Moisturisers are intended to to restore moisture to your skin. Water can briefly moisturise your skin, but it is soon lost by evaporation. Lotions, creams and ointments provide an oil coating that prevents water evaporation. Winter months are the most critical times of the year, however it is important to start a hydrating moisturiser regime during summer to prep the skin for the drier months.
Bath oils also work to prevent moisture loss. When applying a bath oil directly to your skin, pour a small amount into your hands and spread it onto slightly damp skin. Avoid using a mineral oil or vaseline (mineral petrolatum) or liquid paraffin on dry skin as this will dry out your skin in the long run.
A lubricating moisturiser should be applied to a damp skin to maximise the benefits of the product. The Cosmetiq e products are most effective when applied to damp skin. However the creams will also sweat out as you allow the creams to penetrate the skin.
dry skin rash
When psoriasis affects the genital skin it can be distressing, and both you and your sexual partner may need reassurance and encouragement. If you and your partner are concerned or put off by genital psoriasis it may be helpful to talk together to your Dermatologist or GP. Psoriasis is not infectious and cannot be transmitted to another person by sexual contact. Using condoms may be helpful for male patients* and women can use lubricating jelly to reduce further aggravation of the psoriasis. Tips that some people find help in the management of genital psoriasis include:
• Avoid the use of all soaps, gels and scented products in the bath or shower - replace these with soap substitutes, bath or shower emollients to cleanse but not irritate the skin
• Using a soft towel, always pat the area dry after bathing and showering rather than rubbing vigorously • Wear clean cotton underwear and avoid tight fitting jeans or trousers
• Women should try to wear stockings or hold ups rather than tights
• Men may find boxer shorts preferable to briefs
• Do not use products prescribed for other parts of the body unless specifically directed to do so by your doctor.
psoriasis on the face and hairline
Psoriasis on the face is relatively uncommon and plaques may be less clearly- defined, which sometimes leads to confusion with eczema or other skin conditions. If you have scalp psoriasis you may have specific treatments and natural products that you can also use to treat psoriasis on your hairline.
Can I use make-up to conceal the psoriasis on my hairline and face?
Make-up could interfere with how well your topical psoriasis treatments work and this is something that should be considered very carefully. Cosmetiq e Skincare is formulated as a barrier cream to prevent your skin coming into contact with any other products that can cause a reaction.
what is psoriasis
Psoriasis is a common skin condition affecting 2-3% of the population of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Typically, it appears as raised red patches of skin covered with silvery scales, although different types and psoriasis on different areas of the body can look different. Psoriasis is very simply a speeding up of the usual replacement processes of the skin. This process is the same wherever psoriasis occurs on the body.
psoriasis in sensitive areas
Psoriasis can affect all parts of the body but there are some areas where the skin is thinner and may be more sensitive to treatment. These areas include the flexures - in skin folds, armpits, under the breast, between the buttocks and the groin and genital area - as well as the face and the hairline. Psoriasis in sensitive areas may also be referred to as:
• Genital psoriasis
• Flexural psoriasis
• Inverse psoriasis
how does psoriasis differ in sensitive areas?
Psoriasis in flexural areas often does not have the typical ‘plaques’ or scaliness seen in other areas and usually appears as very bright red (or dark on darker skin tones), shiny patches. It is welldemarcated (easy to tell where the psoriasis ends and normal skin begins). Because psoriasis in these areas looks quite different to its typical dry and scaly appearance, it can often be mistaken for a fungal infection or other skin condition. Psoriasis in sensitive areas may be very uncomfortable and painful, and may make people feel embarrassed about or avoid intimate situations. Psoriasis in sensitive but non-flexural areas (such as the face) may look similar to psoriasis on other parts of the body.
what triggers psoriasis in sensitive areas?
As with other types of psoriasis, it is not easy to pinpoint what triggers psoriasis in sensitive areas. Sometimes it happens spontaneously, or for no real reason at all. However, psoriasis in the armpits, other flexures and groin area may sometimes get worse as a result of external factors. These may include tight clothing rubbing the skin, deodorants or antiperspirants, sanitary towels or tampons, harsh toilet paper, thrush and sexual intercourse.
