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We need to dispel the myth that drinking water effectively hydrates the skin. Did you know that when you drink water, it doesn’t go straight to your skin? Instead, it runs through the intestines, absorbs into the bloodstream, and then gets filtered out by the kidneys. At this point, it will hydrate the cells inside the body. It’s just not possible for it to head straight to the cells in the outside layer of the skin (the epidermis).
While it’s still important to drink water for your overall health and well-being, it’s simply not an effective way to hydrate your skin. So, let’s focus on three things that actually will hydrate your skin! Below, see the best ways to make your skin look plump and healthy.
Many people don’t use toners. They think toners don’t provide any benefit to the skin. I can assure you they do! In fact. one of those benefits is an instant boost of hydration. After cleansing, wipe or spray an alcohol-free toner over the skin. The water and humectants in the toner will saturate your skin cells with much-needed hydration. Leave it damp (this is key), then immediately follow up with a serum or moisturizer for your specific skin type. Your skin will feel moist and dewy.
For the purpose of hydration, make sure you’re using a hydrating toner, such as the Pre-Toner by HydroPeptide or the infamous Cucumber Hydration Toner by Skin Script Rx. Avoid toners that contain SD alcohol 40, denatured alcohol, and exfoliating acids. These types of toners give a different result that is not about hydration.
To take your hydration to another level, I highly suggest you apply a serum underneath your moisturizer. It will take all of 10 seconds to apply, and it can dramatically improve hydration levels in the skin. Look for a serum with hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, sodium, glycerin and pathyenol. These are some of my favorite hydrating ingredients. A good hydrating serum is the Ageless Hydrating Serum by Skin Script Rx. It can hydrate the skin with an oil-free, water-based formula that contains sodium hyaluronate, aloe vera, and peptides. I recommend people use it who have dehydrated, combination, and/or aging skin types. It heals a compromised skin barrier as well!
All masks are great for giving your skin a boost. When it comes to delivering water-based hydration, though, a gel mask is what you want. They often contain hydrating ingredients like those I listed above, and since gels naturally have a lower temperature, they feel cooling on the skin. This is helpful for soothing redness (especially during the summer). You can use a gel mask as often as every night. Apply it after cleansing and before proceeding with a hydrating toner, serum, and moisturizer. For an extra cooling effect, put it in the fridge 30 minutes before use.
There is one noticeable skin benefit of drinking water that I have personally observed, and that’s the reduction of under-eye puffiness. Whenever I eat high-sodium foods (particularly at night), I retain excess fluid around my eyes. I end up with more puffiness than normal when I wake up the next morning. Knowing this, I make sure to double up on my water intake to help manage water retention in my face and body. It really does help. For more information about under-eye puffiness and how you can mitigate it, ask Angela about Eye Authority (with crushed pearl) or the Uplifting Eye Gel, both by our newest luxury line HydroPeptide.
Remember that water intake is just a part of hydration for the skin. You have to treat the skin topically as well!
You can always schedule a consultation with Chakra Esthetics when the seasons change and you notice your skin does too. Call or Text Angela to address your questions on this topic at (760) 537-1211, or send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org. Article Credit - Renee Rouleau.
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