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Why you should never, ever ignore your dry skin!

Do you suffer from dry skin? 

Moisturising is more important than you might think! 

You may not normally think of it this way, but your skin is actually the first defensive line of your immune system. Its critical function is to provide a protective interface between your internal organs and the environment. That’s no easy job! 

Every day, your delicate, easily-disrupted skin encounters a host of toxins, pathogenic organisms, and physical stresses. To combat these attacks, your skin functions as more than a physical barrier: it actually works as an active immune organ. 1https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1022320/

The outer layer of your skin, or epidermis, is packed with a weird-sounding list of “immune-competent” cells: Langerhans cells, keratinocytes, epithelial cells with immune properties; dendritic epidermal T lymphocytes, epidermotropic lymphocytes, and melanocytes. All these microscopic good guys are there to protect you from the dangers of the outside world. 

If you suffer from eczema, the skin barrier that would normally keep out allergens, bacteria, and other germs isn’t working as it should. Instead of keeping unwanted elements out, breaks in your skin’s barrier allow them to seep in, causing a cascade of angry inflammatory reactions inside your body. 2https://www.healthline.com/health/severe-eczema/is-eczema-a-sign-of-a-weak-immune-system-your-faqs#causes

So, how can you help your skin/immune system stay intact and healthy?

Moisturise.

It really is that simple! 

Keeping your skin healthy, well-moisturised and supple has been shown to improve skin barrier function and prevent the development of atopic dermatitis, or eczema.3https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5911439/

When should you moisturise? Early, often and consistently. It’s best to be proactive about the process because once that barrier has broken down, and the eczema has taken hold, it’s going to be a lot harder to repair things. 

If you’re a friend of the goats, this will make perfect sense to you; you know that our gut health protocol is all about preemptive care

To really achieve good health, you have to do more than just play catch-up, chasing around symptoms of problems you’ve already got. You need to get proactive – acting to head off future problems, by keeping your immune system in such good shape that it doesn’t get hijacked by bacteria or viruses. 

It’s just the same with your skin. Prevent and protect! 

Growing research suggests that skin care products with prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics help get healthy microbes back into balance. 4https://www.healthline.com/health/probiotics-skin-care A quick and easy way to get all this goodness onto your skin is by using our range of chemical-free, hand-made, all-natural goat milk soap and kefir lotions

There’s a range to suit each person: our Sensitive soap and lotion is completely free from all essential oils, suitable for use during pregnancy and for anyone who struggles with skin allergies. Calm Down soap and lotion contains lavender essential oil, for gentle antibacterial action. The Soothing range has rosemary essential oil, which is especially helpful for age spot and mature skin, and the strongest hero product in our range, Break Out lotion, is designed to zap serious acne and active spots. 

Pampering your skin doesn’t just feel good – it’s a way to nourish and strengthen your entire immune system.

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