A good skin care routine is to 1. Cleanse the skin, 2. Moisturise via bathing therapy, 3. Apply a good quality moisturiser
Healthy skin contains a balance of natural oils and moisture. When there’s not enough oil, lipids and moisture, skin can be left vulnerable to dryness, cracking, roughness, the loss of suppleness and elasticity.
1. Cleanse. While healthy skin is slightly acidic (5.5 to 6.2 on the pH scale), soap is usually an alkaline with a pH in excess of 7). Many Australians can find soap too harsh as soap dries the skin, stripping it of its essential natural oils (also known as skin lipids). Soap should also be avoided if you suffer from dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea, are taking prescription drugs, have any sun damage, use cosmetics or live a stressful life at home or the office. A gentle soap free wash like Kenkay’s Dermatological Body Wash is our recommendation.
2. Bathing Therapy. In addition to cleansing, bathing with a good quality bath oil can be helpful in restoring the skin’s moisture balance and protect it from dryness. Oils will help to soften and nourish the skin and the warm water of the bath opens up the pores to help the skin absorb the oil. In flare up situations Kenkay’s Mineral Concentrate Bathing Therapy has a unique and innovative combination of Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycerol, occlusives and mineral salts, to help calm and relieve dry, itchy inflamed skin.
3. Moisturise. Healthy skin is well hydrated skin where the moisture content is between 35% to 45%. While the top most layers of skin are hydrated from deeper in the skin itself (from the dermis to the epidermis), skin also attracts water from the environment that it is in. When the skin is dry the use of a moisturiser will help repair the skin barrier so that the skin can carry out its important barrier function. For dry skin, eczema and psoriasis, Kenkay’s Dermatological Extra Relief Cream is specially formulated to moisturise for over 7 hours. Apply after washing and as often as required.