Review / Barefoot SOS Dry + Sensitive Range

Monday, 6 February 2017

Barefoot SOS Dry + Sensitive
Not long after I wrote about my experiences with their Repair + Renew cleanser, I was asked if I’d be interested in trying out some of the products from their Dry + Sensitive line too. Given that especially during the winter months, my already sensitive skin is quite susceptible to dryness I thought I’d be a great test subject for seeing how some of their products perform!

My skin has been sensitive for as long as I can really remember, although it’s not nearly as bad as some folks’ skin – for example I don’t react to fragrances or have any allergies that I’m aware of. That said, I have always suffered from mild eczema, my face is prone to dry patches and I have to look after the skin that I shave very carefully or I end up plagued with all manner of rashes, razor burns and ingrown hairs.

Barefoot SOS’s Dry + Sensitive range is specifically formulated for anyone who suffers dry, uncomfortable, irritated or sensitive skin, especially those prone to eczema and psoriasis. Their products are supposed to have cooling and soothing benefits while being comfortable, moisturising and delivering protection from the environment and free radicals.

Their Daily Rich Body Lotion* is a nourishing moisturiser that can be used all over the body to provide hydration for dry, sensitive skin. It’s fast absorbing and pleasantly scented without having an over-bearing, unnatural fragrance to it. I’ve been using this every day for a while now on my upper arms as they’re where I tend to get patches of flaky skin, and while this product alone did not make them vanish it helped to reduce them and their itchiness significantly. Half of the moth on my arm tattoo was covered in dry patches but there’s now only a couple of half centimetre-sized spots that insist on sticking around.

This is an easy, thicker lotion to apply with good benefits and I’ve been enjoying using it – the only thing that I’m perhaps not a fan of is that it’s £11 for a 100ml tube, and while the price itself doesn’t necessarily put me off, I would much rather see a bigger size for an all-over body lotion. If I were to use this on my legs (which would probably benefit from it as the skin is so sensitive) I feel like I’d blow through the whole tube in less than a couple of weeks!

The next product I’ve been using is the Soothing Face & Body Wash*, which has been a pleasant surprise! I wasn’t sure what to expect as generally washes that can be used on body and face, or body and hair, tend not to be the best for your skin, to say the least. Essentially, this is a cream cleanser that can be used to wash either your body or as a facial cleanser and I’ve been using it as both.

During my shower at the end of the day, I’ve been using this cleanse my body all over and then using a little bit product with a muslin cloth to gently cleanse and exfoliate my face, too. It has a silky texture and is SLS free so doesn’t foam – to be expected for a facial cleanser, but it’s an odd sensation for a body wash as most associate a foamy cleanser with a good clean. Having said that though, my skin seems to enjoy it and it feels as though my body retains much more moisture post-shower when I use this vs my traditional body washes.

Just because it’s gentle doesn’t mean it doesn’t clean you properly either; I frequently use this after extremely sweaty and intense gym sessions, and this removes sweat and odour just as effectively as any other body wash but with the added benefits of conditioning and soothing your skin at the same time. This is even gentle enough to be used to bathe babies and kids with sensitive skin.

The face and body wash is £16 for 200ml of product, which seems more money than usual for the same amount of body wash but at the same time, is a bargain for a cream cleanser as I very rarely see any face cleansers or washes this generously-sized.  So, I guess it depends on how you intend to use it whether or not it’s worth the cash.

The last product I’ve been testing out is their award-winning Face & Body Rescue Cream*, which comes in three different sizes: 25ml for £5.95, 50ml for £10.50 and 100ml for £18. This is a much more intensive moisturiser than the Daily Body Lotion. although the texture is very similar, and can also be applied to problem skin on the face.

This is advertised as helping to control patches of eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis; provide extra moisture for dry elbows and knees, hydrate sun- and wind-damaged skin and help to soothe allergic flare-ups. It’s a thicker formula than the daily lotion, and has a soft, chamomile-y fragrance.

I’ve used this quite a few times on my entire face overnight as well as more frequently on specific patches of dry skin, and it pretty much does what it says on the tin! Again, like the Daily Body Lotion, it doesn’t magically zap away your eczema, but it’s nonetheless extremely helpful at keeping dryness under control. Those last remaining patches of eczema I mentioned were further reduced when I started using this on it, and they now feel much less tight and irritated even if they didn’t totally disappear.

This has also been a pleasure to use on my face every now and again, because it’s so hydrating but gentle enough that it doesn’t over-moisturise or bother my sensitive skin. This is a new favourite I’ve added to my little collection of dry skin saviours, and is perfect for whipping out on those days when your face is tight and getting a lil’ flaky; it pretty much fixes the problem for me overnight. I will definitely be taking this to save my skin from the nasty, dry, aeroplane air when I’m on my long haul flight next week!

Barefoot SOS Dry + Sensitive Cruelty Free & Vegan


I’m pleased to have found some sensitive skin products that not only seem to help my eczema patches without the need for a prescription, but they’re also cruelty free and vegan to boot which is seems to be a rarity for things that actually help with long term skin issues. My issues with eczema are only mild though, so if you suffer very badly from eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis then the severity of your condition vs mine might mean your experiences with these products are different. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this as a range that will solve all of your problems and make your ailments disappear (they didn’t cure mine and I’m also not a medic; always consult your GP and use their recommendations for serious conditions), but it may be worth a try and, if nothing else, they might be great gentle products that compliment any prescription treatments you use for your sensitive skin.

For me and my own dry and sensitive skin at least, I’ve definitely noticed a positive difference and will continue to use the face and body wash in particular as I’ve never had the pleasure of using an SLS-free, sensitive body wash before. The fact that it can double up as a face wash also makes it a perfect space-saver for travelling, and I fully intend to bring it with my on holiday! In addition to these three products, you can also buy Dry + Sensitive hand cream and Dry Scalp Treatment Shampoo and Conditioner, the latter of which I’ve decided I’d love to try out next since I also suffer from a dry and flaky scalp.

Have you tried any of Barefoot SOS’s products? What are your cruelty free recommendations for sensitive skin?

* This review is not sponsored and has not been paid for, however the product was sent to me free of charge. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

2 comments

  1. Never heard of this brand before but now I'm dying to get my hands on some of their stuff, thank you for sharing! x

    Lizzie x
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