DMP Definitions – Emollient

Suffering with dry skin? Has the sun and wind made your skin look like Queen Elsa’s been around you? Or perhaps more seriously, do you suffer with Dermatitis or any other skin condition? Keep reading.

Essentially emollients work as a deep moisturising agents for the skin working to soften the skin cells at a molecular level. You can get them in moisturisers, creams, lotions and ointments and can be applied topically to any part of your skin. This can be particularly helpful for people who suffer with Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Eczema, Allergic Contact Dermatitis and dry skin in general.

You can get almost instant relief as the emollients work to lock in hydration and trap moisture into any part of your skin. This slows down the rate at which you lose moisture and keeps skin plump and hydrated.

My favourite emollient is Vaseline or petroleum jelly and I have family members who moisturise with Vaseline and that alone although I do not recommend this. It would be more beneficial to add moisturiser then an emollient to the skin or better yet, find an emollient moisturising cream and slather that all over your self.

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A great moisturiser recommendation (and a popular one at that) is CeraVe an all over body moisturiser and it can even be applied safely to the face. This is widely available but if you can’t find it in shops, do check out iHerb.com as they stock it and ship at reasonable prices. Another is any of Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Moisture moisturisers.

I hope you’ve found this post somewhat informative and above all else, I hope you find some relief in dry and itchy skin problems.

Remember to love your health!

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Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor, Dermatologist, Beauty Therapist, or Aesthetician, I just love skincare and health and love sharing what I learn with you. Always speak to your healthcare professional when unsure. None of the information provided is substitute for an actual consultation with your healthcare professional.

 

10 Skin Care Definitions You Ought To Know

Methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, benzalkonium chloride, yeah I’m not even going to try and pronounce those words. I don’t blame you if you try and can’t either!

However this got me thinking about other acronyms and their definitions that I use all over this blog and on my videos.

When I first got into skin care and researching all the beautiful ingredients that could benefit my skin, I was thrown into the deep ocean of words and things I had never heard of. AHA this and BHA that, what’s an HA or sphere?

Like you may be wondering what these common phrases and acronyms are, let me help you learn a thing or two πŸ™‚

  1. AHA – Alpha Hydroxy Acid – Mix of natural and man made ingredients to remove and exfoliate the top layer of skin to reveal the better skin underneath. Helps with skin cell turn over.
  2. BHA – Beta Hydroxy Acid – Work much the same as Alpha’s however target the upper most layer of skin and the pores which can help if you suffer from constant breakouts and acne
  3. Comedogenic – Ingredients that plugs the pores at the hair follicles and creates breakouts
  4. Emollient – Protective layer that can be applied over the top of moisturizers to lock in more hydration
  5. Exfoliation – Process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin
  6. HA – Hyaloronic Acid – Technically a moisturizing agent that keeps the skin plump and hydrated
  7. Moisture skin barrier – layer of skin that protects from bacteria and what you should keep the most hydrated for an optimum complexion
  8. PIH – Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation, brown, dark purple, red, pink spots or marks where the post trauma has occurred. Takes a while to fade depending on how fast your skin heals
  9. UVA – Rays cause aging and wrinkles going down deep into the skin causing premature aging and wrinkles
  10. UVB – Burn the skins surface and is the cause of skin cancers

That’s all for now folks. Any other words you’re unfamiliar with? Let me know in the comments below.

Remember to love your health!

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