From Category: skincare

Friday

a close-up picture of a woman showing her adult acne on the face
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Acne can cause serious damage to your self-esteem and even make you feel isolated when you are a young teenager. During this period of your life, you dream of growing up and having perfectly smooth skin with no blemishes and zits, only coming to the conclusion that it does not always happen as you wish. Acne won't disappear magically when you jump off your teenage carriage. Acne is a permanent condition of skin for up to 22% of women, and 3% of men. A state that continues to remind itself throughout the majority of adult life.


What is the Actual Difference Between Teenage Acne & Adult Acne?


Simply saying, adult acne is a skin condition when the hair follicle under the skin is getting clogged by sebum and becomes inflamed. It is the same acne that occurs in teenagers but affects people older than 18 years. Just like teenagers, adult acne is commonly characterized by inflamed, painful pimples and bumps, filled with pus. The condition tends to affect the lower half of the face, cheeks, and cheekbones.

Due to the severity of the process, skin scarring, called post-acne, often follows after the cyst is gone. Post-acne scars may be connected with physiological side-effects of acne conditions. That's why it is recommended to treat the acne scarring after the inflammatory process is stopped. Still, it is often a long-lasting and difficult treatment.

What are the Psychological Effects of Adult Acne?


Some studies show that adult acne is directly linked to anxiety and depression disorders in adults. Skin imperfections, blemishes, and scarring can negatively affect self-image and may impair social life. Self-isolation and low self-esteem have a major impact on mental well-being in adults. A wave of anger, followed by hopelessness and frustration further intensifies the feeling of anxiety. 

a close-up picture of a woman showing her adult acne on the face

What are the 5 Main Causes of Acne in Adults?


Of course, many different reasons cause adult acne. It is important to understand what triggers your acne to find the best possible acne treatment for your condition. Here are the 5 most common causes of acne.

#1. Hormonal Disbalance

The number one reason and the most common reason that causes acne is hormonal fluctuations. For example, most women experience facial breakouts in the second half of the menstrual cycle. The skin inflammations often calm down when menstruation starts. This skin condition is caused by the hormonal changes in a woman's body. Adult hormonal acne may be connected with weight gain, the high levels of cortisol, and usually, is more difficult to treat. 

#2. Stressful Lifestyle

We are slowly approaching the second common cause of adult acne also known as stress. High levels of stress is always linked to low immunity in adults, which is directly affecting the inflammatory process in the body. Stress-relieving activities, such as outdoor exercise, family time, naps, and meal preparation may help you to put your stress levels under control. Thorough skincare may help you to battle your acne topically, but the balance between your body and mind will provide a much more long-lasting solution to this skin concern.

#3. Unhealthy Diet

Thankfully, no scientists have ever proven a link between adult acne and chocolate. So, you can still enjoy a few pieces of black chocolate per day. However, it might be time to stay away from dairy. More specifically,  low-fat dairy products may provoke inflammatory issues, spiking the levels of insulin in the blood. A well-balanced diet, as always, is a way out of this situation. 

a close-up picture of the couple with acne and acne scarring

#4. Facial Hair Removal

We all want to have smooth, hair-free skin, but instead, we get painful ingrown hair and inflamed follicles. To avoid these issues, try substituting your razor and waxing strip strips with less invasive hair removing methods like intense pulse light or laser treatment. These methods are costly, but they don't promote the hair ingrowth process. If shaving and waxing are your favorite methods, then don't forget to use an aftershave with Salicylic or Glycolic acid.

#5. Hair Care Products

I know it is the last thing you'll consider when it comes to understanding the adult acne causes. But, if your skin tends to break out on your forehead, along the hairline, around your cheeks and jawline, it might be your hair care products. Some of the ingredients in hair products may be the reason for clogged pores, as they are designed for your hair, not your skin. Artificial fragrances, often found in hair care products, can promote allergies and skin irritations. To minimize the impact on your acne-prone skin try preventing your hair and products from falling on your face. Also, invest in high-quality hair care products, made from natural ingredients with the least amount of harmful chemicals possible.


