Why do we need to moisturise our skin?
The condition and appearance of our skin is key to overall health and wellbeing. When healthy, our skin works hard to protect us from environmental stressors such as irritants, allergens and microbes, it regulates our temperature and gives us sensation (heat, cold, touch pain). But when it’s compromised, the skin’s ability to work as an effective barrier is impaired, which in turn can negatively impact our general health.
Daily moisturisation helps nourish the skin and improve skin health. Moisturisation is necessary to maintain your skin’s moisture barrier and to prevent environmental damage to your skin. Moisture is critical to keeping skin healthy. Moisture facilitates enzyme activity, and enzyme activity is responsible for healthy skin functionality – everything from healing skin to the strength of the skin, and even what it looks and feels like.
Healthy skin is hydrated skin.
The human body on average contains 60% of water, and it’s water that allows our bodies to function properly. Skin also contains a high percentage of water, and has a natural oily outer layer, to keep moisture locked in. This allows skin to renew and regenerate itself and be healthy from the inside out.
However, daily washing and exposure to the elements strip away skin’s protective oily layer, causing it to become thinner and thinner, allowing moisture to escape. This moisture loss leads to unhealthy, dehydrated skin. Lost moisture cannot be replaced by putting water on the skin, because your skin’s moisture comes from within. The first step in caring for your skin is to stop it losing moisture in the first place. The best way to do this is by supplementing and restoring your skin’s natural oily layer by using high-oil skincare every day. Oil mimics skin’s natural oils, so when oils are applied to the skin, they are easily absorbed and assist in effectively locking in moisture.
What happens when our skin loses too much moisture?
A lack of moisture in the epidermis often causes the skin to feel dry and rough, and in more severe cases, causes the skin to flake, crack and bleed.
Factors that cause dry skin include sun exposure, climate extremes and daily washing. Hot water and soap strip away the skin’s oily layer, causing moisture to escape; heat, cold and wind all have the effect of drawing moisture through the skin’s oily layer into the outside air. Dry skin is likely to worsen with age as the skin’s natural oily layer thins, making it less able to prevent moisturise loss.
The dry skin problem.
No one likes dry skin, yet it persists as one of the biggest skin concerns facing South Africans. And this is because dry skin is typically treated with creams and lotions. The problem is that these products are made up of mostly water – usually around 70%, which is of no benefit to skin moisturisation. Because skin is waterproof and doesn’t let water in, most of the cream or lotion simply evaporates when applied to it, making these types of dry skin products ineffective in treating dry skin.
There are only two ways to help improve dry skin.
The first and most important is to stop moisture escaping by using an occlusive such as oil. The second is to bind moisture to the outer layer of the skin using humectants.
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Skin loves oil.
Oil is nature at its most nurturing and is scientifically proven to restore and maintain skin health. Oils have played a vital role in skincare since ancient times, but over the years oil-based skincare has taken a backseat, as cheaper and less effective water-based products have flooded the skincare market.
Says Bio-Oil research and development director David Letschert: “For decades Bio-Oil has been championing the increased use of oil in skincare products to produce significantly more potent formulations. Dry skin therefore presented a significant opportunity to attempt to make a more efficacious dry skin product by removing the inactive water found in water-based creams and lotions and replacing it with skin-nourishing oils.”
Finally, skincare that understands dry skin.
Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel is a specialist dry skin product, its revolutionary high-oil gel formulation provides immediate relief, and intense, long-lasting moisturisation. 100% active and 100% effective, this breakthrough formulation absorbs easily and is clinically proven to effectively restore persistent dry skin and relieve the symptoms of psoriasis and eczema, such as dryness, itching and flaking, by nourishing and conditioning it.
Says Bio-Oil research directors Justin and David Letschert “The water in creams and lotions is inactive and doesn’t help to solve dry skin. That’s why we decided to replace this water with oil in Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel, because oil locks in moisture. And not only is it oil, it’s gelled oil, which does an even better job at locking in moisture than just normal oil. Giving dry skin the intensive care that it needs.”
Unlike water-based creams and lotions, Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel effectively locks moisture in the skin, attracts moisture to the skin and repairs cracks in the skin’s barrier. This intensive high-oil moisturiser nourishes and conditions persistently dry skin and gives it a healthy, natural glow.
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New Bio-Oil Body Lotion is the ideal daily body moisturiser. Its clinically proven high-oil formulation is ultralight and non-greasy, and delivers sheer, long-lasting moisturisation leaving skin feeling silky soft and smooth. Bio-Oil Body Lotion is powerfully designed with a complex water-in-oil formulation and combination of ingredients that work to hydrate and replenish mild everyday dry skin by giving it exactly what it needs to be healthy and nourished.
Bio-Oil Body Lotion’s combination of breakthrough lightness and high-oil content isachieved through its unique “shake before use” technology. A gentle shake activates its powerful formulation.
Discover specialist skincare for extremely dry skin.
Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel is a specialist dry skin product. Its revolutionary high-oil gel formulation provides immediate relief, and intense, long-lasting moisturisation. 100% active and 100% effective; Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel’s breakthrough formulation absorbs easily and is clinically proven to effectively restore persistent dry skin and relieve the symptoms of psoriasis and eczema, such as dryness, itching and flaking, by nourishing and conditioning it.
Bio-Oil takes the existing dry skin technology of body moisturisers and improves on it by replacing the water in these formulations, with oil and other active ingredients to create more effective, potent formulations. Bio-Oil Body Lotion contains more than double the oil than the average moisturiser, and Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel contains more than four times.
John L Knowlton C.Chem, MRSC, Dip. Cos. Sci. (GB)
Independent Consultant to the Cosmetic Industry
5 March, 2021