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If you are a regular reader of my blogs, you will know that I have eczema; although my symptoms are firmly under control thanks to the NESSkin Therapy Support range of products as my daily skincare of choice.
Left unchecked, my eczema would turn from an itchy dry skin impaired look (my initial warning of problems to come) to clear liquid weeping broken skin as my skin tried in vain to repair itself without any helpful input from me. Winter was the worst time with the artificial heating of homes and buildings to cold winds that sucked all moisture out of your skin.
So How to Protect Your Delicate Skin?
You already know that what you eat is important to your body health including your skin, so what you put directly onto your skin to help you protect it is equally as important. There are many moisturisers on the market that claim to be formulated for dry skin and you need to be have a little knowledge on what will actually work on moisturizing your parched impaired skin.
It takes more than one ingredient to repair your skin’s protective barrier. This is because your skin (like the rest of your body) needs an infusion of multivitamins and minerals, which means no single ingredient will provide this.
Learn to Understand Product Labels
Does this mean I need a PhD just to know if something will work for my skin? Not at all, but be aware of what helps YOUR skin to maintain it’s health and integrity.
Nutritional Ingredients are Key
There isn’t one magic bullet bell and end all ingredient. There are natural potent ingredients containing the vitamins and minerals the skin needs in order to stay healthy, that when combined in a moisturiser and applied to the skin does it’s job well.
Emollients are oils that prevent the loss of moisture from the skin by providing and protective barriers to keep moisture in the skin for as long as possible. Whilst petrolatum (derived from crude oil) is very popular because it is cheap but have no nutritional value, plant oils such as evening primrose, avocado and rosehip are better for the skin as they have valuable nutrition.
Skin repairing ingredients help the skin to maintain its smooth and soft appearance by providing the building blocks to that skin cells use to retain their water content as well as the ‘glue’ that keeps healthy cells together. These include ingredients such as lecithin, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and beta-glycans to name a few.
Anti-inflammatory ingredients contain many of the popular antioxidants that most people are aware of to counter damage including itching and swelling for example.
For sensitive skin there is confusion about using essential oils, and this usually comes down to which ones are used for specific skin issues; if you have dry eczema prone skin the a lemon based cream is not going to be good for your skin.
With our range of products we have already done the work for you, but if you have any further questions please drop me a line and I will be happy to help!