When our skin lacks water, it becomes dehydrated, causing it to look dull and flaky.
Long term, dehydrated skin loses its elasticity and speeds up the aging process. During the fall, dehydrated skin comes on far too easily due to things like colder weather and hot, dry heating systems.
Many people confuse dehydrated skin with dry skin, but they are not one in the same. When your skin is dehydrated, it is lacking water, but when it is dry, it is lacking oil. This is why it is so important to use the proper moisturizer for your skin type. If your skin is dry, you will want to use an oil-based moisturizer that is heavier and has emollients (softeners and soothers) that lubricate your skin while preventing water loss.
If you have combination or oily skin, you will want to use a water-based moisturizer because they are lighter and absorb into the skin better without leaving it feeling greasy. Not sure where to start? Your best bet is to see an esthetician
who can examine your skin under a magnifying lamp and determine the best skincare regime for your skin type.
When I am looking for a good moisturizer, I look at the ingredients to see that it includes humectants, which are moisture binders that retain moisture. Some examples of humectant ingredients are hyaluronic acid
, sodium hyaluronate, and glycerin. Most serums also contain humectants. I recommend you apply your serums before your moisturizer so that the humectants can add hydration to your skin before you seal in the moisture with your moisturizer.
Using professional pharmaceutical grade skincare products will help heal, protect and hydrate your skin.
Book a facial today with a licensed esthetician who can properly evaluate your skin, exfoliate away those drab layers of summer skin you don’t want to invite into next season and recommend a great at-home skincare regime for fall and winter months.