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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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5 Things Dermatologists Wish You Knew About Moisturisers

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

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With the average Australian woman spending $300 per month on beauty, it seems our face regimes absorb the lion's share of the beauty budget. But what about moisturising your body? Did you know it's just as important to hydrate your body with the right ingredients, especially as we enter the cooler months? 

Here are some tips Dermatologists wish you knew when selecting your moisturiser. 

 

1. pH is important 

Balancing the all-important acid mantle is the key to supporting the core functioning of the skin. When we use acidic products, this throws out the pH of the skin which puts the skin into damage control. When we apply a pH balanced moisturiser to the skin, the skin is not disrupted and therefore functions well. When the skin functions well it appears youthful, feels smooth and bouncy and maintains hydration. 

2. Not all moisturisers are created equal 

There are three classes of moisturisers. These consist of emollients, humectants and occlusive. 

  • Emollients prevent evaporation of water by forming a protective layer on the surface of the skin. This minimises moisture loss and supports long term hydration
  • Humectants have an emollient effect but work in a different way. Humectants attract and draw water into the surface layer of the skin from deeper within the skin or the atmosphere
  • Occlusive agents are utilised to block moisture loss entirely

A moisturiser which contains a balanced blend of emollient, humectant and occlusive agents will provide the skin with superior moisture retention with minimal moisture loss in drying environments. 

3. Hydrate for overall skin health 

Hydrated skin is healthy skin. When the skin is hydrated it can better protect itself from the symptoms of dry skin, as symptoms of itching, tightness and feelings of discomfort subside. Furthermore, well hydrated skin can better protect itself from inflammatory flare ups especially for those prone to dry skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. 

4.  Gradual results over quick fix 

Don't always go for the product that promises the most drastic results in the shortest timeframe. Just like going to the gym, long-lasting results take time. If your skin feels dry or even inflamed, you don't have to opt straight for a steroid cream, there are natural remedies available to you which can provide you with immediate relief. We recommend trying a natural based moisturiser for two weeks before proceeding to anything more drastic. The results you gain in this timeframe may surprise you. 

5. Natural is always best 

Natural ingredients are always best as they are often recognised by the body and are less likely to induce a reaction. As a first point of call, natural remedies should always be tried first. Ingredients which naturally retain water within the surface layer of the skin and create a protective layer to prevent moisture loss include some of the following: 

  • 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
  • Glycerine: A natural humectant utilised for its ability to draw water from the skin's deeper layers into the surface layer of the skin to support long lasting hydration
  • Light Mineral Oil: An emollient used to treat and prevent dry skin with an ability to moisten and soften the skin upon application
  • Isopropyl Myristate: An emollient utilised for its ability to strengthen the skin's natural moisture barrier, preventing water loss from the surface layer of the skin

Dermavive Moisturising Lotion is a pH balanced lotion which has been designed to increase hydration and softness of the skin via a blend of the above mentioned ingredients. This dermatologically endorsed formula provides immediate relief from the symptoms of dryness, including inflammation, itching and discomfort. This lotion can be used safely by all ages (including infants) as a daily moisturiser on all parts of the body for smooth, supple, hydrated skin.  

 

Are you ready to include a moisture locking body moisturiser into your daily routine? If you are looking to nourish, hydrate and protect your skin with the nourishing benefits of Colloidal Oatmeal, you can purchase Dermavive Moisturising Lotion here.  

 

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6 Personal Hygiene Habits

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

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There’s never been a more prominent time to talk about hygiene, but what about personal hygiene beyond hand wash and sanitiser?

While some of these tips may seem obvious to you, you may learn something new along the way - especially when it comes to personal care. 

 

#1. Wash Your Hands

This is hygiene 101. Aside from before and after using the bathroom, and preparing food, it’s important to protect our families and co-workers from germs throughout the day. For example, washing your hands before greeting a colleague or friend with a handshake is a great way to increase your personal hygiene practices and minimise the passing of germs. 

#2 Dental Hygiene

It’s a no-brainer that brushing your teeth morning and night is essential for dental health, fresh breath and to maintain those pearly whites, but did you know that dentists recommend a professional clean and check-up every six months? If it's been longer, make sure you book in.    

One thing Dentists preach to their clients when they do visit, is to floss. Flossing is important to remove trapped food from between your teeth. This not only minimises the chances of tooth decay and gum erosion, it minimises bad breath - totally worth it! 

#3 Tidy Nails

Keeping your nails clean and trimmed is an easy way to eliminate dirt and germs which love to live underneath the nail. Our nails are a breeding ground for nasty bacteria (klebsiella) which can lead to infections, and even illnesses such as pneumonia. A monthly manicure isn’t essential if you know your way around a nail grooming kit as long as you make it a regular habit to clean, trim, and care for your nails.

#4 Wash Daily  

Whether you’re a religious morning shower-er, or you save it as a pre-bed ritual, or both, nothing replenishes full body hygiene like a nice hot shower. A shower can be used to wash away dirt, sweat, dead skin cells, and can also be a time to wash and exfoliate the face.

