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The Best Ingredients to use if you have Dry Skin

/ by Ismay Radisich posted in Moisturiser, Atopic Dermatitis, Colloidal Oatmeal, hydrate, dry skin, psoriasis

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Are you ready to say goodbye to dry, flaky, itchy skin - for good?

There are many triggers associated with dry skin, and frustratingly these aren't isolated to the cooler months. The good news is, year-round remedies exist, you just need to find the right formula!   

Let's look at the characteristics, treatment, and of course, the ingredients which can soothe and maintain your dry skin quickly. 

Dry Skin Conditions 

Dry skin conditions are among the most common skin concerns seen by Dermatologists. Dry skin can be identified as flaky skin, itchy and tight feeling skin. Dry skin can also lead to more severe skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, which can flare up in times of stress, humidity and extreme drying environments. 

It's important to support dry skin with topical remedies which work with the skin's natural functions. Natural ingredients will  not only support the skin with real results, they can be used long term.

 

Treatment & Maintenance

Treating dry skin conditions comprises of a number of components. These involve restoring the skin barrier to ensure it can heal effectively, minimising inflammation to allow the skin to heal and defend itself, and relieving the discomfort associated with dry skin by soothing and eliminating the need to scratch the skin. A product which can also provide mild antiseptic properties will further encourage cleansing while warding off bacteria and infections which can exacerbate the condition. 

Once the skin's barrier has been restored the skin must be supported daily with a moisturiser which both nourishes and protects. Maintenance is key to ensure the skin maintains its water levels for long lasting hydration. 

 

Ingredients To Look For

  • Natural Colloidal Oatmeal is the key multi-functional ingredient used by Dermavive for dry skin products. Natural Colloidal Oatmeal contains saponins which have cleansing and antibacterial properties making it ideal for cleansers and moisturisers. The cellulose and fibre found in the oats neutralise the pH of dry itchy skin, making it effective to soothe and calm irritation upon application. Furthermore, Natural Colloidal Oatmeal is an effective emollient which provides the skin with an occlusive layer to prevent water loss.  
  • Jojoba oil is naturally rich in vitamins A, B, D & E. Jojoba Oil  boasts anti-inflammatory properties which help to ease and eliminate flaking, chaffing, as well as redness caused by drying, keeping the skin feeling smooth and supple. Jojoba Oil is also known to ease the effects of atopic skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea.
    The complex vitamin B found within the Jojoba Oil allows it to effectively repair the skin and minimise environmental damage to an impaired skin barrier. 
  • Vitamin E has the unique ability to provide nourishment to the surface layers of the skin while also providing barrier protection properties. Vitamin E has the ability to reduce membrane fluidity, cleanse, and prevent free radical transfer from one polyunsaturated fat to another - effectively protecting the skin. 

Dermavive Dry Skin Crème is a Dermatologically endorsed formula containing a professionally formulated blend of Natural Colloidal Oatmeal, Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E. With the support of the Eczema Association of Australasia Inc. Dermavive Dry Skin Crème is an excellent conjunctive therapy and maintenance product for dry skin conditions. 

 

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Psoriasis: How To Manage The Frustrating, Flaky Skin Condition.

/ by Ismay Radisich posted in Dermavive, Atopic Dermatitis, Colloidal Oatmeal, hydrate, dry skin, ageing, psoriasis

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Psoriasis is not only hard to live with due to its intense itchy, flaky nature, it's also incredibly hard to treat. Without proper treatment and ongoing management, Psoriasis can cause constant irritation and inflammation of the skin leaving sufferers vulnerable to a lifetime of ongoing flare-ups. 

To stop this cycle we must look at supporting the skin with long-term preemptive solutions. But first let's look at the condition itself so we can understand its complexity and its triggers. 


 

1. Understanding Psoriasis & What It Looks Like 

Psoriasis is a dry skin disorder which is caused by high turn over of skin cells. This condition can cause skin cells to multiply by up to 10 times faster than normal, leaving sufferers with excess layers of dry skin build up on the surface of the skin. 

Psoriasis generally rears its head in early adulthood and will persist in a few specific areas in small or large patches anywhere on the body or scalp. 

Signs of Psoriasis include: Plaques of red skin, often covered with silver or white flaky scales. The skin will present itself as red, irritated, inflamed and itchy. 

 

2. Psoriasis Triggers 

There are a number of elements that come in to play to cause Psoriasis flare-ups. Being proactive with your topical treatments is paramount during times when you may be exposed to or suffer from: 

  • Stress which may trigger itching and an incessant need to scratch the skin 
  • Allergies which may affect the skin's immunity leading to a flare-up
  • Climate/Environment including humid and dry conditions which dehydrate the skin 
  • Abrasions to the skin which impair the skin barrier 
  • Hormonal changes including pregnancy and menopause 

3. Psoriasis Treatments 

It's common for Doctors to treat Psoriasis with topical Corticosteroids, however, we now know that these creams provide a band-aid fix without any sort of long term remedy. We also know that long-term use of steroid creams can be detrimental to the condition of the skin.

When it comes to providing natural remedies for successful Psoriasis treatment, studies show us that oils are most effective in providing moisturising, nourishing and defensive therapies. Emollients which have been developed to soothe the skin, provide barrier repair therapy which enable the skin to heal. Hydrating body oils provide intense moisture delivery for severe dry skin conditions which initiates immediate relief from irritation and inflammation within the skin - a must for Psoriasis sufferers. 

Dermavive Intensive Body Hydrating Oil is a pH balanced oil which is designed to provide Psoriasis sufferers immediate relief from itching while effectively reducing inflammation via the effects of Natural Colloidal Oatmeal.   

Dermavive Intensive Body Hydrating Oil effectively addresses dry, flaky skin conditions through an especially formulated combination of the following ingredients: 

  • Natural Colloidal Oatmeal contains saponins which have cleansing and antibacterial properties. The cellulose and fibre found in the oats neutralises the pH of dry itchy skin effectively soothing and calming irritations. 
  • Sodium PCA is a humectant with natural moisturising factors to support hydration levels within the skin. 
  • Liquid Paraffin locks moisture into the skin by creating a protective barrier on the skin while  moisturising, soothing and improving the texture of skin. 
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