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What is barrier cream?
A vital part of your skincare routine, a barrier cream is applied directly onto the skin’s surface to maintain and strengthen the physical barrier between your skin and potential irritants. Irritants can be skin-on-skin contact like chafing, chafing that is caused by clothing, undergarments, menstrual or incontinence products, or by excessive moisture from sweat, and so on. Skin barrier cream is also used to moisturize deeply and restore dry, cracked, or irritated skin. The skin’s moisture barrier can be affected by a variety of factors, including diet, alcohol, caffeine, and sun exposure. You may use barrier cream as a preventative measure to protect your skin, or in response to wounds, irritation, or chafing. Especially if you have sensitive skin, and your current skincare routine may not be enough to fully protect your skin, barrier cream may be for you! Barrier Cream has also been compared to diaper cream but with the ability to be used on any place that might have irritation, as well as a moisturizer and repair agent.
Is barrier cream the same as moisturizer?
This special type of cream goes beyond the functionality of a moisturizer. It has a thicker consistency, and works to maintain and repair the skin’s natural moisture barrier rather than simply hydrating the surface of the skin. Additionally, it works to prevent water loss by locking in deep moisture, and helps the skin repair itself by healing existing wounds and cracks. Unique ingredients, such as kaolin clay, lock in deep moisture and have healing properties. It is also used as a protective layer. Unlike moisturizer which can add moisture to normal skin, Barrier Cream can prevent damage to your most sensitive skin by creating a protective layer and strengthening the skin. To use it, start by cleaning the affected area before gently using your fingertips to rub the cream into the skin.
What ingredients are in skin barrier cream?
When selecting the best barrier cream, keep an eye out for dermatologist-approved products that use all-natural ingredients. Attn: Grace’s all natural barrier cream uses a gentle-yet-effective formula with all natural ingredients to soothe, protect, and restore your most sensitive skin. It is dermatologist-approved, and totally free of artificial ingredients that may increase irritation, like petroleum, parabens, and preservatives. Key ingredients include coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax, which combine to provide a nourishing, antibacterial shield that conditions the skin and prevents irritation. Furthermore, zinc oxide and kaolin clay treat damaged skin and promote rapid healing. Barrier cream is oil based rather than water based, which allows for it to remain preservative-free. When it makes contact with the skin, the cream softens quickly with the heat of the body and becomes absorbed into the skin.
What is incontinence barrier cream?
In the United States, 1-in-3 women experience urinary incontinence. While bladder leaks are very common, it can be difficult to find the right products to manage your symptoms. When urine makes contact with skin near the genitals, buttocks, and perineum it may cause an uncomfortable rash over a period of time. Certain pads and briefs may also cause chafing against the skin, which can cause discomfort and irritation. While dermatologist-approved incontinence pads can help with this, barrier cream can be a highly effective way to care for your sensitive skin by creating a protective layer. It is important to note that this cream is not meant to be inserted directly into the vagina. However, it is made for external use around sensitive pelvic and genital skin. However, yes, it is designed for use on one’s vulva, do don’t be shy about using it where you need it!
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