More Than Moisture
THE skin naturally produces its own moisture in the form of sebum which comes from tiny sebaceous glands that are located inside each hair follicle. Sebum works its way up and out of the follicle, collecting dead skin cells and dirt along the way. Once it reaches the surface, it forms a sort of protective barrier that guards us against viruses and bacteria. So, if your skin produces its own oil, why do we need to add more?
Just as there are different types of moisturiser, so too are there types of skin. Some people have naturally dry skin, while others have excessively oily skin. Still, others have skin that is overly sensitive to allergens and climate, and others have some combination of these different types.
Dry skin symptoms:
- A feeling of skin tightness
- Rough skin
- Flaking, scaling or peeling
- Fine lines or cracks
- Redness and sensitivity
Oily skin symptoms:
- Large pores
- Excessive oil and shine
- Thick skin
- Multiple blackheads and pimples
If the skin on your face is too dry, without the assistance of an additional moisturising agent, your skin would start cracking, itching and flaking and become tight and red. Your face would also age before its time, growing coarser.
Those with oily skin have the opposite problem — their skin produces too much oil. The excess oil leads to acne and a greasy appearance, requiring stronger soaps that then strip the oil off your face. Due to this constant stripping of oil, the face cycles through periods of extreme dryness in which it is left unprotected to the elements. The complete absence of moisturiser use wouldn’t diminish acne, and it would lead to premature ageing and irritation.
Sensitive skin easily becomes irritated and red. Dryness can prompt a negative skin reaction, but so can the wrong moisturizer (especially if it contains perfumes). Unchecked dryness would exacerbate problems with sensitive skin, making it harder to maintain a healthy and attractive appearance in addition to causing severe discomfort.
Celltone Xtra Hydrating Treatment (R249.90) uses a unique moisture mesh technology to form an invisible barrier over the skin which allows for the slow release of moisturising factors and active ingredients deep into the skin. This effectively slows down moisture loss, allowing for prolonged hydration.
It also increases aquaporin synthesis – these are the family of proteins that are responsible for the transportation of essential water into the epidermis of the skin. UV radiation and ageing reduce aquaporin synthesis leading to skin dehydration. Celltone’s Xtra Hydrating Treatment helps boost the presence of Aquaporin allowing for better hydration.