Moisture boost| dehydrated skin saver
I think quite a few of you guys know by now that I am very excited about THE ORDINARY products. In the last couple of years, my attitude towards skin totally changed because of the troubles I was facing with my skin's condition.
I tried quite a lot when it comes to natural remedies and DIY rescuer. I thought you could never go wrong with the organic cure. There are quite a lot of natural curing tips out there, from lemon juice toners, coconut oil moisturizers to essential oils in skincare.
It took me a while to realize that natural doesn't equal good for the skin. Essential oils, as well as alcohol, are very harmful and irritating to the skin and a stressed skin is reacting with inflammation. Coconut oil is an astringent and although it is healthy in your diet- it is drying and stripping your skin of its moisture level. I believed that as soon as something is made in a laboratory it must be toxic and damaging to the skin, that products like chemical peelings are somehow damaging your skin with some kind of dangerous acid- you get the idea.
Education myself about skin barrier, potent ingredients and how to treat skin properly brought me on a journey of healing what was happening on my face. I didn't hit the end goal of perfect glass skin yet but let's be honest- I don't know if the state of no sugar, well rested and ever-zen to the point of never be stressed is gonna happen anytime soon. Those internal problems are what is causing the breakouts and determine the amount of impurities especially in my T-zone. But knowing WHAT is causing my acne and how to treat it is giving me a sense of control and security.
Whenever your skin moisture barrier is compromised it is losing its hydration and therefore elasticity. That is why I chose to tackle the topic of dehydration and rehydration. There are plenty of hydrating products out there and I am also quite sure that many home remedies are working wonders for dehydrated skin (like aloe vera juice & honey) but I wanted to give you some affordable product options that I have tried out in the last month and found to be very effective in bringing back life and moisture to your skin.
All of those Products you can use after chemical peels while using tretinoin or having laser treatments- basically whatever treatment is stripping your skin of its hydration and requires you to be gentle, kind, sensitive and to focus on bringing back moisture to the skin.
1. HYALURONIC ACID- NIOD MULTI- MOLECULAR HYALURON-COMPLEX
Of course hyaluronic acid had to be mentioned first. HA is a naturally occurring substance in the human body that is helping and regulating cell renewal, lubricates connective tissues and maintains skin's moisture and elasticity. When we age oubodies are slower in producing HA. You probably know that collagen is key for keeping a young and fresh looking face- yet it is the HA that nourishes and hydrates the collagen. Hyaluronic acid is what gives your skin that full plump and fresh looking appearance.
I have tried products who contain HA before but they never quite did the job. Right now I am using NIOD's hyaluronic acid complex . I used the ordinary's HA before and I have to admit that you can really tell the difference. Not every form of HA can be absorbed quickly and work effectively in the skin. The complex is containing HA with a very low molecular weight to ensure that it can and will be used by our skin cells. Formulation is key!
With a price-tag of 37 dollars (30 euros), it belongs to the middle range of common skincare prices. A little goes a long way- two drops is covering my entire face. It also sits far better on the skin and under makeup than the HA-serum from the ordinary. It is worth the splurge.
Interesting fact: The hyaluronic acid molecule can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. When hyaluronic acid fillers are injected deep into the skin to lift light and deep wrinkles or to build volume in your lips or other areas face, it will last longer and look best (more voluminous) if your body is well hydrated.
Last year The Ordinary came out with their 100% Plant- Derived Squalene. The consistency is very unique and feels almost like the perfect in-between of face oil and serum. Squalane improves the moisture balance and elasticity to heal flaky and dehydrated cracked skin. Squalane can also lower the production of excess oil and therefore help especially acne sufferers. It is known to help with eczema, psoriasis and scaring. It is very gentle, has a very light consistency and is well absorbed into the skin leaving it feeling nice and supple. I am using squalene between hyaluronic acid serums and face creams. You could also use it as a summer-face-oil. I am never gonna miss squalene in my skincare-routine again. The low price tag is also a plus. DECIEM's brand the ordinary is offering it for about 9 bucks (7.20 €).
3. JOJOBA OIL
Jojoba oil. Definitely one of my faves. Jojoba oil has a very unique texture that is very similar to our the natural sebum on our skin. Therefore it is absorbed really nicely and doesn't just sit on top . It is non-comedogenic which means that jojoba oil will not clog your pores or lead to more impurities. Never be afraid to use oil for oily and acne prone skin. Face oils can actually help regulating the sebum production in your skin by signalizing the body that it is already moisturized and there is no need for overproducing. Oily skin is dehydrated skin that tries to compensate the water loss by replacing it with oil.
Not all face oils are good for your skin. I would not recommend using coconut oil on your skin as it is very drying to the skin. I tried avocado and olive oil before and I quite like them but from my experience jojoba beats them all when it comes to absorption and hydration.
4. AHA PEELING (not sensitive)
Although peelings do not belong to the category gentle and sensitive- they are still needed when it comes to restoring moisture to the skin. If your skin's barrier is damaged and you react sensitive to active ingredients, you should probably skip this step.
Oftentimes we add layers and layers of serums and creams but our skin is not able to absorb it because it is covered in dead and flaky skin cells. This is especially important for those of you who have aging skin. If it is looking dead and dry the outermost layer of the skin has to be removed to prepare the perfect base to absorb moisture.
Many people would prefer manual peelings and scrubs over chemical ones for a more gentle approach. But the truth is that micro exfoliation is actually more damaging and irritation to the skin than a chemical peel. An AHA - peeling dissolves the dead flaky skin cells leaving you looking fresh and glowing. My favorite peeling is the 10% body and face AHA peeling from dermasence. If you have sensitive skin you can slowly build up your skin's tolerance by using lower percentages like 5% lactic acid or 8% AHA toner who do not stay on the skin for too long..