skin problems

We regularly hear the age-old adage spruiked that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Whilst there is unquestionably some wisdom in not basing all of our assumptions and evaluations on the facade of something, the reminder not to do it only reinforces how natural this tendency is and how difficult it is to avoid. In some instances we have little choice. Say we walk into a book shop with very little reference point as to what we might like to purchase, the covers are likely to have a huge sway on what we are drawn to. Similarly, when we first meet someone, their appearance is our first point of reference. Before we dig any deeper it is virtually impossible to not make assessments of someone based upon their appearance. With this in mind, there is no greater feature of our appearance than our skin. We come fully wrapped in it and it is paramount that we look after it as we only have one birthday suit and we know it will be judged, either positively or negatively. Now, of course, as the age-old adage warns against, we shouldn’t be so shallow as to only care about our skin because of other people’s judgements. However, the skin can be a revealing cover for what we consume and the environments we expose ourselves to. As your skin is your body’s largest organ and is porous, it absorbs whatever it comes in contact with. The American Journal of Public Health published a study which found that the skin absorbed an average of 64% of total contaminant dosage when coming into contact with chemicals found in drinking water. Other studies found that this permeability leapt up in other specific areas of the body, like the face, underarms and genitalia. Knowing that our cover reveals not only what we put into our body but also onto it, means that we have to be highly selective when choosing products to treat our skin, particularly if it is already damaged or sensitive. 

This is where Cetaphil comes in. Cetaphil has been around as a brand for over 70 years and their products are trusted by dermatologists to treat a wide variety of skin disorders. Their fragrance free, soap free products are the perfect choice for those with sensitive skin or even just those who are conscious of how important the quality of the products are that we put on our skin. In their quest to create the highest quality products to treat skin disorders, Cetaphil came up with 5 specific types of skin sensitivity and have targeted their products to address the following symptoms: 

  1. Dryness
Dry skin results in an ineffective seal to trap moisture. As a result skin will become dehydrated and flake. 
Cetaphil’s solution
Ingredients like glycerin and shea butter help to strengthen the skin, creating a barrier to better retain moisture. Cetaphil’s products are able to effectively hydrate the skin, without causing irritation. 
  1. Irritation
External elements like cold weather or skin care products with harsh ingredients can cause sensitive skin to react in the form of redness, itching, burning or stinging. 
Cetaphil’s solution
Only gentle and soothing ingredients are used in Cetalphil’s products, making them a recommended choice for dermatologists when treating sensitive skin. Rather than contributing to sensitivity, Cetaphil’s products counteract external threats that might cause irritation.
  1. Roughness
Skin regularly sheds its surface layer. In fact, we humans shed around 500 million skin cells each day. This process helps to keep the surface layer of our skin smooth and healthy looking. However, this process can be disrupted, resulting in patchy, dry and flaky skin. 
Cetaphil’s solution
Cetaphil’s cleansers and moisturisers can help to smooth roughness by providing a gentle exfoliation, which helps to strengthen the skin. By not including any harsh ingredients, no greater irritation is caused.  
  1. Tightness
When skin is dehydrated it begins to lose its elasticity. This is why after you have been sunburnt your skin gets that tense, stretched feeling. Cetaphil’s own research has found that nearly 98% of people who identify as having sensitive skin report that they feel this sensation. 
Cetaphil’s solution
Hydrating cleansers or moisturisers help to restore elasticity and limit dryness. This will go a long way to limiting the sensation of tightness. 
  1. Skin moisture barrier 

As mentioned earlier, skin is a two way barrier. It’s working to keep moisture in but it’s also heroically trying to keep nasty irritants out. Any damage to the skin barrier makes the skin less effective in these roles and leaves it vulnerable to skin sensitivity issues. 

In collaboration with the following tips and routines, Cetaphil’s products can help to give you a healthy cover, whilst not compromising any of your internal health. Give the following a go to help treat vast variety of skin disorders:

  • Cleanse
Removing substances that may have built up on your skin, such as; dirt, excess oil or makeup is important but it is also important that the skin’s moisture is not stripped in this process. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser or Cetaphil Gentle Foaming Cleanser is soap-free and fragrance-free, making it an ideal cleanser for those with sensitive skin. Becarful not to over-wash, as this can contribute to greater skin irritation.
  • Moisturise
Not only will your skin feel softer and smoother as a result of moisturising, it can actually help to restore the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion, Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturiser with SPF15 and Cetaphil PRO DermaControl Oil Absorbing Moisturiser contain ingredients that give back to your skin’s moisture levels, without stripping any of it away. 
    • Sunscreen daily 

Rather than saving sunscreen for those more extreme moments of sun exposure, choose one of Cetaphil’s moisturisers with SPF to use daily. This is because the regular wearing of facial sunscreen has been shown to actively help sensitive skin. Prevention is certainly better than a cure, so create that protective barrier daily.   

    • Avoid harsh exfoliation 

The act of exfoliating is an important process. Not only are you helping to remove all those dead skin cells, it can also help to remove any other unwanted irritants that may have settled on your skin throughout the day. However, if your skin is already sensitive, exfoliation may actually contribute to irritation by stripping further moisture and layers of protection. A product like Cetaphil Extra Gentle Daily Scrub can exfoliate effectively, whilst protecting sensitive skin from further irritation. 

When it comes to your body’s cover, you want to make it appear just as enticing as a well designed book cover. Something which suggests that the contents are just as good as the facade. Cetaphil’s products can help to provide an outer glow, without compromising any of your inner health, which is what we all want when it comes to a skincare product. 



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