How to ACTUALLY hydrate your skin! Hint: It's not water

When the skin is hydrated, it's looking fresh, glowing, radiant, plump and luminous! If your skin is hydrated, it also means that it is strong, resilient and healthy. We all want hydrated and healthy skin, but how do we get it?
Let's take a quick dive into why hydrated skin is so important:

Hydrated skin is vital for optimum skin health and function and also needed for cell communication and cell signalling in the upper layers of the skin, known as the epidermis. 

Your body and cells lose water content over the course of the day through daily physical activity, pollution and just your regular daily life. It is up to us to replenish the water loss by keeping the skin hydrated throughout the day, everyday!

How do we hydrate the skin?
Of course the first thing we think of is water. You may find yourself drinking lots of water everyday, yet your skin may feel drab, dehydrated and dull. Why?

This is because water alone isn’t going to keep the skin hydrated. Water doesn’t actually reach the cells in the epidermis. Yes, it is important and plays a role in overall hydration, but manly for out internal organs (so don't skip on the water!)

What should we focus on then?
Enhancing our skin barrier! Let's take a closer look at what ingredients we need to aid in cell hydration:

  1. ESSENTIAL Fatty Acids (EFA’s)
    EFA's (think your Omegas 3 and 6), are the building blocks for our cell membranes and are the main component that create a healthy skin barrier. By ensuring you get your daily dose of EFA's, you are ensuring that the water content in our cells are more balanced and maintained, which =  HYDRATED SKIN!

To put it visually:
If you think about a glass of water and you place some oil in that water, you’ll notice the oil will reside to the top of the glass. If you place that glass outside in the elements that waster is less likely to evaporate. that oil is representing your skin barrier. MIND BLOWN RIGHT? 

Skin Barrier
How do I add EFA's into my skincare routine?
  • The Bestow Beauty Plus Oil, will ensure you hit your recommended intake of Omega 3 and 6! Have this daily and you’ll be on your way to more healthier and hydrated skin. 

What else do I need to be doing to keep my skin hydrated?
Here is where we go from the outside, in by using ingredients that are water loving and protecting. This will ensure your skin stays subtle and plump throughout the day. 

My favourite ingredients for hydrated skin include:

  • The famous HA (Hyaluronic Acid)
  • Vitamin C
  • Shea butter 
  • Lactic acid
  • Ceramides  

My favourite products for hydrated skin:

This hydrogel mask delivers instant hydration to skin that is dry, dull or depleted. Cooling and soothing, it refreshes and revives thirsty skin with mineral-rich waters and hyaluronic acid. A blend of amino acids, aloe vera and antioxidant extracts leave skin radiant and glowing. 
A blend of botanical lighteners, Vitamin C and Grape Seed Extract, this serum gently reduces inflammation and boosts hydration by promoting a clear, fresh-looking complexion.
This all-in-one serum leaves skin looking visibly hydrated, younger, firmer, more radiant and beautifully even toned. It's a true power serum that contains 15 clinically proven actives, including 7 groundbreaking peptides, as well as potent doses of Vitamin C, Vitamin B5, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, AHAs and Squalane. This jam packed serum simplifies the skincare game and minimises the need for multiple serums.
This repair cream boosts and balances moisture-depleted skin with Shea Butter, HA and Organic Plant Oils.  This serum brings renewed clarity and uniformity to the skin, whilst encouraging a healthy and dewy complexion.
Restore essential hydration to the skin with this lightweight Hyaluronic Acid serum that is infused with Vit B5. This serum instantly provides a boost of moisture to the skin and allows for a healthy, radiant glow.
This pharmaceutical-grade, high potent Vitamin C cleanser gently removes makeup and impurities, without causing any irritation to the skin. Featuring essential antioxidants and Vitamins, this cleanser soothes dry, dehydrated skin and helps to  reduce redness. We strongly recommend this cleanser to those of you with sensitive skin!
How do I know if I am using the right products for my skin?
You don’t have to achieve beautiful healthy glowing skin yourself. If you’re stuck and want to know more information on achieving your skin goals, book a FREE Virtual or In-clinic Skin Consultation. One of our highly trained Skin Experts will guide you and take you on a journey to bring out the best in your skin.

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