Technically a skin with too much oil production is oily and one lacking in natural oil, is classified dry. However oily skin can be also lacking in water, classified as dehydrated, and feels tight and moistureless like a dry skin. So do you use moisturiser – or not?
As the largest organ of the body, our skin is a complex and dynamic system and it plays an important role reducing dehydration, helping to maintain body temperature and acting as a barrier between the atmosphere and our internal systems. It has a tough role to play and that can show in premature aging, and irritated, sensitive or dull skin. However, with the correct care and attention, our skin can do its job well, and look good at the same time.
Spare the soap – and other harsh chemicals. Harsh – and not so harsh – Detergents can easily strip the outer layer of protective lipids from our skin. These chemicals might be in our soap, but also in cleansers and the atmosphere.
Once stripped of the protective layer, the skin will more easily become dehydrated, and skin irritation from atmospheric pollutants, the dryness of the atmosphere, sunlight and/ exposure to germs can give rise to dull, red or flaky skin irritations.
i) Use gentle, pH-balanced cleansers. Avoid products containing sulfates. More developed cleansers not only contain cleansing agents, but also moisturizing and calming agents (see ingredients under point 3). Younger people suffering from acne may be tempted to use harsher products to clean the oil however, again, more advanced cleansers are formulated to cleanse the skin of sebum, the stuff that causes acne and blackheads, while leaving the protective lipid layer intact.
SKEYNDOR Products: Clear Balance Cleansing Foam for oily skins, Aquatherm Cleansing Emulsion for sensitive skin,
Beauty comes from within. Your skin is part of your body and a poor diet is often reflected in the condition of your skin. Unfortunately, some illnesses or medications may also affect your skin condition such as diabetes or hyperthyroidism, so if your skin is unusually dry and you are eating healthily, consider talking to a doctor.
- Drinking water is not only good for your overall health, the state of which is reflected in your skin, but it allows the free flow of nutrients and electrolytes through the skin system. It also helps the skin cells pump and youthful.
- A healthy diet which include essential fatty acids, vitamins A, B, C, E and K, and minerals such as zinc and selenium, is important for the repair and regeneration of skin cells.
Strengthening the barriers from outside. With a better understanding of how the skin works at even the molecular level, skincare products have become more complicated, providing different solutions for the many different effects of both the internal and external environments. Such factors include diet, age, hormonal status, lifestyle, whether your skin is oily, or not oily, and on the outside; the time of year, pollution, and the weather.
SKEYNDOR barrier & repair creams – in years gone by you would have slathered on a thick oily cream and considered the job done. Today a barrier cream may not necessarily be oil-based, but might contain other ingredients that increase the functionality and repair of the skin barrier layers. These are particularly useful for those with oily skin. Such ingredients include:
- Taurine – an element found naturally in our bodies that helps the cells remain optimally hydrated (think plump) by balancing the solutions inside and outside the cells (osmotically balanced).
- Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5) – a water-soluble humectant (product that helps retain water) and in the skin is an important element for normal cellular metabolism
- Farnesol – present in many essential oils, important in cellular metabolism and has mild antibacterial properties.
- Dermosaccharides – carbohydrates of vegetable origin that are rapidly assimilated and then bind to the corneal layer where they are resistant to washing, and permanently moisturise the skin.
- Sunflower extract –rich in vitamin F, which stimulates the synthesis of the intercellular ‘cement’.
- Ceramides, sterols, fatty acids – important in cell synthesis.
- Hyaluronic acid – is found in the matrix surrounding the cells, ‘holds’ water, is a lubricant and helps provide nutrients to the cells.
- Salies-de-Bearn Thermal Water – contains many minerals such as zinc and magnesium, in proportions perfect to start the normalisation of the barrier function and reduce the reactivity of the skin.
SKEYNDOR has a wide range of skincare creams, and while all will act to increase the effectiveness of the skin’s barrier function, different creams may also improve skin tone, counteract sensitivity, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and even rejuvenate the skin. Ask your Glow therapist for her advice on the best product for you!