Redness, heat, swelling, puffiness, roughness. Do they sound unfortunately familiar? They’re all signs of inflammation – a reaction of skin to outside influences and environmental factors like stress, winter weather, allergies, and a compromised immune system. Every skin shows inflammation differently, but often the triggers that bring it to the surface are the same.
Not all ‘dry’ skin follows the same rules. A walk through any skincare aisle will have the words “moisturizing” and “hydrating” jumping out at you in spades – leaping off labels of product after product promising each. The problem is that – while often used interchangeably in the skincare industry – dehydrated skin and dry skin are not the same.
Skin colors vary, and those variations change our skin’s reaction to the world around us. Understanding the science that drives our skin color – and the process that creates it – allows us to grasp both the differences in our skin, as well as the universal truths that always apply.
But truly radiant and healthy skin is not transformed or artificially altered – it is supplemented and protected, ideally with gentle, skin-first formulas that enhance skin’s natural processes. So before jumping to invest in a shelf full of high-end cosmetics – acquiring a fundamental knowledge of skin’s anatomy can help you seek out the products that are best suited for your skin, its processes, and its needs.