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!

Dee X

Eczema Relief

Firstly, please see your doctor as I am not a Doctor,Β Dermatologist, Beauty Therapist, or Esthetician. Furthermore discuss any new products you’re interested in introducing into your skin care routine with your doctor or doctors before commencing.

Now I suffer with somewhat mild Eczema and it is no where near as bad as it could be. Nonetheless it does upset me and create a lot of symptoms I’d rather not experience. It can be at times embarrassing and awkward and for those who experience more outwardly obvious symptoms it can really take a toll on your mental health and you can feel very self conscious. It’s important to talk about these conditions because it should not be a taboo subject.Β Today, my 3 product recommendations for soothing Eczema.

Please note though some products may not be available in your country.

  1. MooGoo Eczema & Psoriasis Cream 120g/4.2 fl oz.

I want to talk a little more on the brand MooGoo. It is an Australian owned company that make skin care products with all natural ingredients and is eco-friendly. They sell not only skin care products but also range from baby products, cleansers, serums and oils and moisturisers. Be sure to check out their range and stockists here:

https://moogoo.com.au/

I became aware of this brand a little over a year ago now when 2 of my family members were going through cancer treatment. MooGoo products are put together in care packages here in Australian hospitals for cancer patients. When patients are receiving radiation therapy or chemotherapy their skin dries out immensely as a side effect of that treatment. They are therefore encouraged to apply some of their products to effectively soothe and rehydrate the skin. I believe the product they supply is called Natural Skin Milk Udder Cream.

In the middle of Winter my skin was crying out for moisture as I had very much neglected my skin. I found their creams for Eczema and Psoriasis at a Pharmacy. I have used this on my face and body and it really does help to replenish the skin.Β Benefits are anti inflammatory, anti fungal and wound healing properties as it helps relieve symptoms of Eczema,Β  Seborrheic Dermatitis and Psoriasis.

The scent is not too bad either and their play on words is so cute (I love cows and cow anything) you’ll find they do this a lot across their product lists.

Eczema Products FL
Some bonus products I use, Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture for face, Lucas’ PawPaw Ointment for conditioning those lips

2.Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Restore 225ml & Petroleum Jelly

For overall moisturizing my entire body (minus my face) and I apply the petroleum jelly over the top of any dry patches that need an extra boost of locking in moisture power. I have a video on moisturizers and emollients that gets more in depth with what they are and how to use them in your routine. I find that together these ingredients help to quickly soothe and alleviate any dry, cracked skin. As this is a deep restore moisturizer, I find it makes my skin softer in just one use. The trick is to keep using it consistently! Non greasy formulation is fast absorbing which is a plus or maybe my hands are so dry they just suck it all up instantly!

3. Advantan 1% & Novasone 0.1% – Steroid Cream

Both this cream and lotion require a prescription but do know they offer extraordinary relief to itching, redness, dryness, oozing and flakiness. I won’t go too much into this because lets face it, I wouldn’t know what I’m talking about. All I can say is that these work for me and your Doctor will consider all factors for prescribing you medicine based on your health, any allergies and any other form of medication you are taking to reduce likelihood of harmful drug interactions.

That’s it! I hope you found this list of products I use helpful and may even give you the confidence to go out there and seek help. Some skin conditions can be embarrassing but I’m here to tell you they shouldn’t be. Remember to love your health!

Dee X

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DMP Quick Skin Tips – Moisturizers V Emollients

Effectively both will do the same, re hydrate the skin.

However one is more potent then the other and carriers a lot more synthetic ingredients. This means they may irritate some skin types especially sensitive and acne prone as they could not agree with your skin.

So how do you use them? Should you use one or the other?

Moisturizers should be applied daily in the morning and evening to re dehydrate the skin which aids in the healing process and keeping your moisture barrier at optimum level. Not too dry or too oily, a healthy balance is what we aim for.

Emollients should be applied after moisturizer as to lock in the goodies that are applied beforehand.

So where can you buy emollients? There is one that we’re all too familiar with and it’s good old Vaseline. Some skin types like myself can tolerate it, others not so please patch test before. I have used it before on my eczema patches and they work like a charm. Depending on how dry your skin is will determine the duration of application so use your own discretion.

I’d suggest you use emollients in the evening as they’re more heavier and tend to leave you looking greasy. I would hate to think what my skin would like having applied moisturizer and Vaseline and makeup over the top so try and avoid day time use unless of course you don’t mind. Another benefit of adding an emollient to your PM routine would be that they have plenty of time to sit on your skin until morning (they won’t hardly absorb into your skin just create a protective layer) and you can remove it with your cleanser in the morning.

I hope you found this information helpful. If you like, check out my video above and as always remember to love your health πŸ™‚

Dee X