Your skin is thirsty: how to properly moisturize it at home

We need to drink more
It would seem that a pea of moisturizer — and all the problems will disappear. But it’s not that simple. No matter how wonderful your moisturizer is, if you don’t drink enough water, you are wasting money on care products. The skin (or rather, its deepest layer, the dermis) works like a sponge: simultaneously with nutrients from blood vessels, it receives moisture and greedily absorbs it. But at the same time, part of the life-giving drops rises higher, into the outer layer of the skin (epidermis), from where it then safely evaporates. But ideally, the dermis should consist of 80% water!

The lipid barrier helps our skin to control the rate and volume of moisture evaporation: contained in the upper layer of the epidermis, it prevents the rapid volatilization of water molecules from the skin surface. Therefore, if it is damaged or weakened, moisture will simply flow away to nowhere. Of course, moisturizers will help to strengthen the protection and water the skin with water. But first of all, make sure that not only the skin, but also the body itself does not suffer from dehydration, and for this you need to drink those notorious 1.5 liters of water a day.

Do you wash your face properly?
Paradoxically, one of the factors contributing to the rapid dehydration of the skin is washing. Yes, of course, water is the basis of any purification. That’s just good to clean the skin from dirt, and even more so from the remnants of decorative cosmetics, with its help it is possible only if the water in the bottle is micellar. Washing with simple — and especially tap — water does not just dry and irritate the skin.

Optical deception is much more dangerous: even if it seems to you that with the help of a cotton pad soaked in water you have removed all the remnants of makeup from your face, in fact this will not be the case, because many of the substances that make up the decorator simply do not dissolve in water. The miracle formula of micellar water, which easily dissolves the densest and most persistent impurities, is surprisingly simple: thermal and/or flower water, fatty acid esters and a number of additional components (glycerin, plant extracts, hyaluronic or lactic acid, panthenol). Molecules invisible to the eye-micelle balls — gently cleanse the skin, and the active ingredients saturate its cells with additional moisture. The appearance of a novelty in the line of cleansers was met with unanimous approval by cosmetologists: no friction, no irritation, no allergic reactions.

Your skin is thirsty: how to properly moisturize it at home

Rules of humidification
One of the main signs that the skin lacks moisture is a feeling of dryness and tightness. Cosmetics — creams, gels, serums, emulsions — on a water basis help to maintain an optimal level of moisture in the skin. The water content in them should be at least 70%! At the same time, the composition is saturated with components-moisturizers (glycerin, hyaluronic acid) and ingredients that help the skin retain moisture (extracts of green tea, lotus, aloe, iris and cucumber, fats, mineral oils, fruit acids). In texture, these products differ from protective and nutritious ones: they are low-fat, much «lighter» and literally fresher.

Moisturizing agents reliably cover the skin with the thinnest invisible film and create a kind of protective barrier, helping to retain moisture already present in the dermis and preventing its excessive evaporation (at the same time protecting it from wind and sun).

Express help: moisturizing sprays
When talking about water procedures, one cannot do without mentioning sprays and their «improved» variants — haze. They are especially necessary for our cosmetic bag on hot summer days, when under the influence of the sultry sun and dry warm air, the skin quickly loses moisture.

A spray can is an opportunity for a refreshing shower when you can’t take it, but you really want to! And all because the spray is based on water — thermal, mineral, marine or floral water extracted from underground sources. Mist is also, in fact, water (thermal or mineral), but water enriched with all kinds of useful substances (vitamins and trace elements, essential oils, plant extracts, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, etc.). Additives determine the purpose of the product: hydration, nutrition, recovery, removal of puffiness and redness. However, it would be wrong to reduce the effect of using healing waters to positive dermatological results. Spray is generally a very democratic product, and its range of possibilities is much wider.

Your skin is thirsty: how to properly moisturize it at home

The spray can be used to:

cool and soothe the skin (for example, after tanning, depilation, cleansing or peeling procedures);

freshen up or wash up when there is no such opportunity (after a workout, a long flight or during an office day);

additionally moisturize the skin (apply the spray on dry, cleansed skin before applying a moisturizer or on top of it for additional nutrition);

enhance the effect of the mask or serum (refresh the skin with a spray before the procedure — useful substances will «work» more actively);

fix make-up (spray each layer of cosmetics after application: the haze has excellent absorbent ability and absorbs particles of sweat and sebum, providing a matte skin and preventing make-up from «leaking»);

to give yourself a light fragrance (floral waters, or hydrolates, are obtained through steam distillation of flowers, stems and leaves of plants, therefore, their aromatic properties may well replace perfumes);

achieve the effect of tanning (a couple of sprays will give the skin a healthy complexion, slightly touched by the summer sun).

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