Could Moisturiser Be Harmful To Your Skin?

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Working in the beauty industry, welove moisturiser as much as the next person, perhaps even more so but could our twice daily habit of slapping on expensive anti-aging creams actually be doing more harm than good?

Yes, according to Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr Rachael Eckel who says that ‘Cosmetic moisturisers are lacking in science and product efficacy. When used blindly and inappropriately, moisturizers are injurious to the skin. They suppress cellular function leading to a dull appearance, rough texture, skin thinning, sensitivity, dryness and dependence.'

Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish by Exuviance

Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish by Exuviance

Which basically means that although our moisturisers may appear to provide instant softening and plumping, what most of them are actually doing is sitting on the surface of the skin acting as a barrier. Shockingly, instead of providing deep hydration our creams are suffocating the skin and creating excess oils.

Some dermatologists claim that moisturiser is so effective, that skin forgets how to soften and stops producing ‘natural moisturizing factors’, blocking the skins natural repair mechanism. Meaning that when you stop using your moisturiser your skin will feel dry and uncomfortable.

If moisturiser isn’t the fountain of youth, what is? Apparently the key to youthful, soft skin is regular exfoliation to encourage cell renewal and produce more moisture (my number 1 facial exfoliator has to be Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish by Exuviance), followed by a humectant serum or lotion by a Cosmaceutical (cosmetics with active ingredients purporting to have drug-like benefits) to work on a cellular lever rather than just the surface such as SkinCeuticals' Hydrating B5.

But before you ditch the moisturiser for good, an eight-year study funded by skincare brand Olay and published in the British Journal of Dermatology showed that keeping skin hydrated kept wrinkles at bay. Dr Sian Morris, principal scientist for Olay, told the Mail Online: 'In skin, two things decrease with age - hydration and the ability to create a barrier against the world. You have to support the skin by moisturising it.'

So will we be ditching my beloved moisturiser? Probably not but we will continue to incorporate regular exfoliation in my regime and will try to use my moisturiser a little more sparingly.