We’ve all experienced that tingle or sting, especially when we’ve tried on a face mask, or a moisturiser. Assuming that feeling is all thanks to the product working its magic on our skin, we ignore it. But guess what? This little notion is actually incorrect and here’s why.
That uncomfortable sensation when you apply something isn’t the product soaking in, but it’s actually your skin barrier getting disrupted. This results in rashes, redness, irritation, acne, and even wrinkles – so, the more you let it sit on your face the more it will break your skin’s barrier.
For those who are wondering what exactly the skin’s barrier does? Well, it basically acts like a wall for your skin – a fine layer that locks in the moisture and keeps the bad guys out. Hence, when you use a product that is too severe for your skin, the wall goes from being a brick to Swiss cheese. So whatever moisture is locked in essentially dries out and whatever irritants are barricaded sneaks in.
When the formula starts to tingle, that’s when you know that your skin is crying for help – it’s sending you an SOS signal. This applies for face masks, face washes, and even the creams. Since you don’t leave your face wash long enough to feel a tingle (we hope to God that you don’t), know that if your skin feels super dry post the wash it’s your SOS signal. Same with anti-acne products – if it stings, it’s not your thing.
Sorry to burst your pretty bubble, but the next time your skin tingles the moment you apply it, it’s not refreshing or healing.