Stop itch with bubble showers
SCRATCHING dry and persistently itchy skin at school or at work can be unsightly and extremely frustrating.
This condition - known as eczema, which causes chronic inflammation of the skin, severe itchiness, recurring rashes, and dry, scaly patches - affects one in five people here.
Even famous personalities, such as Kate Middleton, Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt, are not exempt from the ailment.
While it is commonly believed that eczema breaks down barriers on the skin, a recent study by Irish scientists found that weak skin barriers, in fact, cause eczema.
This is because "foreign substances can enter the body and trigger inflammation and allergy".
Typically known as a childhood disease, eczema, which affects both men and women, can persist into adulthood or even manifest later in life.
Although the actual cause of the skin condition is still unknown, factors, such as allergies, abrasive clothing and the use of harsh soaps and skincare products, can act as triggers.
Singapore's year-round hot and humid climate does not help either.
To treat eczema symptoms, doctors usually advise sufferers to use mild soaps, moisturise often, avoid dusty places and, more importantly, practise good hygiene.
Those prone to eczema flare-ups can also install an SEC shower converter in their bathrooms.
The product - comprising the SEC Shower System or the SEC Shower Head - converts ordinary tap water into a concentrated stream of ultra-tiny bubbles that are five to 10 times smaller than skin pores.
This means that the bubbles can penetrate skin pores to remove dead skin cells, oil deposits and bacteria. They also deliver a greater amount of oxygen to keep the skin hydrated and moisturised.
Adding to that is the ultrasonic waves generated by the bubbles, which produce an abundance of negative ions which are said to boost the immune system, speed up skin recovery and reduce fatigue.
The system has been clinically proven to alleviate eczema symptoms by the DermaPro Skin & Research Centre in South Korea. Its effectiveness has also been attested to by Korea Atopy Association.
Those without skin conditions can also benefit from using the SEC Shower System or the SEC Shower Head by simply taking a bubbly shower. The bubbles exfoliate without the need for harsh scrubbing, leaving the skin feeling refreshed.
Prices of the SEC shower converters start from $399. Check out the systems at SEC International, which is located at 1 Pemimpin Drive, #07-09.
For more information, call 6659-7890, or visit www.seclifestyle.com.sg