Do you suffer from skin irritations,
What sets your skin off?
- The sun
- Hay fever
- Spicy food
- The weather
- Hot or cold drinks
- Harsh products
- Essential oils
- Artificial fragrances
Inflammation can have a major impact on the health of our skin.
It can break down collagen and elastin fibres, which can lead to premature ageing.
Inflammation can impair the skins protective barrier, weakening the skins natural repair process.
it can also upset the acid mantle, knocking the delicate micro-flora out of balance.
How do we reduce skin irritation?
All of this can impair the skins immunity, making it susceptible to invading bacteria, causing once plump and healthy moisture loving cells, to become dry and brittle.
And with such a maddeningly diverse list of triggers, you could be forgiven for wondering how to treat inflammation.
Well the crucial key in addressing these triggers, is to support and maintain a healthy lipid barrier.
If the skins protective layer is impaired, microbes, allergens and other irritants can enter the skin creating inflammation.
There are several key steps that you can take to help reduce sensitivity:
- Refrain from using soap
- Use tepid water on your skin
- Avoid astringent ingredients
- Avoid using a harsh exfoliant
- Don’t use chemical peels on your skin
- Use a muslin cloth to remove make up
- Steer clear of fragrances and essential oils
- Cover up, ultraviolet light it causes inflammation
- Avoid all harsh beauty treatments, such as microdermabrasion
By maintaining the barrier function at its peak performance level, the damaging effects of environment and lifestyle on the skin can be controlled.
The Naked Truth
Many manufacturers are aware that certain ingredients can cause skin irritations.
So it puzzles me as to why they continue to use such ingredients, is it because they are cost effective or they just don’t know the difference?
As a formulator, I feel we all have a responsibility to our customers, to pay attention to the irritant potential of these harmful ingredients.
If we are to truly make a difference through our skin care products, and achieve long-term health for our customer’s skin.