Scrubbing the face everyday will keep the skin clean and smooth.
The skin’s outmost layer is known as the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum (SC) protects us from dehydration and external dangers. There are three lipids in the SC, namely ceramides, free fatty acids, and cholesterol. Free fattyacids and ceramides fuse together in the stratum corneum to form a continuous layer of lipids. This lipid bilayer plays a major role in maintaining the barrier properties of the skin. The SC also has collection of water-soluble compounds that are known as Natural moisturizing factor (NMF). NMF components absorb water from the atmosphere and combine it with their own water content allowing the skin to stay hydrated despite exposure to sun,pollution & harsh elements. The lipid layer surrounding the skin cells prevent loss of NMF & help “lock” moisture in the skin.
Exfoliating the skin more than once in a week can damage the protective barrier layer of the skin making it sensitive and dry. This leads to flaking, increased susceptibility to rash and redness as well as premature aging in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, pigment spots.
Scrubbing and exfoliation can lead to :
• patchy areas of dryness
• loss of suppleness
• dull dry texture
• redness and itchiness
• increased sensitivity
• inflammatory acne and irritation
• fine lines and wrinkles