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Druidebio.fr, is the official online store in Europe for the Laboratoire Druide from Quebec which, since 1979, has been a pioneer in natural and organic cosmetics. It offers ecological and organic care and beauty products with also a hypoallergenic selection for sensitive and atopic skin, as well as an exclusive choice of vegan and gluten-free products.

All these high-quality natural ranges provide powerful active ingredients presented for their beneficial effects for the body, face and hair (moisturising, nutritious, soothing, balancing, etc.) thus offering an immediate feeling of comfort.

The skin plays an essential role in the balance of our general health, but also for the quality of our daily well-being. It is also recognised that our modern way of life often has direct consequences on our skin. Thus, we can become more sensitive, allergic, or even intolerant to certain products (with disruption of the body, discomfort of the skin and scalp such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, etc.).

Bringing sufficient natural resources to our epidermis is therefore the best way to help our body to self-regulate and to regain a metabolism in good physical and moral health. Thus, Druidebio.fr, the European online store of Laboratoire Druide, offers adapted treatments for the body, face and hair, including its flagship plant-based hypoallergenic range "Pure & Pure" which relieves fragile, sensitive or atopic skin.

What are the characteristics of sensitive, fragile, reactive, atopic skin?

The skin is our first defence to fight against external aggressions. Sensitive skin requires more precautions and care to be able to perform its mission effectively. The symptoms and causes are not the same depending on whether you have fragile, allergic, reactive or atopic skin. In all cases, you must take care of it to reduce the reactions that cause inconvenience to you on a daily basis.

What is sensitive skin ?

Sensitive skin is characterised by inappropriate reactions upon exposure to external elements, such as cold, heat, wind, sun, but also creams or household products. Pollution, heating, air conditioning, hard water, as well as food are other aggravating factors.

This sensitivity is independent of your skin type (oily, dry or mixed) and the reactions are diverse, with redness, inflammation, itching, plaques, tightness, etc.

Women are more affected than men, especially since the hormonal disorders they face in their lifetimes are not neutral. Puberty, pregnancy and menopause can cause an exacerbated reactivity of the skin, temporary or lasting.

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Why do babies suffer more and more from infantile eczema ?

Infantile eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is a mild disease, but one that must be taken seriously in order to get rid of it permanently and avoid the risk of recurrence. In addition to the natural causes linked to heredity, environmental factors and urban life continue to increase the rate of children suffering from this unpleasant condition to bear.

What is infantile eczema?

Eczema is the most common skin disease in Western countries. It mainly affects children and is estimated to have doubled or even tripled in some areas over the past 30 years. Industrialised countries are more affected. Statistics put the figure at 15 to 30% of children affected, depending on the country, and 2 to 10% for adults.

Eczema is considered a genetic disease. Usually, it goes away around 4 to 6 years old, in eight out of ten cases. It is not contagious.

The problem with eczema is that its mechanism is not yet well established by scientists. At the moment, it is believed to be a genetic disorder that damages skin cells and the immune system, and weakens their defenses against allergens. It is also known to be influenced by stress, as well as certain chemicals that come into contact with us.

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Natural advice to relieve sensitive skin

Sensitive skin does not require more care in quantitative terms, but in qualitative terms. You must compensate for its weakness which deprives its of effective defenses by choosing carefully the treatment you reserve for its. Here are our tips for restoring good health and radiance to your skin.

How do you know if you have really sensitive skin?

You must differentiate between sensitive skin and allergic skin, and not consider temporary reactions, because so-called sensitive skin corresponds to the permanent state of your epidermis.

If you have sensitive skin, you constantly suffer from redness, discomfort, tingling, tightness, etc. Your skin reacts to the slightest external aggressions, whether it be bad weather (cold, heat, wind, sun), pollution or strong emotions, such as stress and, for women, hormonal changes. Add to that the sensitivity to cosmetics.

Fair, thin skin is more sensitive. Its tolerance level is low and it tends to blush and develop pimples, rosacea, and other unpleasant manifestations.

How to adapt your care to your sensitive skin

Having sensitive skin doesn't mean dry skin. This error of judgment is frequent because it is intuitive. The problem is, it causes people with sensitive skin to use dry skin cosmetics that will lubricate their skin, without protecting it properly.

Here is a list of tips that identifies the best solutions to strengthen your sensitive skin, and thus arm it against external aggressions.

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Natural care: meet the needs of our body, not modify them

The cosmetics that you use for the skin or the hair are studied to meet the needs of our body and sometimes to correct failures in our metabolism. It is by no means a question of modifying the cells of our body, as this could have the effect of confusing the messages that our skin and hair receive, and causing them to produce an inappropriate response.

How the skin works

To understand the effect of cosmetics, you need to know how the skin works. It is made up of several layers - epidermis, dermis and hypodermis - and performs different functions: immune barrier, physical and chemical protection, elimination of waste through sweat and sebum, regulation of body temperature, production of vitamin D and transmission of information between the outside and the inside of our body.

Our skin is made up of 70% water, 27.5% protein, 2% lipids, 0.5% mineral salts.

The stratum corneum

Our skin is covered with a stratum corneum - stratum corneum - which is an amalgam of cells ensuring its impermeability and resistance. This layer is ephemeral because its cells die off and are replaced by cells from the lower layer. This process is permanent. The skin renewal cycle is about a month. This is why, even if you have healthy skin, you may notice flaking: the skin peels, which corresponds to dead skin that falls off.

You already understand at this point that hydrating the skin is not done to prevent dead skin from forming and falling off, which is a natural occurrence. Moisturising your skin consists of nourishing the layer just below the stratum corneum to give it more vitality. We don't change the metabolic process, we just give it a little boost.

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