The Benefits Of Hydrating Skin


Hydrating is so essential to our health that every organ system, including the skin, has a built-in hydrating system that is continually supplied with water from the bloodstream. When the cell membranes are healthy, the cells are filled with fluid. Then each layer of skin contains hydrating molecules to keep all of its structures moist.

For most healthy young people under twenty, the natural internal hydrators are sufficiently effective to keep skin plump with moisture regardless of the environment stresses. But with aging, poor diet, and environment damage, the skin factory becomes less and less efficient; the cellular equipment begins to break down, and the internal hydration system suffers.

Technically, oily skin needs help with hydration, too. Most of the natural oil that makes skin look shiny is sebum. Truly, it’s a natural lubricant, and since sebum is occlusive, it helps hold water in the skin, but a person with oily skin can still lack structural lipids, which hydrate the deeper layers of the skin. So in certain situations – in a dry, cold, or windy climate, for instance, or when the skin is overcleansed – even skin that typically seems to have too much oil, or sebum, can become dry if not enough structural lipids are being produced.

Keeping skin well hydrated and lubricated from the outside does several things.

- A well-formulated moisturizer can replenish the natural moisture factors in the upper layers of the skin.

- A moisturizer helps to loose edges of the dead skin cells adhere more closely together, smoothing the skin’s surface.

- Depending on the formulation, a moisturizer can leave a fine film on the skin that acts like a water-holding seal, preventing moisture from escaping into the environment.

The net effect is immediately rejuvenating. It’s true that the smooth, moist appearance is temporary, but if hydration is frequent and consistent, the improvements can be maintained. As non-invasive treatments like laser and chemical peels can remove surface imperfections and may increase collagen production as the skin heals, but they don’t affect the skin’s water-holding capacity or the size of the pores. And fillers such as fat or collagen only give the illusion of smoothness; they don’t alter the way the skin performs.

Aside from looking smooth and feeling soft, hydrating the upper layers of the skin with water and moisturizing ingredients also improves the barrier function. And an intact, healthy barrier allows the skin’s own moisturizing system to operate at optimum capacity. It also gives you a better defense against environmental assaults.

Keeping skin well hydrated is also a result of what you don’t do. That means avoid products that you know irritate or dry your skin.

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