Proper hydration of the skin is often a conversation reserved for the cold and dry months of winter. Attention to skin moisture levels, however, is an essential topic of discussion year-round when seeking to achieve clear, glowing skin. For many reasons, hydrating the skin properly is equally important during the summer. By understanding the elements that influence hydration, as well as the interplay between water and oils, it is possible to maintain balanced, hydrated skin regardless of the season.
If the moisture is not replaced (both internally and externally), the skin may appear dull over time, become susceptible to impaired barrier function or get stuck in a cycle of oil overproduction, leading to breakouts.
The most important tasks of water in relation to skin hydration occur internally. To maintain sufficient moisture, it is critical to increase water intake during the summer, as well as maintain regular moisturizer use. For those who are prone to oily skin, choose a product that primarily focuses on increasing water moisture without heavy oils.
We have largely been trained to shy away from using oil on the skin for fear of clogged pores and acne. Oil, however, is an essential component of healthy skin, and using the right oils—even during the summer—can help maintain homeostasis and flexibility within the skin. Scrubbing the face excessively or using harsh cleansers and exfoliators will strip the skin below its necessary oil threshold. In response to this imbalance, the skin will actually produce more oil to compensate for the loss. Interestingly, studies have indicated that acneic skin is deficient in essential fatty acids (EFAs), which is partly responsible for the overproduction of sebum. By supplementing acneic skin with beneficial oils that are high in EFAs, sebum production can be kept in balance.
The following are some tips to maintain healthy, hydrated skin year-round:
• Ensure you are not over-washing, using harsh cleansers or aggressive exfoliants, all of which can cause the skin to overcompensate by producing excess sebum.
• Use daily care products that contain a balance of humectants and occlusives to effectively attract and hold moisture within the skin.
• Avoid comedogenic oils, such as petroleum and lanolin, which can lead to blocked follicles, sensitivities and possible breakouts.
• Oils that contain essential fatty acids are actually beneficial to break-out prone skine; oil-free is not always best.
• Use gentle exfoliation as needed to remove dead skin cells and keep follicles free from debris.
• Stay adequately hydrated.
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The first sunscreen mistake is not wearing any. By now, we all know spending too much time in the sun can increase risk for both skin cancer (the most common of all cancers) and premature skin aging. On top of that, a new Australian study out this week found daily sunscreen use could slow skin aging.
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Next Avenue editor John Stark writes: “No one wants to give up their smartphone, despite the health and safety risks these electronic devices may impose. Up until the other day I felt the same way. You couldn’t pry it out of my cold, dead hands. But that was before I read about a frightening new condition that is being linked to smartphone use. When I told my boomer friends about it, they had the same reaction I did: Shock and horror.”
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One Wipe Charlies. Now why didn’t I think of that?
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Rhythm of Antelope Canyon
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