Skin Care Advice

Ongoing maintenance for delicate skin.

 People often need guidance and detailed advice on how to best manage their skin. This website aims to provide comprehensive advice and covers most aspects on living with sensitive skin.  Aru Borage Cream or Oil should be applied to the affected areas at least  four times per day and most people will benefit from taking one teaspoon  of Borage Oil orally per day. 

 Sensitivity Check Points - If you have very sensitive hands, you may find that even picking up a packet of washing powder in the supermarket can irritate your skin.  

  • Do any of your clothes and linen still contain washing powder residues?
  • Are there chemical cleaner residues on your taps and door handles, banisters, surfaces etc?
  • What are you using in your bath etc?
  • What are you washing your hands and face with?
  • Could your shampoo/hair products be irritating your face, neck and hands?
  • Does your flooring contain chemical residues – e.g. carpet freshener?
  • Have you unwittingly eaten a food that you are allergic to?

Patch Testing.

Before using any new product, it is important to patch test it over a  period of 24 hours on an area of affected skin to ensure that you are  not allergic to it.  

Daily Life and Skin Protection

Generally protect your hands with cotton gloves, available from  chemists. Industrial workers are vulnerable to chemicals – e.g. cement  dust. 

  • When doing housework, or using any form of cleaning agents, wear  rubber gloves over the cotton gloves. Use a damp cloth to dust with  rather than a chemical spray. When cooking, be aware that ingredients  may sting, even though you are not allergic to them. 
  • Beware of residual  bleach and household chemicals left on door handles, taps, toilet flush  handles, work surfaces etc. Ensure that they are thoroughly rinsed. 
  • When  washing up etc. ensure that the water is not too hot or, better still,  get someone else to do the dishes. Dishwashers are ideal but remember to  wear gloves when dispensing the powder/tablets.
  • Hands that are in a  sensitive swollen state will suffer if made to carry heavy objects, so  let someone else carry the shopping and mow the lawn.  

Clothes and Fabrics 

Man-made fibers are irritating to sensitive skin and should be avoided. People with sensitive skin should try to stick to natural fibers such as cotton. Also avoid wool at this time, as the  lanolin in wool is very irritating to even slightly sensitive skin.  Ensure that new clothes and linen are thoroughly washed and rinsed  before using them. 

Cosmetics, Shampoos and Hair Products

  • Avoid cosmetic moisturisers containing  chemicals while the skin is in a sensitive condition. 
  • The same applies  to makeup and mascara. 
  • Be aware that shampoos, conditioners etc. may worsen or cause skin irritation. Keep long hair off skin by tying it up. Use a chemical and perfume-free, extra mild  shampoo, e.g. one that has been especially formulated for the condition  or a chemical-free baby shampoo. 
  • Hair sprays gels and mousses etc. are a no-no at this time.
  • When shaving, avoid using perfumed shaving soaps and foams; soften the bristles with shaving oil as sold in chemists. Obviously, avoid aftershave. Dandruff treatment shampoos can be particularly harsh. 

Washing Detergents

  • Whilst the skin is in a sensitive state  avoid using clothes and linen that have been washed in detergents that  contain irritants, these commonly include “biological” washing  powders/tablets (enzymes), bleach, optical brighteners, phosphates and  perfumes. 
  • Get into the habit of reading the list on the packet. 
  • Always rinse clothes and linen at least twice after being washed in a known irritant. 
  • It is advisable to avoid fabric conditioners at this time. “Ecological” detergents are available that are far safer to use. These include Ecover Non Biological Washing Powder and Bio D Washing Powder.  We recommend that you try them