Ever since I visited a Department Store as a teenager to get my first introduction to the big wide world of skincare, I thought my skin type was ‘sensitive’. But after spending some time with Sue Dann, skincare expert and National Training Manager at Omniderm, I realised that ‘confused’ is a much better description – and it seems I’m not the only one.
What is Confused Skin?
To understand the concept of confused skin, we need to get back to basics. Put simply, skin is your body’s largest organ. It has several functions:
- Water balance
- Bacteria balance
- Heat regulation
- Sun protection
But Sue argues that developments in the cosmetic industry are preventing skin from doing its job of ‘defending and balancing’. Cleansers that leave you with that tight and dry feeling are stripping your skin of its protective layer. Corrective treatments that we slather on day and night, create inflammation in order to trigger new cells in response to a perceived injury (eg. pigmentation).
“This constant irritation causes a cycle of imbalance and great confusion in your skin as it is constantly trying to do its job to protect you,” says Sue.
What Can You Do About Confused Skin?
“Rather than causing injury to the skin and stimulating it to go into ‘repair mode’, the fundamental requirement for beautiful skin is products that work with the skin’s natural defences instead of working against them,” explains Sue.
To help your skin look its glowing best, Sue suggests following three simple steps:
- Understand what you skin needs.
- Work with your skin and hydrate using an oil-based product, like the Dr. Spiller Collagen Cream. Skin is a waterproof organ, so a water-based moisturiser (like most on the market) just isn’t going to penetrate the skin’s protective surface layers, no matter what great active ingredients it also contains. “A good rule of thumb,” says Sue, “is to put your moisturiser on your fingers and run under the tap. A water based solution will wash away, whereas an oil-based product will stay intact.”
- Don’t break your skin down by overdoing acids, harsh chemical peels or laser treatments. Personally, this third tip has been a game changer for me. I’m very self conscious of my pigmentation which arrived after my pregnancies and have taken a more is more approach to the type of products I’ve used in recent years to try and combat it. But after speaking with Sue, I’ve decided to go cold turkey and ditch the products I’ve been using and see what happens over a six month period. I’m two months in to my skin experiment and have been blown away by the results. I’ll check back in with you when I’ve finished – so stay tuned!
Your skin will happily maintain its balance, as it is its own eco system, if allowed to. So be kind to your skin and you’ll notice the results.
Do you think you might be like me and have confused skin?