Summer months bring us out in fewer layers of clothing and it’s fairly common to see bumpy skin, especially on the upper arms and backs of thighs. This is a condition known as keratosis pilaris. It is those little goosebumps on the skin which don’t go away, sometimes accompanied with roughness and itchiness and, in some people the prominent follicles stand out red against the surrounding skin. This is a condition known as keratosis pilaris. It is often seen on upper arms, the backs of legs and buttocks but not confined to solely these areas.
One easy and cheap solution is to body brush. Your circulatory and lymph systems circulate around the body taking oxygen and nutrients to cells and removing waste products, but the movement of these systems, especially the lymph can get sluggish. This can be due to cold, illness, dehydration or lack of movement.
Body brushing can help. But if brushing does not resolve this, you need a topical solution.
Dr Des Fernandes, creator of Environ says that the solution is to use a neutralised lactic acid based product to increase hydration as well as to exfoliate the area. Even if you don’t have keratosis pilaris, dry, flaky or rough skin will also benefit from this treatment.
Safe and gentle, the AVST Hydrating Lotion formerly known as Derma-Lac Lotion contains neutralised lactic acid (a natural AHA derived from fermented sugar) to assist the normal exfoliation and refine congested or dry skin. It helps to clear the skin by gently dissolving away the dead skin flakes which block the follicles in keratosis pilaris and also assists when ingrown hairs are a problem. The preservative and fragrance free lotion also helps to maintain hydration by compacting the skin's outer layer. This makes it useful for people with allergic, flaky skin and to reduce dryness or signs of sun damage across the body.
Hydrating Lotion is particularly effective for treating excessive sun damage when used in conjunction with the EssentiA vitamin A enriched body oil. Using lactic acid together with vitamin A enables the vitamins to penetrate more effectively. You could continue to use the Hydrating lotion on its own but you will get the maximum benefit by combining it with vitamin A. Conversely, if your skin is thick, the combination with vitamin A can be introduced earlier than 1 month. The skin appears more youthful, tauter and smoother.
Because the formulations are very concentrated, a little goes a long way.
For myself, I tried various topical products to 1) get rid of my bumpy skin, and 2) help de-itch my dry crinkly skin. I went from aromatherapy oils to cocoa butter, from shea butter to lovely smelly thick creams. I found the Hydrating Lotion solved both my problems in one go. I’m not one to boast but my massage therapist tells me I have the smoothest skin!!