With all the rain, cold and warm weather that changes seemingly in an instant here in Florida, one of the most important attributes for your skin is hydration, no matter what time of year it is or where you live. While the colder, drier winter months make moisturization needs more obvious, being properly hydrated is a must year round.
It is only with proper hydration in the form of adequate water intake, daily home care products and professional treatments that balance in skin is achieved, assuring that your skin (the largest organ in the body) is performing optimally.
One of the primary ways to stay moisturized is to hydrate from the inside out. Proper water consumption has an immense impact of the health of your skin. Without enough water, the skin will lose its elasticity, become dry and will no longer be able to regenerate itself.
To understand topical moisturizing products to use, it’s important to consider how the ingredients work in the skin. Whether the ingredients are best for attracting moisture or locking it in, both are necessary for successful for skin hydration. Hyaluronic acid holds up to 1,000 times weight in water enhancing the skin’s moisture content and revitalizing its outer layer leaving the skin softer, smoother and plumper!
Moisturizers also act as a temporary barrier protecting sensitive skin, improving skin tone and texture and helping to mask imperfections. The moisturizer that’s best for you depends on many factors, including skin type, age and whether you have specific conditions, such as acne. Keep in mind that skin type can vary, depending on environment and hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, menopause and disease.
For general guidelines, consider the following:
Normal Skin: Normal skin is neither too dry nor oily. To maintain nature moisture balance, use a water based moisturizer that is light and non greasy. These moisturizers usually contain lightweight oils.
Dry Skin: To restore moisture to dry skin, a heavier, oil-based moisturizer will help keep your skin hydrated. For very dry and cracked skin, a petrolatum-based product is preferable. These have more staying power than creams do and are more effective in preventing water from evaporating from your skin.
Oily Skin: Although oily skin is prone to acne breakouts, it still needs moisture. A light moisturizer will also help protect your skin after cleansing. A water-based product will be less likely to clog pores.
Sensitive Skin: Sensitive skin is susceptible to skin irritations, redness, itching and redness. Choose a soothing moisturizer that doesn’t contain allergen, such as fragrances or dyes. Be sure to avoid products containing acids which can irritate sensitive skin.
Mature Skin: As you become older, your skin produces less oil and therefore become drier. To help keep your skin soft and hydrated, choose an oil-based moisturizer with antioxidants or alpha hydroxy acids which also help to combat wrinkles and fine lines.
Call Sanctuary, the best day spa & salon for facial treatment in Orlando, Fl. Make an appointment for your Free Visia Skin Analysis and one of Sanctuary’s Skin Care Professionals will help you create a personalized skin care plan by assessing your skin type, evaluating your skin’s condition and recommending moisturizers that will be the most effective.