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Can skin actually breathe?

by timetospa August 23, 2012
Can skin actually breathe?

Skin is one of the toughest, most resilient features of your body, and as such, it can be integral toward achieving your overall beauty look. While makeup products and moisturizers can seem like a totally necessary way to keep your complexion visibly radiant, sometimes they can leave it feeling heavy and bogged down. When that happens, your skin might crave a little breathing room.

Does skin actually need to breathe in order to feel replenished? According to dermatologist Papri Sarkar, not so much.

"The top layer of the skin is dead, so it doesn't 'breathe,'" Sarkar told Allure Magazine. "When people talk about skin 'breathing,' they're usually referring to whether the skin is occluded or not."

Occluding is the process by which something - a cream, beauty product or ointment - gets trapped and absorbed by the skin, reports Livestrong.com. While this could be beneficial in some instances, it can also lead to absorption of oils that cause pimples and blackheads. 

Skin may not breathe, but the fragrances, oils and preservatives found in cosmetics can irritate flesh and lead to breakouts. With a skincare product like Laboratoire Remede Alchemy Advanced Cleansing Souffle, you can gently remove makeup and other impurities from your pores, which is perfect for achieving that au natural feel. 

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