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Why Synthetic Skincare Can Cause Piling

Why Synthetic Skincare Can Cause Piling

At Nakin we are huge lovers of natural skincare, which is why we use as many plant ingredients as possible in our anti-ageing face products. This is because we know how beneficial natural ingredients are for our skin from the amazing nutrients that they have, but also because they are so biocompatible with our systems. Synthetic ingredients are not so in tune with our skin which is why we avoid them. Unfortunately, there are so many synthetic ingredients in most face products, and even natural brands use lots of formulation enhancers such as silicones and PEGS, as they provide a silky feel and often leave a cocooning layer on our skin. It can actually feel nice until we realise that it is from the synthetic ingredients, and there is another problem that ingredients such as silicones often cause, and this is piling.

Piling in skincare refers to the phenomenon where skincare products, once applied, begin to form tiny balls or flakes on the skin rather than absorbing smoothly. This can be a result of layering too many products too quickly, using products with incompatible ingredients, or applying excessive amounts of a product. However, synthetic ingredients are common culprits, especially silicone-based formulations, which may not layer well with other types of products. To minimise piling, it is advisable to use natural skincare like ours, and allow each product to fully absorb before applying the next, use lightweight high quality formulas, and consider simplifying your skincare routine to ensure that all products work harmoniously together.

Skin piling, also known as pilling, is a frustrating skincare issue often attributed to the use of synthetic skincare products. Synthetic ingredients such as silicones, fillers, and certain polymers can create an occlusive layer on the skin's surface. This barrier can prevent skincare products from properly absorbing, leading to the residue forming tiny, bead-like particles that roll off the skin when rubbed. Furthermore, synthetic ingredients may not blend well with natural oils and other products in your regimen, causing the layer of product to congeal and pile up. To minimise this issue, it's essential to layer products correctly, avoid over-applying, plus select formulations that work harmoniously together.

Skin piling can also be caused by the build-up of dead skin cells, sebum, and pollutants on the skin's surface. This build-up can result in a rough texture and dull complexion, making it difficult for skincare products to penetrate and work effectively. To prevent this from happening, regular exfoliation and proper cleansing are crucial steps in any skincare routine. Use our natural face cleansers for amazing results without the unwanted ingredients.

In addition to using suitable products and maintaining good skincare habits, adjusting our application technique can also help decrease the likelihood of skin piling. We recommend waiting a minute or so before applying layers such as oil, serum, and moisturiser.

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