Did you know that one of the biggest culprits of fine lines is dehydration in the skin? So one of the best options to reduce fine lines is keeping your skin hydrated and protected.
Katherine Ayers, Spa Manager, explains, “When we say dehydration in the skin, it has nothing to do with how much water you intake. The skin can be dehydrated for a variety of reasons, but mainly it is affected by one thing, your skin’s compromised acid mantle.” Your skin’s acid mantle is similar to the earth’s “ozone layer” that protects your skin from environmental damage. If the acid mantle is compromised, it will cause irritation resulting in redness, dehydration, and most importantly aging of your skin.
“When the skin’s acid mantle is compromised it causes transepidermal water loss (TEWL). Think of the acid mantle as your skin’s own personal protection mechanism,” explains Katherine. “It protects our skin from the environment.” The acid mantle can be “stripped” by using products that contain sulfates, which are the ingredients that make cleansers and detergents to foam (or “suds”) up. Most over the counter products contain sulfates and other fillers that may irritate your skin. So select products carefully to avoid damage to the acid mantle.
How do you avoid dehydration in the skin?
Routinely moisturize and avoid stripping cleansers. According to Ayers, “It doesn’t matter what type of skin you have. Moisturizer is vital to everyone’s skincare regimen. The reason why your face ‘glows’ and fine lines dissipate after a facial is mostly due to the quality of products and hyaluronic acid that plumps the skin.”
“Innovative Skincare’s Hydra-Cool serum is a perfect lightweight liquid serum that is packed full of antioxidants and hyaluronic acid. Due to its lightweight consistency it is ideal for those who have oily skin who have an aversion to moisturizers.” explains Katherine. “During our treatments, we cleanse, treat, and protect. By sealing in your serums with a moisturizer, you will gain optimum benefit.” Imagine pumping air conditioning into your house and leaving a door wide open, that is equivalent to putting serums onto the skin and not sealing them in with a moisturizer. When Katherine was asked about which product is an ideal moisturizer she said, “Our most versatile moisturizer is Extreme Protect which is a 3-in-1 which means that it treats, moisturizes and protects and doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy and can be used morning and night.”
Best Method of Hydrating Skin?
Dually- serums and moisturizers are typically used to hydrate skin. Serums are designed to penetrate deeply into the skin and moisturizer to lock in the serums. Avoid comedogenic (pore clogging) moisturizers that have petroleum and petroleum derivatives. Theses can lead to dull looking skin and long term use can even cause milia, those annoying little white bumps in the skin that need to be professionally extracted.
When is the best time of day to apply the products to your skin and how often should they be applied?
Ayers says, “I get this question a lot. For some, the idea of taking time out to do skincare both morning and night is just out of the question. If you can do an SPF moisturizer in the morning, you may be able to save the rest for the evening.” Katherine suggests a little moisturizer goes a long way when using the right products. “Typically, I suggest clients apply serums and moisturizers in the morning and at night. Don’t forget, if you wear any heavy makeup it is best to cleanse your face twice at night. The first cleansing will remove your makeup and the second will clean the skin.”
At what age should you start moisturizing?
At the onset of puberty is typically when young adults start paying attention to their skin and those hormones kick those sebaceous or oil glands into action. “It honestly is never too soon. Infact you will thank yourself down the road the sooner you start!” Ayers suggests. Remember, no matter your age, it is never too late to start moisturizing.
What are the best skin practices for individuals over 40?
Exfoliating your skin is important. Ayers suggest hydrating skin with serums and receive facials seasonally, if not monthly. “One of the biggest ways I am able to encourage clients to actually get in the habit of exfoliating is letting them know they can buy a $50 serum or a $500 serum, but if you are not exfoliating and decide to put the serum on dead skin, it will not be effective.”
What are the best skin practices for individuals between the ages of 20-40?
Katherine says, “SPF! The tan isn’t worth it.” Protecting the skin will assist you in keeping your skin hydrated and younger looking.
What should tweens and teens know about skin hydration?
“Get into positive habits. Even the very basics are very helpful,” Ayers explains. “Cleaning and moisturizing are very important. Just like good eating habits can carry through life when introduced at a young age – skincare can too.”
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