You are Not Alone in Your Adult Acne Battle


The takeaway of the story would be simple — you are not alone! Seek support on the forums and social media groups, where people discuss their adult acne battles. You will be surprised how many people go through the same period as you. Another major piece of advice — don't concentrate on your pimples. Most of the people around you don't notice skin imperfection, especially once they learn to know you. Stay positive, treat your skin with love, and the first changes will follow promptly.

Thursday

a close-up picture of two hands which are holding an apple in one hand and bitten donut in another
Photo: Andres Ayrton

It isn't new that you must eat good food to look great and be healthy. The beauty and health of your skin are strongly dependent on the quality of the food you regularly consume. Fresh vegetables and fruits, various nuts, and some fish will be beneficial for your complexion, while junkie food plays the main antagonist of your skin's health. So, I invite you to dive deeper into the world of nutrients and superfoods.

What should I eat for good skin?

A well-balanced diet that includes a healthy amount of calories and nutrients is considered to be the best for the overall health of the body and skin. At least, it is what most healthcare professionals and medical dieticians claim to confer health benefits. Here is what a healthy diet for glowing skin should include, according to the WHO (World Health Organization):

  • Fresh Fruits & Vegetables:

Fruits and fresh veggies contain most of the vitamins, microelements, and fibers for healthy skin. That's why they should be a key part of your daily diet. Generally recommended to consume at least 400 g. of vegetables and fruits per day, excluding starchy roots (potatoes, turnips, parsnips). They include vitamin A, also known as beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, and folic acid, which reduces levels of homocysteine. Fruits and veggies also include magnesium and zinc.

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Photo: Sunsetoned

Why is vitamin A good for the skin? 

  • Vitamin A normalizes the function of the cells;
  • Normalizes oil production in the skin, improving its condition;
  • Assists in collagen production;
  • Reduces skin pigmentation by normalizing tyrosinase.

You can find Vitamin A in carrots, mangoes, papayas, and leafy vegetables, such as spinach, and maize.

Why is vitamin C beneficial for the skin?

  • It is a potent antioxidant, so it protects skin from free radicals damage;
  • Reduces pigmentation by inhibiting melanin production;
  • It also reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

The best sources of Vitamin C are red peppers, spinach, broccoli, strawberries, and citrus fruits.

a picture of three wooden spoons filled with different grains
Photo: Roman Odintsov
  • Nuts, Oils & Unprocessed Grains

Whole grains, healthy oils, and nuts are rich in mono- and polyunsaturated fats, zinc, selenium, antioxidants, and other advantageous elements. Unlike refined carbohydrates contained in white flour, popcorn, and rice cakes, unprocessed grains can improve your skin complexion by combating inflammation and skin damage. And nuts like almonds are filled with antioxidants, which, as you already know, combats skin-aging free radicals.

Are healthy fats good for your skin?

Particular fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6 play the role of building blocks for our body and skin. They also help our bodies to absorb other nutritional elements like vitamins A and D.

  • Omega-3 keeps the skin elastic and thick and moisturized;
  • It reduces inflammatory processes, improving acne and skin irritations;
  • Fatty acids make the skin less sensitive;
  • Omega-6 helps stimulate skin and hair growth;
  • They also help to regulate the activity of skin oil glands.

Healthy fatty acids can be found in seafood, walnuts, soy, algae, vegetable oils, and avocado dark chocolate.

a close-up picture of a cake with a fork in it
Photo: Polina Tankilevitch

What foods are bad for your skin?


While some types of food are good for the skin, other types of food might contribute to several skin and health conditions. When choosing your diet, it is best to avoid certain foods that aren't good neither for the skin nor for your health in general. Here are foods, that ruin the beauty of your skin:

  • Sugar, sugar-sweetened drinks;
  • Natural sweeteners like honey, syrups, and agave;
  • Paste, white flour, refined grains, pastries (refined carbs);
  • Salty snacks;
  • Fatty meat, butter, cream, cheese (unhealthy fats);
  • Caffeine;
  • Alcohol.

