The biggest mistake people make in caring for their skin is over scrubbing it. An uninformed beauty industry is largely responsible for the overselling of this message and products.
Over-exfoliation destroys our precious natural acid mantle. This thin, invisible, and slightly acidic film on our skin has the power to kill harmful bacteria. It is also responsible for balancing oil production and maintaining water levels. Additionally, an intact acid mantle barrier has the ability to be a tiny, but mighty wall of defense against pollution and toxic elements in the environment.
Skin that does not have an intact acid-mantle barrier is more likely to sunburn, be chronically dehydrated, become easily perturbed, prone to congestion, and have sebaceous glands that are over producing oil. Most importantly, over-exfoliated skin is much more likely to develop premature dermal thinning due to over exercising.
Dermal nutrients can protect against dermal thinning and provide a sustainable way to increase skin cell production without risking this thinning.
Extending shelter for our skin means wearing sunscreen during the day. Shelter means keeping our skin moist and cozy by having an effective moisturizer like Lamina. It also means being kind and gentle with our skin, abstaining from harsh exfoliation and procedures.
Say “yes, please!” to dermal nutrients and water and “no, thanks” to lasers, chemical peels, and harsh exfoliants. Providing wise shelter for our skin means learning what to say “yes” to and what to shelter against and say, “no thank you” to.