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Lotil Original cream for dry skin

I suffer quite badly with eczema and psoriasis. It’s covered most of my body at one time or another since I was twenty-three and had Scarlet Fever. The area it affects moves around every two or three years. Currently, my scalp and hands are mostly affected. My palms are particularly bad, and sometimes they are bad enough to crack and bleed.

It doesn’t bother me too much, except for when I’m photographing my nails. I deliberately take my photos so that not much of my palms is shown, but still, when my hands are at their worst, you can see the deep furrows on my photos.

I received a sample of Lotil cream to try. It’s supposed to be good for all number of ailments such as dry skin, eczema and psoriasis. It’s also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal – so great for nails bloggers – and it helps with healing.  I tested it for a week using it twice a day, morning and night.

It has a mild, pleasant scent. It’s a very soft smell that’s reminiscent (in strength) of baby products. And it was lovely and rich, immediately hydrating and moisturising my dry hands.

Lotil Original cream for dry skin
Lotil Original


I have to confess to not having heard of Lotil before, but it’s been around for more than 100 years, having first been sold in 1910. I forgot to take photos when I started to use it, but it has improved my hands markedly. Nothing seems to completely cure my hands (I need to significantly improve my diet for that to happen, I think), but this cream was soothing and really improved the dryness.

Lotil is available in various sizes:

  • 30ml tube (travel/handbag sized)
  • 50ml tube
  • 114ml tub
  • 500ml pump dispenser

There’s also a Lotil-branded lip balm and a foot cream. You can buy Lotil in Boots; the 50ml cream is usually £3.59 but seems to be on offer for £2.87 at the moment.


Products shown in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.





Emma B

My psoriasis is terrible at the moment, so bad it woke me in the night. I was washing the dishes and my glove got a leak yesterday. Hands that do dishes are certainly not as soft as my face… They are red, inflamed and throbbing, then when this initial flare up calms, they will be shedding. Nice. Must keep an eye out to try this.

Claire Kerr

Through trial and error, I have found that the best remedy is: giving up alcohol, dairy, bread, sugar and all processed foods; eating loads of fruit and veg, preferably raw; and drinking lots of water. However, 99.9% of the time I can’t manage that, so I put up with bad skin!


You may want to try the extravirgin coconut oil. Both in your diet and used as a hand cream, try first a little amount to check if you are not alergic to it. It helped one of my friend with skin problems on the back of her tights (she almost could not sit), but I am not sure aboyt the name of the illness, english is not my first language. Coconut oil is a real remedy for irritated skin, dry cuticles and killing bacterias. I use it every night for my hands and they are no longer dry. Worth trying in my opinion.

Claire Kerr

Thanks. We have some coconut oil as I use it on my son’s arms to help with keratosis pilaris, so I may try that.