Is sugar harmful to the skin?

The short answer is yes. Consuming a lot of sugar can be harmful to the skin. However, most people are unaware of the negative effects of sugar on health in general, and skin in particular. Sweet food and refined carbohydrates instantly absorb into the blood and facilitate insulin production. And high levels of insulin aren't good for those who struggle with acne

Hormone insulin activates another hormone — androgen, which accelerates skin cell growth and boosts sebum production. A well-balanced diet, which includes low-glycemic food and doesn't raise sugar levels in the blood, may reduce inflammation and the appearance of acne.

How do "Bad" Fats Affect the Skin?

Saturated and trans fats are considered to be bad for the skin. These enemies of good health increase the risks of various heart diseases and inflammations (redness, acne, eczema.) Doctor Doug DiOrio states that foods that contain processed flours and trans-fats cause inflammation in the body, making the skin more vulnerable to damage.

a close up picture of three caffeinated drinks on a table
Photo: Nathan Dumlao

Why are Caffeine and Alcohol Bad for the Skin?

Most people know the feeling of thirst after a noisy party the night before. We experience a similar feeling after a shot of a potent caffeinated drink. It is all because caffeine and alcohol dehydrate our bodies and skin. Alcohol is a known diuretic — a substance that increases the production of urine.

Dehydration is the main reason for skin sagging and premature aging. Thirsty skin appears less thick and youthful, it loses its natural glow and elasticity. The loss of moisture leads to regeneration difficulties, making it harder for the cells to grow and develop properly. Therefore, it is best to avoid overconsumption of alcohol and caffeinated drinks.

The Takeaway

We are what we eat, and so is our skin. The food we love and want may not be what your skin needs at this moment. It will be beneficial for you and your skin to find a healthy compromise, which will make a dramatic difference in the appearance of the skin. Try incorporating healthy foods for skin and other healthy skincare habits slowly, but surely. In a short period, you and your skin will experience the first positive changes, and you will not want to go back to fast food and pastries.

Tuesday

woman massages her face with jade roller
Photo: Polina Kovaleva

You have probably heard that the biggest organ of our body is our skin. On average, the surface area of a human's skin is between 1.5–2.0 square meters, and this is a mind-blowing fact! Skin is a barrier between the environment that surrounds us and the internal organs of the body. Therefore, it requires a lot of care and attention, as it carries out such an important function.

Various external factors such as mechanical damage, sun damage, pollution, and internal factors like hormonal changes and aging put our skin through a lot of stress. Add a lack of hydration and poor nutrition to all of this, and you'll cause irreversible damage to the skin. Thankfully, we live in a wonderful time and have a lot of different tools, ingredients, and treatments that allow us to both prevent skin damage and repair it. And here are five simple steps to do so.

woma massages her face
Photo: Polina Kovaleva

Step 1 | Lymphatic Drainage 

The very first step is to drain all the puffiness and trapped liquid out of your tissues. And, one of the best ways to do so is to do a special type of therapy, called lymphatic drainage facial. It is usually done by professionals, but you can hold a low-key massaging session yourself. This facial treatment will drastically reduce skin puffiness, redness, and even promote better blood circulation for a refreshed face. 

Step 2 | Reduce Inflammation

The cold must follow right after you apply heat to your skin. Hot and cold therapy is an excellent way to calm the skin inflammations, tighten and brighten up your facial skin. It also has a powerful anti-aging effect on your skin. When done regularly, hot and cold skin therapy strengthens up the immune system, promoting growth and repair of the skin cells.

face mask and jade roller are laying on marble table
Photo: Polina Kovaleva

  • Chill your skin with cryotherapy:

Cryotherapy is a facial procedure that involves having liquid nitrogen evenly spread all over your face. Such a facial instantly shrinks enlarged pores, soothes, and refreshes your skin. The procedure will take only 2 to 3 minutes of your time, and is considered to be safer and gentler to the skin, compared to chemical peels and mechanical exfoliators.

