Sale and Altrincham Messenger 9 May 2013
MOISTURISING…do we use too much?
Many patients I see also use expensive moisturisers to try to stave off wrinkles and other signs of ageing, but over the counter products can only contain a limited amount of active ingredient. These products may feel luxurious to apply, and have a temporary plumping effect on the outer layer of dead skin cells. However, they are not actually working at a deeper cellular level, the way a prescription-only medication would.
I appreciate that a lot of people would find it difficult to suddenly stop moisturising, so my advice would be to gradually reduce the amount you use, unless you have a specific skin condition, so that eventually you only moisturise when the skin is unusually dry (for example following wind damage or sunburn). I would also recommend a cleansing and exfoliating regime, which encourages the regeneration of the skin, for a brighter, more radiant complexion.