Wine Face Symptoms: Pronounced lines or redness between the eyes, droopy eyelids, enlarged pores, dehydrated skin with feathery lines across cheeks, reddish cheeks and nose, deep nasolabial folds.
Although called wine face, these signs can occur in anyone who tends to consume a high level of alcohol weekly. Alcohol dehydrates the skin, affects the liver, and the high amount of sugar found in alcohol tends to destroy skin elasticity.
How to Fix It: Take a break from alcohol for three weeks and then follow the 80/20 rule. Abstain 80% of the time and indulge 20% of the time.
Sugar Face Symptoms: Lines and wrinkles on the forehead, sagging under the eyes, gaunt look to the face, painful pustular spots all over the face, thinning of the skin, a grey/pasty white hue to the skin.
It is easy to get into the habit of reaching for a sugary treat when our energy is low at 2pm, it’s an instant pick me up. However, what goes up, must come down. When high blood sugar levels inevitably plummet, it creates vicious cycle that can leave you craving more and more.
As stated earlier, sugar can destroy skin elasticity. According to face mapping, the forehead is associated with the process of digestion, which is why ‘sugar face’ may manifest as blotches or wrinkles on the forehead.
It can also throw off the delicate balance of our gut bacteria which wreaks havoc not only on our face but digestion and the entire body.
How to Fix It: Just stop eating processed sugar. One can gradually remove sugar from their diet if cutting it off completely is too difficult. Even if you just cut your intake in half and gradually wean yourself off sugar, you will notice rapid improvements in your complexion. Try using more natural options like fruit, honey or dates in place of refined white sugar.
Dairy FaceSymptoms: Swollen eyelids, bags and dark circles under eyes, small white spots and bumps on the chin.
Overtime, most people lose the ability to digest dairy properly. This causes inflammation as the body tries to fight off the dairy with inflammation inducing chemicals.
For example: the same inflammatory process that causes redness, swelling and heat around a sprained ankle or splinter, can trigger puffy eyelids, under-eye bags and dark circles on your face.
Also, most of the milk on the market is full of artificial hormones that are fed to the cows. These also cause problems by disrupting your own hormone system and shows up in the chin area which in face mapping represents the reproductive organs.
How to Fix It: If one feels that they may have an intolerance to dairy, they should remove it completely from their diet for three weeks and observe any changes in their complexion but also their digestion and energy levels!
Gluten FaceSymptoms: Puffy red cheeks, dark pigmentation patches or spots around chin.
A reaction to gluten takes its toll on the immune system, in turn disrupting the delicate balance of reproductive hormones, resulting in spots or dark pigmentation on the chin, the area associated with the reproductive organs.
Some patients who have been suffering for years from rosacea – a skin condition characterised by a red rash over the cheeks – have found it much improved, or entirely controlled, when they remove gluten from their diets.
How to Fix It: If gluten is the problem, cut it from your diet. When it comes to gluten, “cutting back” won’t do the trick, it has to be completely removed. Drink plenty of water and get enough fiber. This will help balance out the skin and redefine your cheekbones.
Source: Daily Mail
For black women, a smooth, even complexion is attainable with proper care.
Beautiful skin often begins inside and radiates outward. A healthy diet is vital. This means eating healthy food as often as possible including raw vegetables and fruit. Fatty, fried foods should be kept to a minimum. Instead, try baking our boiling your food when you cook.
Also, the importance of drinking water every day cannot be over-emphasised. If you want the best skin you must drink at least eight cups a day and compensate for alcoholic and caffeinated beverages with more water.
Regular workouts keep the skin toned and make you feel good. Find an activity you like, possibly biking, walking, jogging, swimming, or sports.
What else can black women do to maintain touchably soft skin?
Moisturisers are a must. Darker skin has a tendency to appear "ashy" when it's not well-lubricated. For the face, it's best to use a separate moisturiser made specifically for your facial needs. Because African skin is more sensitive and drier than Caucasian skin it is important to use skincare that is mild and that has simple formulations.
