Skin looking a tad scaly?

Great photo, eh? That’s my rather stunning colleague, Celia, looking a little scaly in a good way. If you’re looking scaly in a not-good way, this post is for you!

QUESTION: I’m trying to be sensible about my budget. If I invest in good products for my face, is it ok to use a cheap ‘make do’ moisturiser for the rest of me?

ANSWER: Maybe, but probably not. It depends on what’s in the ‘make do’ moisturiser. I’ll explain…

Getting great value for money isn’t necessarily about getting the biggest volume for the smallest price. It’s about getting the best outcomes at an affordable price.

There’s no point in having a truckload of cheap moisturiser if, every time you get out of the shower, your skin feels so dry that you think it will crack or go scaly if you don’t get your moisturiser back on in seconds. That’s your sign that your skin is unhealthy and dehydrated – lacking moisture – which is the opposite of what should happen if you’re applying a truckload of moisturiser every day, right? What SHOULD happen is that your skin gradually becomes more healthy and without even realising it, you find that you need a little less each day – and that the 150ml bottle you thought might be too small actually lasts longer than that much bigger bottle you thought was such a bargain.

BTW when it comes to skincare, the truth behind ‘you get what you pay for’ is a bit patchy. A lot of the really expensive skincare brands contain ingredients that are no better than the less pricy brands. Whatever you choose, whether it’s an ‘investment’ or ‘make-do’ brand, you’re not doing your skin any favours by applying a slick of chemicals to your body’s biggest organ.

If you’re wondering about those chemicals, what’s good and what’s not good, our next post will look at the ingredients of a few different body moisturisers (including Y natural’s 700 SOFT Hand & Body Lotion) and provide some practical tips about how to choose a body moisturiser that will genuinely be good for you.

But first… We want skin healthy, the right pH, able to protect us from microbes and fight infection, to heal after injury, let oxygen in and waste out… That’s a lot of work while also looking gorgeous, dewy and youthful for as long as possible, with elegant and smooth hands, feet and nails. No blemishes, flakiness, scaly legs, dry heels or rough elbows to be seen. Robust rather than fragile and prone to damage or infection. Skin that’s as healthy, functional and beautiful skin as the rest of us, right?! 🙂

Great skin starts with eating good food, drinking plenty of water, exercise and sleep. If we’re not getting these things right, we’re behind the 8-ball. There’s no point in doing a quick fix. Over time, our quick fixes inevitably become more frequent and will be less effective at covering up tiredness and ill health – and worse, they might even be accelerating the ageing process instead of slowing it.

We can build upon this wonderful foundation of healthy choices, by adding an extra healthy choice: the right moisturiser. A moisturiser will provide a fine layer of oil on the skin’s surface to slow down evaporative loss from the skin, a humectant to attract water, and a lubricant to reduce friction against skin. If it’s good, it will allow more of the good things to get in and the wastes to get out. It will provide a boost of nutrients and antioxidants, add moisture, keep cell membranes supple and smooth… It will be a pleasure to use, will feel good, smell good, absorb beautifully without leaving a slick that prevents oxygen getting in and urea and other trace wastes getting out… And hopefully it will do all this without having contributed to polluted bodies, landfill or waterways, testing on animals, clearance of habitats and other important ethical considerations.

I’ll be back soon with the promised Ingredients List review of some moisturisers… See you then!

Barbara xx

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