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:
- 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:
- 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.