whilst we’re at home we might find our complexions changing, we’re no longer in our normal routines, food, exercise, environmental aspects have all changed, these are all factors that affect the way our skin behaves.
one of the elements we need to think about as we’re spending so much time in doors, eating differently, changes in our fluid intake and possibly with central heating, is hydration.
firstly, you need to establish if you are dehydrated and whether you are ensuring you keep up your hydration levels, but what is the difference between dry and dehydrated skin? it may seem like the same thing. but understanding the difference could help you to choose the correct treatment and management of your skin.
dry vs dehydrated
dry skin is characterised by fewer oil glands on the face, whereas dehydrated skin is due to a lack of water.
dry skin basically lacks sebum and therefore reduces the amount of lipids needed to build a stronger barrier function that helps protect skin from external aggressors. it occurs deep between the layers of your skin and causes skin to become flaky, itchy and uncomfortable skin texture.
on the other hand, dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of water, it can be caused by environmental factors, weather or changes of season, diet, too much consumption of caffeine and alcohol, lack of sleep and not adequate skincare ingredients. when our skin is dehydrated it can become red and congested, it lacks elasticity and looks dull, causes dark circles under our eyes. the hydration needed in our complexion is vital in making our skin look plump and reducing the effect of fine lines and wrinkles.
how do we treat dehydrated skin?
it may seem obvious and something we’re being told all the time, but make sure your drinking plenty of water, as we’re all at home now, it maybe that you’re out of your routine, use a water bottle to make sure you’re keeping up hydration levels throughout the day. as a guide drinking approximately 8 glasses of water a day is sufficient, but if you’ve increased your exercise be aware that sweating during your online class can further reduce the amount of fluids you retain, so use a balanced approach to your fluid intake.
increase your intake of water rich foods
adjusting our diet at this difficult time might be problematic, but if possible, try to include some water rich foods in your diet, cucumber, spinach, celery, radishes, strawberries and bananas can help with this.
use products that contain hydrating ingredients
our luxmi hydrating radiance serum contains to key ingredients for hydration. hyaluronic acid is a sugar found naturally in our skin that holds water and keeps our skin hydrated and looking plump. as we age, the amount of ha we have is reduced over time and thus our skin can become effected, as with collagen and elastin. we can help to keep HA levels in our skin up by eating a varied diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables that contain natural antioxidants to keep inflammation at bay.
ha is a powerful humectant, when used in skincare it helps to bring moisture to the surface layer of our skin as it has an ability to hold water, up to 1000 times its own weight. however, picking the right hyaluronic acid can be tricky as many have a molecule too large to delivery hydration into the skin. our ha is a low molecular weight which allows it to penetrate the skin and do its job more efficiently.
we also use an ingredient long used in chinese history, for its beauty and medicinal purposes, tremella mushroom, also known as snow mushroom or silver ear, is a white gelatinous flower like mushroom, which looks like it belongs under the sea! It has long been used in chinese food and Asian medicine. In fact, as far back as the imperial tang dynasty the concubine yang guifei (713 to 756) said to be one of china’s greatest beauties, credited her beauty to the sponge like flower. taken internally it can boost skin hydration as it acts like hyaluronic acid due to high amounts of polysaccharides in its content. but don’t worry we’ve added it to our Luxmi serum so that you can enjoy its benefits.
how to use your serum in your skincare routine
after using your luxmi serum be sure to lock in the hydration with moisturiser or an oil.
finally get plenty of sleep!
at this time of uncertainty sleep may become effected, try to get a regular 7-8 hours of sleep a day. try to regulate your bedtime routine, read a book, relax with a bath, have a skincare routine at night, include a facial massage.
try to include some breathing exercises each night to bring down any anxiety and reduce stress.
shop our Luxmi Hydrating Radiance Serum here.