Without adequate energy to function, repair is diminished and damage accumulates. Damaged skin is a sign of damaged cells, and the inability to recover. As the repair of cells is diminished, cells move slower, there are more abnormalities in the formation of cells in the ETC, and skin appears to be lacking vitality and health.
When author Krithika Varagur highlighted the most basic element of (some) skincare rituals - those that aren't based on botanicals and holistic principles - that these rituals induce damage that compromises the basic functions of skin. Those basic, intrinsic functions of skin to maintain its own health - removes all plausible implications that damage inducing treatments are actually beneficial.