The winners are…
- Ali Thorpe
- Andrew Doe
- Ann Weir
- Anni Ezmerelda Large (Eight week pack+Dermasalve cream winner)
- Caroline Robinson
- Cathy Gordon
- Christine Ann Wilson
- Gary Topley
- Gina Butterworth
- Heather May Cain
- Helen Atkins
- Jessica M Walker
- Jo Welsh
- Kerry A Chaston
- Lee Davis
- Marcus Cunninngham
- Natalie Crossan
- Rob Beale
- Sally Annie
- Scott Holloway
- Sofia Smol
- Sonia Green
- Sue Smith
- Yvonne Owen
- Zoe Fields
Hard water is not necessarily a problem. As far back as Roman times people have been enjoying the healing effects of it. The health benefits of mineral-rich springs such as those in Harrogate, Bath and further afield Pompeii are legendary.
Most of the Skin Salveation community suffering from dry skin tell us they have tried nearly every cream, lotion, and moisturiser out there. Despite what they use or how often they use it, their dry skin often persists. People often think dry skin is just part of daily life. They may not have given thought to a simple environmental factor like their water—the possibility that the water they bathe in, wash their dishes, clothes and linens in, and even drink may be the root cause of their problem.
Hard water as opposed to soft water, is water has a higher-than-normal mineral content. Dry, scaley skin is one of the most common effects of hard water on skin. Since hard water makes it more difficult to rinse soaps and shampoos from the skin’s surface, the skin may also become irritated. To prevent the effects of hard water on skin, people should limit their exposure to hard water and use a natural soap on their bodies.
Hard water is a regional problem for many households, especially those that use well water. This type of water has a higher conscentration of minerals, particularly magnesium and calcium. This is a result of the ground water seeping through the soil and rocks.
The problem arises for those with sensitive skin when the water comes in contact with a person’s skin, a small portion of the minerals are left behind. These deposits can absorb the moisture and natural oils from the skin.
Dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis sufferers, for instance, often experience more dryness and irritation after being exposed to hard water. If hard water is the cause of frequent skin problems, avoiding the offending water is often necessary to help clear the skin up.
It may be worth considering a water filter as drinking hard water has also been considered as another factor in general skin condition. ‘We are what we eat and drink‘ and water itself forms over 80% of the human body!
Please consult our help sheet to determine whether water quality in your area is a contributory factor in your skin condition.
Skin Salveation cleansing and laundry products have been specially formulated to accommodate the variances in regional water quality, working effectively regardless of whether your water supply is hard or soft.
The best moisturiser for dehydrated skin, and other suggestions for a good general skin care regime.
Dehydration can affect every skin type and age, especially those with dry skin. Skin dehydration is the loss of water in the skin and occurs when the skin loses more moisture than it takes in.
Dehydration often leads to thinning of the skin, promotes development of fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet. Being dehydrated can change the appearance of your skin, it may appear flushed, dry and older looking.
The skin dehydration often result from a hot, dry climate, not drinking enough water, prolonged exposure to sun, poor skin hygiene, air conditioning, harsh, highly fragranced soaps etc.
Your skin naturally loses up to half a pint of water every day, which means it constantly needs replenishing. It’s essential to seal moisture directly intp your skin to keep it healthy and well-hydrated.
The 10 symptoms of dehydration:
- The skin looks rough
- Feeling of tightness
- Loss of elasticity
- Shrunken skin
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Premature ageing
- Scaley, flaking skin
One of the first signs of dehydrated skin is the development of fine lines, located mainly in the forehead, around the eyes and cheekbones. In some cases the whole face wrinkles.You may experience a feeling of tightness and itching. The skin usually looks reddish and has a dull complexion. The dehydrated skin loses its elasticity and radiance.
What you should do?
The best way to prevent dehydration is to make sure you drinking plenty of water and other fluids every day. You should consume more fluids than you are losing. Drink at least 3.5 pints of water daily.
Avoid smoking, drinking coffee and alcohol as they dry your skin .
Start on Omega 3 health supplements to top up your bodies natural defences this will subsequently replenish the skin with vital vitamins and minerals.
Find the best moisturiser for dehydrated skin. Dermasalve Face cream is especially formulated for this condition. Used extensively by woman world wide, of all skin types as part of their daily moisturising routine. It locks in moisture and protects the skin from further dehydration.
Moisturise regularly with Dermasalve Face Cream. Specially formulated with no known sensitisers. It has no alcohol. which dries skin, no parabens, no fragrances and no lanolin.
It softens, soothes and smooths dry, dehydrated sensitive skin. It is enriched with wheatgerm, jojoba, palm oils, grapeseed extract and aloe vera. It is fortified with antioxidants Vitamins C and E to top up the body’s own natural oils.
Do you suffer from Winter Itch? This is the time to take precautions.
It is most common in the elderly, caused by dry skin felt as a general itchiness.
It also often affects those with a history of eczema, allergies and even asthma.
The main cause is the weather on these colder months and putting our skin through temperature extremes – moving from freezing cold outside to the warmth of our homes, the temperature changes can dry out your skin.
How do I identify Winter Itch?
