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Dry vs. Dehydrated and The hydration magic of Hydroluric Acid!

 

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Who knew there was a major difference  of  Dry vs Dehydrated skin?!!?   I have always thought my skin was oily and that’s why my foundation never lasted. Years and years going to different makeup artist and just being told to use a primer… well I have and it still doesn’t work.   Lately, I have noticed my foundation has become patchy after an hour or so. Which is not a cute look. I started looking into patchy foundation and the causes. I stumbled upon lumiashe’s  Youtube Channel and she went over what she learned from her research and mostly from Caroline Hirons’ blog

Caroline made a fantastic cheat sheet on Dry vs Dehydrated skin and how you can have oily skin that is dehydrating. New news to me!

Here is what Caroline explained about the differences in skin types and conditions !

“Dry and dehydrated skins have similar characteristics, but different underlying reasons.

Dry Skin – normally a skin type but can be a temporary skin condition

  • caused by lack of oil in the skin
  • small pores
  • ‘tight’ feeling
  • may be flaky
  • milia, blackheads and spots may still be present
  • skin looks dull
  • skin is not plump
  • doesn’t absorb products easily
  • easily irritated – more likely to suffer reactions to products
  • aggravated by poor skincare

Dehydrated Skin – is a skin condition affecting any skin type – including DRY

  • caused by lack of water in the skin
  • pores can be large or small
  • skin feels tight and dry although it can confusingly sometimes look oily and have breakouts
  • absorbs moisturizers really quickly
  • blackheads and spots are still visible
  • makeup disappears (and goes patchy) throughout the day as the skin is absorbing any water in your foundation
  • skin looks ‘ashen’
  • aggravated by lifestyle circumstances – may suffer from a lot of headaches

Skin is made up of 70% water – around  20-30% of that is in the epidermis (top layer of the skin). In normal circumstances, your hydrolipidic film acts as a regulator and barrier – retaining moisture and protecting against germs. If – for whatever reason that is compromised, the moisture in the epidermis evaporates too quickly and the normal, healthy state of the skin is compromised.

The following can cause dehydration –

  1. Environment – wind, cold air, dry air, too much sun, air conditioning, central heating
  2. Diet – the wrong foods, alcohol, caffeine, not eating enough water-heavy foods, not drinking enough
  3. Lifestyle – stress , poor skincare routine, using the wrong products, medication – including birth control, smoking
  4. Genetics – monthly cycle, pregnancy

It is quite common to be both dry and dehydrated but if by looking at the above you have ascertained that you are one or the other – these do’s and don’t might help.

Do and Do Not:

  • Do upgrade your moisturizer to something suitable for dry skin if you recognize the signs – go for products using the words ‘nourishing’
  • Do change your moisturizer to something labelled ‘hydra’ or ‘hydrating’.
  • Do steer clear of foaming anything  – keep the bubbles for your dishes
  • Do use balms, oils and serums for dry skin.
  • Do use milks, specified oils and treatments for dehydrated
  • Do stay away from mineral oils, silicone (in skincare – not makeup), lanolins and synthetic fragrance which will make a dehydrated skin worse and make a dry skin scream for help.”

So, what is the magic to getting hydration back to your face? Hydroluric Acid!!  It holds up to 100 times it’s own weight in water.

Doctor Oz covered the who, what and why of  Hydroluric Acid!

He explains, that it is a powerful humectant which is a  moisture-binder. This  keeps skin plump and hydrated and looking young!

Biology geekout:  Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide in the human body. It’s present in large amounts in the spaces between skin cells, where it provides moisture, plumpness, firmness and suppleness to the skin.

As a baby you are born with extra H.A but over time you no longer have the fresh dewy baby skin and need a little help.  While you’re never going to get back that perfectly dewy baby-skin, it is possible to help restore the skin’s hyaluronic acid content and get a  fresher, more supple look.

There are serum or moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid. While it won’t give you the dramatic, instantaneous  results , you will see benefits in the form of softer, smoother, more hydrated skin.

