The Best Practices For Skin Hydration

The promise of hydrated skin or that effervescent glow is something that we’re all after but getting to this state is all about skin health and skin hydration. 

Get started on your skin hydration journey now and learn from our Beauty Experts, who share some of the best practices for skin hydration and getting that fresh glow. 

What is the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin?

Note: this isn’t the best way to hydrate your skin!

There is a difference between the two skincare terms.

People with dry skin may be suffering from medical issues that impact the skin or possibly work or live in an area that causes the skin to dry out a lot more than normal. Symptoms of dry skin include flaky skin, irritated areas, especially around the eyes and nose, and redness – this is due to lower levels of oil production from the sebaceous glands in your skin.

Dehydration has a different effect on the skin, and they are more common than dry skin conditions. If you are suffering with dehydrated skin, it might look like deep dark circles around your eyes, lines and wrinkles on the skin and dry mouth/lips. Dehydrated skin is caused by lack of water in the skin rather than oil and that’s the main difference between the two.

Moisturizing and hydration, what’s the difference?

Moisturiser vs Hydration? What is the difference?

Moisturising and hydrating are actually two separate sides of the same coin. Hydrating the skin means to increase the water content in your cells whereas moisturising is adding a product that helps keep the water that you’ve already got, in your skin.

Plenty of skin care products from brands like Environ and Sothys have a hydrating moisturiser or booster in their line-up. These work in two ways. They help protect your skin barrier function by sealing in the moisture from your skin. They also add to ingredients that are naturally found in the body, such as hyaluronic acid, which can deplete as you age. These natural ingredients help you maintain the water content of your skin.

Why does our skin lose hydration?

A simple glass of water can be a skin lifesaver!

You can lose hydration in your skin through regular water loss in your body. This includes things like – not drinking enough water, any activities that cause you to sweat such as working out, sunbathing, saunas, steam rooms as well as lifestyle choices such as smoking, drinking alcohol or caffeinated drinks and lack of sleep.

Some of these things are natural ways that the body loses water, so it’s a good idea to rehydrate by drinking water to keep your skin hydrated. One of the most common times that you’ll notice the symptoms of dehydrated skin is just after sleeping so make sure you chug some water in the morning.

Overuse of products is something that you might want to keep an eye on if you have a skincare routine at home. Over exfoliating and cleansing with products that also have exfoliating ingredients can cause the skin to dehydrate, and make it feel tight so keep this to a minimum if you notice dehydration. It can also affect the skin by producing more oils thus leaving your skin feeling oily. If you notice these changes with your skin when using new products speak to one of our skin specialists in the salon.

For more information on dealing with your skin during the winter, visit our post on winter skin tips here.

Three treatments to get the hydrated skin glow

Here are two treatments that will help with your skin’s hydration levels at our salon in Maidenhead.

Dermalux LED Treatment

This treatment uses LED phototherapy to speed up the rate of rejuvenation and repair of your skin. This is a non-intrusive treatment that will leave you feeling like a radiant god or goddess with plumped and luscious looking skin. The Dermalux treatment is especially good for our clients who struggle with acne, redness, dry, dull complexions that can result from dehydration and pigmentation issues.  

Cool Peel Moisture Boost

The Environ Moisture Boost Cool Peel is ideal to improve the appearance of dry & dull skin.

Designed to gently buff the skin’s surface and focus on revitalising dry, tired-looking skin, revealing a healthy-looking glow. This gentle yet effective peel is suitable to do all year round with no visible peeling. This facial will also clear away dead cells, even out any skin roughness and dehydrated areas.

Our top two Moisture booster products

Hydrating Oil Capsules

If you want to add a little something to your skincare routine to help with dehydration, why not try Environ’s Vita-Antioxidant Hydrating Oil Capsules? These little gems deliver a concentrated burst of vitamin enriched hydration to the skin and can be added after your regular evening moisturiser. It’ll leave your skin looking visibly refreshed, energised with a luxurious soft, silky after feel.

Super Moisturiser

Our last product that works really well for those with skin hydration issues is the Vita-Complex Super Moisturiser+, which is a great add on booster to your Environ vitamin moisturiser. With the application of boosters like this you’ll be making sure that the hydration conditions of your skin stay in top shape. Moisturisers like this Environ product help to deplete wrinkle depth and smoothen the appearance of wrinkles. 

We hope these tricks and tips on skin hydration have helped you understand your skin a bit more. Of course, it’s tricky to turn a detailed topic like skincare into a blog but keep an eye out for other articles on similar topics.

Get in touch with the Ana Harmony Beauty Experts, Ursha and Krishna for advice on the best products on the market for your skin. Head down to the salon in Maidenhead for an in-person chat or give us a call on 01628298040. We look forward to hearing from you. 

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