Do you suffer from skin irritations?
Is your skin easy to flush and is embarrassing redness a concern?
Do any of the following set your skin off?
- The sun
- Hay fever
- Spicy food
- The weather
- Hot or cold drinks
- Harsh products
- Essential oils
- Artificial fragrances
Inflammation is the biggest cause of premature ageing
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. It can also impair the skin’s protective barrier; weakening the skin’s natural repair process and upsetting the acid mantle, knocking the delicate micro-flora out of balance.
How do we reduce skin irritations?
All of this can impair the skin’s immunity, making it susceptible to invading bacteria and causing once plump and healthy, moisture-loving cells, to become dry and brittle.
So, 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 skin’s 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 micro-dermabrasion
By maintaining the barrier function at its peak performance level, the damaging effects of environment and lifestyle on the skin can be controlled.
Avoid the following Irritants
Synthetic fragrance: This has been found to be the number one cause of allergic reactions to products. Avoid skin care products containing the word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the ingredient listing.
SD Alcohol 40, Denatured Alcohol, Ethanol and Isopropyl Alcohol: These are commonly found in toners and other formulas, especially for oily skin types, and should be avoided.
Sodium or Lauryl Sulfate: These are commonly found in cleansers and are extremely drying to the skin.
All of the Naked Chemist products are formulated without any of these irritating ingredients.
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.