How to look after skin that’s been in self-isolation for too long this summer?
-Jul 29, Jenny Paul, Beauty -
We asked Lumity’s Dr Sara Palmer Hussey all our burning questions about skincare. With August almost here and the summer now playing havoc with our skin, as well as the heat and the stress we’re all under right now it’s tempting to splurge on a variety of products in the hope that it might help. Not so fast says Sara, in fact, she underlines that less is more when it comes to skincare.
When it comes to beauty care, what is one of the biggest misconceptions among women and men?
One of the biggest misconceptions in beauty is that skin requirements are different depending on skin type and area of the body.
Fundamentally, skin has the same needs wherever it is and whatever issues it may currently have. When skin is supported with the right nutrients, both internally and topically, it will function optimally and resolve any issues or imbalances (eg. too oily, too dry, oversensitive, ageing prematurely, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, etc.)
Sometimes harsh treatments that unbalance the skin’s function can certainly exacerbate issues.
Another misconception is that skincare has to be high-tech in order to be effective. We get mesmerised with marketing messages about nanotechnology and patented ingredients, while some of the best ingredients for skin have already been beautifully packaged by nature in ways that have a better affinity with the skin than synthetically-produced skincare.
Are face oils especially good to use after a long summer plus an even longer self-isolation and if so, why?
Facial oils are perfect for use after winter, when heating and weather conditions can deplete the skin of moisture. Oils are very effective at strengthening and protecting the skin’s natural barrier function, which holds in moisture to keep skin supple and plumped through dehydrating conditions. Also, as opposed to petrolatum-based formulas, they aid this moisture-retention function without clogging pores. Facial oils are not just moisturising either, they deeply nourish the skin in a way that helps the skin function better and therefore better withstand the ravages of winter and time spent at home.
Would a facial oil work for oily skin types too?
Yes, absolutely. Contrary to popular belief, the right facial oils can actually balance and improve the condition of oily, acne-prone skin.
Oils can be the ideal skincare for all skin types. Happy skin is skin that functions well on all counts, including balanced oil production. Too many astringent “oily skin specific” products can actually exacerbate the problem by stimulating extra sebum production in the skin. So, rather than shopping for skin type, shop for optimum nourishment.
Does how you apply an oil affect its performance?
Yes. An oil offers the perfect slip to be able to gently massage the face during application, without dragging the skin. Massaging the skin with circular, outward strokes increases blood flow and lymphatic drainage. Benefits of this application include improved absorption of the active ingredients into the skin as well as being a moment of relaxation and wellbeing. The uber-facialist Nichola Joss devised a specific Lumity facial massage for use with Lumity’s Skin Nutrients Facial Oil, which optimises the benefits of our skin-loving oil.
If you found this interesting, perhaps you’d like to read Sara’s views on essential oils in skincare.