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Stopping itchy skin in its tracks

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Here are some tips to help stop the itch.

1. Apply a cold, wet cloth or ice pack to itchy skin. Do this for about five to 10 minutes or until the itch subsides.

2. Soak in an oatmeal bath. This can be very soothing, especially for those living with eczema and who have a flare-up. Oatmeal is FDA monographed to temporarily protects and helps relieve minor skin irritation and itching due to eczema.

3. Moisturize your skin. Always choose a moisturizer free of additives, fragrances and perfume and then look for soothing ingredients that address the itch. In addition to colloidal oatmeal, sweet almond oil is another great anti-itch ingredient. It originates from Central Asia, and oil is extracted from the seeds of its fruit called a drupe. It acts as an emollient and carrier oil and in in Canada, it is considered a drug active ingredient for itching.

If you have:

• An eczema flare-up – using a targeted therapy like our Eczema Balm with 4 clinically validated natural actives (2% colloidal oatmeal ,7% sweet almond oil, 15% zinc and 1% allantoin) will help treat itching, redness, cracking, peeling, and dryness associated with eczema flare-ups. This balm is clinically proven to be as effective as 1% hydrocortisone cream for treating eczema.

• Dry, itchy skin- Skinfix’s Extra Strength Soothing Body Cream is a rich cream formulated with 2 active pharmaceutical ingredients, 2% Colloidal Oatmeal and 4% Sweet Almond Oil, to soothe dry, sensitive and eczema-prone skin. It provides deep hydration and protection.

Washing Your Face: The New Habit You Need to Do Right in 2019

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It’s 2019, let’s take control of your skin health with the most basic step – washing your face. Do you prefer wipes to balms? Or can’t live without a foam or a gel? Do you swear by oil-based cleansers vs water? Do you wash your face once a day or do you follow the K-beauty triple cleanse approach? Something so simple can get complicated fast with all the different options out there.

We spoke with Dr. Kavita Mariwalla, Mariwalla Dermatology, and Dr. Neal Bhatia, Therapeutics Clinical Research about the best cleansing routine to keep your skin barrier intact and healthy.

What are the biggest mistakes people make when washing their face?

Kavita Mariwalla, MD: Over-washing and using harsh cleansers are the two main culprits. The number one job of your cleansers is to remove makeup, dirt, dead skin cells and leave your skin microbiome intact. Over-cleansing can strip your skin of its own natural oils and actually impair the barrier.

What is the skin microbiome and why do we want to keep it intact?

Neal Bhatia, MD: The skin microbiome is comprised of micro-organisms, considered to be “good bacteria,” that coexist and contribute to the health of your epidermis.  The last part is where a lot of cleansers fail –harsh sulfates, potential irritant preservatives, and the wrong pH take can upset the microbiome and strip the skin barrier of its natural lipids. If the integrity of the microbiome is compromised, barrier dysfunction, flares of diseases such as atopic dermatitis, and opportunities for infections from “bad bacteria” like Staphylococcus aureus, can all occur.

What makes a cleanser harsh?

Kavita Mariwalla, MD: Our skin is naturally acidic and has a pH of 5, a traditional bar of soap has a pH of 10. Cleansers that aren’t in that pH 5 range and use sodium lauryl sulfate often wash away your skin’s good bacteria and natural lipids with all your make up – leaving skin tight and extra dry. That “squeaky clean” feeling is actually something you want to avoid for your skin.

What is an alternative to sulfates?

Neal Bhatia, MD: Sodium lauryl sulfate is a strong cleanser that has been around for 50 years and can be found in everything from clothes detergent to toothpaste. The new alternatives are derived from coconuts and gently clean and keep the skin hydrated at the same time. Look for Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate and Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine on the ingredient box of your cleanser.

What is the difference between oil-based and water-based cleansers?

Kavita Mariwalla, MD: Water-based cleansers use water as the medium to deliver ingredients to the skin. They are lightweight and gel-like. Oil-based cleansers use emollient oils as a medium to deliver ingredients to the skin. New research shows that oil-based cleansers replenish some of the fatty acid lipids lost during cleansing – helping your skin retain moisture and strengthen the skin barrier. Because oil-based cleansers can also penetrate the skin barrier, they can give hydration where it really works.

