For the people suffering from dry, itchy, flakey and eczema-prone skin, it can be hard describing the inconveniences you experience to people with normal skin types – from the way it affects your self esteem, to having sleep deprivation when you wake up scratching.
Having dry skin is a combination of genetics, as well as lifestyle and environmental factors. Even though you could have oily or combination skin on your face, it’s also possible to experience skin dryness on other parts of your body. There’s also a possibility of developing dry skin as you age, due to prolonged exposure to these environmental factors.
While we cannot control genetics, we can control some aspects of our environment – our shower habits in particular, affects our skin conditions more than you think. So whether you have dry, irritated skin, or would just like to maintain healthy skin, these are two simple tips you can follow:
#1 Have good shower habits
If you associate that dry, squeaky feeling after showering as having clean skin, you might want to rethink that perspective – it actually means skin is being stripped of moisture which, in the long run, would dry skin out.
Besides removing dirt and impurities from skin, soaps also strip the skin of its natural oils. In addition to that, they can also affect skin’s natural pH, killing off both good and bad bacteria which in turn disrupts skin’s microbiome.
Instead of using body wash which contains ingredients that are dehydrating to skin, choose a shower oil like Atoderm Huile de Douche which cleanses skin without stripping it of its essential moisture. While the Atoderm Huile de Douche may sound too oily and heavy on skin, the texture is even lighter compared to the cleansing oils you use to dissolve makeup.
Shower oils like the Bioderma Atoderm Huile de Douche are able to wick away impurities on skin, and upon contact with water, emulsifies to turn into a white, milky fluid, taking away all the dirt and grime from your skin.
Its unique formula is also able to limit the adhesion of the S.aureus bacteria, which can cause a range of skin inflammation conditions including pimples, abscesses, cellulitis and eczema. This means that the Bioderma Atoderm Huile de Douche is able to reduce the occurrence of skin itching and irritation by dialing down on the amount of S.aureus bacteria on the skin.
With a pH level of between 5 to 5.5, this shower oil also respects skin’s natural pH, which doesn’t affect the skin’s microbiome. It’s also formulated with skin-loving ingredients like glycerin, vitamin PP and plant biolipids which replenishes skin’s hydration levels.
The result? Clean skin, without the tightness or irritation often experienced with soaps. Plus, the gentle formula keeps skin hydrated for up to 24 hours, soothing dryness without feeling greasy.
#2 Seal in the moisture
Having dry skin can sometimes means a damaged barrier function, making it difficult for your skin to retain moisture. This can be further aggravated by taking hot or long showers which also dry out the skin.
The best way to seal in moisture is with the topical application of a body moisturiser, and the Bioderma Atoderm PP Baume is great for its balm texture which hydrates without feeling sticky on skin. Plus, it’s formulated without any parabens, alcohol, fragrance and preservatives so its suitable for those with sensitive skin, and even children and babies above six months of age.
The quick-absorbing formula soothes dryness and itching quickly, relieving any skin discomfort and restores a healthy skin barrier.
Try out the Bioderma Atoderm Huile de Douche and PP Baume for yourself. The limited edition Atoderm Regime Set, $29.90, consists of the Huile de Douche (200 ml) and PP Baume (200 ml), and is available exclusively at Guardian, Lazada, Watsons, Robinsons, Unity and Welcia-BHG until 31 August 2019. While stocks lasts.
Find out more about dry, sensitive, irritated and eczema-prone skin at Bioderma’s Sensitive Skin Talk. For more information, visit: bit.ly/BiodermaPublicForum
A Bioderma special, brought to you by The Singapore Women’s Weekly.