Why moisturiser may actually be doing more bad than good for your skin

Publish Date
Friday, 16 November 2018, 4:52PM

It's a pretty mainstream stable in all of our beauty regimes, but now we're worried it may be damaging our skin more than it is fixing.

Dr. Sobia Ali warns that the millions of women using the cream on a daily basis could be making themselves dependent on the product, leading to a "vicious cycle" that could spell disaster for your skin.

Apparently overusing moisturiser can aggravate wrinkles, acne, rosacea and pigmentation.

"Only a very small percentage of people have a 'true' dry skin condition, like eczema or psoriasis," Dr Sobia explains.

"Moisturiser doesn't hydrate our skin. Natural hydration must come from within our skin, and it cannot be replaced by moisturisers."

When a moisturiser is applied to the skin regularly, the deeper layers of the skin detect this and switch off their own natural moisturising mechanisms, which results in dry skin and even moisturiser dependence.

This becomes a vicious cycle, as the more that the moisturiser is placed on to the skin, the drier the skin and leads to longterm problems.

So what should you actually do to get healthy skin?

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Dr Sobia explains: "Serums rich in vitamin C will help the skin repair, especially over the winter months. Vitamin C is a multitasking antioxidant powerhouse which repairs, renews and strengthens the skin."

Foods such as broccoli, peppers, spinach and tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C, so a great and easy way to get healthier skin!