From enhanced skin renewal and repair to powerful hydration and moisture restoration, our Intensive Night Balm works overnight so you can awaken to nourished and rejuvenated skin. But what makes it such an effective night-time solution for dry skin? Let’s look at the science behind our specialised formula to see how these chemical-free botanicals provide you with intense moisture.
The Science of Skin
Skin is the biggest organ of the human body, and it serves as a protective layer between the external environment and our internal organs. Further, its role is crucial in regulating water loss, maintaining an optimum body temperature and protecting us against radiation and harmful bacteria. By understanding some of the basics of skin function and structure, you can better comprehend common skin concerns like dryness and dehydration.
Our skin comprises three principal layers: the epidermis, dermis and subcutis. Each of these layers performs distinct functions and has specific characteristics that nourish, protect, and heal our body. For example, the epidermis is the skin’s visible outer layer which mainly shields us from environmental harm. However, there are also even smaller layers within the epidermis which contribute to its overall function. What’s more, the epidermis contains keratinocytes - specialised cells that produce keratin - which are essential for waterproofing and strengthening the skin’s outer layer.
Additionally, when skin conditions become visible, they manifest themselves on the epidermis. So, xerosis, also known as dry skin, occurs when our skin loses hydration and fails to retain optimal moisture levels. And what causes this? A few different factors can lead to dryness, flakiness, and cracked skin, including:
Ageing: When we age, our skin retains less moisture and can have a drier appearance. This is because the older we get, our skin produces less sebum and collagen, causing dry patches, fine lines, and wrinkles to become more prominent.
The environment: Environmental factors are a frequent cause behind general dry skin since hot and cold weather can both deplete our moisture levels. Other external elements like high indoor heating, low humidity and air conditioning can also make our skin parched and dry.
Harsh products: harsh cleansers, creams, or cleaning products that we encounter may also cause dryness. Strong chemicals can remove the natural oils from our skin, leading to roughened, irritated, or sensitive skin. Plus, harsh soaps and frequent washing with hot water are a well-known combination for stripping the skin of its moisture and disturbing its pH levels.
Skin and health conditions: certain medical conditions like diabetes and skin conditions like eczema often cause dry skin by disrupting its barrier function in some way. Eczema and psoriasis also make the skin itchy, and constant scratching can lead to soreness, flakes, and even cracks.
Our Intensive Night Balm - Understanding the Formula
The two main ingredients in our night balm are shea butter and camellia oil, which work harmoniously to produce the softening, moisturising effects that make our balm so effective for dryness.
Camellia oil, which is also called tea seed oil, has been used for centuries in traditional skincare. It’s rich in monosaturated fatty acids, making it ideal for preventing moisture loss and promoting skin hydration. Further, its vitamin and nutrient content provides deep nourishment for the skin, improving its general health and texture. Plus, it contains antioxidants that absorb free radicals, which can lead to premature skin damage and ageing.
On the other hand, shea butter is a heavier, thicker substance that comes from the shea nut. Its emollient, buttery texture is one of the things that makes it a well-known solution for rough, sensitive, or dry skin. This butter creates a soothing barrier against external harm, ranging from allergens and skin irritants to dry, arid air. Overall, our combination of shea butter and camellia oil leaves the skin feeling velvety, hydrated, and smooth.
Clinical Studies & Research
Our intensive formula for dry skin uses ingredients backed by science to bring you a solution that truly works. For example, research from the British Association of Dermatologists points to the powerful effect of emollients on dry patches, inflamed and rough skin. Thick emollient mixtures like our balm can help to moisturise, soften, and protect the epidermis, making it an essential element for dry skin treatments.
Clinical studies also highlight the soothing, anti-inflammatory properties of camellia oil when it comes to sore, red, and aggravated patches of skin. This makes it an excellent choice for an intensive, soothing, and hydrating balm like ours. More studies indicate that plant oils such as almond oil and shea butter, both found in our balm, help to repair the skin’s outer barrier and stimulate wound healing. So, our intensive balm harnesses the power of these plant extracts and oils to deliver a potent concentration of antioxidants, nutrients, and moisture to your skin.
How to Incorporate Our Intensive Night Balm into Your Skincare Routine
To get the most out of our balm, use it each night and pay special attention to very dry areas. For instance, knuckles, cuticles, elbows, lips, and knees tend to get extremely dry, especially during environmental changes. Also, using our balm regularly will allow your skin to receive constant nutrients and moisture to support it as it repairs and rebuilds itself. As a result, you can experience luxuriously soft skin that remains hydrated for much longer.
For maximum benefits, I highly recommend applying the balm to your skin as part of your nightly skincare routine after cleansing. Still, it’s a versatile mixture that you can use during the day, especially if you need to strengthen your skin before going outside into the cold or heat.
Including this intensive moisturiser in your daily routine can reverse dryness, soothe discomfort, and restore moisture. So, embrace the potential of our Intensive Night Balm to provide your skin with the nourishment it deserves and wake up to visibly smoother, revitalised skin. Learn more about how our natural products have transformed others’ skincare journeys by reading our reviews and browsing our skincare range.