Applied topically, it will increases hydration, improves elasticity and also reverses free radical damage, so it may have some benefit in protecting from UV damage.

Bonus: Hyaluronic acid is one ingredient that works across the board. Every skin type, even oily, can benefit. Look for hyaluronic acid serums and apply one alone if you have oily skin or under moisturizer if you have dry skin.

It is all about prevention of wrinkles and making sure  your skin is kept  fresh and hydrated.

Hope you babes learned something helpful!

xo- A.

 

 

 

 

DIY Face & Body Scrub!

Scrubs are one the best at home treatments for your skin. They are affordable and very beneficial. If your skin is healthy and firm, you can use a shower scrub up to three times a week. But if you have sensitive or thin skin, limit a good buffing to once a week.

Babe Glow!

A major perk to body scrubs, particularly the salt scrub, it leaves your skin glowing and soft. Sea salt is the best option for a salt glow. A coffee scrub has antioxidants that neutralize the effects of free radicals, which can damage the inner layer of skin which can lead to dreaded age spots and wrinkles. When a coffee body scrub is applied, the skin absorbs the antioxidant and can help prevent premature aging and brings a little life back into your skin. Just like it wakes you up in the morning, it can also wake up your skin!

Shed it!

It might seem like an obvious benefit to mention, but body scrubs are a great way to exfoliate dead skin cells.Exfoliation can help keep pores from becoming clogged (damn pores always trying to get gross) and leave skin with a refreshed and clean feeling. Scrubbing makes room for fresh shiny new cells to be produced and ultimately and leaving your skin looking and feeling like a total babe.

Just let it flow:

When you get a body scrub or give one to yourself, you are encouraging the natural flow of circulation and bodily fluids within. Some people use coffee body scrubs to combat the unwanted of varicose veins (spider veins). The caffeine found in coffee scrubs typically increases blood flow.

Be Gone Cellulite and Aging:

Some claim that coffee body scrubs can actually improve the appearance of aging and dimpled skin from cellulite. Lets be clear here, this is no miracle.  But every bit helps, so try the coffee scrub. It may reduce the appearance of cellulite and even the motion  of applying the coffee scrub can help by squeezing and massaging the body, this helps release and breakdown the toxins and fats held in the skin. Caffeine is also a vasodilator, (going back to biology days) which means it constricts blood vessels in the skin. This makes the blood vessels tighter and firmer quickly, which is shown in your skin texture

Bronzed Babe:  Try a non oily  or light oil base body scrub before applying any tanning lotion to guarantee an even application. By removing the dead skin cells, you’ll avoid splotches and dark spots, especially around your knees and elbows. Body scrubs are also great for removing self-tanner from your body

Relax and Enjoy!

Indulge in body scrubs, they are relaxing and purely beneficial. Having a body scrub done by a professional allows you to receive the benefit without the mess or stress. Getting a body scrub done at a spa regularly can be expensive, but there are many options to making your own scrubs at home.

Some of my favorite Scrub ingredients: Coconut oil, Olive Oil, Sugar, Sea Salt, Coffee Grounds, Honey, Lemon, Baking Soda

Be careful not to over scrub. Though your body skin is heartier than the skin on your face, it is susceptible to irritation. Always moisturize after you’ve dried off for smooth, nourished skin.

Body Recipe:

1 Cup of already used coffee grounds or fresh dry grounds. So I don’t waste coffee, I just take the grounds from the morning I used.

1/2 or to your liking of Olive Oil or Coconut oil.

Mix all together until you get your ideal texture and hop in the shower and start scrubbing.

Don’t be afraid to add essential oils or some sugar. Be your own body scrub mixologist!

Face Scrub:

  • 2 parts Baking Soda to 1 part water.
  • For moisture instead of water use coconut oil or honey.
  •  A few squeezes of lemon to your face scrub will help pull out the gunk in your pores and lighten (over time) any acne marks.
  • You could sprinkle some sugar on half a lemon and rub it all over your face for a quick and easy scrub

xo A