The Use of Natural Skin Care Products to Soothe Irritated Skin
People have been using naturally-derived products such as camomile and rhealba oats to soothe the skin for thousands of years. These cures and remedies for the skin have stood the test of time and been passed down through the generations.
These days we understand more about what causes some people’s skin to be sore and chronically inflamed. Atopic dermatitis is used to describe the hereditary condition, where the word ‘atopic’ means that the skin is not in direct contact with the allergen, yet still gets ‘dermatitis’, meaning skin that is red, itchy and swollen.
Natural skin care products take their essential ingredients from grains, herbs, roots and flowers. These essential ingredients are combined with naturally occurring carrier agents, preservatives, surfactants, humectants and emulsifiers. Such carriers can include natural soap, natural oils and pure water.
The result is a natural skin care product that is based on botanical ingredients. By this we mean ingredients that currently exist in or are produced by nature. No synthetic chemicals are involved, and the products are processed so that the integrity of the ingredients is preserved.
As the largest organ of the human body and our barrier to the outside world, the skin takes a lot of punishment, including exposure to sunlight, dust, wind and airborne chemicals and infectious microbes. There are two main reactions of the skin to such environmental influences. The first is that the skin can get red, sore and irritated. The second is that an uncomfortable feeling of dryness and tightness can occur in the skin. Indeed, as sufferers of atopic dermatitis know, the skin can become red and swollen on its own, even without any of these influences.
As a popular ingredient in skin care products, rhealba oats when applied to the skin has a number of benefits. It has a soothing and moisturising effect,