Your skin isn’t helpless that you need to rely on products for it to be healthy. In fact, using too many skincare products can sometimes negatively affect your skin. Your skin does perform the same things that skincare products do, but sometimes at a slower or a less effective rate. Here are three things your skin actually does without the help of products:
- Exfoliation – Yes your skin does actually exfoliate itself. The process is known as desquamation. On average, the life cycle of your skin cells is about 28 days – from creation to desquamation. This is without taking into account the natural biome your skin has, or the bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms that live on and inside your skin. Some of these do feed on dead skin cells that help with exfoliation.
- Moisturization – Sebum is the substance that your skin naturally produces to lubricate and moisturize itself. Sebum contains lipids that nourish, fatty acids, and other things that do help your skin. Sebum is excreted through the pores, and actually becomes part of your skin’s protective barrier.
- Protection and Healing – With the help of your skin’s biome and natural oils, the outer layer of your skin actually has a thin film that protects itself from pollutants. Sweat also plays a part by regulating the pH level of the surface of your skin, keeping it at 4.4 to kill off any bad bacteria and viruses. As far as healing goes, your skin produces fibroblasts, made from collagen and elastin, to seal up cuts and wounds, repair damaged areas.
However, leaving your skin unattended is not recommended. You should still use SPF every day, you should still get it checked by your dermatologist regularly, and you should still apply skincare products but just don’t overdo it.