Gunilla’s Pro SkinCare Tip #3
Do you pay attention to the ingredients in the products you use on your skin every day? If not, you should probably start. Some of the most common ingredients in the products sold in stores have detergent-like properties and can have a negative impact on your skin when used long term.
Let’s begin with a little science on how our bodies naturally keep our skin preserved. Ceramide lipids, along with cholesterol and other fatty acids, are the glue that binds our skin cells together, creating a strong and protective barrier against external damage. This barrier also helps lock in moisture and that is what keeps skin looking plump and youthful.
You can read more about ceramide lipids on our blog post HERE.
When this barrier becomes compromised, we become vulnerable to outside irritants like free radicals, pollution, bacteria, and infection. Having an impaired skin barrier can also make us prone to skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and can cause skin sensitivity, breakouts, and premature aging. This is why having balanced skin is key to keeping your skin looking nourished and healthy.
Symptoms of having an impaired protective barrier:
- Flaking skin
- Dry skin
- Itchy skin
- Skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, etc.
Ingredients that could potentially cause an impaired protective barrier:
- Isopropyl alcohol: Has astringent properties and is very harsh on the skin.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS): Chemical which makes soap foamy. It’s harsh, can irritate the skin and cause dryness.
- Triclosan: A common antibacterial/ antimicrobial ingredient in soaps and can lead to skin inflammation and irritation.
- Lye: A highly concentrated solution of sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide, lye is often combined with animal fats to make bar soap. Can often lead to itching, irritation, and burns.
- FD&C dyes/Synthetic Dyes: Synthetic dyes that make our soaps colorful are made from petrochemicals that can cause allergies, skin irritation, even hives, and respiratory problems.