  • Or DIY ice cube facial:

If cryo facial isn't available for you, you can DIY this cold and hot procedure yourself. Freeze a few chamomile or cucumber ice cubes and use them on your skin right after the hot shower. Cold face roller or a few minutes of the cold shower are going to be a great alternative to professional cryotherapy as well.


Step 3 | Hydration & Nourishment

All facials and skincare procedures are going to leave your skin thirsty. That's when deep hydration and proper skin nourishment should follow. Skin serums induced with vitamins, creams, beauty oils, and toners are going to rejuvenate the skin, lock moisture in, and calm down irritated skin. Choose skincare products that are high in antioxidants, they will prevent skin stress and speed up the recovery process.

hand is holding face massager
Photo: Polina Kovaleva

Step 4 | Microcurrent Workout

Your facial muscles need a regular workout just like any other muscle in the body. Microcurrent technology, which has been used since 1980, is going to non-invasively stimulate your facial muscles, tightening, and toning them up. The microcurrent facial is completely painless and can be done by a professional esthetician, or at home, with the help of a portative microcurrent device. A long-term microcurrent treatment not only stimulates your facial muscles, but can also reduce the appearance of fine lines, and wrinkles, without harming your muscles and skin. 

Step 5 | LED Light Facial

And, lastly, a few words about the LED light facial. It uses a variety of wavelengths of light, including red and blue light, but does not use ultraviolet rays. Blue light is known to heal damaged skin, suppress levels of cortisol, and treat acne, while red light is used for anti-aging properties. The whole procedure is going to take up to 30 minutes, and you’ll need a few LED light sessions to see the first results.

Sunday

woman in holding vitamin serum in her left hand and posing
Photo: Mikhail Nilov

Congratulations, your skin is finally clear and free of the annoying pimples and acne. Now, when they are completely gone, the only problem left is scarring. Certainly, you can cover skin imperfections with a layer of makeup. However, makeup will not camouflage uneven skin texture, it will only make it look more prominent. The only real solution is actually to make the scar less visible naturally or fade it away. Acne scars tend to get less visible with time, but it is possible to quicken up this process. Still, before starting any treatment, it is best to understand the real reason behind scarring and the removal mechanism.

What Causes Acne Scars?

Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation or PIH is the medical term used to describe the dark mark and skin unevenness left after the acne is gone. In the beginning, the scar looks red, turning dark brown or even purplish with time.  If you have a darker skin complexion, then you are more prone to get darker acne scars. Usually, the pigmentation lasts somewhere between three to five years, though it may stay for longer periods of time. 

Severe acne scarring may be more common when the surface of the pimple is damaged by scratching or "popping". This promotes inflammation and causes the skin to raise more pigment melanin onto the surface of the skin, as the body tries to protect the sensitive area. The higher level of melanin leaves the skin with dark spots in the place of post-acne.

a bunch of skin care tools that are laying on a plain background
Photo: Content Pixie

What are the Most Common Types of Acne Scars?

While most acne scars are flat, and pigmented, some of them may appear higher or lower on the skin. This creates an uneven texture on the surface of the face, which is harder to conceal. Therefore, preventing acne before it begins is very important. If the acne process has already begun, it is crucial to treat it at an early stage, before the appearance of deep scarring.

Other acne scars, which are commonly called hypertrophic scars, are even more visible on the skin, as they are more raised and developed. They are even harder to battle, but nothing is impossible. Though, you may need a little help on the side, and a well-planned course of scar treatment.

Best Post-acne After-Care and Treatments

Now, when we know that it is important to start the treatment early in the healing period when the acne pimple is not inflamed anymore, it is completely healed and flat. To speed up the healing, use anti-inflammatory remedies like Hydrocortisone and Vitamin E. Both of them reduce inflammation and swelling, preventing the forming of the actual acne scar. Avoid using any damaging procedures during this stage, as they can lead to more pigmentation and scarring. Don't forget to consult your dermatologist before starting any kind of skin treatment.

