REALISATION #4 – HYDRATE THE SKIN
Most Moisturisers Don’t Work!
Look at your moisturiser and see what the ingredients are?
o on pick it up and tell me if you can read some of those long words!
Chances are Aqua (water) will be fairly high up on most of the lists of moisturisers. There may also be some other nasties like • cetostearyl alcohol • light liquid paraffin • white soft paraffin • sodium citrate (anhydrous) • methyl 4-hydroxybenzoate
Most of the moisturisers are incredibly thick and very greasy and feel great when you put them on (if a little greasy and careful with the clothing and oh the sheets will show where you have been too!)…however the simple fact is that they don’t really hydrate the skin, or help to moisturise the skin on a deep level.
A lot of them sit on top of the skins surface, and don’t offer lasting hydration. Which is why you need more straight away …..and feel like a dried up prune if you don’t slap a whole wad of moisturising cream on immediately after a shower or bath!
In Gilly’s Skin Balm I have included a number of ingredients that may help to hydrate the skin, heal the skin and moisturise deeply.
I have had a lot of feedback from customers saying that it is great as it is not too greasy and it really sinks in to the skin.
When you come off a lot of the cheap commercial moisturisers that are high in things like Petroleum, Mineral Oil, Lanolin etc you will find that your skin will be quite thirsty.
At the start you will need to moisturise very very regularly. You are literally feeding your skin and your body from the outside in.
I suggest applying the balm up to 7 times a day to begin with to really maximise the hydration of the skin. As the skin begins to heal you will not need to use it as often.
My hands used to be so dry from years of steroid use. They would crack and bleed and look like a 150 year olds hands. Since I’ve been using Gilly’s Balm I’ve definitely found that the skin is less likely to crack, is much more hydrated and holds the moisture a lot more.
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WHAT ARE YOU ALLERGIC TO?
Gaining information about your Eczema is really important. The first question I often ask people is “Do you know what you are allergic to”.
I’ve been through the whole raft of tests from medical doctors – skin prick testing as well as blood tests. I highly recommend getting these done so you can at least know what your body is over reacting to. My allergies are: Cats, Dogs, Horses, Pollens, Dust-mites, Grasses, I’ve also had hair analysis testing done.
I think this can be fantastic if some of your key allergens are from foods. Even though I’ve never actually been tested for Gluten, I choose to eat very little of it. I feel so much better, have so much more energy and am not nearly as puffy when I don’t eat gluten. To be honest my stomach puffs up like I’m 20 months pregnant if I eat it now! Nowadays it is really easy to find great Gluten Free bread that is a wonderful alternative to normal bread.
For example say to yourself “I am going to go dairy free for two weeks and see if it makes a difference”. There are so many great alternatives out there and wonderful resources to support you with this journey.
I’ve seen amazing results from people who have taken out key allergens from their diets and found it really makes a big difference.
It’s really good to work with a great Naturopath to help you on this leg of the journey.
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