliebc.com/

It’s still a work in progress but I’ve added around 30 or more products, so far.  The goal is to add every product I’ve ever tried and reviewed or discussed, regardless of whether I liked it or not. At the new site, I talk about what it is, where you can get it, what the claims are, what I said about it in my review (including text and/or video) and an ingredients list, where appropriate.

My goal in creating that site is to make it easier for you to look through all the products I’ve tried so it might be easier for you to find something that is appropriate for your own unique rosacea symptoms.

Just because something worked for me, it doesn’t mean it will work for you.  Just because something didn’t work for me, it doesn’t mean it won’t work for you.  But at least there is finally one place to be able to discover it all at once.  I’ve broken it down into skin care, makeup and lifestyle products with sub-categories to make things easier to find.  There is also a search feature  in case you have something specific in mind that you’d like to find.

I’m continually adding to the site since I’ve now tried well over a hundred products. It will take some time, but  I’m populating it as quickly as I can because I think this type of resource is sorely needed online.  I’m thrilled to be able to provide it!

Rosy JulieBCPHEW!

That’s just a fragment of what’s been going on over the last while.  I’ll try to keep blogging much more frequently so my updates won’t be long enough to make your eyes burn from now on.

I’m looking forward to future posts that will give my full review of the many Celtic Complexion products I tried, of all the different colors of affordable RubyLux lights, and of my amazing new red-amber and green light therapy for rosacea experiment!

So much is going on right now, and I’m very excited to share it with you. Until then, I hope I’ve shared enough with you to be helpful in your own efforts to combat rosacea symptoms and live the Rosy Life.

See you soon!