The Science and Details of Skincare: Here’s the Truth
Let’s start with the basics before you get flooded with conflicting information and advice about skincare. Read this article first before believing the claims of manufacturers and sellers about how their products will radically transform your skin.
Why does the skin look imperfect?
Wrinkles, acne, dark spots, uneven skin tone, fine lines under the eyes and other issues almost have no direct effect on a person’s health. But it’s totally different if we talk about appearance and confidence. At the end of the day our awareness about our appearance can make us feel stressed (thereby affecting our hormone levels and overall health). The resulting stress can then aggravate the skin issues we already have.
Those seemingly harmless skin issues are often the result of aging, genetic makeup (which we don’t have control of yet), allergies, sun exposure, loss of our skin’s ability to hold water, facial muscle movements, dehydration and our immune system’s natural reaction to both internal and external foreign bodies.
This results to making our skin appear far from perfect, which are especially noticeable on our faces. Often it’s a natural and inevitable process. However, we want to minimise or delay those signs as much as we can. Whether it’s peer pressure, societal standards or any other reason, there’s nothing wrong with doing our best when it comes to making our skin appear radiant and young.
That’s why many scientists are busy discovering and creating ways to maintain the skin’s health. It’s a huge global industry which is why the products still evolve. In the near future, the use of molecular genetics and nanoparticles might become common in making our skin look young and perfect. This will happen but for now, let’s focus on what works and separate fact from fiction.
Start with moisturisation and sun protection
Forget first about the claims that drinking 8 glasses of water daily, eating more vegetables and getting 8 hours of sleep each night will radically improve your appearance. These are important practices if you want to maintain your physical and mental health. However, they may have nothing or little to do with how your face and skin looks like.
The more direct approach is to apply something on your skin so you can have continuous protection. It’s especially the case when you protect your face and other parts of your body from the sun. The sun’s rays can damage the DNA of skin cells (which results to sunburn or loss of skin elasticity). The skin will also darken due to production of more melanin (which actually protects your skin from the sun’s rays).
Although some sunlight is good for our normal bone formation and improving our mood, too much of it can damage our skin. It may take days or weeks before the damage will be noticeably repaired. It’s better to apply protection in the first place to prevent that event.
Aside from sun protection, constant moisturisation is also important to maintaining our skin’s young appearance and suppleness. Constant hydration is still important (drinking enough water each day to allow our metabolism and other body functions to go well). To take it a step further, it’s also advisable to apply something external to attain a direct effect.
Often the health of many cells may depend on the amount of water content they can hold. It’s especially true in skin cells where water may escape especially during the dry days of winter. In Sydney, humidity levels may drop to 48% during winter compared to the levels of summer (65%). This results to dry air which may accelerate the escape of water from our skin. This could greatly affect our skin elasticity and that appearance of looking radiant.
In other words, it’s highly recommended to apply some level of protection on your skin whether it’s winter or summer. More sun protection during the summer days while more moisturisers for the winter. This way, you prevent premature aging which results to wrinkles and dark spots.
What if the skin is already damaged?
No matter how careful we are and even if we religiously apply dozens of skincare tips, there will be some days when our skin becomes damaged. As discussed earlier, it’s often a natural and inevitable process. It’s often just our body’s reaction to irritants, sunlight and other elements.
Thankfully, we can still reverse those signs and effects. It’s true that the human body has an amazing ability to heal itself. Good news is we can accelerate the healing or aid our bodies to speed up the repair process.
One way to accomplish this is by applying safe gels specifically made for treating dermal hyperpigmentation (overproduction of melanin) and other products that target specific problems. For instance, the DermaFix Active CellCeuticals Tranexamic Gel is effective in inhibiting the production of melanin. In other words, it can aid in skin whitening because melanin is the substance responsible for skin pigmentation. Inhibiting the production of melanin has a direct of making the skin fairer or back to its original shade.
There are other products that target other skin issues. For example, products with hyaluronic acid could be very effective in binding moisture to your skin. Hyaluronic acid is a key molecule in retaining water in the skin cells. With the increased amounts of retained water, the skin may appear younger and more supple. The fine lines will become less noticeable and your skin’s previous elasticity may return. It’s similar to filling up the gaps so your skin will become plump again.
How to choose the right products
Rising market demand and increasing consumer consciousness drove the wider availability of skincare products. However, they don’t have the same level of safety and effectiveness. Some have side effects that could lead to long-term harm. In addition, some chemicals added on the products are actually emerging contaminants in the water and soil. The leftovers and unused products will go down the drain without much pretreatment. The substances could then accumulate and possibly cause harm to humans in the near future.
That’s why responsible consumers choose organic skincare products as much as possible. Also, they choose products that are ethically and responsibly manufactured. That’s because aside from the products themselves, manufacturing processes also have a huge effect on the environment.
Aside from supporting this kind of practice, it’s also important to pay attention to the results. After all, one of the priorities is still about getting a younger-looking skin. It’s hard to get motivated when buying organic and sustainable products if results don’t show.
You can easily verify the effectiveness of those products by researching about their actives. For instance, you can easily verify that hyaluronic acid is widely used in different products for binding moisture to the skin. Aside from effectiveness, it’s also recommended to check for possible side effects. These effects could be unique to you because of allergies and other medical conditions.
It may take a few trials before you find the most effective product for your skin. The key here is to start slow and pay extra attention to any adverse effects. There might be initial sensitivities as your skin is just responding to the treatment. But after a while, the desired results will manifest.
The science and details of skincare
Effective skincare is still being studied because of the complex biochemical reactions and how the environment interacts with the skin and human body. Scientific advances are still being made to make the treatments and products safer and more effective.
That’s why here at Earth Derm, we are committed to delivering the most effective cosmeceuticals and nutraceuticals to customers who require safe and effective skincare products. If you require more info, you can contact us today and ask us about our 30-day money back guarantee and free shipping (Australia wide) for orders worth more than $100.