Skincare diet ??
How many skincare products do you use daily?
According to nova.org.au:
There are thousands of different cosmetic products on the market, all with differing combinations of ingredients. In the United States alone there are approximately 12,500 unique chemical ingredients approved for use in the manufacture of personal care products. A typical product will contain anything from 15–50 ingredients. Considering the average woman uses between 9 and 15 personal care products per day, researchers have estimated that, when combined with the addition of perfumes, women place around 515 individual chemicals on their skin each day through cosmetic use.
"The chemistry of cosmetics" Nova.org.au, Accessed on 12 Jun 2016.
Hmmm... 9 to 15 products. It can be easily thought if we use the more skincare products, the better skin condition we can achieve. Why can’t we have a cream to use for our whole body, head-to-toes? The simple reason is that if cosmetic companies have more products, they can have more profits. It causes you not only are ripped off but also get serious issues on your skin. That’s why we should reduce the number of skincare products.
Why ‘skincare diet’?
It’s hard to recognise how many ingredients are multi-applied on our skin when we use many kinds of skincare products at once. We know each cosmetic ingredient has its own safety limit in a product strictly by law as it could be harmful if excessively used. Simply saying, the more number of skincare products you use, the more duplicated usage of the same ingredients including nasties.
In addition, it might lead over-usage. The excessive nourishment leads pimples and causes the skin gets irritated while we rub or pat by hands (think about the microbial in our hands) when we apply skincare products.
Then, how can we do skincare diet?
Let’s sort out all skincare products you have in accordance with their formula types. For example, you can divide them into a group of water-based products and an oil-based products.
- Water-based (hydrophilic, water-loving) products group – skin toner, mist, astringent, essence serum, emulsion, clarifying lotion, etc. We use several water-based products as we believe they have unique functions on each of them, however sorry to say, it’s not easy ‘hydrophilic’, the water-based, products to penetrate into the skin’s epidermal layer and do the specific functions.
- Oil-based (lipophilic, oil-loving) products group - facial oil, lotion, serum, essence, cream, butter, balm, etc. Those oil-based products are called moisturisers and their roles are supplying moisture and oil balance that are insufficient in the skin. However, when you overuse the moisturise products, remained oil which wasn’t absorbed into the skin, blocks the pores and prevents excreting skin sebum. It causes black heads and skin troubles easily.
Once you divide them into two groups, read each of product’s ingredients list carefully. You probably see many ingredients appear repeatedly amongst in each group, especially preservatives. As long as you focus to figure out the same ingredients, can decide which one goes with you and doesn’t. Or you may have a chance to consider a product’s formula type that covers several products.
It is very important to build up your personal skincare regime that suits on your skin type by reducing the number or the amount of skincare products. Even you can consider changing the product’s formula type.