Black skin is also prone to pigmentation and scarring. It is more susceptible to these because of the higher levels of melatonin in the skin. African skincare can be cared for by simple skincare formulations and gentle skincare. If you suffer from acne, do not pick at pimples. This often leaves unattractive scarring and black skin is much more prone to developing keloids as a result. Keloids are scar tissue caused by trauma or surgical incisions.
Black women, especially of the darker skin tones, often believe they don't need to use sunscreen since blacks rarely complain of sunburn, but this is false. Black skin also needs protection from the damaging rays of the sun.
It is not recommended to use moisturisers which contain sunscreen as this single combination product contains harsh chemicals usually found in sunscreen that protect your skin from the sun. However these chemicals do more damage once they have been absorbed into the skin. It is wise for a clear, smooth skin to only use a mild skin cream underneath a sunscreen. Make sure to use sunscreen daily, year-round, to prevent wrinkles and skin cancer.
Cosmetiq e skincare has a mild formulation that is perfect for African skins. It is used safely under sunscreens to protect the skin form the chemicals found in sunscreens as well as other environmental factors.
It is especially good for removing dark spots on the skin and evening the skin tone in African skin.
Send us your details today and place your order with Cosmetiq e and get an even skin today!
Here is a list of typical household items that can cause your eczema to flare up:
- Washing powder in your clothing fabric
The chemicals such as the surfactants that make the washing powders soapy can irritate your skin and cause a break out. Use natural products or washing powders made for sensitive skins.
- Dishwashing liquid
The surfactants and other chemicals in dishwashing liquids and soaps can also make your skin break out.
- Bar soaps
Soaps have differing pH levels that upset the skins normal pH. This can cause the skin to become vulnerable to a break out or to infection.
- Dirty towels
Dirt in your towels can cause your sensitive skin to become infected. Keep white towels only so that you can see how clean they are and exchange them at least once a week to stop them from getting too dirty.
- Bubble baths and shampoos
These also contain surfactants and other chemicals that can irritate your skin. Try products made for people with sensitive skins or natural products.
- Pets (especially in your home or no your furniture)
Keep pets outside or just out of your beds and off your furniture. They carry dust mites everywhere they go. The dust mites will cause your skin to break out and they wont be easy to get rid of! If you absolutely dont have the heart, then buy a mini vaccuum and get to work wherever your pet has been. Do this on a daily basis!
- Synthetic linen and fabrics
Your skin is being rubbed by your clothing all day. Make sure that the clothing you are wearing is natural fibre. The synthetic fibres can irritate sensitive skins and cause a break out.
- Duvets and Pillows filled with man-made fibres
The synthetic fabrics can irritate sensitive skins. Make sure you buy only down or other natural duvets and pillows as well as cotton bed sheets and clothing as far as possible.
- Baby wipes (Surprising what we put on our childrens skin)
Baby wipes can contain harsh chemicals. Even though we woudl think that products made for babies are mild, it isn't always the case. Try to avoid store bought baby wipes, rather buy natural wipes from niche stores or direct suppleirs online.
- Curtains, sofas and carpets with dust and dust mites
Vaccuum your beds, sofas and carpets often. Dust mistes can take over your home in days. Dust mites will get stuck into your skin and make themselves at home.
- Dirty soft toys made of synthetic fibre
Keep soft toys clean by popping them into the washing machine every now and then. (If you can pry them out of your childrens hands for long enough! ;)
Manage your home to prevent a flare up and you have knocked one thing off your eczema treatment list!
For more information on how to treat eczema, look at our eczema kit: http://www.cosmetiqeantiaging.com/eczema-and-psoriasis-treatment-kit.html
The difference between D-Alpha tocopherol and DL-Alpha tocopherol
There is little difference between the natural and synthetic forms of most vitamins. But with vitamin E, natural is much better.
On a supplement label, natural vitamin E is listed as d-alpha tocopherol, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate, or d-alpha tocopheryl succinate. However, synthetic forms of vitamin E are labelled with a dl- prefix.
Natural alpha-tocopherol is the most biologically active form of vitamin E. In contrast, synthetic alpha-tocopherol contains only a very small percentage of biologically active ingredients that is identical to natural vitamin E.
