AVOID IRRITATION – FIVE THINGS YOU MAY BE DOING TO IRRITATE YOUR SKIN
Irritated skin is an uncomfortable condition that can make an everyday skin routine challenging to navigate.
While irritation is usually mild displaying as redness and dry patches, in some cases, irritation can be so severe it leads to cracked skin and chronic skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.
What causes irritation?
Irritation is caused by the skin cells not functioning as they should.
The skin’s natural function is to lock moisture in and keep toxins out. When cells don’t work as they should, the lack of hydration weakens the dermal layer and can lead to toxins getting trapped deeper within the skin’s layers, causing redness, sensitivity and discomfort.
The bad news is that irritation can be painful, inconvenient and can seriously damage confidence. The good news is that by giving some tender love to your cells, inflammation is something that consumers often have the control to cure and prevent.
Here are five things you may be doing to irritate your skin, and how you can avoid it.
- Using too many products
Consumers are often bamboozled by what the skin needs, how much it needs, and when it needs it.
So much so, that it’s easy to get into the habit of layering up products to get the benefits from each. While this might feel like you’re doing the right thing for your skin, if you overload the skin with too many ingredients, you may disrupt the natural PH balance which can cause dehydration, a damaged skin barrier and pain.
How to avoid irritation: The truth is, there’s only one thing healthy skin needs, and that’s active nutrients.
To avoid the toxic load on your skin, strip back your skincare routine to as few products as possible. Consider skin fasting to detox your cells, reduce reliance on synthetic products and restore your skin’s natural processes.
- Using water that’s too hot
The skin contains natural oils so it can hydrate itself. Hot water strips the natural oils back, leading to dehydration which can cause irritation.
How to avoid irritation: Always wash your face with cold to lukewarm water and, tempting as they are, avoid hot, steamy showers.
- Using harsh scrubs
Exfoliation is an essential part of a healthy skincare routine, but the frequency and products you use can lead to irritation.
While grainy scrubs may be popular, overuse can cause micro-tears that lead to dryness and irritation.
How to avoid irritation: You shouldn’t avoid exfoliation as it’s an essential step of healthy cellular turnover. Consider enzyme exfoliation using natural fruit sources. Bd serum is an excellent source of tartaric acid which works to dissolve the natural ‘glue’ that binds cells together rather than scrubbing abrasively from the outside.
- Using products formulated with harsh ingredients
Synthetic ingredients such as parabens, sulphates and emulsifiers can strip the skin’s natural oils leading to dryness and irritation.
Bearing in mind that all the skin needs is nutrients, these ingredients are used to improve the way a product feels, smells and applies, NOT the way it works, which means they aren’t essential.
How to avoid irritation: Consider single-plant ingredient skincare
Look for products with the highest concentration of natural actives and the least number of synthetic ingredients. The active nutrients will repair, nourish and protect the skin. Using fewer artificial ingredients will reduce the toxic build-up that leads to irritation.
- Applying fragrance
While fragrance must legally be labelled on a bottle, the concoction of ingredients that make up the scent you love so much does not.
With prolonged use, the ingredients used to make up fragrance have the potential to seriously harm delicate skin cells leading to redness, itching, sensitivity and cracked skin.
How to avoid irritation: Use fragrance-free products
This is a classic example of where marketing can tie consumers up in knots.
‘Unscented’ products may still contain fragrance. All that word means is that the scent is a neutral one designed to cover up the smell of the ingredients. Fragrance-free products can still have a scent, but it isn’t one that’s been added synthetically.
All Biologi serums are fragrance-free, but they do have a faint aroma which is the natural smell of the plant extracts.
How to cure irritation
The first thing to do if your skin is irritated is to repair the dermal layer.
Remove all moisturisers and face masks from your routine and use Bf serum night and day until you’ve used one full bottle. The natural content of tryptophan is an amino acid that helps repair the damaged dermal layer to help cells function efficiently and protect against irritation.
Follow our basic skincare routine to prevent future irritation:
- Biologi serum of choice
- Face halo
- Additional: Gentle exfoliant, Br rosehip oil
If you experience ongoing irritation and you’ve stripped back your skincare routine, there may be an underlying condition. If the skin is inflamed or an infection is present, visit a doctor as antibiotics may be required.
For more information on how to cure irritated skin, contact our customer service team.