A few months ago,
someone two friends tagged me in this Facebook post by a mom who used Lush Dream Cream on her baby’s eczema, and eventually got the eczema clear after 7 days! I was a bit hesitant to try it at first – mainly because the price shocked me a bit, and by this time I had already spent $100 on other products that didn’t help – but when I learnt that Lush offers free samples (both online and in-store), I headed to the mall right away!
When I got to the store, the consultant lady (I forget what they said their title is, lol sorry) asked what I came in for, and when I said “Dream Cream for my baby’s eczema” she joyfully asked me if I had read the article about it. I told her I hadn’t, but that I was tagged in the post, so I guess the post really blew up!
I learned that Lush offers two Dream Cream products: a regular one and a self-preserving one. Both have the exact same shelf-life and provide the same benefits; the only difference is that the self-preserving one doesn’t have any synthetic preservatives added, so it stays fresh. I’ve read up on a lot of different ingredients that different moisturizers contain, and also went over each ingredient of the Dream Cream with my nurse friend, and it seemed pretty legit (as in, solid/spot on/on point)! So I ended up getting samples of both to try.
Her face was pretty bad at this point (like weepy and oozing and crusting), so I tested out the creams on her elbows to start. I lathered it on her a few times a day for a few days and was happy with the result! It actually did bring the redness down. So I tried it on her face and… oh boy, that was a different story.
I guess you’re not supposed to lather on moisturizer when eczema is really, really bad, like oozing, chapping, cracking mess bad. Because the next morning her face was so. much. worse. Oh my goodness, I felt sooo bad! It was a good thing that the next day I had an appointment with our family doctor, and that same day she prescribed us with oral antibiotics Keflex and a topical antibiotic cream.
While Lily was on the oral antibiotics, I kept applying the Dream Cream on the rest of her body. I started with the regular one and stuck with that for a week or two before trying out the self-preserving one. Maybe it comes down to preference, but the thickness and alcohols in the self-preserving one seemed better for Lily, so I eventually bought a tub of that one. The tub is 240 g and currently goes for $29.95 CAD.
It worked wonders for the summer heat rashes on her back and tummy – they honestly went away after a few days of applying the Dream Cream. Our doctor recommended we use hydrocortisone cream on her back and tummy, but it didn’t seem to do much. I also tried lathering her in Glaxal Base but it didn’t seem to bring the rashes down, either. Thankfully, I found a product that works on her body!
Unfortunately, I didn’t really document the process because I hadn’t started this blog yet at the time, but I have snippets here and there that I can share. Photography is not my strong suit, either, so these pictures aren’t great lol. But here’s a couple of photos showing how bad her skin was at the time (look closely at her cheek *sad face*):
To be honest, since Lily’s eczema got infected, I haven’t given the Dream Cream another try on her face because I’ve found that the skin on there is extremely sensitive. My husband’s used it on her face a couple times, though, and it’s brought down the redness, but I dunno – my momma instincts tell me to keep trying other products until I find the right one for her face.
Side note: While contemplating trying Dream Cream, I sent Lush an e-mail clarifying their sample and return policies, because I didn’t want to spend another $30 on something that wouldn’t work on Lily and then not be able to return it. In case you’re wondering, I was told that when ordering online, you can “leave a sample request in the gift message section during checkout” and their shipping team will include up to 5 samples to each order. Their sample sizes vary in size because they’re prepared by hand, but you can probably get 2-4 uses of Dream Cream if it’s applied to the hands. (I’m paraphrasing their e-mail now). What’s extra nice is that if after trying out the sample product you still need to return or exchange it, you are able to as long as there’s 75% of it left in the tub!
I’m updating this post almost 3 months after first purchasing the tub, and we’re just running out of it now. As part of Lily’s daily skin care routine, every morning I lather her entire body (legs, arms, shoulders, back, tummy) and I do the same every night before getting her into pyjamas. When we were in the thick of summer, I was lathering her in the Dream Cream at least 3 times a day. I’ll be grabbing another tub very soon!
As for Lily’s face, I’ve found great results from consistently lathering CeraVe Moisturizing Cream as a barrier cream while her skin is clear, to prevent flare-ups.
Are you a mom of an eczema baby? Did you see the Facebook post I’m talking about? 😀 Have you given this Dream Cream a try? Whether you have or haven’t, let me know below and what your experience was like!
Disclaimer: This post is solely my own personal experience, opinion, and/or view expression, and not of any entity whatsoever that I have been, am currently, or may in the future be affiliated with. I’m also not a medical professional and all my posts are for informational purposes only. So don’t follow anything I say without first consulting a real, certified medical professional! They’re the real MVPs. If you do decide to take any of my tips, please know you do so at your own risk.