Have you ever noticed how newborn baby skin is almost translucent? That’s a sign of how incredibly thin it is. Having been submerged in amniotic fluid for months, it’s suddenly exposed to air and needs to adjust to an entirely new environment.
We all know that our skin secretes sebum. For those of us with eczema, too little of it. For those of us with acne, too much. Sebum contains all sorts of amazing substances which help fight bacteria, infection and anything harmful that could threaten to enter our bodies. It also lubricates our skin without which we literally wouldn’t be able to move, and every day would be a bad hair day.
With all the chemicals out there, it’s no wonder that skin problems, from eczema and psoriasis to acne and persistent dryness, are aplenty. Now, instead of slathering our skin in synthetics, dousing it with fragrances, and covering it in make-up, why not give your skin the much-needed break it deserves?
Did you know there’s no legal requirement in many countries to put an expiry or best before date on skincare products? Yet, almost all skincare and cosmetics carry a ‘best before’ or ‘expiry’ date - so what do they really mean?
It looks like summer’s coming early so we’re getting all our summer skin essentials in place! Summer skin needs a lot more moisture and protection from the sun, those pesky mozzies, and the sand and dirt from being in the great outdoors for a lot longer.
Many skincare products boast about the oils they use - whether it’s coconut, olive, almond or others - and these oils do come from natural sources - but, what many people don’t know is that a major difference in the quality - and price - of the oils is determined by what happens to the fruit or nut after it’s picked.
It's well known that atopic eczema is often triggered by allergens in the environment (dust mites, certain fibres, pollen, mold) and in the diet (dairy, shellfish, eggs, nuts). But if you have atopic eczema or know someone who does, you might have noticed that there are other strange triggers of the itch-scratch cycle.
AtFour Cow Farm, we talk a lot about why wedon’tadd fragrances to our products. It’s often the first thing customers say when they try our range; your products smellsooo different!So, we thought we’d write about why skincare manufacturers DO add fragrances to their products. The reasons may surprise!