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The Latest Skin Wisdom from the Skincare Authority herself, Biba De Sousa

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SUMMER HYDRATION TIPS

SUMMER HYDRATION TIPS

Adequate hydration is essential for healthy skin, because it helps to maintain the skin's elasticity, plumpness, and overall radiant appearance.


Several factors can affect skin hydration, including environmental factors such as sun exposure, wind, and dry air, as well as lifestyle factors like diet, exercise, medications, and water intake.


Skin hydration cannot exist without skin moisturizing. It's important to understand this because of our microbiome’s effect on our skin barrier. Our unique microbiome contains a vast array of microorganisms that feed on oils and require water for their existence. Without proper hydration and moisturizing, we diminish the beneficial microorganisms in our microbiome which in effect leaves our skin barrier vulnerable, and sensitive, prone to irritation, infections, hyperpigmentation, and accelerated or premature aging.


This microbiome weakening is also a part of our natural body aging when oil gland activity decreases, so it is more important than ever to apply occlusive products on the facial, body skin, and hair to protect them from dehydration.  


Here are some tips to keep your skin hydrated and glowing: 

 

Drink Water to Keep Your Skin Hydrated

Drinking water is essential for life as roughly 60% of our body is water.  Skin is the last organ to receive water, as the water first gets absorbed by vital organs. Being well hydrated will have a visibly positive effect on the skin - the surface will feel more supple and luminous and less dull, blotchy, and red.

 

Your Skin Needs Moisture

We need to distinguish between “Hydration” from “Moisturizing”.  Hydration refers to the amount of water content in the skin.  Water is absorbed by the skin cells and improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Moisturizing is the act of applying a product that will lock the moisture in and prevent water evaporation from the skin - TEWL. 

A moisturizer should contain hydrators. I saw adverse results from the use of neat oils on the skin, because of the non-existent hydrating/humectant component. If you are oily, a light coat of moisturizer is fine on normal days, but if you are dry or dehydrated then you should ramp up with a thicker layer that will prevent TEWL. 

 

Hyaluronic Acid is So Far the Best Humectant You Can Use.

Hyaluronic Acid is a wonderful humectant, and can be found in all kinds of cosmetic formulas. High intensity Hyaluronic Acid serums deliver the best results in formulas that have multiple molecular weights.

 

Dehydration is Often Mistaken As a Dry Skin Type and Firm Skin.

This is one of the most common statements new clients say, that they have dry skin when they are merely dehydrated. Dehydrated skin is one that is lacking water content. 

How skin gets dehydrated - by not moisturizing at all, by moisturizing the skin with oil only, using inadequate moisturizer, overwashing or over exfoliating. All of these actions cause diminished epidermal oils, and as a result people often think that the skin is firm when it is, in fact, “leathered”.

 

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