Using a moisturizer is the most important thing you can do for your aging skin. This is because dehydration is the main reason why we develop wrinkles. It is even more important than aging, smoking and sun exposure. This is because the skin can only stay smooth when the skin cells are filled with water.
It is a little bit like what happens when you leave a peach on the kitchen table for too long. All of a sudden, the flesh of the peach gets softer and before you know it, the surface of the peach will develop wrinkles. The same thing happens with your skin if you don’t use a moisturizer. And, no, it isn’t true, that drinking enough water will keep your skin moisturized. Research has shown that adding moisture to the surface of the skin is way more effective when it comes to keeping your skin hydrated.
I also want to debunk another myth that many people suffer from; the idea that oil is moisturizing! I have even heard people from other skin care companies criticize formulas that contain water and telling people that such products is a waste of money. Nothing can be further from the truth!
The cells need two things – water AND oil, but water is what moisture truly is! Not oil! Oil can repair and regenerate the lipid barrier in the skin cells because the cell wall need lipids to keep the water inside the cells from evaporating. But, if your cells have low water levels, oil is not going to make your skin more moisturized! It will simply protect the skin from losing water, but your skin can still be dehydrated under your oily products.
For hydration to happen, you need to add WATER! And the best way to add water is to combine the water with hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid can hold water in your skin cells just like those little crystals that you can add to your flower pots when you don’t want the soil to dry out too fast. Hyaluronic acid is the best moisturizing ingredient on the market. It can actually increase the water levels in your skin cells, and plump your dry cells right back up again. As a result, it will make small lines and wrinkles go away or at least become less visible.
You can make your moisturizer work even better if you combine it with face oil or a heavier cream or balm. As a rule, the thinnest product goes on first, so you put the serum on first. Then you add oil, so the lipid barrier that stops the water from evaporating, can be nurtured and repaired. If your skin still feels dry, you can add a cream instead of the oil, or even a face balm, such as the mature skin cream. Your foundation goes on top of everything else, so you can ensure a more even application.
Basically, the more mature your skin is, the more layers you need. A younger person may be totally fine with just a layer of cream foundation or tinted moisturizer, while I know from my own experience that my skin always does better if I use a moisturizer serum first, followed by a few drops of face oil, and then add the foundation as a last layer.
I even made a little movie yesterday about how to use the hyaluronic acid moisturizer serum, and I’ll keep making movies about how to use the rest of the products too. So stay tuned. Here it is:
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