Do you get up with sheet marks on your face or does your skin wrinkles when pinched? These are tell tale signs of dehydration that can be fixed.
When our skin lacks water … the epidermis suffers. It is Thirsty
1.The first sign that your skin is thirsty? A feeling of discomfort. slight tightness on the cheekbones and cheeks after cleaning with water or when exposed to cold. if you do not react, the visible consequences do not take long. Redness, peeling, your skin dulls, marks, loses volume.
2.To the touch it is rough, lacking flexibility. Long term and more lasting consequences: eczema and dehydration wrinkles, a prelude to permanent wrinkles.
- Because dehydrated skin is weakened. Yes, in the hydrolipidic film there is hydro: water is an essential component of its protective layer. dehydrated, it is more sensitive to outside aggressions, risk of irritation, infections and premature aging.
- Dehydration is a source of imperfections: the skin tries to compensate for its lack of water by activating its sebaceous glands. Here you are with dehydrated AND oily skin. Thereupon, with the lack of water, toxins and waste do not drain well: the risk of inflammation increases.
How to keep your skin Hydrated and plump
WHAT IS THE MOST VITAL INGREDIENT FOR SKIN HYDRATION?
Water is vital, essential for health and, that of our skin. If there is a consensus in cosmetics, it is this: skin hydration is essential. How do we determine the water needs of our epidermis?
Our entire body, including our epidermis is made up of water in particular. It picks up some of it in the atmosphere, but 80% of it comes from the dermis.
The water is stored there as in a water table and then distributed to the cells of the epidermis via the blood microcirculation and dedicated proteins, the aquaporins, which ensure the water balance of its different layers is maintained.
A good balance in the deep layers of skin is at 70% water> However for the stratum corneum this content is 12 to 20%, and that is not easily achieved.
Once water gets into the epidermis, it does not stay there forever. It is permanently evaporated into the air via perspiration, in a gaseous form. We then speak of Insensitive Water Loss (IWL): half a liter daily that evaporates without us knowing! This is a significant and unmanageable loss that we must fix. Why?
It is therefore essential that your skin receives sufficient water. Drinking regularly in small quantities throughout the day, at least 1.5 liters of water per day helps to hydrate your body and therefore your skin. But which water sources to favor?
2. Thinking of rehydrating it with a good shower?
On the other hand, for a well hydrated epidermis, it is paradoxically preferable to keep away from water! Tap water, which is hard and often too hot, removes the protective fat from the epidermis (as when you do the dishes in very hot water …) and ultimately dries it out.
Going with lukewarm, quick showers, avoid baths, dry yourself thoroughly. For your face, do favor spring water at room temperature or, better, floral waters which will also bring many benefits.
3. Limit water loss with (good) film-forming agents
There are two types of candidates for this.
The hydrophobic film-forming ingredients, mineral oils and petrolatum in particular, form a waterproof layer on the surface. And even downright occlusive. Extremely effective in preventing water from leaving the skin! But that’s forgetting that to be in great shape, our skin also needs to breathe and absorb the moisture in the air. As a result, beneath their protective appearance, these polluting ingredients allow our skin to waste away.
The hydrophilic film formers are much more interesting: they deposit a small damp insulating layer and let the skin breathe. Vegetable glycerin or vegetable waxes are at the top of this role, with the addition of a humectant action: they help the epidermis to collect water from the dermis and in the air.
4. natural cosmetic ingredient vegetable oils and butters perfectly fulfill a film forming mission. the list is long! Hemp, Safflower, Borage, Argan, Muscat Rose, Evening Primrose: their polyunsaturated fatty acids are particularly useful for combating evaporation by strengthening the skin’s impermeability. Shea, Cocoa, Avocado, Argan, Apricot, Coconut, Almond, Borage, Baobab, Macadamia are powerful emollients. We should also mention the ceramides in sunflower oil and other plant active ingredients rich in sterols: cherry stones, sesame …
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