Once your skin is completely healed, has no sign of inflammation, you can start using other remedies like Vitamin C. It is a potent antioxidant that prevents melanin synthesis or melanogenesis, and so it reduces hyperpigmentation. Retinol and Hyaluronic acid in your skincare routine will stimulate collagen synthesis, and it will even out post-acne skin bumpiness. 

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Photo: Content Pixie

Best Ingredients that Help Reduce Acne Scars

Some skin care ingredients may help you on your way to even skin. To make them work better, pair them with regular face moisturizer. One of the best ingredients that improve skin texture is Mandelic Acid. This ingredient also plays a huge role in the cell renewal process.

Another great acne scars treatment is Azelaic Acid. It has a very gentle, but very effective exfoliating nature. It is even recommended for people with Rosacea. For severe cases of acne scarring, and for keloid scars, use a powerful combination of Retinoids and Hydroquinone.

How to Maintaining Scar-Free Skin?

Maintaining scar-free skin is yet another battle for healthy skin. The most important rule here is a potent sunscreen with an SPF. Invest in a good-quality product with at least SPF 90, and don't forget to re-apply it regularly. Post-acne skin is sensitive and prone to sunburn. Plus, UV exposure may make the pigmentation more severe, so it is crucial to protect your skin from the sun.

Photo: Content Pixie

  • Develop a Skin Care Routine, and Stick to It
Now, when the acne is gone, we want to avoid relapse, and a thorough morning and evening skincare routine is going to prevent new blemishes and pimples from reappearing. Consult your dermatologist and develop your personal routine that suits your lifestyle and skin type. Stick to the routine and don't skip the steps.

  • Cleansing And Moisturizing is a Must
Give special attention to the cleansing process in your routine. Skip the harsh scrubbing, opting for gentle chemical peels. Use them once a week to release your skin from the dead cells, refreshing its appearance. Follow the cleansing with a rich moisturizer in the evening, and SPF-based cream for the daytime.

  • Check your skin regularly with a Dermatologist.
It is important to stay in touch with your dermatologist throughout the whole healing process. A professional doctor will help you with wound healing, tell you if you need any additional topic treatments, and do extra exams if necessary. It is important to check in with your dermatologist regularly, even after your acne is completely gone.

Hopefully, their skincare tips will help you during your acne treatment process. Remember to don't pick on your skin and squeeze the pimples, even if they annoy you too much. Prevention of acne and acne scarring is better and easier than cure. 

Thursday

a portrait of a woman in water
Photo: Ryanniel Masucol

Happy time of a day, my nocturnal creatures, how are you doing? Hopefully, you are all doing great and preparing yourself for the upcoming spring season. In today’s post, we’re going to be talking about the four most basic skincare rules that are mandatory for clean and healthy skin with no blemishes and dry patches. These lessons help me to outlive bad skin days, turning my dull, dry, and flaky skin glowing again. Maybe, you’ll find some of these skincare rules familiar, yet it is always nice to repeat them once again, isn’t it? Still, I hope that for some of you this post is going to be useful!

two female hands are showing a cut avocado

A Well-balanced Diet

We all know the old and good saying, you know that one that says we are what we eat. Our health, beauty, and even our mood come from the inside and from the food we consume. Especially for people with problematic skin, a well-balanced diet is vital to clean facial skin. So, I propose to fill ourselves with a bunch of fresh fruits and veggies, which are great sources of fiber, vitamins, and other beneficial elements. Forget about bad habits, junk food, and drinks. Consult your nutritionist, this doctor will give you tips on healthy eating and exercise.

