One in four people get eczema at some point in their lives, and first base treatment is usually steroids. But the negative side effects of long term steroid use are well known.
We wanted to develop a range of products for people (adults and children) who want to move on to a more natural and long-term management of their eczema.
We spent several years searching for the ideal ingredient that would have effective results for eczema-prone skin without the complications of medicated products.
The key to relieving eczema is to stop the itch scratch cycle. From there on the healing process can begin.
We looked for plant-based ingredients that did exactly this, quickly and effectively, while being kind to skin and gentle enough to use on young skin and delicate areas such as the face and around the eyes.
Our sole aim was to make products that worked that people could trust and rely on to manage their eczema on a daily basis.
From this our Hydrosil range was born. Since its development we’re proud to say its helped thousands of our customers manage their eczema and continues to do so through recommendations and reviews.
How Hydrosil ingredients help eczema
The main ingredient in all our Hydrosil products is a plant extract called Cardiospermum halicacabum.
Known in the world of natural medicine as a ‘natural cortisone’ or a ‘phytosteroid’, Cardiospermum halicacabum acts much like a chemical steroid but without the damaging side effects.
Cardiospermum halicacabum comes from the seeds of a vine and belongs to the plant family of Sapindaceae. It’s also known as the “balloon vine” or “love in a puff” and is a climbing plant that grows in abundance in Sri Lanka and other parts of Asia.
The species name of “Cardiospermum” comes from the small-sized, black-brown coloured seed, which have a white heart-shaped spot.
The term “halicacabum” is translated from Greek meaning “salt barrel”. The appearance of the fruit that looks inflated hence why its nickname is balloon-vine.
The surface of the cardiospermum plant contains active phytosterols which help relieve itching because they act as modulators of inflammation by reducing the amount of enzymes and pro-inflammatory peroxides.
A UK trial and several published research trials (* 1-7) have been carried out on cardiospermum due to its calming and restorative effects on inflammatory conditions of the skin including eczema and dermatitis.
All our Hydrosil products deliver calming and anti-itching benefits without damaging or irritating the delicate skin and can be used on a daily basis ot help manage symptom of eczema.
Hydrosil products can and should be used even between flare ups as they work in a protective capacity to help minimise future flare ups and protect skin from contact reactions to other skin care products, environmental irritants, cleaning products or cosmetics.
Some hydrosol products also contain a patented prebiotic ingredient called Biolin to help repair skin barrier function and prevent further dryness.
Honey is also used in the hair care products as an additional conditioning treatment for dry scalp
All Hydrosil products are free from parabens, perfumes MI and SLS and are 100% vegan.
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Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of Cardiospermum halicacabum and its reference compounds ex vivo and in vivo
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- UK Trial
Comparison between Cardiospermum Gel and existing Eczema Treatments - A Consumer Study.
Author-Dr D.Grant MBChB General Practitioner.