5 PRIMARY SKIN CONCERNS
– 78.8% of women say their skin is their main concern
– 9 out of 10 women feel that their skin is dehydrated
– 64% of women say this affects their confidence
THE 5 PRIMARY SKIN CONCERNS
The primary skin conditions that affect the quality of the skin include:
If you compare skin from areas of the body that have always been protected from the environment with the skin on your face, neck and hands you’ll notice a significant difference.
This difference is ‘premature’ ageing. Excessive exposure to the sun’s UV rays plays a major role. It is now known that low level inflammation in the skin can lead to the formation of enzymes that destroy collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.
Any action that leaves the skin in a state of sub-clinical inflammation will cause damage to these vital structures in the skin.
Dehydration of the skin and the application of caustic ingredients such as acids have been identified as causes of inflammation.
Most pigmentation is caused by inflammatory processes in the skin.
This is referred to as PIP – Post Inflammatory Pigmentation. The solution is to remove the cause of inflammation, be that excessive exposure to the sun, or dehydration of the skin, or skin care containing caustic ingredients that leave the skin in a constant state of micro-inflammation.
If the source of inflammation is removed the skin will, as it renews itself over time, shed the discoloured cells, revealing normal colour cells. Certain ingredients such as Bearberry Extract, Arbutin and some others can help speed this process.
Deep dermal pigmentation may be caused by hormonal activity, medication or other processes in the skin. Such conditions are very difficult to treat.
They require professional diagnosis and advice regarding suitable treatment options.
Your skin constantly loses moisture to the environment.
The moisture is replenished from underneath, from inside your body. Balance is all-important: if moisture is lost quicker than it can be replenished your skin will get dehydrated.
Dehydration can lead to many problems, including redness, low-level inflammation, pigmentation shifts and sensitivity. Symptoms are dehydration lines and tightness of the skin.
In severe cases micro-injuries caused by the contraction of skin cells may lead to an itching sensation or the skin may feel rough, like sandpaper.
These conditions are warning signs of premature ageing. Dr. Spiller creams are formulated to ensure lasting hydration of the skin.
Very few skins are truly ‘sensitive’. Mostly, we speak about ‘sensitized’ skin, i.e. the skin appears sensitive because of what we have done to it, or what we may have omitted to do.
Dehydration of the skin will lead to micro-injuries, leading to inflammation and to sensitivity.
The application of aggressive ingredients will cause the formation of inflammatory molecules, leaving the skin red and sensitive. Any action that interferes with or weakens/damages the skin’s natural protection is likely to lead to sensitivity and to redness.
In fact, diffused redness is now a very common condition.
It must be remembered that sebum, the skin’s own oils, are one of the main tools the skin uses to slow the loss of moisture from the skin.
It has been said that a total lack of the skin’s own oils would lead to a daily loss of 20 litres of water through the skin. Your body perceives dehydration of the skin as a danger; it responds by upregulating its production of sebum.
Oiliness is an indication that the skin is trying to protect itself against moisture loss.
The solutions is counterintuitive: if you apply an oil-based moisturizer that ensures long-term hydration the skin will tend to normalize its production of sebum. You should not be afraid of oils in your skin care cream – they are important to the health of your skin.