Why Moisture Is Harming Your Skin
Moisturizers and why do I feel that moisturizers are not a great thing for your skin. I know this is going to generate a lot of misconceptions on my side and comments on how people disagree with me. And, like everything else, this is from my knowledge and what I have taken over the 20 years of being in the skincare industry and what I think works and the science behind it all. But I also want to get the main point across, is that I do still recommend moisturizers and I still recommend oils because they do play a part in the role of skin care, depending on the tissues of your skin and/or exactly what is in the ingredients in the cream and if it’s harmful.
The first point to get across is moisturizers are around to hydrate the tissues of the skin. So, meaning they are not going to dive in deep to moisturize the skin below. They are just temporarily hydrating the tissues of your skin. You need to make sure that the active ingredients in your moisturizer are pure, active ingredients. Cells in your body, to hydrate, they need water to hydrate those cells.
Long story short, when you use a moisturizer, it is temporarily making your skin cells feel like they’re hydrated. But more importantly, they’re dehydrating the cells underneath the skin. The reason why I’m saying this to explain it, in different terms, is the cells under the skin get confused and think that the skin is hydrated, even though the skin isn’t hydrated, and they don’t work properly. Cells work together coincide, so if you put that moisture on your skin, your cells underneath are thinking, okay, I don’t need to produce this oil or moisture. Therefore, it’s starting the dehydration process and premature aging.
The skin cells on the surface of the skin are dead cells like keratinized cells, which are typically your protein that’s sitting up there that needs to be shed off. So, I’m just going to pull back just a smidgen to go over what I’m talking about in terms.
If you put a moisturizer on your skin, your cells that work together and communicate, the cells underneath hold onto the water underneath and don’t lubricate the tissues on the surface of the skin, which actually underneath the tissues of the skin, that’s where your STEM cells are, it gets your fibroblast, everything else going. So, they’re not communicating properly. With that going forward, you’re not letting those cells communicate in and out to work properly, to hydrate the tissues of your skin.
I’m going to push forward into my skincare line and my skin products. If you read the ingredients in some of my products… and my products are all all-natural, organic… when you look into them, you are going to see that, I have jojoba oil or possibly in your skincare… But, the reasoning behind those oils is they work together because they are active ingredients that contribute to the absorption of holding onto water, and the ingredients work together because they’re encapsulated. Encapsulation is almost like this little round ball. You know, like if you take a vitamin how it’s encapsulated in there and you take the vitamin and your body absorbs it when it goes through your digestive tract. That’s the same concept with a lot of the skincare treatments or skincare products that I carry and formulate. They are in this wound up ball that your body absorbs.
Let’s go back to active ingredients. I talked about some of my products having oil in them, but that oil is not hydrating the tissues. It’s what is transversing the growth factor into the cell. But let’s go a bit deeper. If you’re looking at moisturizers and you’re looking at active ingredients in a moisturizer. The active ingredients are the main ingredients that are right on the top of the list. When you’re looking, the last thing you want to see is water and oil. Now, water and oil, they are something that you want to stay away from.
Many vehicles get transmitted into the cells of your skin. It could be water, oil, ointment, alcohol… oh gosh, a lotion, gel. You want to stay away from anything that has water or oil as one of the main active ingredients in the beginning. If you look at the active ingredients and it’s water and moisture, those are okay to be used in combination. And, the reason why they’re okay is that water makes up 50% of the emulsion of what the skin care product contains in it.
Going back, if you have water and oil, the oil is usually 50% of that. So, imagine your skin absorbing just the oil. Now, what is carried in oil is you’re getting more of… They’re going to contain a lot of waxes, wax esters. And for the time being, they’re going to make you feel hydrated, but it’s going to dehydrate underneath. And the reason why is because underneath is thinking, okay, I’m hydrated and lubricated. I don’t have to produce any more moisture for that area.
Let’s fast forward a little bit and talk about how if you use products that are vitamin A or a retinol base, growth factors, peptides… those act differently. What happens is when those penetrate the skin, your cells underneath are communicating, oh, wow, I have to create all this moisture to come up to the skin, which then lubricates the skin, keeps the skin plump plus it absorbs all of the ingredients on your skin, whether it be the growth factor, peptides, vitamins.
It’s going to act and your cells underneath are going to be like, wow, I need to bind with these other cells and lubricate and absorb this. You get just a full realm of your skin talking to each other and working properly coincide together. I’m going to put it on a different level. Say you’re this baby, baby stem cell, underneath the tissues of the skin. You look up to the tissue of the skin and your tissue is hydrated from oil-water that you’re using in your skin. Then your stem cell’s like, okay, I don’t have to work properly. So, I’m just going to sit here and go to sleep and maybe go dormant a little bit. And, hence, here we start the aging process.
I’m going to give you another factor that you’re going to have to start researching your skincare products, is when you’re looking at getting a growth factor or vitamin A and or retinol, you need to make sure that it’s not mixed with oil as your main ingredient. You need to stay away from that. A moisturizer is okay. When you look at a lotion, a lotion comes more of like a powder form that is with a mixture, and gels are powder and alcohol. So, going forward with that one is you definitely want to stay away from the gels because they will dehydrate your skin, plus they will also irritate the skin and they’re a little bit more abrasive for the skin tissues.
In all contexts, using moisturizers is okay for the skin. It’s not something I highly recommend, especially to a lot of my clients, because I want their skin to regulate properly and work properly. That’s why I usually recommend serums to use, unless I have those clients that are just super dry all the time, and they need like a balm to go over the tissues of their skin.
My rundown is to stay away from any oils on the face. They are not good. I hear all the time, coconut oil… This oil, honestly, stay away from it. You’ve heard my rundown, the chemicals, the reason why it happens. So, you have to be your judge when it comes to your skincare.
Just really do your research when it comes to skincare products and what you’re putting on your skin. Your skin is the largest organ and will get into your pores Making those cells be able to work together and talk together and formulate, so that way they don’t dehydrate the tissues of the skin.
Hopefully, this wasn’t too confusing. I was trying to put it together in the best of terms that I can over a Blog versus doing a video. If you would like more information check out my podcasts weekly. WTF Is Beauty Anyway.