Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Dealing with post holiday flaking skin

It was almost inevitable after having a week in the warmth and sunshine (or even the shade) and coming back to arctic conditions my body practically went into shock! Central heating also plays havoc with the skin and even when I am not on holiday I moisturize everyday with my favourite product Kiehl's Creme de Corps lotion and occasionally the body butter when my skin feels drier than normal.  

body butter

Four days back to my normal life brought flaking and peeling skin. Even after applying the Kiehl's my skin continued to flake which is not the most attractive thing, especially when I'm working on someone's face! Although my skin felt rehydrated, I could not hide the evidence!

We have a product in the make up room that we recommend to people with dry skin, eczema and dermatitis called Doublebase. It can also be used as a cleanser. At around £10 for 500ml it's good value for money.
As a last resort I decided to give it a try on my exposed arms and I can't praise it highly enough. The results were amazing. It immediately soaked into my skin and the appearance of dry flakes disappeared completely! It's actually halted the peeling action and I have now gone back to my daily regime and soft, healthy looking skin. 

Product description below :- 

Doublebase gel, shower gel and wash gel all contain two active ingredients, liquid paraffin and isopropyl myristate, both of which have moisturising properties.
Liquid paraffin and isopropyl myristate work by replacing lost water within the skin, and by forming a waterproof barrier over the skin surface. This prevents water within the skin from evaporating and keeps the underlying skin hydrated.
Doublebase is useful for dry skin conditions, such as eczema and dermatitis, which get worse when the skin is allowed to dry out. Used regularly, it helps restore the skin's smoothness, softness and flexibility by replacing lost moisture and helping the skin retain moisture. This helps reduce scaling, redness and itching.
Doublebase gel can be applied directly to dry areas of skin. It can also be used before, during and after showering or having a bath as this helps to stop further drying of the skin. After showering the skin should be patted dry using a soft towel before applying Doublebase gel as a moisturiser.
In dry skin conditions such as eczema, using moisturisers and moisturising shower gels regularly, even once the skin has improved, can help prevent flare-ups.

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