Combating dry skin all year round with DermaFix skin care ranges

Emollients used in skin care are essential for most skin types, and especially for the commonly known “winter skin” or dry skin. Emollients work to moisturise dry skin by increasing the amount of water held in the stratum corneum. Depending on the ingredients of the emollients, treating dry skin works either by occlusion, trapping moisture into the skin thereby slowing the evaporation of water, or in an active way by drawing moisture into the stratum corneum.

DermaFix’s Skin ResQ contains a mixture of occlusive ingredients, namely beeswax, emulsifying wax and glycerol, and can be used in conjunction with a humectant like DermaFix’s Active Cell Ceutical (ACC) Hyaluronic Gel to combat dry skin, especially during the winter months. The presence of hyaluronic acid in epithelial tissue has been shown to promote keratinocyte proliferation and increase the presence of retinoic acid, thus promoting skin hydration. Present in the extracellular matrix of basal keratinocytes, hyaluronic acid is critical to the structural integrity of the dermal collagen matrix. These benefits make hyaluronic acid a very effective topical humectant.

Hyaluronic acid helps to retain over a 1000 times its weight in water within the cells of skin, making it an excellent moisturiser.  No other biological substance can retain as much water as hyaluronic acid, resulting in increased skin smoothness along with a softening and decrease in wrinkles and ultimately the prevention of dry skin. Reduced levels of hyaluronic acid are known to accompany the ageing process and it is estimated that by the time we reach our mid-40s, the synthesis of hyaluronic acid is roughly half that which is required by the body. The most common application for hyaluronic acid is in anti-ageing therapy, particularly with cosmetic procedures such as the elimination of skin imperfections and wrinkles.

DermaFix’s Skin ResQ ensures a reduction of water loss by 98% compared to oils, hence moisturising the skin and accelerating regeneration of the skin barrier. Topically applied products are not inert to the surface, and emollients affect the structure of the stratum corneum and barrier function in complex ways that are only just beginning to be understood. DermaFix understands the need for individualisation of emollient treatment plans.

Dry skin types benefit by reducing the clinical signs of dryness, including roughness, scaling, itching, flaking, redness and tightness.  Skin barrier strengthening properties also have an impact on delaying the effects of atopic eczema or rosacea.

Contact dermatitis is the medical diagnosis given to adverse inflammatory changes in the skin. Suspected allergic contact dermatitis can be investigated by patch testing, but even if allergens are identified, their presence in commercial preparations can be difficult to ascertain.

Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) is a detergent and surfactant, and has been used extensively in products for its thickening and emulsifying properties. Most manufacturers have removed this ingredient from their products, but some creams do however still contain it. For people with extremely dry skin it is recommended that they should avoid soaps, bubble baths and excessively hot water, due to the lipids on the skin emulsifying, leaving the skin vulnerable. Vigorous rubbing can lead to increased irritation. Staying in the bath too long can cause waterlogging which disrupts the skin barrier function.  You should apply DermaFix Skin ResQ neat, or over ACC Hyaluronic Gel immediately after bathing, in order to trap the moisture into the skin. DermaFix’s Skin ResQ can also be used as a soap substitute, applied to the body by hand or a wash cloth and then rinsed off to aid the removal of organic matter and enhance the lipid coating on the skin.

In extreme cases, if required, additional comfort can be gained with DermaFix Omega⊕ Tissue Oil, which may be applied to the skin before applying DermaFix’s Skin ResQ.