The founder of the natural cosmetics brand and columnist BeautyHack Vita Liasota told why the scrub should not be used by the owners of oily skin, how acid peels can be dangerous and what enzymes are.
The principle of action of any scrub is to exfoliate dead skin cells that interfere with metabolic processes. This effect is achieved by using abrasive particles. Most often, their role is played by: salt, sugar - when it comes to body scrubs, crushed shells of nuts or apricot kernels for the face. Some manufacturers use microplastics particles - not the best option.
The fashion for scrubbing came to us from Asia. There, such remedies are considered almost a panacea for any skin problems. But there is a nuance here. The skin of Asian women is denser than European women - it is more resistant to mechanical stress. In Slavs, however, abrasive particles scratch the skin, damaging it and leaving micro-abrasions - "gates" for infection.
If you have problem skin prone to oily content, forget about scrubs once and for all!
The scrubbing particles spread the infection - one, two - the scrub breaks the protective barrier that needs to be restored, not destroyed.
In our system of cleansing this type of funds is not available precisely for these reasons.
Peels have a slightly different principle of action than scrubs. They "dissolve" particles of the "dead" epidermis. Most often, manufacturers use acids as these "solvents". Fruit ones are very popular: apple, lemon and others.
I am not against acid peels, but you need to use them wisely. The main principle here is "medicine in a spoon, poison in a cup." The point is that peels can shift the pH of the skin. And it should normally be neutral - varying from 4.7 to 5.7, so as not to disrupt the microbiome. Otherwise, the skin becomes vulnerable to bacteria, toxins and allergens.
Enzymes are by far the safest and most delicate method. For those who are not yet in the know, these are protein compounds that act as enzymes in many chemical processes in the body, starting and inhibiting them. Normally, our skin produces enzymes by itself. For them to work, it is important not to alter the pH of the skin or destroy the protective layer. Due to the fact that they are related and understandable to the body, it responds perfectly to them.
We add them to ubtan, foams, masks and use them for scalp exfoliation and deep cleansing shampoo.
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