Play dough for sensitive skin
S has the sort of skin that’s sometimes a little sensitive. A while back she had some sort of eczema that eventually covered her whole body. We tried several different creams before we found one that worked. None of them made it any worse, and I had gloriously soft hands from applying it twice a day… but they didn’t solve the problem.
Meanwhile, S loves to play with play dough of any description. I usually make it with corn flour and oil, but the oil can stain her clothes – she’s a bit of a mucky pup, and it tends to get everywhere. Traditional play dough has a lot of salt in it, and can make her hands dry and sore quite quickly – which is not ideal as she doesn’t like to have cream on her hands. I was delighted then, when I found this post on The Imagination Tree, for play dough for sensitive skin.
The basic idea is that you mix up dough using corn flour (the God of play dough ingredients!) and cream – moisturiser, medicated cream, whatever you know works for your child. I’ve no idea why I didn’t think of this before! I mixed ours with Diprobase, because we have tons of it, but it doesn’t work for S. I added some green food colouring, because I know she’s ok with colouring, and set her to playing with it.
play dough sensitive skin diprobase
I think I added too much cornflour, as it was fairly crumbly – but she enjoyed playing with it any way. She’s not really into rolling out dough for shapes, as much as she is just squishing it up and making a mess any way!
Diprobase play dough
I think next time I make this, I’ll use less corn flour. By the time S had finished playing with it, it had become really crumbly. Also it’s worth noting here that the green on S’s hand in this video is from previous colouring shenanigans, not the play dough!

Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


Tara Leinen · 24/04/2014 at 17:50

Looks amazing! Thank you for sharing!<br /><br />-Tara<br />

Salesh Dipak Fernando · 24/04/2014 at 17:55

lovely pics and a lovely little post

playathometeacher · 20/01/2015 at 16:37

What a great idea. I suffer from eczema and would never have thought of putting medicated cream in the dough – a great way to apply the cream without her really realising! Fab! x

playathometeacher · 20/01/2015 at 16:38

Thanks for linking up to #playathometuesdays

Leandra · 20/01/2015 at 19:11

Great idea, I love homemade play dough but you’re right, it dry’s your hands out so much, I think I might give this a try next time :)

Thanks so much for sharing #toddlerapprovedtuesday x

Polly · 20/01/2015 at 19:20

What a great idea and one I’ll be sure to try out, my little one also suffers with sensitive skin so I’m glad I’ve found this xxx

Mummy Melton · 21/01/2015 at 12:47

this a great idea. My friend’s little boy has really sensitive skin, will be sending her to this xx #toddlerapprovedtuesday

Clare's Little Tots · 22/01/2015 at 13:25

Great idea. My own little girl has eczema on her hands and although I haven’t tried this playdough method I do wonder if the usual recipe we use makes it any worse. Will be giving this a go thank you #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

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