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Aqueous Cream Is More Than Just A Moisturiser, And That Is Not Good News

Aqueous Cream Is More Than Just A Moisturiser, And That Is Not Good News

Aqueous Cream Is More Than Just A Moisturiser, And That Is Not Good News

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Do you really know what your moisturiser is doing to your skin?

These days, people are much more discerning about what they put into their bodies and onto their skins. As a result, more and more people are taking a long hard look at the ingredients in their skin care products, and assessing the possible risk factors of using certain products. And it’s a smart call, because some products that have been promoted as excellent moisturisers in the past are now causing concern to skin care experts and consumers alike.

Aqueous cream has long been considered to be an effective moisturiser, almost like a body oil, especially for people with very dry skin, or skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. However, these days, many skin care specialists are warning against its use as a moisturiser as one of its active ingredients is a detergent known as sodium lauryl sulphate. Used regularly, this can mean that the thickness of the skin is affected as the detergent strips away its layers.

In addition, sodium lauryl sulphate actually encourages the skin to dry out by increasing water loss through the pores. It’s an alkaline substance, while the skin is naturally acidic, so regular use can break down the skin’s natural defence barriers.  If you use aqueous cream as a moisturiser, it could be doing your skin more harm than good, although some experts recommend it as a good alternative to shower gel or soap for those with very dry skin. It should never be left in contact with the skin for any length of time, however.

Another concern regarding aqueous cream is its provenance. It contains white soft paraffin, which comes from the distillation of petroleum, and is sometimes referred to as petroleum jelly. In other words, if you use aqueous cream, you’re putting the same thing on your skin that you put into your car, although admittedly it has gone through purification processes first.

The cream also contains around 9% of liquid hydrocarbons. That may mean nothing to most people, but hydrocarbons are combustible, which means they burn easily, and they are also present in gasoline, lighter fuel and wood preservatives. It’s not really something most people would want to put on their skin, yet aqueous cream is licensed by the British Pharmacopoeia, which means it can be prescribed by doctors.

When there are so many natural moisturising ingredients available – such as shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil and argan oil, which are all plant-based – why would anyone want to put petroleum by-products and combustible compounds on their skin? All of Naturally Mediterranean’s skin care products are locally sourced in the Mediterranean region and completely natural, with no harmful chemicals or additives. Which would you rather use?

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