This Week's Top Story about Moisturisers
We have always been sold that our skin needs moisturiser. Or does it?
I start today's post with a few questions:
How long have you been using moisturiser?
Why did you start using it, i.e. what was your initial problem?
Did using your moisturiser solve the problem?
Have you noticed that it had changed the way your skin functions? That is, do you see that your skin is healthier now?
If the answer is no, allow me to ask you:
Does applying your moisturiser feel good?
Does it smell and feel good?
Does your skin feel softer for a while?
And the last question:
If your moisturiser is doing nothing more than giving you a nice feeling, but it doesn't solve your problem, why do you keep using it?
Today I'm here to talk about a new concept that you may have already heard of, but maybe not.
We have always been sold that our skin needs moisturiser. But the reality is that your skin not only does not need it, but moisturiser also worsens it.
We will see that not all creams are moisturisers and why emulsions and serums are the right choices.
Also, I will tell you why cosmeceutical products are different to regular Skincare creams.
HOW AM I NOT GOING TO WEAR MOISTURISER!
I have heard the following from clients many times:
"I have very dry skin, when I put my moisturiser on it takes the tightness away and feels good for a while. But after a few hours it feels dry again."
OK, that's not normal.
Is there a problem with your cream? No.
It's your skin that's not working as it should, and using a moisturiser is dehydrating it even more.
HOW CAN IT BE POSSIBLE MY MOISTURISER IS DEHYDRATING ME?
Believe it or not, this is what it does every day.
You have already experienced that no matter how much product you apply, your skin is never moisturised. Or if it is, it lasts only a short time.
And it's not a question of buying the most expensive one on the market.
It is a matter that what you perceive as dryness is simply rough skin.
Let me explain:
We have a layer of dead skin cells that are meant to shed every day.
When you put your moisturiser on, it glues those cells together, and they can no longer fall off. It acts as glue.
If you don't exfoliate your skin at least once a week and remove them, they start to build up on top of each other, creating a thick layer of dead skin cells.
This makes your skin look dry and dull.
But also, when you apply moisturiser, your cells send a message internally that there is enough water on the surface.
So, your skin says: "Well, if I don't have to work, I'm going to sleep".
And these cells that go to rest are the same cells that produce collagen and elastin. Imagine the result: profound dehydration and premature ageing.
On top of that, moisturisers cause sensitivity.
Your skin is made up of water, lipids and proteins in perfect balance for an effective barrier function.
A moisturiser is made up of exactly the same elements in different percentages (depending on the moisturiser).
The difference between a cosmeceutical product and Skincare is that the first one mimics the percentage of the skin. And the cheaper the product, the less it comes close to this percentage.
When the skin's components are out of balance, the barrier function is compromised, and irritation, sensitivity and dry skin occur.
But a cosmeceutical also contains the right ingredients, in the right amount and with the perfect technology to travel through the skin to those cells and: "ringggggggg" awake them up.
Come on, girls, let's get to work!
SO, DOES IT MEAN I CAN NEVER USE MOISTURISER?
You don't have to be so radical either.
There are precise moments (hormonal, illness, medication, eczema or psoriasis) when the skin can be dry.
Only in these cases is it advisable to use a moisturiser.