Will oil-based cleansers clog my pores?

Kavita Mariwalla, MD: If you are cleansing with oils that you buy online or in the drugstore, the idea is that you are using oil to dissolve dirt and wipe it away. If you have oily or acne prone skin, this DIY approach can worsen it. However; if you are using an oil-based cleanser that has been clinically tested and validated, the answer is no.

How often should you wash your face and what are your thoughts on the K-Beauty Triple Cleansing Routine?

Kavita Mariwalla, MD: Over-cleansing can damage your skin barrier. You should limit washing to twice a day and after sweating. Wash your face while taking a shower and once more in the evening using a pH balanced, sulfate free cleanser. If you work out during the day, you should wash your face after – as perspiration can irritate the skin. Medicated cleansers can be helpful to address specific problems which can be recommended by a board-certified dermatologist.

The Skinfix Holiday Gift Guide! We wish you a clinically proven Merry Christmas.

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The holidays are a time to spoil the ones you love… and you! Ideal for an office exchange, teacher gift or stocking stuffer, Skinfix’s clean and clinically proven gift sets are perfect for holidays. If you sneak one for your stocking it will be our little secret. These skin kits are dermatologist and Santa approved.

Gift Guide: For an inspiring teacher or favorite man in your life
Wave Goodbye to Dry containing Ultra Rich Hand Cream Trio $24 USD ($36 Value)
Who doesn’t love a rich hand cream that is clean and clinically proven to treat dry, cracked skin on hands? Loaded with natural emollient oils of coconut and sunflower to help relieve dryness and cracking on contacts. This non-greasy, quick absorbing hand cream will have your friends and family saying goodbye to dry hands this holiday season. Three full size tubes!

Gift Guide: For your beauty obsessed BFF and you!
Skinfix Skin Nerd Starter Kit $ 30 USD ($45 Value)
Late nights, cocktails and cooler temperatures can do a number on your skin leaving it dry, red and inflamed. This discovery collection includes a regimen that is clinically proven to increase hydration and reduce facial redness after one use! This kit includes:
Foaming Oil Cleanser (3.4 oz) This gentle, sulfate-free makeup removing cleanser delivers skincare results. Not only does it remove makeup without stripping away skin’s natural lipids it is also clinically proven to reduce facial redness, improve skin’s hydration and smoothness. Allure beauty editors love this cleanser so much they gave it an Allure 2018 Best of Beauty Award!

Calm & Repair Sleeping Mask (2 oz) Wake up with calm, glowing skin by using this rich cream gel mask that doubles as a night cream. It uses 2 clinical actives including green tea and a manuka honey/peptide blend. It is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of facial redness, increase skin’s hydration and smoothness overnight. Shereen Idriss, NY Dermatologists and Women’s Health beauty editors gave it a Healthy Skin 2018 Award.

Facial Cleansing Clothes (7 individually wrapped) Ultra soft cleansing cloths that remove all traces of makeup, dirt and impurities, even waterproof mascara! Infused with cucumber, aloe and red seaweed extract these luxe clothes leave your skin feeling clean, soft and supple without leaving behind a heavy residue. Place these these facial cleansing cloths on your bedside table -for those nights when washing your face isn’t in the cards.

Gift Guide: For the whole family!
Smoochable Six Lip Kit $25 USD ($30 Value)
Take your lips from dry to dreamy with this festive mix of award-winning lip balms. Tuck a cherry pie in your purse, or a candy cane in your pocket. Skinfix Lip Repair Balms are lightweight, yet deeply hydrating and contain 40% coconut oil to soothe, soften and leave lips looking and feeling healthy and smoochable.
Candy Cane Every day feels like the holidays with a hint of peppermint on your kisser.
Black Cherry Pie Keep them guessing as to weather you are truly tart or delightfully sweet.
Pumpkin Cheesecake A harvest of creamy goodness for your senses, with a hint of spice… just like you.
Cinnamon Swirl Experience a freshly baked cinnamon bun in a balm, without the guilt!
Sparkling Berry Our very berriest balm has a fun, bubbly personality.
Flavor Free An Allure Best of Beauty winner. Bam to the balm.

The leaves turn red. Your hands shouldn’t.

