Why use QV?

The hidden ingredients in some cosmetic products could be doing more harm than good. Here’s how QV stacks up against some of the biggest offenders…

QV v. Aqueous Cream

Many doctors used to prescribe aqueous cream for eczema and dermatitis sufferers. Researchers have since found that aqueous cream may increase water loss and cause thinning in healthy skin.31

QV is one of the few brands to use glycerol in its products. This naturally occurring humectant actually helps skin to retain moisture, helping to prevent irritation.30

QV v. Soap

Eczema-prone skin loses water and natural oils more easily than healthy skin. Most soaps dry the skin out and are therefore not ideal for eczema or dry skin sufferers32. Using an emollient-rich liquid cleanser, like QV Gentle Wash, helps to maintain the skins natural barrier function, offering better protection against dehydration.

Many soaps also contain the popular ingredient Sodium Lauryl Sulphate. SLS can cause contact dermatitis and aggravate eczema by breaking up the layer of oil that prevents skin from drying out33. All QV products are free from SLS.

QV v. Shower Gels

It’s tempting to choose a shower gel that looks natural and has a great fragrance. All QV products are free from fragrance. QV Gentle Wash is ideal for use as a shower gel if you suffer from eczema, dermatitis or sensitive skin.

QV v. Moisturisers

Surprisingly, even creams that are specifically designed for eczema can contain ingredients that irritate the skin. Many cosmetic moisturisers contain lanolin, propylene glycol and SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate).

Lanolin is an effective moisturiser that has been used for centuries for skin, nails and hair. But it is also mildly comedogenic, which means it sticks to the skin and can block pores – not good news for people with sensitive skin34. Propylene glycol has been linked to allergic contact dermatitis, skin reactions and eczema flare-ups35 QV Skin Lotion, QV Intensive Ointment, and QV Cream don’t contain either lanolin or propylene glycol, helping to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day while minimising potential irritation.

QV v. Bubble Bath

The fragrances found in bubble bath can be skin allergens, irritants and photosensitizers36. All QV products are fragrance-free to help protect sensitive skin from irritation. There are emollient bath products on the market that rest on the surface of water, effectively coating the skin as you get in and out of the bath. Unlike these, QV Bath Oil will fully disperse in water, which means your skin will be fully coated while you soak, offering long-lasting hydration.