Skin protection: shielding lotion vs moisturiser

The outer layer of skin is made up of dead skin cells, natural oils, and lipids (fats). It is designed by nature to protect your deeper layers of skin from irritants and toxins. This is natural skin care at its very best.


Most soaps and cleansers contain fragrances, colourants, antibacterial agents and many other ingredients that strip away these protective elements from the outer layer of skin, compromising your natural skin care. A shielding lotion replenishes this protective layer on the skin and helps heal skin disorders.

Daily use of most soaps and cleansers can greatly reduce your skin’s natural ability to repel the thousands of irritants and toxins that are commonly found in the home and work place. Once these irritants penetrate your outer layer of skin they can cause dry skin conditions, eczema, psoriasis, skin allergies and many other less desirable skin and health problems.


The outer, protective layer of skin consists of dead cells. These cells need to stay moisturised in order to perform the function of protecting the deeper layers of skin. To keep the skin’s natural moisture from leaving the outer layer of skin, the skin produces natural oils. These oils also help keep irritants away from the deeper, more delicate layers of skin. Modern living (frequently washing with soap and exposure to an ever increasing number of chemicals), harsh weather and other irritants can remove these natural oils.


When the natural oils are stripped away from the outer layer of skin, the skin’s own moisture quickly leaves the outer layer of skin resulting in dry, irritated or itchy skin. Furthermore the deeper layers of skin are left exposed to a host of damaging, everyday substances including many cosmetics, detergents, anti-bacterial soaps, solvents, cleaners, gardening chemicals, dirt ad grease, latex glove powder, etc. The result is skin that is drier, irritated, or itchy and more susceptible to becoming cracked and further damaged.

Conventional moisturisers, lotions, and skin creams (artificial moisturisers) only attempt to replace natural moisture with artificial moisture. They only mask the symptoms by offering temporary relief that does little to heal the skin.

Regular use of conventional moisturisers, lotions, and skin creams can send the wrong message to the skin (that there is enough moisture present), causing it to produce less natural moisture. Natural moisture is the only thing that is going to truly resolve a dry skin condition.


A shielding lotion bonds with the outer-most layer of skin, locking in natural moisture and oils. Loss of natural moisture and oil is the leading cause of dry and irritated skin.

Unlike contemporary skin moisturisers which try to replace the skin’s natural moisture with artificial, often greasy moisture, shielding lotions bond with dead skin cells to create what can only be termed an invisible pair of gloves. This new outer layer helps prevent the loss of natural oil and moisture, supports skin elasticity, and improves the overall ability of the epidermis to protect the inner skin cell layers.

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