Customers look for something that will instantly soothe the discomfort and visibly reduce the redness; something that will be a highly active anti-inflammatory cream or lotion and at the same time, a comforting hydrating moisturiser. Of course, it has to be clinically proven to relieve the itching, irritation, redness, and scaling and deal with all of the many sorts of problems that us humans suffer and especially so if you have sensitive skin.
The problem with all of this is that when a villainous substance, perhaps to be found in man-made perfume or pollen from plants (that some of us are allergic to) enters the skin, it instantly puts it on high alert, the acid mantle; the delicate micro-flora that keeps the skin healthy is attacked and the pH of our skin gets to a level from where it shouldn’t be (neutral is 5.5). This can happen if we get too rigorous with exfoliation or we allow harsh chemicals (to be found in so many skincare products these days) to penetrate the skins outer layer (epidermis) or even the dermis layer under this. The combination of these inflammatory markers sets off the heat and itch sensation that comes with sensitive, badly treated skin.
An enormous amount of money and effort goes into creating and advertising products for the skin and hair each year, but this is hardly surprising because the skin is the part of us that we present to the outside world. Our skin defines us as individuals and as we go through life it changes constantly every day, for the better or the worse. It is both protective and semi-permeable and acts as interface between the interior and exterior world; it can absorb some things and excrete others, but it’s a remarkable fact that giving the correct fuel to our bodies (clean water and good food), the skin has the ability to heal – even after considerable damage has been wrought on it.
The actual cause of skin disease can be very difficult to unravel and are generally the combination of diet, environment, general health, hereditary factors, stress and individual susceptibility. The length of time it will take to cure a skin disease will largely depend on how long medicated ointments or drugs have been used to suppress the condition in the past, and the state of health of your other bodily organs.
Clean, fresh air is a must for healthy skin and regular cleansing is important to clear the pores of city grime – if you happen to live in such a location. Generally speaking, maintaining a healthy skin depends not only on a good diet, but also having a routine where you regularly apply a good, highly effective, plant-based repair moisturiser to help protect and nourish the skin. And so, at SkinLikes we set ourselves the task of creating a product that would answer all of these calls – and more.
The aim for us was to develop something supported by University Research:
At West of Scotland University, we set the task of developing to clinical standards, a concentrated, organic, vegan emollient (emulsion); a natural remedy that could be used as the base formula for an intense moisture repair cream suitable as a hand cream, a dry skin cream, and a damaged skin repair cream. We insisted that it had to use nothing but clean, plant-based, organic (wherever possible) ingredients that would create an extremely protective and healing, breathable barrier, repairing the skin on a cellular level.
The work at West of Scotland is complete and it has allowed us to develop a truly wonderful moisturiser that we use as the carrier for the plant-based therapeutic essential oils that we add to Skin-Repair and indeed all of our products, as the active ingredients. But these plant-based therapeutic essential oils are complex and insisted that we utilise a different science entirely. This demanded a separate research project with another university who had this expertise.
Aberdeen University was chosen and here our research tested the ability of our formula to eradicate several bacteria, with all being obtained from patients with hospital-acquired infections. This included Acinetobacter baumannii AB5 an opportunistic pathogen, has a high incidence among immunocompromised individuals, particularly those who have experienced a prolonged hospital stay. (read more in this US National Library of Medicine article – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6350066/)
What is Skin-Repair good for: We have incorporated our research into our Skin-Repair product and we find that apart from being a repair moisturiser, it is a highly effective skin lotion and a natural remedy that gives the skin what it wants, soothing and repairing itchy and dry skin and damaged, irritated and hard skin on the body (except the face – please consult with our office for specific advice) and it’s great for all sorts of niggly skin complaints that for one reason or another won’t get better. It is especially beneficial treatment when applied at night and it will work as you sleep.
What makes it so special: When the skins natural barrier that is damaged by exposure to cold weather, water, soaps and other chemicals it causes breakdown in barrier function that results in moisture loss. This opens the door to penetration of irritants, which can cause dryness, redness, scaling, itching and irritation. So, if you have to work in conditions that cause these problems, or if your skin is aged, then its best to feed and care for it with clean, organic ingredients that will replenish and repair and it absorbs almost immediately, so you never feel sticky.
What do we use and why: First, we start with soft Scottish water from our lochs and streams, which is then further purified to remove any microscopic traces of contaminants. Then we add Passion Seed and Grapeseed oil that are both cold-pressed and organic. Glycine (a natural amino acid) helps maintain the skin’s hydration, texture, resilience, and a blend of plant-based (university tested) therapeutic essential oils, which effectively and hygienically kill the bad bacteria on the skin such as those that prevent wounds from healing. We find that this can be especially beneficial to calm itching that comes sometimes with varicose veins. And of course, if you are diabetic and have to look after your feet, then this may be a product to keep them healthy.
DO NOT: apply near eyes, or on mucus membranes or in the face. Not suitable for children. Apply generally two to three times daily. If you have problem skin on the face, then please get in touch and we will see if there may be something that after consultation, we can formulate specially for you (email@example.com)