Moving beyond soap and water
Skincare basics include cleansing, moisturising and protecting the skin. Historically, this was done with soap, water and other affordable product. Now we know that soap strips and dries out the skin and instead we use cleansers, moisturises and barrier products in the case of incontinence or wound exudate to take care of the skin.
The ultimate goal of skincare and wound care product research and advancements in this field is to explore new ways to help prevent and treat skin problems and to then deliver better outcomes for a healthier skin.
The latest skincare products are more advanced than surfactant-based cleansers. Instead they use high-tech ingredients called phospholipids to cleanse the skin. Phospholipids are derived from vegetable oils and offer the gentlest form of cleansing available. These products clean the skin without stripping precious natural oils from vulnerable tissue.
Look for surfactant-free cleansers that use phospholipid technology (often called all-in-one or 4-in-1 products), state of the art moisturisers that contain oils to replace lost epidermal lipids and help heal the skin, moisturisers and protectants containing amino acids to combat skin breakdown and high tech barrier products containing complex silicones.
Medline’s Remedy skincare line offers a cleanse, moisturise and protect skincare regime in 3 easy steps.
Step 1 Cleanse – Remedy Phytoplex Hydrating No Rinse Cleanse Foam is pH balanced to protect the skin’s acid mantle. It can be used on irritated or denuded skin and is strong enough to remove barrier pastes and creams, blood and faecal materials.
Step 2 Moisturise – Remedy Nourishing Skin Cream moisturises with a blend of natural emollients including safflower oleosomes and carrageenan, it absorbs readily into the skin upon application with no greasy residue.
Step 3 Barrier – Remedy Phytoplex Hydraguard’s 24% silicone blend helps resist moisture loss and is gentle enough to use on the most fragile skin.