Ahh skincare, it's one of those things we all know we should be doing, but sometimes it feels like a never-ending maze of products and ingredients. And while we love slathering on our favorite creams and serums, it turns out some of those ingredients can actually cause our skin to become dependent on the products for hydration and moisture. Yeah, that's not ideal.
But let's break it down a bit. Some skincare products contain ingredients that strip the skin of its natural oils, which can lead to dryness and irritation. And when that happens, our skin can become reliant on the product for hydration and moisture, causing us to feel like we need to use the product regularly to maintain healthy-looking skin. It's kind of a vicious cycle.
And it doesn't stop there. Some skincare ingredients can also disrupt the skin's natural cell turnover process, which is the skin's way of shedding dead skin cells and replacing them with new ones. When this process is disrupted, our skin can become reliant on the product to shed dead skin cells and stimulate cell turnover. Retinoids, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and glycolic acid are all known to cause these effects.
But wait, there's more! Some skincare ingredients can also cause the skin to become tolerant or resistant to the product over time. This can happen when the skin becomes accustomed to the product and no longer responds to it in the same way. As a result, we may feel like we need to use more and more of the product to achieve the same results, leading to dependency.
So what's a skincare lover to do? It's important to use skincare products carefully and avoid overusing them to prevent dependency. And if you're not sure about an ingredient, it never hurts to do a little research or consult with a dermatologist. We also offer complimentary Beauty Boost 1-on-1's with our CEO Azsaunna Bryant so that you can ask questions. Trust us, your skin (and wallet) will thank you.