The Eye Contour Skin – Interview with Christine Lafforgue
September 19, 2018
“Why is the skin of the eye contour and eyelids so sensitive?” and other questions for:
Dermatology Pharmacologist at the Dermatology Pharmacology & Cosmetology Department, School of Pharmacy, University of Paris-Sud
Why is the skin of the eye contour and eyelids so sensitive?
CL: The skin in this area is much thinner with respect to the rest of the face, about 4 times thinner, and its structure includes less fat cells, which means the barrier is easily altered and vulnerable to external irritants. Furthermore, there are only a few sebaceous glands in the eyelids, referred to as the meibomian glands, and they produce sebum with a specific composition. This sebum is produced both by the upper and lower eyelids and contains over 90 proteins, making it less protective and water resistant.
When you add to that the constant solicitation caused by 10,000 blinks per day, it is not surprising that small lines and crow’s feet start forming on the extracellular matrix in women who are only 20 to 25 years old!
What is the main factor that can aggravate eye contour reactions?
CL: Irritating make-up removal through excess rubbing and surfactants contained in some products. Instead of rich formulas that tend to make the eyelids puff up, it is preferable to use fresher and more fluid treatments. Film-forming textures are also preferable to protect the skin against friction from the cotton. The REactive Crystalline micellar gel is a texturized, dense lotion that is formulated to provide a “cushioning effect” ensuring nonirritating makeup removal. The refreshing formula also helps decongest the eye area.
What type of skincare is preferable for sensitive or reactive skins?
CL: It is essential to use products that are free of any fragrances, allergens or irritants (grain and peanut hydrolysates for example).
To reduce unpleasant skin reactions, products should contribute to increasing the skin’s tolerance and to regulating the factors that cause reactions at the source.
A sensitive and reactive skin gives a “feeling” of constant tightness and discomfort. A good way of knowing if skincare is adapted is through the amount of relief it provides so that you do not feel these symptoms on your skin anymore, since skin is an integral part of your body.
Why is Eau Thermal Jonzac recommended for sensitive and reactive skin?
CL: REactive skincare contains 20% Jonzac thermal spring water which has two effects on sensitive skin:
It is soothing, as demonstrated through dermatological testing, and it inhibits the release of histamines as well as mast cell degranulation, therefore having an anti-inflammatory effect. This observation is particularly interesting because mast cells, which are part of the skin’s immune system, come into play in several skin conditions such as cold or heat rashes, inflammation eczema, atopic dermatitis or psoriasis.
In order to boost Jonzac thermal spring water’s efficacy, it has been encapsulated in a bilayer structure of phospholipids. This structure is similar to the double membrane in skin cell, showing perfect affinity.
Once a film has formed on the surface, it therefore penetrates deeper into the skin, releasing the encapsulated (thermal spring) water, soothing the skin effectively with a maximized anti-inflammatory effect.
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