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Sensitive Skin Misconceptions

Moisturisers are popular products, especially among women. More than 90 percent of the population seek a program that offers moisturisation for a temporary feeling of skin smoothness.  sensitive skin

Moisturisers and Sensitive Skin

Moisturisers can only offer momentary relief for symptoms such as irritation, roughness or itching. The improved surface texture through artificial smoothing or plumping of the skin is fleeting and a superficial improvement. The truth is that these products are ineffective and lack any real benefit.While the occasional use of hydrators when absolutely necessary is acceptable, to depend upon them for hydration and calm skin on a daily basis is wrong. What’s more, repeatedly using moisturisers has a remarkably negative impact on your skin, making it weaker and drier. It is detrimental to skin cellular functions, arresting the skin’s ability to renew itself, leading to the appearance of ‘sensitive skin’ and an acceleration of skin ageing.

sensitive skinCompanies Fuelling The Sensitive Skin Market

Companies within the cosmetic industry are in constant competition to try and outdo one another. They produce a wide variety of moisturisers (plain, light, heavy, with or without anti-ageing claims, etc.) to appeal to everyone. Many consumers assume that any product that causes burning, exfoliation or redness is bad for the skin. While moisturisers are marketed as ‘gentle’, ‘non-irritating’, ‘soothing’, etc., to appeal to all.  Due to this general intolerance to skin discomfort and the belief (and fear) that any form of irritation is bad, many believe they have sensitive skin. This ‘sensitive skin’ trend, has provided a new market for companies to create and sell products that contain stronger moisturisers, which can actually make skin more sensitive.

sensitive skinSensitive Skin in Women

You will notice that the emergence of ‘sensitive skin’ is mainly seen in women. Men and children commonly do not use moisturisers, while women are often taught to use moisturisers from their teenage years. As a result, their skin becomes addicted to this product and brings a whole host of other issues with it.

Overall, skin sensitivity is not really a sensitivity disorder. A sensitivity disorder can be seen with certain cases of genuine skin dryness (not dehydrated skin) or genetic disorders. In fact, ‘sensitive skin’ could more accurately be labelled a skin weakness or intolerance.

Why you shouldn’t use moisturisers

moisturisersMoisturisers Are An Addiction

Everywhere you look there are bombarding messages from self-proclaimed beauty gurus and skincare brands insisting that moisturising your face is an imperative. But guess what? Your face does not actually need any moisturisers. It is more likely that you have made your skin addicted to this product.

Your skin has its own mechanisms to hydrate itself, moisturisers are just a crutch. As Dr. Zein Obagi explained to Refinery29.uk, “Moisturisers in general, weaken the skin’s barrier function because they alter the natural function of skin self-hydration. Natural hydration comes from within the body – the only thing moisturiser usually really offers is instant gratification. Your skin will feel soothed after applying cream but this wears off after a few hours and then you want more.” Sounds exactly like an addiction, doesn’t it?

What’s more, moisturisers don’t just inhibit your skin’s own natural hydration process, but can also speed up the ageing process! Moisturisers slow down the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen which means dull skin and wrinkles.

What To Do If You Think Your Skin is Dry

If you think your skin is dry, it’s more likely that it is actually dehydrated. On average, only 10% of the population actually have dry skin and they usually have eczema and dermatitis because of it. Dehydrated skin is skin that’s not particularly oily, but has simply gotten used to moisturiser.

So the best skincare advice you could get is to lay off the moisturiser, and stick to serums! It may be tough at first, and don’t worry if your skin gets some adverse reactions to the lack of moisturiser. It is simply readjusting itself and getting used to the sudden absence of its former crutch. Plus, a little tip before you apply your serum. Press a warm wet flannel against the face to help open up your pores. This will ensure your skin gets the maximum benefits from the serum.

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