Here are a few basic pieces of advice that will help you to organize your meals:


•Eat the necessary amount of calories your body can consume during the day;


• Limit intake of sugar, fats, and dairy;


• Limit salt and strong spices in your food;


• Increase the quantity of beta-carotene and vitamins C, E, and A.

a woman dices lemon and ginger on a wooden cutting board

The Importance of Hydration

Water is key to healthy and beautiful skin. If we don't drink enough water our skin dries and is covered with small wrinkles and patches. Water deficiency is a way to early aging and health issues. The average amount of water for adults is about 2 liters (67.6 oz), but to make sure you receive enough water per day use this Hydration Calculator. This website will calculate the approximate amount of water you should drink for your age, weight, and lifestyle.

Thorough Skin Care Routine

A reasonable skincare routine is super important for healthy skin, and a well-planned routine can cardinally change the skin situation. The main idea is to find beauty products that suit your skin condition and lifestyle the best and repeat them all the time. Of course, your skincare routine may vary, depending on the time of the year, but always remember about three main skincare steps: cleaning, toning, and moisturizing. Consult a dermatologist and after sticking to your skincare to see the results.

There is no need to buy the most expensive beauty care products on the market, just find those cosmetic products that will fit your skin type and age. Always use products with SPF even if it is winter outside and there is no sun. Try to avoid skincare products containing alcohol and strong fragrances. Alcohol and fragrances can irritate and damage your skin, causing allergic reactions.

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Squeaky-clean Makeup Tools

And finally, one of the most important rules is to clean and sterilize your makeup tools. What's the point in the clean face and expensive makeup products, if you are going to apply them with disgusting dirty tools? Don't forget to wash your hands before applying your makeup. I like to carry around a spray bottle with alcohol, so I can clean spray my hands and brushes. There are so many bacteria, living among the home dust and feeding on our makeup products. Make a habit to wash your makeup tools, especially those you use to apply creamy and greasy products after each use.

Certainly, there are so many other useful rules that can help you to improve your skin health. But I hope these tips were somehow useful and interesting for you. Please let me know if there is something I should know to make my skin better. I wish you all to stay healthy and beautiful and stay tuned for more beauty tips on my blog. Until the next time!

girl is treating her dry skin
Photo: cottonbro

For better, or worse, dry skin texture is not something you can cover with a layer of foundation. In fact, fine lines and skin flakes are only getting emphasized by makeup. Even the thinnest layer of light foundation or powder makes them more visible. Apparently, the only real way to cure dry skin is to find the reason behind it and solve the beauty puzzle. And, in today's post, we are going to find out how to treat even the driest skin overnight. But, whether your skin is simply dehydrated, or you have a dry skin type, we are going to find out as well.

How to Know if You Have Dry Skin?

Of course, as we age, so does our skin. As the years go by, it gets drier, losing a natural ability to retain moisture. To learn if your skin is really dry, start by closely looking at your skin in the mirror. How would you describe it? Does your skin look like it has a natural protective barrier on its surface? Is it dry or oily? Healthy skin normally has some natural oil to it. It is smooth and plump. If your skin looks and feels tight, and sensitive, then you probably have a dry skin type.

Having dry skin also has its advantages. For instance, dry skin is not as prone to acne and blemishes. On the other hand, it is thinner and has a weak natural barrier, therefore it is more sensitive. Fine lines are also more visible on drier skin. But no need to worry, there are plenty of ways that will improve the condition of your dry skin. Some of them can even improve the look of your skin overnight, like the following three-step routine.

woman is washing her face
Photo: cottonbro

1. Use a soft, neutral cleanser;

We all know and understand the importance of a well-formulated skincare routine. Especially the one that takes into consideration your skin type, and specific skin issues you may experience. One step that can cure your dry skin overnight, or at least improve its feeling and texture is substituting your cleanser. Instead of a cleanser that contains Sulfates like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), go for a soft, neutral cleanser. It will keep your skin clean, and won't dry it out.

2. Use a beauty oil;

When you are done with the face cleanser, softly pad your skin with a cotton towel, and immediately apply face oil. The dry skin type is thirsty for sebum (skin oil), so if you don't have cosmetic oil, you can get help from your kitchen. It can be 100% virgin vegetable oil, like Coconut oil or Avocado oil. Plant oils are highly beneficial for the skin.

