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5 Myths to Avoid with Nappy Rash

/ by Ismay Radisich posted in Dermavive, Skin Care, Moisturiser, Colloidal Oatmeal, hydrate, Nappy Rash, baby

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Did you know? 1 in 3 babies and toddlers experience nappy rash. It's a common yet commonly misunderstood area of infant health.

To help you ease your child's nappy rash woes, we have busted some popular nappy rash myths. 

 

MYTH #1: Buy bigger nappies to avoid friction

Buying a nappy that is too large for your baby with the hope of reducing friction won’t solve your nappy rash problems. Instead, you may risk leakage and discomfort as your baby experiences discomfort from the bulk of a bigger nappy.

Tip: Always look at the weight range of the nappy. As your baby reaches the higher end of the weight range, then is the time to explore a larger nappy. 

 

MYTH #2: Certain nappies cause nappy rash

While yes, the environment of a nappy can cause and exacerbate nappy rash, the materials themselves won’t be the leading cause. While it may be tempting to explore endless options and brands, most nappies are highly absorbent and made from minimally-irritating materials. If your baby is prone to nappy rash there are other ways to reduce its occurrence than switching brands. 

Tip: Offer your baby nappy free time whenever possible. Lay them on a towel and allow them to enjoy a break from wearing a nappy. This gives your baby’s skin time to heal without the moist environment of a nappy.

 

MYTH #3: Baby powder is a must

Baby powder has long been used to soak up excess moisture. While baby powder has had its own controversy, the formula has evolved over time. However, there are less messy, more conventional options on the market.

Tip: A barrier cream will prevent moisture build-up, while providing your baby’s skin with a protective layer from ammonia in urine and the bacteria in faeces. A thick nappy rash cream which contains anti-inflammatories such as colloidal oatmeal will also provide the skin with healing and soothing benefits. Use it at every nappy change to protect and heal inflamed skin.

 

MYTH #4: Cloth is best 

For the environment – yes! However, disposable nappies have come such a long way. There are plenty of organic, chemical-free options which are designed to provide your baby with the same support and comfort as cloth.  

Tip: If you are environmentally conscious, cloth nappies are a great alternative to disposable. They may not reduce the likelihood of nappy rash; however, they are much better for the environment and your wallet!

 

MYTH #5: All rashes are created equal

A nappy rash may appear due to a number of reasons, including friction, exposure to ammonia in urine as well as diet. Aside from infant thrush, a not so commonly known cause of a rash in the nappy region is hand, foot and mouth (HFM). While it presents on the hands, feet and mouth, it can also rear its head in the nappy area and be very uncomfortable.

Tip: If your baby presents with a persistent or blister-like rash see your doctor to explore the possibility of infant thrush or HFM.

 

Dermavive Nappy Rash Cream contains a range of natural ingredients designed to sooth inflammation caused by nappy rash. It also creates a barrier between the skin and the nappy to reduce exposure to ammonia and bacteria. This cream encourages healing, reduces inflammation and protects infant skin with a thick application.

 

Dermavive Nappy Rash Cream is a dermatologically endorsed pH balanced cream designed to protect against irritants, prevent moisture build up and calm irritated and inflamed skin.

Ready to say goodbye to red, inflamed skin and reduce nappy rash for good? Purchase your Dermavive Nappy Rash Cream here.

 

 

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Habits that Can Ruin your Skin

/ by Ismay Radisich posted in Dermavive, Skin Care, Moisturiser, Sunscreen, Colloidal Oatmeal, hydrate

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Are you guilty of some potentially detrimental skin habits?

If you’re ticking off one of these skin care sins you’re not alone - approximately 46% of people surveyed are guilty of number 4! Can you relate?

 

1. Going to bed with your make-up on

We all have those nights where we drift off in front of the TV, but this one is an easily avoidable no-no. Make-up tends to coat the skin, with mineral make-up (especially) sitting within the pores and creating a gateway to congestion. If you suffer from oily skin, removing your make-up can reduce breakouts, skin dullness and unnecessary dead skin cell build-up.

Furthermore, Dermatologist, Dr Bhanusali, says that the since the skin naturally exfoliates itself as we rest, “makeup can disrupt the process, leading to pollutants being trapped in the skin.”

2. Washing your face with just water

Ironically washing with plain old H20 does not hydrate your skin. Shocking I know. It also sits high on the pH scale, which means it can disrupt the functioning of your skin. If the pH of your skin is raised it will further struggle to hold onto precious moisture and defend itself against nasties.

An easy way to solve this issue is to utilise a cleanser that is pH balanced. After-all cleansing your skin isn’t just about removing make-up, it’s a vital step in your skin care regime for replenishing and preparing the skin for further product absorption.

3. Forgetting to moisturise

Those who commit to a regular moisturising routine benefit from hydrated, softer and bouncier skin. Why? A good skin moisturiser which contains vital elements such as antioxidants and skin hydrators can lead to a healthier overall skin. The kind that defends itself against pollutants, drying environments and ageing elements such as the sun.

4. Skimping on sunscreen

This is a big one. In countries such as Australia, the sun is harsh. UV rays in particular are known to degrade the quality of the skin and lead to ageing characteristics such as freckling, pigmentation, sun spots and even skin cancers. By incorporating a daily SPF into your routine, year-round, you can minimise the damage and skin degradation caused by UV exposure.

And before you think your make-up has you covered, Licenced Aesthetician, Karen Fernandez warns, "The SPF levels and formulas in makeup are usually not adequate to be broad spectrum protection, which is the gold standard for anti-aging." So, always apply sunscreen under your makeup and as the final step in your skin care regime. 

 

For a moisturiser the whole family can use, Dermavive Moisturising Lotion provides hydration and skin nourishment with the added benefit of an all natural formulation. The inclusion of colloidal oatmeal encourages optimal skin functioning with anti-inflammatory and calming effects for all skin types.

Ready to experience your softest and smoothest skin ever? Purchase your Dermavive Moisturising Lotion here.

 

 

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The Do's and Don'ts of Feminine Hygiene

/ by Ismay Radisich posted in Dermavive, Feminine Hygiene, Skin Care, Colloidal Oatmeal

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In the coming years, the use of feminine hygiene products is expected to increase by 50%. This is largely due to the abundant research encouraging women to take a tailored approach to feminine hygiene and health. 

Considering the vulva and vagina are vital for reproductive health and menstruation, combined with their susceptibility to irritation, it makes sense to provide this area of the body with adequate hygiene and product care.

Maintaining feminine hygiene is important to every woman. But do you know how to care for your intimate areas properly? If you have sensitivities to soaps, experience odours or itching, there are some simple ways to ensure optimal vaginal health. 

 

Do:

  • Wash Daily

We all feel better when we wash the day away, and for vaginal health it’s important to wash our intimate areas regularly. While the vagina is self-cleansing and a healthy discharge is normal, it’s important to wash post-exercise and post-intercourse to remove any harmful bacteria which may threaten to overthrow a healthy balance.

It's also important to only cleanse the outer region (vulva) to reduce further disturbance to the balance of good bacteria. 

  • Use a tailored pH balanced product

The health of the vagina relies on the perfect balance of pH and bacteria. If the pH balance of the vagina (4.5) and good bacteria is disturbed, this can lead to infection and inflammation otherwise known as thrush. pH balanced products will cleanse without disrupting the pH levels unlike soaps which can throw this balance off and cause ongoing symptoms and discomfort as well as stinging and sensitivity.

  • Prioritise menstrual hygiene

Practicing good menstrual hygiene encourages cleanliness and minimises menstrual odour. Using sanitary items which are non-irritating and chemical-free are not only more beneficial for the environment they are less harsh on intimate areas. Practicing effective menstrual hygiene has shown to lower the risk of reproductive and urinary tract infections. 

 

Don’t:

  • Use wipes and soaps

Wipes and soaps are known to contain astringent ingredients which remove moisture from the skin. This can lead to vaginal dryness and in some cases vaginal dermatitis. Symptoms include itching, dryness, swelling and redness. These products disrupt the pH of the vagina and can cause ongoing problems with continued use.

  • Use perfumed products

Masking an odour is simply a quick fix to a potentially serious problem. Perfumed products for your nether regions won’t treat the cause of the odour which must be addressed directly. In addition, they may cause irritation and stinging when applied directly to the skin leading to itching, redness, swelling and a rash.

  • Over wash

Over washing and vigorous cleansing techniques can disturb the balance of bacteria called lactobacilli. This bacteria keeps the vagina’s pH at a low level which protects it against the growth of harmful organisms.

If pH levels become acidic, infections such as bacterial vaginitis and thrush can occur as lactobacilli levels fall and other bacteria multiplies.

 

Dermavive Intimate Wash is designed to gently clean the genitals with a soap-free, pH balanced formula. It is formulated with natural cleansing, anti-inflammatory, and soothing ingredients which provide optimal hydration for those suffering from vaginal dryness as well as natural odour diffusing ingredients. 

 

Dermavive Intimate Wash is a soap-free, pH balanced cleanser designed specifically for sensitive and delicate areas. With a sting-free formula, Dermavive Intimate Wash balances bacteria and encourages cleanliness without drying or causing sensitivities. 

Ready to relieve symptoms and encourage optimal vaginal health? Purchase your Dermavive Intimate Wash here.

 

 

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New Year, New Skin Regime?

/ by Ismay Radisich posted in Dermavive, Skin Care, Facial Cleanser, Sunscreen, Colloidal Oatmeal, ageing, treatment, skin brightening

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If your skin care products failed to get you great results last year, now is the time to start fresh.

Establishing a skin care regime that harnesses the power of natural ingredients that work to boost skin functioning for soft, youthful skin (all over) is easy. If you’re ready to overhaul your beauty cupboard here’s where to start.

  • Cleanse

The first step to any skin care routine is to cleanse. Cleansing with ingredients that support your skin rather than take away from it is vital. Look for cleansers that are pH balanced, paraben-free, and soap-free. These will cleanse without stripping essential oils or interfering with the natural balance of the skin.

  • Brighten

Do you even out your skin tone with make-up? What if you could wake-up with a smoother, brighter skin tone? It’s time to step away from your standard moisturiser. Brightening products which utilise natural ingredients can be highly beneficial for the skin. They are designed to even skin tone, lighten dark circles and imperfections for flawless skin - make-up free! 

  • Protect

Do you often leave home without SPF protection? The sun's UV rays can slowly degrade our skin especially during summer. UVA rays can penetrate windows and over time can encourage premature ageing. For this reason, sun protection is not only essential at this time of year, but year-round. Do your skin a favour and commit to utilising a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB (the primary sunburn ray) radiation every day.

  • Nourish

Look for products that contain ingredients that soothe and support harmony within the skin. Naturally derived anti-inflammatory skin soothing ingredients like colloidal oatmeal will support skin functioning, encourage moisture retention and fight off nasties that threaten the integrity of the skin. 

Dermavive Hydra Cleanser is a pH balanced colloidal oatmeal cleanser. It is designed to naturally cleanse skin without causing or exacerbating skin symptoms such as itching, redness or swelling caused by dry skin conditions and harsh environments. By supporting the skin barrier it helps the skin to maintain moisture in humid environments especially after long days in the sun. 

There's never been a better time to overhaul your skin care regime. If there's one product you switch this year, make it your cleanser - this one naturally supports the skin for hydrated, smooth and supple skin without the nasties. 

 

Harnessing the powerful benefits of colloidal oatmeal, Dermavive Hydra Cleanser has been formulated to provide gentle cleansing for sensitive skin types. It is a soap-free pH balanced skin cleanser for anyone seeking calm, soft and youthful looking skin with a non-drying cleanser. 

Ready to feel your softest and healthiest skin yet? Purchase your Dermavive Hydra Cleanser here

 

 

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How to Relieve an Itchy Scalp in Summer

/ by Ismay Radisich posted in Dermavive, Colloidal Oatmeal, hydrate, dry skin, Dry Scalp

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Just how common is an itchy scalp? Studies have shown an itchy scalp affects almost 25% of the population*.

Sun exposure, chlorine and salt water, and low humidity environments can lead to severe scalp dryness therefore increasing itchy scalp symptoms in the warmer months. 

Follow these five steps to relieve your itchy scalp this summer.  

 1. Avoid Scalp Burn

Heat rash and sunburn can lead to a list of uncomfortable skin symptoms including pain, redness, swelling, itching and flaking. To avoid this, you must minimise harsh UV exposure by wearing a hat while walking, boating and sunbaking. This is a must for scalp protection.

2. Go Soap-Free

Soap dries the skin leaving it feeling tight and itchy. The same goes for your scalp. A soap-free shampoo will provide your scalp with a pH balanced cleanse which avoids that typical drying discomfort caused by soap. This means your scalp will be less likely to itch and flake as your hair washing regime increases during the warmer months.

3. Rinse Hair After Swimming

Exposure to harsh chemicals in chlorine swimming pools, as well as moisture-stripping salt water, will dry your scalp, fast. By rinsing your hair with water post-swim you will minimise exposure to drying elements and chemicals. Better yet, shampoo your hair quickly after your swim and you will be able to restore balance to your scalp with minimal disruption to scalp health. 

4. Avoid Harsh Environments

Although they are essential to survive an Australian summer, air conditioners wreak havoc with our skin - and our scalp is not immune to its drying effects. These elements can drastically reduce the moisture in your scalp. If you are experiencing symptoms of scalp dryness, reduce your direct exposure to air conditioning where possible. 

5. Utilise Colloidal Oatmeal To Restore Moisture, Calm Irritation And Itch

A dry scalp shampoo containing colloidal oatmeal will provide the scalp with several benefits. These include a natural pH balanced, soap-free cleanse. Colloidal Oatmeal actively delivers moisture to the skin cells while forming a protective layer to prevent moisture loss for a hydrated, flake-free scalp.

Colloidal Oatmeal products have the unique ability to provide cleansing with a soap-like action without disrupting the acid mantle or stripping the skin of precious oils therefore supporting dry scalp conditions. It's anti-inflammatory benefits will also reduce the discomfort and redness associated with dry scalp conditions. 

Dermavive Dry Scalp Shampoo: 

  • Removes surface impurities and flaking
  • pH balanced to support normal scalp functioning
  • Regulates scalp oils
  • Restores and maintains scalp hydration
  • Provides anti-inflammatory properties for scalp relief 

*US National Library of Medicine

Dermavive Dry Scalp Shampoo combines natural ingredients for effective and immediate dry scalp relief. Working to remove dry flakes from the scalp and hair shaft, colloidal oatmeal restores hydration and forms a protective layer over the scalp to reduce moisture loss. 

Ready to say goodbye to embarrassing flaking and intense itching? Purchase Dermavive Dry Scalp Shampoo here. 

 

 

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The Ultimate Guide to Dry Skin

/ by Ismay Radisich posted in Dermavive, Skin Care, Colloidal Oatmeal, hydrate, dry skin

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Dry skin can be frustrating to treat, yet 50%* of men and women suffer with dry skin symptoms at some point. Here's what we know about dry skin and how to avoid it.  

 

What is dry skin?

Dry skin has a scaly appearance which may become itchy and red over time. Symptoms may occur simply due to the lack of moisture content within the skin and may also be related to an underlying dry skin condition such as dermatitis. 

How does skin become dry?

Dry skin can be caused by exposure to hot or cold weather (with low humidity levels) which commonly rob the skin of moisture. Harsh soaps or detergents can strip the skin of precious oils due to their high fat content. Other factors that compromise the skin's ability to hold water include swimming in chlorinated pools, hot showers and baths, as well as the natural effects of skin ageing. 

How to prevent it

Dry skin prevention comes down to a few keys habits which can be implemented into your daily routine.

  1. Hydrate – drink up to replenish the body's water levels. 
  2. Support your skin with a cream that restores and locks in moisture for both face and body. 
  3. Avoid overuse of air conditioning. If you can't avoid it, a humidifier can add moisture back into the air. 
  4. Steer clear of skin care products that strip your skin and leave it feeling dry and tight – such as body soaps and harsh cleansers. Instead look for pH balanced products and natural ingredients.
  5. Avoid hot lengthy showers and baths as these can cause the skin to lose moisture rapidly. 

How to treat it, fast

Dry skin can be uncomfortable, unsightly, and difficult to manage. Once you determine what causes your dry skin, you can find solutions to relieve the symptoms and prevent them from returning – with great success.

The fastest way to treat dry skin is to lather the skin with a moisturiser that does two things. First it must hydrate the skin by penetrating the skin barrier and increasing moisture levels. Secondly, it must lock in moisture and prevent moisture loss by creating a protective film over the skin.

In addition to this, a natural moisturiser that actively soothes the symptoms of dry skin with anti-inflammatory and antioxidants is a bonus, as it will encourage skin comfort and boost the skin’s defenses.

Dermavive Dry Skin Creme contains a pH balanced blend of natural hydrating and calming ingredients which support the skin's moisture levels and prevent moisture loss. Those who use Dermavive Dry Skin Creme experience prolonged skin hydration and dry skin relief with regular use. 

 

*Daily Mail UK

Dermavive Dry Skin Creme restores moisture and locks it in for long lasting hydration. The dermatologically approved formula soothes dry skin symptoms with calming, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant support thanks to the inclusion of colloidal oatmeal. 

Purchase Dermavive Dry Skin Creme here.

 

 

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Severe Dry Skin: Causes, Remedies and Tips for Prevention

/ by Ismay Radisich posted in Dermavive, Skin Care, Colloidal Oatmeal, hydrate, dry skin

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While dry skin affects almost 50%* of us, severe dry skin can lead to unsightly and uncomfortable skin complications which require intense treatment to restore plump, soft and moisture-rich skin. 

 

Causes 

Dry skin occurs for several reasons, including environmental factors such as humidity, dry cool air and exposure to indoor heating and cooling. Dry skin can also be caused by the use of soaps and harsh skin care products which strip the skin of natural oils and compromise the skin barrier.

An impaired skin barrier can lead to excess moisture loss from the skin. When this occurs, the skin struggles to maintain hydration levels and becomes vulnerable to external bacteria and impurities as they penetrate the skin's barrier and instigate flare ups and inflammation. 

Remedy

Humectants absorb moisture from the air and then deliver that moisture directly to the skin cells. This hydrating action improves the skin’s ability to absorb moisture and nutrients for hydrated, healthy skin.  When humectant ingredients such as Sodium PCA are incorporated in skin care products, they essentially "hydrate skin cells by increasing their water content," says board-certified dermatologist, Meghan Feely. Humectants remedy severely dry skin with rich hydrating properties that are easily absorbed for targeted delivery to the skin's cells. 

Prevention 

Emollients play a vital skin protection role (in moisturisers) for protecting the skin and preventing moisture loss. Moisturisers condition the skin while emollients such as Liquid Paraffin and Colloidal Oatmeal form an occlusive layer over the skin which holds water and supports the skin barrier. 

In addition to supporting water levels, Colloidal Oatmeal soothes the skin with anti-inflammatory action and softens the surface of the skin ultimately relieving itch, dryness and flaking, and promoting skin suppleness. 

Moisturisers prevent severe skin dryness and the exacerbation of dry skin symptoms when they combine the actions of emollient, humectant and occlusive ingredients. 

Dermavive's Intensive Body Hydrating Oil is a rich and nourishing skin treatment with humectant and emollient actions due to the inclusion of Sodium PCA, Liquid Paraffin and Colloidal Oatmeal. Dermavive Intensive Body Hydrating Oil is recommended for severe dry skin as it actively restores and maintains water levels - relieving the feeling of skin dryness instantly. 

*Daily Mail UK

Dermavive Intensive Body Hydrating Oil remedies severe dry skin conditions and prevents the occurrence of inflammation and redness. Dermatologically approved, it can be applied to chapped, broken skin without sensitivity or reactivity. 

Are you ready to achieve soft, supple and most importantly, hydrated skin? 

Add the super nourishing Dermavive Intensive Body Hydrating Oil to your skin regime and experience the benefits of a rich oil-based hydrator.

Purchase Dermavive Intensive Body Hydrating Oil here.

 

 

 

 

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How to Manage Nappy Rash at Home

/ by Ismay Radisich posted in Dermavive, Vitamin E, Moisturiser, Colloidal Oatmeal, hydrate, dry skin, Nappy Rash

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Does nappy rash have your little one feeling irritated and uncomfortable? There's nothing worse than seeing your baby in discomfort, yet 30% of babies and toddlers experience nappy rash at any one time. *

The good news is, nappy rash can be relieved quickly and naturally by making simple changes at home. 

1. Change Nappies Often 

We know that the leading cause for nappy rash is exposure to urine and faeces for a prolonged period. For this reason, the number one thing you can do from home to limit nappy rash is to change nappies often. If your child is wet overnight, changing their nappy first thing in the morning is vital. Friction will also increase the occurrence of chaffing and inflammation once they start moving in a moist nappy. 

2. Toilet Training 

To break the cycle of nappy rash, toilet training is the best way to leave nappy rash in the past. It is however, easier said than done. Provided your child is ready for nappy-free time or day time toilet training, this will minimise the occurrence of nappy rash. A highly absorbent night time nappy will further support your progress. 

3. Natural Antibacterial 

You've likely invested in barrier creams that create a physical layer between the nappy and your baby's skin. This allows for the skin to heal while still wearing a nappy. Barrier creams containing Zinc Oxide are recommended over Talc products by the Raising Children network as they  provide the skin with a natural antibacterial layer to minimise the occurrence of infection and inflammation - safely. Zinc Oxide further protects the skin against irritants such as ammonia found in urine, and is praised for its barrier protection and antibacterial relief. 

4. Anti-inflammatory and Healing

For immediate relief of itching, redness and swelling, look for products containing Colloidal Oatmeal. Avenanthramides found in oats has anti-inflammatory and antihistaminic activity while the cellulose and fibre found in oats neutralise the pH of dry itchy skin, making it effective to soothe and calm irritation. Colloidal Oatmeal also contains saponins for gentle cleansing and antibacterial properties to further prevent flare ups, and prevent moisture build-up. 

Natural oils which restore moisture and soothe the skin are also recommended. Almond Oil in particular is a vitamin E rich oil that delivers superior soothing and healing properties to chapped, dry and compromised skin. Likewise, humectants such as Sodium PCA can be utilised for their natural moisturising factors to support hydration to skin which may be compromised due to wearing nappies. 

 

Don't have these ingredients at home?  Containing a blend of the above mentioned powerhouse healers, Dermavive Nappy Rash Cream combines the powerful antibacterial, hydrating and healing benefits of natural ingredients to protect, restore and heal the symptoms of infant nappy rash. 

When combined with the use of high absorbency nappies, nappy-free time and toilet training, this product can be used at each nappy change and post-bath without sensitivity or side effects. Natural Colloidal Oatmeal is gentle on sensitive skin and recommended for use on chapped, dry and broken skin without complications or irritation. 

*NHS Nappy Rash

 

Dermavive Nappy Rash Cream provides immediate relief for infants experiencing inflammation and soreness due to nappy rash. This pH balanced cream will protect against irritants, prevent moisture build up and calm irritated and inflamed skin to soothe, heal and protect the delicate skin of an infant.

Are you ready to say goodbye to nappy rash for good? Purchase your Dermavive Nappy Rash Cream here. 

 

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Your skin's pH: What is it and how do you restore its balance?

/ by Ismay Radisich posted in Dermavive, Skin Care, Moisturiser, Facial Cleanser, Colloidal Oatmeal, hydrate, dry skin, acne, oily skin

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Most of us know that in order to achieve healthy, strong skin, we need to balance its pH. But do you really understand why? And how? 

Let's take a look. 

Firstly, what is pH?

pH is measured on a scale of 0-14. 0 being very acidic and 14 being very alkaline. For the skin to remain balanced, the skin's pH must stay slightly acidic with a pH of 4.5-5.5.

Alkaline pH:

If your skin is too alkaline, it may feel dry and be more prone to showing signs of premature ageing such as deep wrinkles and UV damage. Often skincare products like soaps and foaming cleansers can raise the skin's pH too high.

Acidic pH:

If your skin's pH levels are too acidic it may feel oily, be prone to breakouts and inflammation. These symptoms can be caused by over-exfoliating, using peels or acid-based cleansers.

Why is it so important?

1. Hydration. When skin is too alkaline it struggles to maintain moisture which leads to dry and tired-looking skin.

2. Ageing: When the skin’s pH is imbalanced the skin becomes stressed. When the skin is stressed it becomes vulnerable to attack from nasties like bacteria and free radicals which can cause inflammation and oxidative stress - skin ageing. 

3. Defence: Balanced pH levels mean common skin stressors, allergens and irritants (ingredients in skin care) are less likely to trigger skin conditions that are instigated or exacerbated by a poor barrier function. 

How do you restore it?

Restoring the skin’s pH is easy. The fastest way to do this is to redesign your skin care regime with pH balanced products only. To bring your skin back to the perfect balance your skincare products should range between 4.5-6 pH. A pH balanced cleanser is the ideal place to start. 

To achieve a slightly acidic pH level of 4.5-5.5, astringents, harsh toners and soaps must be avoided. Soaps for example tend to have a pH (between 8-10) which is far too acidic and can damage the skin. Therefore, a cleansing bar, which is a soap-less soap is best to cleanse while restoring balance to the all important acid mantle. 

  • Soap-less soaps are less alkaline than a regular soap so they are gentle on the skin.
  • Soap-less soaps are formulated with a neutral pH which is far less irritating to sensitive skin types.
  • Soap-less soaps are more nourishing for inflammatory skin conditions such as dry skin, or acne-prone skin, as they do not strip the skin of natural oils like a regular soap. 

    Dermavive cleansing bars are a gentler alternative to removing dirt and excess sebum from the skin while supporting the skin with pH neutral ingredients for optimal skin functioning. 

 

Dermavive Cleansing Bars are pH neutral which support the acid mantle for healthy skin. They do not contain any soap or artificial soap and have both cleansing and antibacterial properties to dissolve dirt, oil, grime and other debris within the skin while maintaining a perfectly balanced acid mantle to encourage harmony within the skin. 

Purchase Dermavive Cleansing Bars here 

 

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How To: Avoid Dry Skin After Washing your Hands

/ by Ismay Radisich posted in Dermavive, Skin Care, Moisturiser, Colloidal Oatmeal, hydrate, dry skin

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Has your new hand hygiene regime affected the quality of your skin? Approximately 800,000 Australians currently suffer with eczema with numbers expected to increase due to excess hand washing due to COVID-19. 

To help you avoid hand eczema and drying, here are some tips to encourage supple, soft hands. 

