Yes, it’s great you drink plenty of water —we all know how important it is to keep our bodies hydrated… but does that mean that our skin is going to be hydrated as well?
Unfortunately, not necessarily. It’s something I come across so often in salon clients as well, because when you think about it, it makes sense. Plenty of water going in, a nicely hydrated body… one would think that naturally, with the skin being the last port of call for everything we put in to our bodies, that water would eventually find it’s way there and settle.
One thing to keep in mind, is how water works. Keep it in a bottle, and it will sit there for as long as you like. Pour the contents of that bottle out onto the bench, what’s going to happen?
Your skin is pretty much the bench in that scenario (nice analogy, I know). Water will make it’s way to the surface and pretty much just evaporate off. But there are ways that you can trap that moisture, and keep it working for you.
Two new words to learn:
Occludent – when referring to a moisturising property, an occluding moisturiser is one that forms almost a barrier between your skin and it’s dehydrating environment. The biggest benefit of this, is, any moisture that finds its way to the surface is trapped in the outer layers of the skin, where it can be of the most benefit. Most oily skins will cringe at the sound of occludents, because they are generally thick-feeling. Ingredients like waxes, oils, silicons…
For those who feel like blotting their skin at the very thought of those words…
Hydrophilic (water-loving) – moisturisers with hydrophilic properties will be an oily skin’s best friend, because of the high moisturising benefit without the oily feel. Hydrophilic ingredients, such as Hyaluronic Acid, bind themselves to moisture, and hold onto them for dear life.
Having some of these bad boys lingering on the surface of the skin will help to trap that sneaky moisture, kindly ensuring that it keeps working hard to keep your skin —as well as your body — healthy and hydrated.