Face Myths

Myth 1: Products that cool or tingle your skin are good for your skin

I’ve always worried about the cooling and tingeling sensation I get from certain products. Questions such as “Is this really good for my skin?” and “Am I getting a allergic reaction?” have been bothering me lately. I decided to investigate the subject and the following is what I’ve learnt so far.

The cooling and tingeling sensation certain moisturizers and masks give you is not healthy for you skin. The sensation is simply your skin informing you that it’s being irritated. This might lead to inflammation which can further cause damage to the skin’s healing process, worsen scarring, break down collagen and elastin and cause breakouts by creating a better environment for bacteria

There are certain ingredients that are better to avoid. These are called counter-irritants and are used to reduce inflammation in deeper tissue by creating irritation/inflammation in local tissue. In other words, a counter-irritant simply reduces a deeper inflammantion by causing one in another area.

Inflammation is never good for your skin because it disturbs the skin’s immune system and healing process. If your product does contain counter-irritants and you don’t feel the cooling and tingeling sensation you’re still adding irritants that might either immidiately damage your skin or over time.

A few common counter-irritants are: Pepparmint, Menthol, Camphor and Mint

In my previous post I did a review on the JorgÒbe Peel Off Mask and Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. I discussed the cooling and tingling sensation and based on what I’ve learnt so far I’m even more sure now that I wouldn’t recommend the Jorgòbe Peel Off Mask since the tingling sensation it gave me was very unpleasent.

I was also a bit worried  that the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque might be causing skin irritation. A tingling sensation is a adequate warning, however since it gives me a very light sensation I’ve come to the conlusion that it’s rather the feeling of the mask drying and not due to skin irritation. Something else that is important to point out is that the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque actually doesn’t contain any skin-irritant mint – not sure why they include the word mint in the name.

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