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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

OCTOBER IS ECZEMA AWARENESS MONTH: DITCH THE ITCH WITH CETAPHIL RESTORADERM SKINCARE PRODUCTS REVIEW!

 HEY EVERYONE! 

OCTOBER IS ECZEMA AWARENESS WEEK!

So guys, please help to spread the word about Eczema Awareness week because this is something that affects many people and of different skin types; most importantly I grew up to suffer from some degree of eczema which was definitely not a pleasant experience. I get it from time to time, but especially when it comes to cold and windy weather conditions, it affects my skin the most during that time. From running medicinal baths to getting prescription products just to avoid the bad flare ups is something that I definitely don't miss. The itchiness would become unbearable and I remember not getting proper sleep due to itchy and irritated skin. 

From personal experience, eczema is extremely uncomfortable and very disruptive to my daily routine when I do experience it. My skin becomes so itchy and dry and sometimes it would be so unbearable that I just can't stop scratching, especially when it comes to night-time itching. 

Dermatologist Dr Ann-Maree Kyrzydlo has put together some tips for Eczema Awareness Week to help fight eczema flare ups and how best to deal with them and they include of the below information which I am pleased to share you all with. 

Due to the seasonal changes in spring and summer, this may cause hayfever and eczema to flare up. Eczema can easily be managed with simple and proactive skin care tips in order to minimise the occurrence and severity of the situation. Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a recurring, non-infectious, inflammatory skin condition that affects at least one in three Australians at some point in their lives. Also, it's most common with those with a family history of atopic disorder, including asthma and hayfever. The Eczema Association of Australasia has stated that 20 per cent of people start to actually develop eczema at the age of five years old. 
“A key part of managing eczema is to establish a daily skin care routine that preserves the skin barrier and reduces inflammation,” says Dermatologist Dr Ann-Maree Kurzydlo. “Ideally, this should be adopted all year round but is particularly important in September when seasonal environmental changes occur and we see a rise in the incidences of eczema flare ups among adults.”
It's all about being proactive with the management of your skincare routine. Dermatologist, Dr Ann-Maree Kurzydlo share her tips on how to manage eczema flare ups with these simple tips, see below: 

1.       Take short, warm baths or showers, not long and hot, as hot water dries the skin.
2.       Use soap free and fragrance free products. Soap strips oil from the skin and fragrance irritates eczema prone skin.
3.       Avoid shampoo running over the body as much as possible when washing hair. Shampoo is full of detergents and other irritants which may worsen eczema.
4.       Apply a good moisturiser regularly and liberally after a bath or shower to help maintain skin barrier. Use moisturisers formulated for sensitive skin or those made for eczema prone skin.
5.       Wear cotton clothing as much as possible rather than synthetics or wool.
6.       Choose beauty products and sunscreens carefully. Look for products labelled “low irritancy” or “hypoallergenic” as hypoallergenic means the ingredients in the product are less likely to activate allergies.
7.       When experiencing an eczema flare up avoid scrubs, exfoliating washes and toners, which are irritating. Do not use loofahs.
8.       Eczema sufferers and those with sensitive skin should avoid products containing triclosan (an antibacterial agent), preservatives, and stronger concentrations of glycolic acids.

And thanks to Cetaphil Restoraderm, they offer their Skin Restoring Body Wash and Moisturiser which includes filaggrin breakdown products - proteins which have been depleted in sufferers of eczema especially when it comes to having dry, itchy and irritated skin. Their products definitely offer relief from dry and itchy skin and are most suited to the entire family to use which makes it super safe and gentle to use. It is also reccomended to use the Body Wash and Moisturiser by Cetaphil on a daily basis to help fight itchy and irritated skin. There are really two simple steps required to be followed to ensure that you get the maximum skin hydration and skin barrier maintenance. They include the below: 

STEP 1: CLEANSE YOUR SKIN - CETAPHIL RESTORADERM SKIN RESTORING BODY WASH
  • This is formulated to help itchy and dry skin by looking to soothe it as well while moisture is restored and your skin is gently cleansed. 
  • It's a very creamy, rich, soap-free type of texture. It comes out somewhat like milk and it feels absolutely silky. 
  • The body wash also contains skin-nourishing oils that are essential in nurturing your skin especially when it is dry. It also looks to replenish your skin barrier protection. 
  • The formula contains Miracare technlogy which means it is soap-free, looks to cleanse well and also does not cause any irritations or dryness to the skin. When I used the wash in the shower, I could definitely feel some moisture being restored and my skin was not stripped from the body wash which was a positive aspect to using it.
  • Overall, this is a pleasant soap-free body wash which doesn't look to dry out my skin which is essential when it comes to cleansing my skin. I didn't experience any irritations or drying to my skin after using the body wash and I would say that this is the perfect wash should you have dry and irritated skin because it really looks to nurture dry skin and replenish your skin's barrier. 
BEAUTY TIPS:
  • To use on a daily basis, followed by Cetaphil's Skin Restoring Body Moisturiser. 
WHERE TO PURCHASE
  • RRP $19.99
  • Available from pharmacies nationally and Priceline stores. 

STEP 2 - MOISTURISE - CETAPHIL RESTORADERM - SKIN RESTORING BODY MOISTURISER 
  • This is a rapid and long lasting moisturiser to help relieve itchy and irritated skin. 
  • It's made suitable for those with sensitive skin. 
  • Its texture is very light and creamy. 
  • I would say that it's a non greasy type of cream that really looks to restore your skin's moisture back to normal. After using this cream after showering all over the skin, I definitely felt less itchy which was a sigh of relief. 
  • The moisturiser looks to provide intense hydration and restores the skin barrier function. 
  • Fragrance free. 
  • The patented ceramide technology looks to replenish skin lipids and increases the skin's ability to retain more moisture back the skin.
  • I love how the product comes with a convenient pump as it doesn't get messy when looking to apply on the moisturiser. 
  • Overall, this was an effective creamy, non-greasy moisturiser that really looks to provide a long lasting hydration to my skin. I can already feel the product absorbing into my skin when first applying it. If you're looking for a product that helps to relieve dry and irritated skin, then you should try this product out because it's ideal for those who suffer from eczema and irritated skin. 
BEAUTY TIPS:
  • To use sparingly after showering.  
WHERE TO PURCHASE
  • RRP $25.99 (259ml)
  • Available from pharmacies nationally and Priceline stores. 
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Help support Eczema Awareness month guys by spreading the word! 

Ditch the itch with Cetaphil's Restoraderm skincare range. 

Happy reading! 

Cheers,
Livia xo

Thank you Cetaphil for supporting me for this review. My reviews are based on my personal and true experiences. I only recommend products that I truly support

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