If your skin feels dry, particularly on the backs of hands, on the shins and legs in general , this could be the first sign.
This leads to itchiness which leads to a cycle of scratching, causing further irritation to already sensitive skin, possibly breaking the skin with the complications of infection.
So what can I do?
Five simple steps to combat ‘Winter Itch’
Start taking precautions now. Look at your home surroundings. Consider using a humidifier, a slight decrease in moisture content in the air can be the trigger to those with sensitive skin having a flare-up.
Indoors wear lighter clothing that has been laundered in a natural laundry detergent that has no irritants. Check the ingredients on your household laundry powder. Avoid fragrances, brighteners and fillers. Do not use Fabric conditioners.
Avoid all fragranced soaps, including deodorant soap. Use natural, high glycerin soap. Stay away from alcohol based hand sanitisers , soap and water does the same trick.
Take shorter baths and showers. Do not expose the skin to extreme water temperatures, and dry thoroughly, but gently y – Pat dry, don’t scrub dry.
Finally, moisturise regularly. This is vital because it helps to keep the skin barrier intact. Moisturise in all situations, before going out, and when returning into the warmer environment.
It is most important that you use a cream with no sensitisers to avoid introducing further irritants into the situation, use a moisturiser that can be applied regularly and, importantly, hygienically.
Often mild flare-ups turn into serious skin conditions simply through cross contamination from shared moisturising products. Problems often arise from some of the ‘tub types’ of moisturiser some don’t include the necessary preservatives to fight bacteria.
Be proactive in your skin care regime. Many people don’t realise that ‘Winter Itch’ is a form of eczema that can run in families. If your parents suffered from eczema it is very likely you will too, and so will your children.
There are a number off eczema causes in infants, but it is commonly believed that it is hereditary. Sensitive skin problems are passed down through generations, but there are many environmental factors that can cause flareups.
Local water quality can cause problems to eczema sufferers, hard water playing a major contributory factor as a trigger causing often spontaneous flareups. This in collaboration with aggressive detergents and laundry powders will no doubt be a significant factor in causing problems for those with sensitive skin and those predisposed with Atopic eczema.
Tap water often contains chemicals such as chlorine, chlorinates, and V.O.C.’s ( Volatile Organic compounds). These chemicals can cause serious long-term health effects, such as increased risk of certain cancers, digestion problems, weakened immune system, and increased risk to certain diseases.
Installing a water filtration system may help reduce the risk from these problems, but consider it may also serve to improve your health in other ways.
‘Clean water’ is not only the key to staying healthy and hydrated, but can improve weight loss efforts significantly. When you aren’t hydrating yourself properly, you aren’t getting the necessary nutrients you need for food causing hunger pangs. When your constantly dehydrated, your body will always be in constant craving of food, which will cause overeating and malnutrition at the same time. This mixture is extremely unhealthy and can contribute directly to obesity. By drinking filtered water, you are hydrating yourself properly while avoiding the danger of unfiltered chemicals.
Drinking ‘clean water’ improves digestion, nervous system function, and aids in detoxification.
Unfiltered water causes your body to absorb too much sugar, leading to stress on your kidneys, digestive problems, and lower energy levels.
Washing and showering in clean water has a vital role in helping those of us with sensitive skin. Many eczema flare ups are not only by use of harsh cleansers but also a change in water quality.
Unfiltered water quality in general varies to such an extent that even very limited use of water in a region away from home can cause problems to people with sensitive skin.
Chlorine can cause skin to feel itchy, a dry irritated scalp and hair to be unmanageable. The strong vapours can also cause irritated eyes and in extreme cases headaches.
Filtered water is altogether better for your health and well being and showering in clean water is altogether more enjoyable, refreshing and better for the condition of your skin.
Remember water accounts for 75% of your brains weight, and over 96% of your livers weight - So probably best to have good quality water.
In the run up to Christmas, we thought we’d look for a few eczema treatment products as stocking fillers. Our searching of the Web led us to dry skin brushing which helps shed dead skin cells, improve skin texture and cell renewal.
It’s an interesting idea, so we thought we’d share it with you:
Dry skin brushing increases circulation which encourages your body to release its toxins. Blood flow increases, tightening the skin, giving your skin a more youthful appearance.
There are many other things dry skin brushing can do for the body from stimulating lymph glands and nerve endings to reducing cellulite, but we feel one of its most important benefits is it helps un-clog pores, allowing your skin to better absorb vital nutrients.
How to do it:
- Buy a long handled (for those hard to reach places), natural brush
- It should be performed once or twice a day, preferably before showering / bathing
- Brush in long sweeping strokes, overlapping as you go, and moving from your extremities inwards.
- Avoid broken skin
- Don’t forget to clean your brush, using soap and water, each week.
If anyone is already dry skin brushing, please get in touch to tell us how you’ve found it. Unfortunately, we don’t sell brushes but if enough people think they are worthwhile we will try to find a stockist.