Researchers have found that natural vitamin E assimilates far better than synthetic versions. Specific binding and transport proteins produced in the liver select the natural d-alpha form of vitamin E and largely ignore all other forms. So it take approximately 6 times the amount of synthetic vitamin e to do the job of natural vitamin e. This is ignoring all of the other potential complications the other non-identical ingredients could cause in high doses.
Your body is better able to use some forms of vitamin E than others. While vitamin E occurs in eight natural chemical forms, only one form called alpha-tocopherol, which is what our Cosmetiq e 100% pure vitamin e oil contains in the natural form, meets human requirements.
The two main types of vitamin e available on the market are:
Supplements that are made from entirely natural sources contain d-alpha-tocopherol. D-alpha-tocopherol is the most bioavailable form of alpha-tocopherol, meaning it’s the type that is preferred for use by your body and is better absorbed and utilized than other forms.
Dl-alpha-tocopherol is a synthetic form of alpha-tocopherol. This synthetic form of alpha-tocopherol is less bioavailable than the d-alpha-tocopherol and is only half as potent. This form of alpha-tocopherol is found in most nutritional supplements and skin care products as well as fortified foods.
Cosmetiq e Skincare contains only D-alphatocopherol acetate (Natural form). The acetate in the oil means that the vitamin e is in an ester form. Esters are more resistant to oxidation than unesterified tocopherols which extends the shelf life and make it much more effective an as antioxidant when you use it on your skin.
Somewhere between the ages of 40 and 58 most women enter menopause. This is when the ovaries stop releasing eggs, periods come to an end, and the production of estrogen begins to decline.
Estrogen stimulates the formation of skin-smoothing collagen and oils. That's why, as menopause approaches and estrogen production diminishes, dry, itchy skin becomes very common.
This reduces the body's ability to produce oils and to retain moisture.
It is a whole body phenomenon, even though you may start to notice it in a dry t-zone or flakey elbows at first. Your dry skin just appears anywhere, from the oil-gland-dense face, back, and chest, to elbows, legs, genitals -- even nails.
There is something that you can do to prevent the dryness setting in and to manage the effects of the dryness to try to turn dry, problem skin into smoother, fresher skin:
Eczema is thought to be caused by reactions to dietary changes or certain foods that may trigger allergic reactions. It can also be caused by a reaction with certain chemicals in topical creams or products.
The best and most viable explanation we believe is the lack of omega oils in one s diet, in the form of seed oils, cold pressed and natural. These improve the function of your adrenal glands which assist in regulating your body's allergic reactions.
If you want to find out what in your diet is giving you eczema while you wait for the omega oils (not fish oils) to kick in, you might want to trial and error.
How do I test what triggers my eczema?
A great way to test the triggers of eczema is to eliminate foods that are highly allergenic or what are called allergens. These are:
You can try a process of elimination. Remove all of these from your diet for 3 weeks. After that, add one back at a time per week. If your eczema flairs up again after a particular food type, you know that you have found the cause.
What do I do once I know what is causing my eczema?
If you are still taking the omega oils (cold pressed seed oils), your body should be on its way to healing and regulating your allergic response. With this, and the exclusion of the allergy causing food your body should be starting to heal itself. In about 6 months to 1 year, your body will have corrected its immune response to that food type if you have continued your omega oil consumption (2 capsules per day).
Then you should be clear to eat that food type again in small quantities, weaning yourself onto it slowly.
How do I heal the damage done to my skin?
By now you know how to get serious about healing the cause of your eczema and you are putting steps in place to improve your bod's allergic response. Now, you can start to use topical agents to heal your skin properly from the outside in.
Cosmetiq e Specialist Skincare offers a comprehensive, deeply healing and soothing pack of products made specifically for skin conditions like eczema.
Our Ultra-hydrating Facial Cream is perfect for soothing the dry and cracked skin and our 100% Pure Vitamin e Oil will help to heal the skin from the dermis outwards. We have helped many people around the world to heal their eczema for good with this combo pack. There is nothing like it on the market, with naturally derived ingredients and NO cortisols, antibiotics, hormones or peroxides.
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Who are we and how can we help you?
Cosmetiq e is a specialist skincare company aimed at helping women and men with specific skincare problems.