3. Use a rich moisturizer

Soft cleanser and beauty oil are not everything your dry skin needs. After you are done with cleansing and oiling, proceed to apply a rich facial moisturizer. Opt for a cream that has a thick consistency and several nourishing ingredients in its formula. Peptides, oils, and ceramides are great for dry skin. They will moisturize it overnight, while you are getting your beauty sleep.

woman is taking foam bath
Photo: cottonbro

What if Your Skin is Dehydrated?

Every skin needs moisture once in a while. Still, at times, your skin may lack hydration, not moisture. In this case, a previous three-step routine may not be enough. The most interesting thing about dehydrated skin is that it can still have a layer of sebum on it. It may break out, but still, be tight and sensitive. Dehydrated skin may also develop various conditions like atopic dermatitis, so it is important to get a professional diagnosis. 

Sometimes dehydrated skin may be both flaky, and oily. This is confusing and demands extra attention and water replenishing. Humectants like Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin may also help you to revive your skin. Here are some tips, that will help you in your treatment.

1. Lukewarm water is your friend;

A hot shower is not good neither for your hair nor for your skin. Of course, you should not freeze yourself in the water but can make it slightly warm. Use a previously mentioned non-foaming cleanser to wash your skin, and rinse it away with lukewarm water.

2. Pat your skin, don't dry it;

To preserve as much water as possible, pat your skin with a towel, but don't dry it all the way. You can also use a thin cotton cloth, instead of a rough bath towel.

3. Apply Hyaluronic Acid serum immediately;

To trap as much water in your skin cells as much, apply the hydrating serum that contains Hyaluronic Serum or Glycerin on your skin immediately after the shower.

4. Put on a deep-hydrating mask overnight;

Finish your nighttime skincare routine with a gel-based mask. Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol, and Collagen are the main ingredients you want to see in your overnight mask. 

woman cares her skin
Photo: cottonbro

Skin Care Tips for Both Dry Dehydrated Skin

Unfortunately, dry and dehydrated skin may occur at the same time. No one is truly safe from both of these skin issues. And if you are one of those people, who got two problems at the same time, then the next skincare tips are surely for you.

1. No harsh chemicals, alcohol, or fragrances;

Some cosmetic brands may still use harsh components in their product that may negatively affect the condition of your skin. Make sure to check out the potentially harmful ingredients for your dry and dehydrated skin to prevent further transepidermal water loss (TEWL).

2. Avoid long showers and baths, especially with hard water;

Water is life, but it may also be the preseason behind hair and skin dehydration. Especially if the water is hard. Hard water is usually not as effective at washing product residue off the skin surface. You may want to look into improving the quality of the water, or picking up the products that help to neutralize its effect.

face brush exfoliator
Photo: Karolina Grabowska

3. Be gentle to your skin;

Exfoliation, polishing, and massaging are good for your skin. But, if you feel like your skin is on the drier side, then you should give a preference to the chemical exfoliation, over mechanical. Try to avoid thorough scrubbing, and use only the gentlest skin polishes for the dry and sensitive areas. Consult your dermatologist for tips and tricks on facial exfoliation.

4. Air humidifier for healthy skin;

You will be surprised how influential is the level of environmental humidity on the moisture level of your hair and skin. Dry air may be the main reason behind your flaky skin. Invest in an ambient humidifier and forget about dull and thirsty skin forever.

5. Drink plenty of water;

Everyone knows this advice, but not everyone actually consumes enough water to keep their skin fresh. Drink plenty of water to improve the density and elasticity of your skin and lower the TEWL (transepidermal water loss) in your tissues.

Well, these skin care tips for dry and dehydrated skin should drastically improve the way your skin looks and feels. And now, when you know the actual difference between these two conditions, it will be easier for you to find the treatment. Hopefully, your skin will feel much better just after a few steps into your routine.

Collaborative post with the Proven Skincare.

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