Moisturizing Topically

Everyone has been convinced of the need for a topical moisturizer as a matter of physical need and proper skincare.

About a zillion dollars have been spent by the industry to condition you psychologically, emotionally and mentally. It isn’t a conspiracy, or anything personal, moisturizing is strictly business.

Well, don’t we really need that moisturizer? Ask yourself: as a matter of actual need what is a moisturizer doing for you. For 99% of us day to day it has to do with generating the sensation of moist, supple skin with a touch of protection from the elements.

The sensation of dry skin of course usually arises primarily from cleansing with harsh chemicals, as we discussed in a previous post and can be found in CLEANSERS in the REFERENCE TOPICS. And of course there are very real environmental conditions: cold dry air that dries out skin quickly.

Most often though, dry skin reflects skincare excesses. Topical products will dry out your skin. That seems counterintuitive but everything you apply to your skin generates a skin reaction. It does not matter if the skin reaction is positive or negative, the reaction requires energy to process the material (chemicals) you applied to feel less dry. That energy is taken from natural metabolic chores.

You cannot apply ‘energy’ to your skin any more than you can pour fuel all over your car to make it run. You cannot feed your skin topically. This is a notion that has gained traction and reflects a misunderstanding of what skin does.

Topical products can dry you out, especially the ones used to “moisturize.” They simply divert energy from normal skin metabolism, energy that now goes to deconstructing the applied chemicals and to hauling off the waste particles to a place that results in a skin landfill (which can become very noticeable spots).

But there’s more. Moisturizers and indeed all topically applied products often (not always) have chemicals that are electrically charged. The amount of charge may be weak or strong. The weaker the better.

Strongly charged chemicals, like exfoliating acids (glycolic, lactic, salicylic, etc.) and synthetic sunscreen agents, often found in moisturizers, not only require large amounts of energy to neutralize, they also promote a strong negative metabolic signal.

That negative signal is sent through the EXTRACELLULAR MATRIX (ECM) as an alarm bell that an invasive substance is in the skin, one capable to hurting internal organs if absorbed transdermally. The skin furiously produces more cells, often deformed and fragmented proteins, like sand bags to stop an impending flood.

This process drains the skin of energy even as it visibly swells up and smooths away the surface. So at the visible level you think, “well, don’t I look swell.” But very soon you notice your skin really needs this moisturizer twice a day or even more often (as the directions often advocate) to maintain a moist feel. Hmmm. How did that happen?

Well, well, you have an addictive response in play which also prematurely ages your skin. The skin weakens and becomes dependent on the moisturizer even as it depletes the natural metabolic activity and causes unnatural cell formation

But I need more collagen, you dork, and this is how!!

Easy, my addicted friend. Do some self-analysis. Step back. Let’s look at the way things are.

If you stop using your moisturizer for a day or so your skin feels like cactus. It will often flare up, too. This is classic, visible skincare addiction. It will take days to weeks of applying nothing to get your skin back to normal baseline metabolism.

This is how easily skin can go wrong. It is a 100% reactive medium that is there to protect the vital organs.

But let’s now consider moisturizers that are weakly charged. These are usually composed of water, glycerine, vegetable oils, emulsifying waxes and to reduce the greasy feel glycols are added, and to increase the barrier function against the elements esters and long chain sugars and silicones are mixed in. This is a not untypical formula. Of course there is often added into the formula, for the marketing department, natural extracts like antioxidant teas and vitamins and maybe something mysterious from the jungle to justify the high price.

This is applied as a lotion or cream morning and night and seems to be fine. The skin seems to drink it up and come alive using it. Over time however the skin is not visibly improving. It looks drab and needs some sort of brightening lift. This is usually the point where makeup or an ‘active’ in a serum form is introduced.

Over the years the same ritual continues, with only changes in product names and actives and makeup brands. The skin however is weak. When everything is stripped away, right after harsh cleansing, the real skin condition is revealed. It is often a depressing and sudden realization that you have gotten older looking. The once plump, sheer skin with turgor and tone has been replaced by a sallow, thin, unevenly textured drapery.

What you see is the result of your skincare ritual. Lasers, studio peels, lifts, scrubs, and strong stimulants, as found in homecare utilizing, for example, RADIO FREQUENCY DEVICES are encouraged by the industry, skin coaches and estheticians to revitalize the drabness they have created so far.

Moisturizing should never be a reflex, never a ritual, and the chemistry must be neutrally charged to avoid setting off alarms that weaken the skin and lead easily to irritation, flaring skin, instability and premature aging.

For starters, the Skin Dork advocates the topical use of mild and effective REVIVE as a daily cleanser and ‘leave-on’ moisturizer (as warranted). Works on any skin type and is the go to choice for unstable, easily flaring skin.

Learn more at my REFERENCE TOPICS. There are ways.

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