Why avoiding the former helps prevent the latterHydration is important and we all know that. Our body is 70% water and needs to maintain a good level of hydration to stay healthy. Hydration is also important for the skin. A good level of hydration helps the skin to maintain tone and elasticity, and to be more plastic, to avoid the formation of small expression lines that form over time with facial expressions. Avoiding smiling, however, is not a good solution for trying to avoid the formation of small lines and wrinkles on the face. It is better to act instead on the hydration of the skin, ensuring that our face has an adequate water reserve to keep it toned and plastic at all times.
Contrary to what one might think, drinking plenty of water only partly helps to prevent the skin from becoming dehydrated. To combat dehydration and the risk of premature ageing, we must be aware of certain skin mechanisms and act accordingly.
- Dryness. I’ll open a parenthesis on this point to make it clear that dry skin is not directly dehydrated skin. Skin is defined as dry when it produces little sebum. Although sebum is often considered a blemish, it helps the skin retain water, creating an oily barrier which prevents dehydration. Therefore, dry and thin skin, although it may appear smoother and more diaphanous at a young age, has its downside over time, as its poor water-holding capacity means it is less plastic and can age prematurely if not treated properly over the years, using products containing functional substances to help it hydrate and retain water better.
- The passing of time. Time is enemy of the skin and this is surely obvious. In the case of dehydration, the reason why it is our enemy is the fact that with the passage of time our organism begins to produce less and less of certain substances such as hyaluronic acid, which also plays a part in retaining water within our connective tissue. Not all substances that are indispensable for the skin, and whose production slows down with time, can be introduced through the use of cosmetics, as is the case with collagen, whose molecule is too large to penetrate the superficial layers of the skin. Fortunately, this is not the case with hyaluronic acid, which acts like a sponge, retaining water and can be absorbed by the skin, helping to slow down the skin’s ageing process by reducing dehydration and preserving skin tone and elasticity.
- a good serum containing a high percentage of hyaluronic acid, possibly with different molecular weights so that it can act on several layers of the skin at the same time, such as our Ialuronic3 serum.
- a face oil, preferably applied in the evening after the serum, on its own or mixed with your face cream. The oil helps to create a protective barrier that helps the skin retain water and not become dehydrated, as well as being an excellent emollient capable of improving the elasticity of the skin. I always recommend choosing an oil that also contains antioxidants, such as our 7 heavens face oil, to benefit from a double regenerating and protective effect.