Posted on May 15, 2013
If you have a child with eczema you will know that it is very difficult to manage sometimes and what with broken sleep and itchy days, you will try anything to relieve their discomfort. The trouble with choosing any eczema creams for kids is that you really have to keep things simple. Anything that will cause a lot of bother, of changing clothes and fussing about washing and drying and wiping and what-not is going to cause a lot of friction all round that that is just what you don’t need.
Skin Salveation’s moisturiser for children is suitable from any age and has only natural ingredients but from the point of view of a frazzled parent there is one big plus that stands out a mile – one application lasts twelve hours. That is one whole day – or a lifetime if you are a kid! So instead of having to mess about reapplying as you have to with so many eczema creams for kids on the market it is simply a matter of applying when you are getting them dressed and then again after their bath. Magic!
Of course, you don’t have to wait twelve hours – if your child has a particularly bad patch, perhaps on the hands, inner elbows or behind the knees, Skin Salveation’s products all use just natural ingredients so applying more often is not a problem. Making it part of the handwashing routine throughout the day is not a bad thing and because it soaks in really quickly, it won’t stop your little tyke for more than a few seconds as they hurtle past. Greasy eczema creams for kids can be a real pain as they attract grime even more than a basic kid does – the non-greasy formula of Skin Salveation’s moisturisers won’t keep your child cleaner, but it certainly won’t make it any worse!
Survey finds that eczema and psoriasis sufferers aren’t managing irritants at home
New survey results, released today by skincare specialist Dermasalve to mark National Eczema Week, indicate that most people with dry skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis are not managing skin irritants at home.
The survey gathered responses from people with skin conditions, and parents of children with skin problems, about managing ‘triggers’ in the home. The findings show that the largest proportion of respondents do not avoid many known irritants, such as dust mites in fabrics and the chemicals found in many moisturising creams.
Just 20% of respondents thought that they did everything they could to manage irritants. 47% responded that they could be doing more, while a third of all respondents did not know if they were doing all they could.
James Davidson, Market Analyst at Dermasalve, said: “The results of the survey are telling. They indicate that many people with eczema and psoriasis, and parents of children with skin conditions, could be confused about how to avoid flare-ups. When it comes to avoiding irritants that can exacerbate their problems on a daily basis, the largest proportion of respondents to our survey feel they could be doing more.
“A number of common triggers for dry skin flare-ups in the home can be largely avoided, from dust mites in fabrics, to chemicals in washing powder for clothes, to irritants in soaps and moisturising creams. It’s important that people with skin conditions, or those looking after them, know what these irritants are and how to avoid them. National Eczema Week is a great way of helping raise awareness.”
The research from Dermasalve also found that:
- 60% of respondents do not check for SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, a known skin irritant) in soap products. 47% of respondents don’t check for SLS in moisturising creams they use.
- 47% of respondents don’t check for parabens (known to cause skin irritation and contact dermatitis) in their moisturising cream.
- While 67% of respondents always use non-biological washing powder, 0% wash their clothes above 60 degrees (recommended to avoid skin irritation from dust mites).
- The amount that respondents spend on managing irritants at home per month ranged from under £5 up to £50, with 20% of respondents spending between £20 and £50 on average each month.
- While 27% of respondents use feather pillows rather than synthetic alternatives, only 13% vacuum their mattresses.
The research findings are the results of survey responses from 60 people with eczema, psoriasis or other dry skin conditions.
Dermasalve is a UK-based business bringing relief to dry and itchy skin worldwide. Dermasalve creams, created by Dr Mark Randle, have been used for more than a decade by people with dry skin conditions. They are free from alcohol, fragrances, parabens, lanolin and other harmful irritants.
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Information about eczema, dermatitis and other dry skin conditions
Eczema and other dry skin conditions such as contact dermatitis are caused when skin comes into contact with a particular substance or irritant.
When the skin comes into contact with an irritant it can become dry, cracked and blistered. Contact dermatitis can affect any part of the body, but is commonly found on the hands. This is because your hands are the most likely part of the body exposed to irritants.
Common causes of contact dermatitis are:
- Exposure to an irritant which can damage the skin (e.g chemicals/alcohols/perfumes/etc) – approximately 80 percent of cases are related to exposure to an irritant.
- Exposure to an allergen which causes the immune system to respond in a way that affects the skin.
Avoiding irritants and allergens is the most effective way to help treat, or rather prevent an outbreak of dermatitis.
Avoiding irritants is not always possible. Treatment normally involves using emollients (moisturiser which reduces the skin’s loss of water). This normally reduces symptoms and improves the damaged skin. However, many moisturisers contain chemicals which can irritate the skin (Click here to a list of irritants in common moisturisers and see what they can do to your skin).
What can I do?
If you think you have eczema or contact dermatitis, you should see your doctor who may be able to refer you to a dermatologist for further tests.
If you have eczema or contact dermatitis, you can help improve the situation by identifying what is irritating your skin. If it is possible to avoid this irritant then you should try to.
You can use moisturisers and creams for eczema and dermatitis several times a day. However, you should also check your moisturiser for common ingredients which are also irritating to your skin. If in doubt, use an irritant free moisturiser.
If you have any experience of eczema, contact dermatitis or any other dry skin conditions, please feel free to share your story in the comments section.
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