The most common problem that arises regarding skin, seems to continue being dehydration. And most of it has been brought by lack of information and good understanding of what dehydration is. So let’s first start by defining the way that skin dehydrates.
The lack of water absorbed by the skin or fed to it, along with the skins incapability of it to retain it is the definition of skin dehydration. So even from the definition you can understand two things, one is how to make the skin absorb as much water as possible and the second is retain as much of that water as possible to keep it for longer.
There is a few ways with which we can achieve both.
First is the simplest, with your diet. Your diet, regarding skincare, have to focus on … you guessed it… water! Drink as much as possible in order for water to lower transepidermal water loss. In order to keep the water in your skin, foods like nuts, seeds, avocado, fish like salmon and herring, help tremendously. Along with other ways of consuming omegas, maybe even Omega supplements
Actives like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), although very good for skin tightening and overall anti-aging benefits, are extremely dehydrating, when used every day. You can get the benefits of polyhydroxy acids (or PHAs), instead of the AHAs for long term benefits. Ceramides are very good at keeping water in your skin as well, by using them, you prevent much of the water escaping from your pores and keeping water longer.
If this all seems a bit too much information, you can easily start tracking your skincare routine in the Ultimate Self Care Planner, to experiment and plan to see which days your skin feels better with Actives and which days you purely need Omegas and hyaluronic acid for hydration.
As it’s mentioned above, the best way to hydrate your skin is with hydrators, like hyaluronic acid. Another similar one is glycerin, which is inexpensive substitute of hyaluronic acid. Use ceramides after them in order to lock in the water from escaping like fatty acid and sphingosine. Always be looking out for these active ingredients when buying cosmetics, so you know which one is best suited for your skin. Remember that long term use is the only way to go, in short term these products only deal with the outer layer of the skin which is mostly comprised of dead skin cells. This is done due to cosmetic regulations, so in order to see the results you need for the skin, long term use is the way to go.