With so many quarterly, or even monthly, new releases from different skincare brands that cater to various skin concerns, it is starting to get confusing if we should, again, invest in any of those products.
“Do I honestly need this brand-new variant of facial wash from Brand A that says that by using this cleanser, my skin will be soft and protected from free radicals? But my old facial wash from the same brand also says the same thing but with a newer, more improved formula and it is a limited edition.”
“Oh dear, another new exfoliator from this well-known brand and I’m not even halfway through with mine from a different brand. But this one from Brand B says that this particular exfoliator of theirs will make my skin smoother, brighter and healthier-looking in as little as one use.”
“That new toner from Brand D looks so promising because it says that it will remove pore-clogging residues that will prevent future breakouts. But I still have one from Brand D. Should I give Brand C a try as well and use them simultaneously?”
But the question is, do we honestly need to put all these skincare products from the same or different brands on our skin?
We live in a world where we tend to overdo everything for the sake of beauty without understanding the actual damage of over-cleansing, over-toning, over-exfoliating, and over-moisturizing does to our skin.
By over-applying skincare products topically, we suppress the symbiotic system that we have with our microbes and so the bacteria that domesticate our dermis are altered.
But as crazy as it sounds, the bacterias found in our skin are our beauticians.
You are maybe thinking, “Ew. Really? Bacterias? But why?”
What makes the young cells stressed and vulnerable is when the top layer that consists mainly of dead skin cells, which also serves food for bacteria, is not present.
By overdoing our skincare routine, not only we are removing our bacteria’s food source; we are also eliminating our skin’s first responders, which allow an easy entrance for toxins and infections.
Chronic conditions that we think is not related to using a certain skincare product happen because all these surfactants lodge themselves into the Stratum Corneum as we rarely give our skin a break.
When moisture and special fats of our skin get depleted, we experience a wide array of side effects. With an impaired lipid barrier, we experience redness; when our skin is inflamed, it becomes dry and itchy; clogged pores happen due to oxidative stress; and impaired cell signaling between the body occurs when a certain product causes irritation, resulting in premature aging.
Remember that with over-exfoliation, you remove the top layer of cells that we need and that flora from our skin.
When we venture out into the world without that top layer and its flora intact; it’s like going on vacation and leaving the front door of your home open.
May this make you think twice before overdoing your skincare regimen because you may think it is doing more good but it is doing the exact opposite.
My go to products: Miessence Organics