Our bodies are 75% water and the skin is the largest organ in the human body, which means hydration is crucial to its well being. Water delivers nutrients to the skin cells. If nutrients don’t reach our cells, our cognitive performance, energy level, attention span and skin are all affected.
When the skin is dehydrated, there is a lack of water. People often mistake dehydrated skin with dry skin, but anyone can have dehydrated skin, even people with oilier skin. Dehydration results in dry, flaky skin that is less supple and elastic, fine lines become more noticeable and the skin tone is uneven.
Hydration increases blood flow, which in turn evens out the skin tone, plumps sagging skin and decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Unfortunately, we need to do more than drink water to get proper hydration. The water we drink hydrates cells once it is absorbed into the bloodstream and filtered by the kidneys, so at a cellular level, it reaches the other organs before it reaches the skin. Therefore, it is important to hydrate topically as well.
In our studios, our custom LED facials utilize multiple deeply hydrating serums, masks and moisturizers to increase hydration levels in the skin. These treatments typically incorporate a lot of red LED light which has the ability to push products deep into the dermal layer of the skin, which in turn leads to a significant increase in hydration.
At home, look for products that include hyaluronic acid, ceramides, argan oil, squalane, shea butter, glycerin and jojoba oil.
Some of my favorites include: