The skin is a protective organ – the great wall that keeps everything inside the body in, and shields us from the elements, germs and surrounding toxins. It is also the body’s largest and fastest-growing organ, and plays a major role in shaping our public persona – specifically in defining how we look to the world. It does so much for us that it begs the question: are we doing enough to give the skin the proper care it deserves? For example, on skin hydration, are we giving our skin enough ‘drinking’ water while concurrently preventing or at least minimizing loss of moisture?
Raisins Or Grapes?
The standard skincare trinity practiced by many people consists of cleansing, toning and moisturizing. Do this every day to maintain skin glow and ward off the wrinkles, say the skin specialists. And moisturizing is generally considered to be the most important component because it prevents the skin from drying out. But what about hydration: what is it, how is it different from moisturizing and should it be a part of your daily skincare ritual? An aesthetician’s answer summed it best: the price of neglect is dry raisins and the prize for diligence is juicy grapes!
Moisturize means to make something less dry. In skincare science, the skin is considered to be “dry” when its moisture level goes under 10%. When you apply moisturizers, they work in two ways: trap moisture to prevent it from escaping or restore moisture that’s already lost. Moisturizers thus help to keep skin supple and soft, decrease skin damage and preserve skin youth. There are basically three types of moisturizers: the occlusives, emollients and humectants. The first creates a barrier over the skin, traps water in the skin and stops evaporation. Emollients penetrate the skin, restore moisture and make it feel soft and flexible. Humectants – unlike the first two which are averse to water – penetrate the skin’s outer layer, attract moisture to the skin and lock it in.
What Is Hydration Then?
Put simply, it refers to the actual replenishment of moisture or water to skin cells. Some beauty care experts recommend skin hydration be done first before applying moisturizers. Hydration from the inside out can be done through drinking enough water daily although this may be insufficient since it is used by the body for other purposes as well. Another way is to eat foods rich in essential fatty acids such as salmon, flaxseed, walnuts and olive oil. If your skin is persistently dry and scaly, or fine lines are starting to appear on the face, you should consider using creams, face masks or oral supplements to boost skin hydration. For example, phytoceramides – plant-based ceramides derived mostly from wheat – have been clinically proven to be a good source of skin hydrator.
Double Agent: Skin Hydration And Moisturization
Some moisturizers contain hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, honey and glycerin. These are hygroscopic substances that able to attract and retain moisture and ensure that the skin remains plump and dewy throughout the day. This means that you won’t need two separate products. For a tried, tested and trusted double agent, you may want to try Ceramiracle’s Ceramides Skin Supplement, a one-a-day oral formula clinically proven to improve skin hydration and boost moisturization by 23% in just 2 weeks and up to 36% after 2 months. If you’re using separate products, always remember to hydrate first and moisturize second. Dry skin has lots of cracks and applying moisturizer before moistening is akin to filling in dryness. You’ll feel good for a while but will keep slathering it on.