How to be comfortable in your own skin
The A-B-C of skin management involves the following steps: cleansing, moisturizing and protecting. Although the body itself naturally produces substances that help to meet those three goals, sometimes the skin we’re in could use some extra help. With that in mind, skin care should take the straight-edge approach; in other words, not to introduce foreign substances into our organisms, but rather those that more closely match our very own naturally-occurring chemicals and vitamins. The skin is not only the largest organ but also our first line of defense against pathogens. In addition, it insulates, regulates temperature, synthesizes vitamin D and protects vitamin B folates; thus the importance of defending against breakdown, dryness, cuts, and infections.
Cleansing. You cleanse your palate before drinking a fine wine, right? Similarly, you must cleanse your skin before proceeding to other maintenance measures. In order to achieve this first step you may resort to a general purpose skin cleanser such as the CliniShield Gentle Skin Cleanser Liquid; an emollient-rich product that has been tested by dermatologists to reduce irritation and dryness. Or the Skin Cleanser Restore Spray that doesn’t leave any residue and requires no rinsing or water to be washed off.
Moisturizing. The complications of dry skin range from aesthetic (wrinkles) to more serious such as infections (cracked skin is more permeable to harmful bacteria). That’s why skin moisturizing is so essential not only for the sake of appearance but also for health-related reasons. Products like Elta Swiss Skin Crème deeply penetrate the skin to provide log-lasting hydration. This cream is hypoallergenic and does not contain latex or preservatives; as such, it can be safely used on a daily basis. You can also try the Aloe Vesta Moisturizer; as its name suggests, it contains Aloe vera, a plant that is widely believed to soothe and moisturize the skin. Your best bet, however, may be this Dimethicone Body Shield. Dimethicone is a compound that helps to reinforce the skin’s natural barrier. Ideal for people with cracked, chapped, or chafed skin.
Protecting. Our skin is our very own protective barrier, but what’s going to protect it? One way to answer that question is with the Proshield Skin Protectant, a preventative, protective, and moisturizing barrier against irritation of the skin. A different yet still correct answer would be the Lantiseptic Skin Protectant, which promotes moisture balance and specializes in protecting ulcer-prone skin. Remember that protecting intact skin is as important as protecting injured skin. In addition to bacteria and fungi, the skin must be protected from the sun as well. The sun is a main source of vitamin D, but excessive exposure can cause skin cancer. Fortunately, the Caribbean Sea Sunscreen by Invacare Supply Group provides water resistant, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. And if you’re worried about not getting enough vitamin D, just try the Vitamin D 5000 IU tablets.
Appendix. There are certain special situations in which skin care and management needs to become even more pronounced than under normal circumstances. One such situation is incontinence. Constant exposure to feces and urine resulting from bowel or bladder incontinent episodes can lead to irritation and rash. For such cases we recommend products like the Sensi-Care Perineal Wash, a gentle, alcohol-free and pH balanced cleanser that dissolves fecal soil and controls odor. A similar alternative is the Provon Perineal Cream, which creates a barrier against urine and fecal matter.