1. Avoid Soaps 

Dermatologist Professor Rod Sinclair emphasises the importance of hand washing as the most important step to killing the virus. "But if you have hand eczema or vulnerable hands you can certainly overdo it", he warns. 

For this reason, selecting the right product is important. Soaps (in bar and liquid form) are known for stripping the skin of natural oils. The reason for this is due to the high level of fats and oils used in the formulation of soaps. When we expose our skin to frequent washing and antibacterial gels we reduce the skin's precious oils which provide our skin with natural protection and hydration. 

2. Use a Cleansing Bar  

While a cleansing bar may look just like a soap, its benefits lie in its formulation. Formulated with pH neutral ingredients, cleansing bars effectively cleanse without leaving a dry or chalky residue like a soap can. Cleansing bars contain less oils and fats compared to soaps. They utilise a gentle lather to lift and wash away impurities without allowing them to reattach. Nourishing ingredients then act to support and hydrate the skin rather than dry it out, all while supporting the all-important acid mantle. 

3. Moisturise after washing 

When the skin is hydrated it can better protect itself from the symptoms of dry skin. Professor Sinclair advises thoroughly drying and moisturising hands after washing. “If we put moisturiser on 5 times or 10 times a day - the more the better," advises Sinclair. 

A moisturiser which contains a blend of hydrating and barrier protective ingredients is vital for repairing and restoring water levels. Moisture locking ingredients include Colloidal Oatmeal, glycerine, vitamin E and aloe vera. We recommend keeping a hand cream or nourishing lotion handy for some post-hand washing TLC. 

4. Maintain the pH balance

Natural ingredients such as Colloidal Oatmeal are generally less alkaline which do not disrupt the pH of the skin. The pH of our skin directly impacts the acid mantle which is responsible for protecting our skin against external influences such as bacteria, pollution and allergens. It also counteracts the effects of nasty skin care ingredients. For our skin to remain balanced, the acid mantle will need to remain at a slightly acidic pH level of 4.5-5.5. Therefore a cleansing bar, which is a soap-less soap (when compared to a regular soap) is best for the pH of the skin. 

5. Ingredients to look for 

Professor Sinclair suggests keeping it simple in terms of ingredients as "Some people will be allergic to fragrance or will find the preservatives in the moisturisers can sting... the simpler the better". 

  • Natural Colloidal Oatmeal: Long used for its ability to hold water on the skin, this moisture locking ingredient can deliver similar anti-inflammatory and healing results to topical steroid creams without the negative effects of long term use
  • Sodium PCA: A natural humectant known for holding several times its weight in water, to support optimal hydration levels within the skin
  • Citric Acid: Breaks down the protein bonds between dead and living skin cells, causing the older, dead cells to lift away revealing the younger cells beneath 
  • Vitamin E: Delivers antioxidants to the outer layers of the skin. Vitamin E helps to reduce free radical damage and protects the body’s cells therefore protecting the skin against ageing, inflammation, and sun damage

Designed specifically for dry skin, pH balanced Dermavive Dry Skin Cleansing Bar contains a unique formulation designed to replenish hydration levels without stripping the skin of vital oils like regular soaps can. Dermavive Dry Skin Cleansing Bar is fragrance, soap, paraben (preservative) and lanolin free, and will not cause irritation or drying due to the nourishing benefits of Colloidal Oatmeal and natural moisturisers. 

This dermatologically endorsed cleansing bar can be used when washing hands to actively wash away bacteria and impurities ensuring the skin’s environment is not conducive for bacteria or infections. Soap-less soaps can be used safely by all ages for dry skin relief and as a preventative remedy. 

 

Are you ready to ditch dry hands and replenish your skin with a cleansing bar that not only washes away germs but supports your skin? If you are ready to experience the nourishing benefits of Colloidal Oatmeal you can purchase your Dermavive Dry Skin Cleansing Bar here. 

 

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