Washing, drying and styling your hair is also an easy way to practice good personal hygiene. If your hair is particularly oily, or perhaps you are suffering from a flaky scalp, washing your hair twice weekly is the first step in remedying this issue.

#5 Body Odour 

Puberty, excessive sweating and poor hygiene may be responsible for body odour. While antiperspirants are number one for minimising sweat and suppressing odours, showering daily with an antibacterial cleanser is most effective, especially post-exercise. In addition to this, wearing cotton t-shirts and embracing all-natural fibers can minimise sweating and unpleasant odours. 

#6 Feminine Hygiene

Washing your most intimate areas is a daily ritual that is beneficial for full body hygiene. While many women do wash themselves daily, it’s important to do this correctly with a delicate feminine hygiene product. Feminine Hygiene products are designed to maintain a balance within the body’s most sensitive and intimate areas where the skin requires a unique formulation for optimal skin health. As a bonus, with deodorising effects, these products are designed to mask natural odours which regular body washes are not designed to do.

Dermavive Intimate Wash contains an expertly formulated blend of cleansing and soothing ingredients, making it one of the most effective and gentle products on the market. Specifically formulated to encourage good skin health in the most sensitive areas of the body, Dermavive Intimate Wash can be used for everyday care for optimum vaginal health as well as part of the treatment for Vulval Dermatitis with superior anti-inflammatory and nourishing effects.  

Read our blog all about Feminine Hygiene here

 

 

Are you ready to step-up your personal care habits and include a feminine hygiene product in your daily routine? Consider a product with natural cleansing capabilities, natural deodorising effects along with the nourishing benefits of Colloidal Oatmeal found in Dermavive Intimate Wash.

 

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What Does a Healthy Scalp Look Like?

/ by Ismay Radisich posted in Hair, Dermavive, Dry Scalp, shampoo

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Like so many of us, between washing, blow drying and styling our hair, it's easy to neglect your scalp. But do you know the difference between a healthy and not-so-healthy scalp? 

 

#1: So what is a healthy scalp? 

A healthy scalp is one with a balanced pH between 4.5 and 5.5. This means the skin is neither too alkaline nor acidic, allowing it to function optimally with a healthy level of oil secretions. A healthy scalp will shed regularly (without being obvious) as the dead skin cells are easily washed and brushed away without clumping. 

Tip: Use the quality of your hair to gauge your scalp health. If your hair grows well, and appears luscious without being overly oily or dry, your scalp is likely functioning at its best. 

 

#2: Signs of an unhealthy scalp 

Dry, Itchy Scalp: If you experience flaking accompanied by irritability, this is a sign of dry scalp. Small white flakes will be present post-washing and brushing the hair, as opposed to larger yellow-ish flakes for dandruff sufferers. 

Scaling: In severe cases of scaling and inflammation, seborrheic dermatitis may be present. This is a chronic inflammatory skin condition which isolates itself to the scalp and hairline accompanied by extreme discomfort and redness.

Oily Scalp: If you experience oiliness and feel the need to wash your hair daily, this is a cause of concern as your scalp may be overproducing oil. The overproduction of oil can lead to the overgrowth of a naturally-occurring fungus called Malassezia. While many associate dandruff with dry skin, ironically excess oil and Malassezia is the leading cause. 

Tip: A sign of poor scalp health is hair loss. Hair may fall out (more than your average 150 strands per day) and may appear lackluster, limp and struggle to grow. 

 

#3: How to rectify poor scalp health

  • Balance the pH of the skin to allow it to regulate and function optimally.
  • Regulate the oil production and the conditions caused by too much oil will be minimised.
  • Avoid harsh ingredients which effect pH, or worse, strip the skin of natural oils is vital.
  • Incorporate a pH balanced naturally derived shampoo into your regime to manage dry scalp conditions. 

Tip: By opting for a shampoo that not only rectifies dry scalp conditions, but also nourishes the hair like a professional shampoo, you can support your scalp without adding extra steps to your hair care regime. 

#4 Colloidal Oatmeal for a perfectly balanced healthy scalp 

  • Anti-itch 
  • Antibacterial 
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Nourishing 
  • Humectant 

Tip: Look for natural ingredients which are known to hydrate, soothe, and protect the skin for complete treatment, maintenance and preventative properties.  

If dry scalp conditions are keeping you from reaching your hair goals, be sure to try a natural soap-free remedy to regulate pH and oil production. Dermavive Dry Scalp Shampoo is formulated to effectively relieve dry scalp conditions by encouraging healthy scalp functioning with complimentary nourishing and soothing capabilities. 

 

Are you ready to embrace a perfectly balanced scalp and enjoy luscious hair as a result? Dermavive Dry Scalp Shampoo is a pH balanced soap-free shampoo formulated for effective cleansing and hydrating of the hair and scalp.

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