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When the temperature drops our hands are the first to feel dry, rough and chapped. It’s time to take the gloves off and combat dry hands once and for all. Here is our list of culprits for zapping moisture from hands and their fixes.

Moisture Zapper: Harsh Hand Soaps

Hand washing is a necessity to keep germs at bay but can be really drying. Most soaps have a pH of 10 and use harsh sulfates which can strip your skin of moisture.

The Fix

Swap your hand soap for a fragrance and sulfate free cleansing oil wash. Oil washes are packed with emollient oils which replenish the skin’s natural lipids while gently removing dirt. Allure Beauty Editors were raving about how Skinfix Soothing Wash “lifts away impurities and quiets inflammation with colloidal oatmeal and natural oils.”

Moisture Zapper: Using Lotion vs. Cream

When hands are dry and cracked, light lotions won’t be as effective as a richer cream texture. What is the difference? Lotions are emulsions of oil and water while richer creams include occlusive ingredients, a higher concentration of emollient oils and humectants to pull and lock moisture into the skin.

The Fix

Skinfix Hand Repair Cream is 5x award winner. Beauty editors and dermatologists love it because it uses natural actives of colloidal oatmeal and sweet almond oil at their clinically validated levels and includes a mix of occlusives, emollient oils and humectants. In a dermatologist led study, this hand cream is clinically proven to increase skin moisturization by 111% after one- week use.

Natural vs steroids. Who wins the battle against eczema?

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At Skinfix, we respect science as much as we believe in mother nature, and recently, we put one of our theories to the test. We launched a 4-week dermatologist led double blind, randomized controlled clinical study to prove that a natural eczema therapy can work as well as a 1% hydrocortisone cream. The results impressed not only us, but the dermatologist community.

Our study confirmed that Skinfix Eczema Balm is clinically proven to be as effective as 1% hydrocortisone cream to help treat itching, redness, cracking, peeling, and dryness associated with eczema flare-ups. And if that wasn’t enough – after 4 weeks, our balm was proven superior to 1% Hydrocortisone cream for improving skin barrier function – a vital aspect of managing eczema.

How’s that for great news during Eczema Awareness Month!

Let’s talk eczema, and why Colloidal Oatmeal just isn’t enough.

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October is Eczema Month, a topic that is always top of mind at Skinfix. Did you know there are over 36 million people in North America living with this painful, often embarrassing skin condition? When it comes to treating eczema, colloidal oatmeal has been heralded as the hero ingredient, and monographed as so by the FDA. The result? Most skincare brands sprinkle in colloidal oatmeal and call it a day. But dermatologists are finding that multiple natural actives – like zinc oxide and allantoin – in conjunction with colloidal oatmeal are even more effective at helping to treat this uncomfortable skin issue.
Below are some of the top Health Canada and FDA monographed natural active ingredients that treat eczema symptoms, like itching and oozing:
•   Sweet Almond Oil at any level up to 100% is monographed by Health Canada, (i.e. tested and approved), to temporarily protect and help relieve minor skin irritation and itching.
•   Zinc Oxide, an often grossly overlooked and under-utilized natural active, is monographed by both Health Canada and the FDA at 1-25 % to dry the oozing and weeping caused by poison ivy, oak, or sumac. If you’ve ever had eczema or dermatitis, you’ll recognize those symptoms!
•   Allantoin is a superstar ingredient derived from the comfrey root – monographed by both Health Canada and the FDA at .5 to 2% to help prevent and temporarily protect chafed, chapped or cracked skin and lips. Good to know it also helps protect from the drying effects of the wind and cold weather just around the corner.

Skinfix Eczema Balm uses 4 clinically validated natural actives (2% colloidal oatmeal ,7% sweet almond oil, 15% zinc and 1% allantoin) at their active levels, and is clinically proven to be as effective as 1% hydrocortisone cream to help treat itching, redness, cracking, peeling, and dryness associated with eczema flare-ups. In a nutshell – Skinfix Eczema Balm worked as well as a steroid! And after 4 weeks, Eczema Balm was proven superior to 1% Hydrocortisone cream in improving skin barrier function. These results were so impressive you can now find them in this Journal of Clinical Aesthetic Dermatology published study.

Happy reading, and have an itch-free eczema month!

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