By now, you should be experts in the art of the double cleanse, toning and exfoliating! Let's talk about what's next: hydration.
Not as exciting, I know. I keep getting, “When are you going to talk about acne treatments? What spot correctors are you using?!” and so many more questions. Don’t worry, we will get there! But the importance on maintaining and how to properly hydrate your skin will not only help diminish the acne you already have, but you’ll also see a lot less acne appear.
How Hydration Works
Staying hydrated isn’t just drinking a lot of water (although you should and it’s something that took me years to learn). Hydrated, glowy skin not only looks better, but feels better and to accomplish this every skin type needs to balance two types of moisture: oil and water.
Our skin naturally produces oil; the type of skin you have (oily, dry, combination, etc.) is determined by how much oil your body produces. Let me say this: your skin needs these oils! Stripping away every bit of oil your skin makes is actually what may be causing dry, patchy itchy skin. It can also cause an overproduction of oil to compensate for it, increasing your chances of acne – which we all don’t want.
We can give our skin just the right amount of oil with oil-based serums and facial oils. I listed my current favorites and where to get them below.
Klair’s Freshly Juiced Vitam C Serum has been one of the best purchases I’ve made this year. High in vitamin C and gentle enough for sensitive skin, this has been one of my favorite hydrating serums that has faded my brown spots and brightened/evened out my skin tone. Most importantly, I’ve noticed less oil production around my usually oily t-zone. It doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry either, perfect balance!
Water-based hydration is a little different, it needs to come from the outside in. Drink tons of water (cannot say this enough as someone who is now seeing the difference water makes), your diet and the products you put on your skin. The best way to absorb these products better are after toning, when your skin is open to receiving hydrating serums and essences.
Essences are such an important part to my skincare routine! Essences have a thinner, most watery consistency than serums and ampolues and have properties that help hydrate and brighten the skin. They also help tone, firm skin and reduce the visibility of wrinkles. Since I started using my snail mucin I’ve noticed both look and feel hydrated. Pat over your entire face after toning and before moisturizing.
How to Hydrate Your Skin: The Do’s and Don’ts
- Drink plenty of water. Before bed and when you wake up are crucial.
- Use a moisturizer that’s appropriate for your true skin type, morning and night. Moisturize daily, no matter the skin type. The best way to find out what the best products to use are to research everything you can about your skin type. You can use clever products like hydrating mists and serums to get vital moisture without weighing skin down.
- Layer hydrating mists and/or serums below moisturizer. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, honey, or prickly pear that help bind water moisture before moisturizing (we want to bind the moisturizer to the skin with the serum – think of it as the glue that holds it all together!)
- Remember to exfoliate gently at least once a week to remove dead skin cells that keep your moisturizer from absorbing into the skin fully. I chose Sunday as my exfoliation day, it helps me remember.
- Don’t use too harsh of a daily facial cleanser. It will strip away everything and cause more oil. Gentle cleansers are good, double cleansing is better!
- Make sure you’re not over-using spot treatments or topicals where they may not be needed. This is so important and takes some trial and error. I used to apply everything all at once every day. Now my routine changes slightly between each day and day-to-night.
Try this out for yourself and please keep me posted on your progress! You’d be so surprised at how an easy and simple thing such as hydrating your skin can do so much good! Leave a comment below, share your story, I want to hear all about it.
Until next time.
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