If you are frustrated with your psoriasis, with psoriatic flares aggravating without any sign of remission, and with regular creams and lotions that have minimal to no effect on your skin, this article is for you.
For more insight into what might be causing this lack of effectiveness in regular over-the counter creams, it is essential to look at the history of the skin care industry.
In the last 50-60 years, the skin care industry has boomed. But the main focus of skin care products has changed from skin health to skin beautification and fragrance. Attention to skin health benefits has also been lost during the manufacturing process of such products in favour of achieving a shelf life of about 5 years or longer as required by the retailers. In order to lengthen the shelf life, the old traditional plant oil and water emulsion creams and lotions that were previously used in skin care products about 50-60 years ago were removed and replaced with synthetic ingredients. These would last almost indefinitely in warehouses and on store shelves.
WHAT HAS CHANGED IN THE PAST 50 YEARS?
We now live in an era of science, bio-technologies, and medical advancements that cannot be compared to 50-60 years ago.
Before, the detergent that was used in households was either natural soap or was made from milder chemicals and thus was skin friendly, meaning they didn’t strip your skin of their precious lipids and oils. With the advancement in various sciences, laundry detergents, fabric softeners, dishwashing liquids and cleansing bars have become stronger and more powerful. These have resulted in the stripping away of the skin’s precious lipids and oils, causing irritation and inflammation of the skin. In the case of laundry detergents and fabric softeners, the rinse cycle is simply ineffective at removing all these synthetic ingredients and a percentage of chemicals remain in your clothes and bed linens, once again causing irritation.
Moreover, the soaps, creams and lotions that our grandmas used contained natural ingredients such as plant oils. These have been almost completely replaced by products that use synthetic ingredients which last longer. However, these long lasting, synthetic products can irritate damaged and sensitive skin such as the skin of people with psoriasis, eczema, atopic dermatitis and actinic keratosis etc. Besides the uncomfortable feeling that irritation causes, irritation also causes inflammation (the skin becomes inflamed). Many people do not realize that inflammation severely impedes the skin’s ability to heal and repair itself.
All of these factors have led to a higher percentage of individuals suffering from skin disorders over the past 50 years, as suggested by the latest research on the matter.
WHAT EFFECTS DO THESE SYNTHETIC PRODUCTS HAVE?
Aside from removing dirt and oil stains from your skin and clothes, these strong detergents and cleansing bars wreak havoc upon your irritated and inflamed skin. Individuals with sensitive skin or those suffering from Psoriasis, Eczema and Actinic keratosis are most severely affected. These harsh chemicals in dish washing soaps & detergents often leave the skin dry, inflamed and irritated.
The beauty soaps or cleansing bars that are used in almost all households are another major culprit in damaging the skin. The addition of fragrances and artificial substances results in irritation and dry up sensitive skins. And they don’t stop there! These cleaning bars remove many of the lipids and oils from the skin, leaving the skin vulnerable to damage.
Dermatologists mostly recommend people to avoid using strong, synthetic detergents and soaps and rather to use natural and milder bar soaps, detergents and dish washing soaps which are plant oil and water emulsion based.
If you want to know more about the effect of various soaps on the skin, you can read the in-depth article titled “Role of Cleansing Bars, Shampoos and Body Washes in the Pathogenesis of Skin Diseases” which is available on our article page. We also have an excellent article based upon medical science titled “Natural Soap, Safe & Natural Cleaning” which fully details why you should always opt for Natural Soaps.
SO WHERE ARE WE TODAY?
Very little effort has been made in the skin care industry to tackle these issues.
Although a lot of natural products such as plant oils can be used in skin care products to produce healthy skin, they are still not being utilized by several major brands due to the shelf life constraints. Therefore, these brands continue to use synthetic-based ingredients to make their creams, cleansing bars and strong laundry and dishwashing detergents.
Though, the issue also stems from demand as consumers want strong products that clean fast and thoroughly, no matter the consequences.
These are the main reasons why so many people suffering with skin issues don’t believe anything they read on the label. Even though many retail creams and lotions have a high-tech ingredient or two, the main chunk of what’s in the jar is synthetic, adding no nutritional value to your skin. It is easy to conclude that retail creams and lotions have, in so many ways, not contributed to the advancement of the quality of skin care over the past 50 years.
WHERE CAN I FIND SKIN CARE PRODUCTS WITHOUT THE SYNTHETIC BASE?
As mentioned above, skin care products that contain natural ingredients have a shorter shelf life, making them a low profit option for supermarkets or common retail stores. Due to that, only skin care products with a long shelf life and synthetic ingredients can be found in traditional retail stores.
So where to find natural products that do not irritate the skin? One of the answers is online. Online shopping has greatly improved over the past decade, and a lot of customers have shifted from in-store shopping to online shopping. Shopping on websites may just be the right option for natural base products. Made in small batches, these products must be delivered to the customers shortly after production. Online shopping not only makes it easier and more convenient to shop but also gives the consumer hundreds, if not thousands of places to shop at.
To know more about our line of natural skin care products visit lipidtac.com
SYNTHETIC BASE SKIN CARE IS UNRELIABLE
Synthetic base creams and lotions cannot be relied upon by customers with damaged or sensitive skin. Adding certain labels that say that their products are effective against this or that with one or two active ingredients is merely a marketing strategy. The fact remains that the synthetic base ingredients used in soaps, creams and lotion are less rather than more helpful than products made from a base of natural ingredients such as plant oils and plant seed oils.
THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
LipidTAC lets you have the best of both worlds, incorporating the best that nature has to offer and the best that science has to offer.
On the natural side, our chosen plant & seed oils contain the building blocks and repairing components of the skin including the full spectrum of moisture-retaining free fatty acids and moisture-retaining essential fatty acids, phospholipids and phytosterols. For wound healing they contain triterpenes, moist oleic acid and moist lauric acid. To manage inflammation, they contain polyphenolic compounds, linoleic & linolenic moist fatty acids, phospholipids and triterpenes. To neutralize the free radicals in the skin caused from sun exposure that cause cellular damage and speeds the aging process, the plant & seed oils that we have selected also contain natural vitamin C and vitamin E which are potent antioxidants as well as tocopherols, resveratrol and polyphenolics. Do you see now what you get from an all plant & seed oil base cream?
On the science side of things, we include high ester lipids and fatty acids to sooth, glue and waterproof cellular joints, we add highly bioactive enzymes, amino acids, peptides, proteins and purified vitamins to signal and to aid the skin’s immune system processes. Aloe Vera is added for its comprehensive effects to stimulate tissue growth and skin regeneration as well as its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Super refined avena sativa oat protein is added for its ability to diminish inflammation, provide lipid regulation and for its ph-buffering capacity.
Now that’s the best of both worlds; the best from 50 years ago and the best from today’s current medical advances.
All the ingredients incorporated in our products and the scientific evidence of their benefit can be found at our “Ingredient Studies” page for you to review in detail.
WHAT IS THE SHELF LIFE OF LIPIDTAC?
Contrary to the majority of skin care products with a shelf life of a minimum of 5 years, the shelf life of our products is about a year. They are manufactured in small batches in order to keep them fresh and to uphold their quality to maintain the satisfaction of our customers.