March 15, 2012 – If you haven’t heard of shielding lotions, you may want to find out more about them. The National Skin Care Institute is recommending the use of shielding lotions to help protect skin against irritants like chemicals, soaps and dry weather.
The report from the NSCI states that over 30% of people in the U.S. have some type of skin disease. This could be anything from acne, chronic dry skin, eczema or skin cancer. Using a shielding lotion along with sunscreen can help to prevent some of those skin problems.
Shielding lotions work as a substitute for the natural protective skin layer (natural oils and dead skin cells) that often gets stripped off with soaps, scrubs, chemicals we’re exposed to over time and weather. The shielding lotion helps to bond with the skin, keep moisture in and allow the natural protective layer to replenish itself.
That doesn’t mean sheilding lotions keep too much oil and dead skin cells in, just that they give you skin a chance to heal while keeping irritants out at the same time. But as with any new product you start using in your skin care routine, start slow, watch for any adverse reactions and then gradually incorporate it into your daily skin care habits.