Seasonal changes, temperature and humidity can all impact the amount oil that is created in our skin. During colder months, it takes a bit more effort to combat dehydration, dullness and dryness. As we age, natural moisture barriers break down making it difficult for our skin to stay hydrated, causing pores to look bigger, wrinkles to appear deeper, and general lack of luster and plumpness. All cell membranes are made of fats and are essential to the function of our cells while collagen helps improve our skin's ability to store water. For youthful and glowing skin we'll need to look for ways to continuously preserve and boost collagen production while preserving lipids in the skin.
Top 10 tips for keeping your skin hydrated:
Water based facial serums act to plump and revive. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a key component to keeping our skin youthful. It's a lubricating, clear substance naturally produced in our bodies and is found in large quantities in our skin and joints. HA binds to water, helping our skin and other tissues retain collagen, increase moisture, and provide elasticity and flexibility. It also helps bring nutrients to damaged tissues, controls inflammation and helps fluids carry out waste. I love PCA Hydrating Serum or Agera Hydrating Gel Cream.
Facial oils nourish the skin with essential vitamins and minerals and work to lubricate the cells, enhancing cell communication and cell function. (If after applying your facial oil you still feel oily after 5 – 10 minutes you may have applied to much). My top picks? Vital Assist EsterPlex Beauty Oil and Osmosis Immerse
Use a water filter in shower to minimize the hard water chemicals dry out the skin
Don’t take too hot of showers as excessive heat zaps the skin of moisture
Abhyanga is the Ayurvedic ritual of massaging warm oils and herbs into the skin before showering. This nourishes and hydrates the skin as well as provides many other therapeutic benefits for our overall health.
Hydrogen is the most powerful antioxidant known and not only reduces oxidation in the body but also helps to re-activate other antioxidants, helps you absorb and utilize nutrients more efficiently. Adding a hydrogen stick to your water or try MegaHydrate Capsules.
Collagen Protein Supplements
Exfoliate before adding serums, moisturizers, and oils
AHA’s & Enzymes - I'm not a huge fan of scrubs as they can be harsh and strip away the natural oils and leave the skin dry and tight. If you're extremely oily and have thick skin that builds up quickly then adding a weekly scrub to your routine would be a good idea. My preferred method of exfoliation are AHA's or enzymes. These are naturally derived from sugars, fruits and milk and essentially dissolved the glue that holds dead skin cells together and helps speed up cell renewal.
Belle Core Body Buffer This skin buffing gadget magically smooths cellulite and crepiness, like nothing I've seen before. The polishing tool simultaneously spins and zigzags back and forth, sending constant, concentrated energy into treated areas to boost blood and lymphatic flow and stimulate collagen formation. I use mine about 2-3 times a week.
Clarisonic Brush - Uses sonic technology to power wash the skin, dislodging deep seated impurities from the pores while gently exfoliating to prime the skin for better product penetration.
Use heater sparingly - it dries up the natural moisture in the air.
Using a humidifier in your home adds moisture to the air and prevents water loss in the skin
Plants cleanse the air which means less exposure to toxic chemicals that dry out the skin and damage our lipid barrier
Avoid excessive caffeine, sugar and processed foods
Consume healthy fats in diets such as coconut oil, avocados, salmon
Not only does our skin look radiant when it's hydrated, it's more receptive to change, which means we'll get better results from facials and products. We'll have less breakouts as our cells can easily release impurities and take in nutrients. A strong lipid barrier provides free radical protection from environmental toxins, pollutants as well as bacteria and viruses from invading our skin.
Staying hydrated is a simple but important way to keep our skin healthy and young looking!