Fix Dehydrated SkinOn September 11, 2020 by admin
I’ve always had dry skin. Even when I was a teen and had many issues with acne, I still dealt with shedding skin cells and flaky skin. I see this a lot on models and actresses- they will have oily skin, some acne, yet there will still be dry patches on their skin. If you have similar skin issues, you have dehydrated skin.
Most people mis-prescribe dehydrated skin when they diagnose it as dry skin. They apply oils and heavy creams, when often the skin does not need oil, but water. Applying oil to dehydrated skin is like wrapping a sponge in saran wrap, and expecting the sponge to get wet.
Imagine your skin cells are like bricks in a wall. Your skin’s barrier is the cement in between the bricks. The barrier’s job is to regulate moisture levels and protect the cells from free radical damage, bacteria, and environmental damage. Your skin’s barrier is made up of ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids. Oils do a great job of restoring and repairing the skin barrier, but this is not all your skin needs to be plump and hydrated.
In order for your cells to get the water restored to them that they need ingredients that will bring water into the cells. These ingredients are called “humectants” and they attract water from the air around your skin and the deeper levels of skin into the top layers of skin cells.
Some of my favorite Humectants:
Glycerin /Glycerol/ Glycerine– Glycerin is a substance naturally found in skin and helps establish normal balance and hydration.
Hyaluronic Acid– Hyaluronic Acid is actually a component of skin tissue. It rehydrates and protects the skin against environmental damage. Amazingly it can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water, without overhydrating your skin cells.
Sodium Hyaluronate– This is the salt form of hyaluronic acid. It is known for it’s great compatibility with skin and can be more effective for skin than pure hyaluronic acid.
Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer– This is a modified form of hyaluronic acid combined with a polymer structure that keeps the ingredient in the upper most layer of the skin. This allows for enhanced hydration that yields quick, visible results.
Some products I recommend that have these star ingredients:
Embryolisse Hydra-Serum– Embryolisse is a longtime favorite of makeup artists. Their iconic Lait- Creme concentrate is unmatched for its ability to make even the roughest skin to have an instantly smooth texture. The darling of the French Pharmacy, Embryolisse has come out with a light serum that sinks right into the skin and leaves an instant glow. It contains both glycerin and sodium hyaluronate, making it a great product to pair with your face oil of choice.
Juara Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum– This light. Gel textured serum has Sodium Hyaluronate as one of the top listed ingredients on its ingredient list, meaning the content is high. It is combined with superstar ingredients like Red Algae and Palmitoyl hexapeptide-14, which will restore skin’s youthful appearance.
Paula’s Choice Water-Infusing Electrolyte Moisturizer– This whipped moisturizer combines glycerin with electrolytes (potassium, magnesium, and calcium) that help deliver hydrators to your cells and trains your skin to maintain its moisture balance. Paula’s Choice is known for their top-notch ingredients and transparency to their customers, a quality I as a makeup artist appreciate and makes choosing products easy to do.
Talika Skintelligence Anti- Age – This light serum has glycerin and sodium hyaluronate, as well as peptides and niacinamide, which helps the skin to repair its barrier.
There are so many amazing hydrating products on the market, so when your skin is feeling a loss of moisture, check your skincare for the key ingredients, ideally higher up on the list of ingredients.
Let me know what skin concerns you have that you would like me to address next!
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