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Healthy & Hygienic Hand Care

If you’re like us you’ve probably washed your hands half a dozen times already today. With handwashing widely encouraged during the pandemic, the affects it is having on our delicate skin can also be damaging.

Frequent handwashing can cause dry skin by stripping skin of essential moisture and oils, and the disruption of sub-optimal skin barrier can make skin more susceptible to irritation and inflammation. Dry, cracked, chapped hands & palms just add an extra layer of frustration and discomfort to an already stressful time.

Normal Skin Barrier
  • As the largest organ, skin functions to protect us from environmental injuries, prevent microbial invasion, regulate temperature and maintain hydration~.
  • The most superficial layer of the epidermis, stratum corneum, normally retains enough water and acts as a hydro-lipid film to function as a first-line defence against the outside world. Moisture homeostasis is essential to maintaining skin’s protective function and flexibility~.
  • The Stratum Corneum acts as a permeability barrier by limiting entry of potential irritants from the outside world and by preventing the escape of water from the body~.
  • A defective skin barrier enables entry of irritants, allergens and microbes that, together with an exaggerated immune response, result in skin inflammation~.
  • Skin barrier dysfunction also leads to an altered skin microbiome and allows pathological organisms to flourish and predominate, further promoting skin barrier breakdown and inflammation~.
  • A pillar of treatment for inflammatory skin conditions involved restoring skin-barrier function in order to maintain moisture, which in turn prevents entry of irritants, allergens & microbes~.

Many natural oils and butters have shown to contain antioxidant and anti-microbial components that protect against these stressors. Cocoa Butter is rich in antioxidants, and Coconut Oil contains Lauric Acid which has shown to be effective in fighting bacteria on the skin.

Antioxidants
  • General term for a large group of natural and synthetic ingredients that work to defend against environmental stress on skin#.
  • They work by fighting free radicals – internal and external stressors, often from our environment – which degrade and diminish the effectiveness of our skin cells to replenish and repair#.
  • When skin cells are healthy, skin looks youthful and radiant. When skin cells are degraded, skin can appear dull, dry, irritated or be more susceptible to trauma or infection.

 

The Palmer’s range of Hand Creams and Lotions contain high levels of raw, natural, cold pressed or extra-virgin Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil and Olive Oil, making them the ideal protective and nourishing barrier for your skin during these times (and beyond).

Skin Protective Benefits of Natural Oils
  • Many natural oils possess specific compounds with antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties, making them attractive alternatives and complementary treatments for skin conditions associated with skin-barrier disruption~.
  • Moisturisers repair the skin barrier through two major mechanisms: (i) providing hydration via hydrophilic constituents, and (ii) prevent transepidermal moisture loss via hydrophobic constituents to occlude the skin~.
  • Oil and oil-based moisturisers improve stratum corneum hydration by occluding the skin, thereby limiting the escape of water so that more water is trapped within~.
  • For thousands of years, cultures all over the world have used natural plant-based oils to maintain vitality and wellness in various ways, including skin health and beauty~.
  • Oil extraction methods are important to consider when selecting oils as moisturisers, since unrefined oils retain the most nutrients and unaltered fatty acids, and are likely less irritating to the skin. Palmer’s uses Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Coconut Oil in our products~.

 

For full body hydration and hygiene, Palmer’s have a range of suitable products including:

Available at all major stockists including Coles, Woolworths, Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, Kmart, Big W, Amazon Australia & selected pharmacies and independent supermarkets.

Cocoa Butter Facts
  • Cocoa Beans contain 10,000 milligrams (10 grams) of flavonol antioxidants per 100 grams – or an amazing 10% antioxidant concentration level*.
  • Cocoa Butter is an excellent emollient and is used to soften and protect chapped hands and lips*.

 

And with hand soap and antibacterial washes is short supply currently, don’t forget that washing hands with normal soap and water is highly effective at removing germs and viruses from our skin. Body Wash and Bar Soap are excellent (and just as effective!) alternatives if you cannot find hand wash in-store.

Coconut Oil Facts

  • Lauric Acid is a fatty acid present in Coconut Oil^.
  • Lauric Acid is believed to exert antimicrobial activity by disrupting membranes of microbial organisms^.
  • Coconut Oil has antimicrobial activity and skin-barrier repairing properties in various skin conditions^.

Prevent dry, cracked or chapped hands & palms by applying a nourishing moisturiser post hand washing, such as Palmer's Cocoa Butter or Coconut Oil Formula Hand Cream.

 
 
REFERENCES
~ Natural Oils for Skin-Barrier Repair: Ancient Compounds Now Backed by Modern Science. A.R. Vaugh et. al 2017.
# How Antioxidants Fight The Signs Of Ageing, paulaschoice.com
* Antibacterial Activity of Cacao (Theobroma Cacao Linn.) Pulp Crude Extract Against Selected Bacterial Isolates. C.A. Panganiban et. al. 2010
^ The antimicrobial activity of liposomal lauric acids against Propionibacterium acnes. D. Yang et. al. 2009

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