The heat is on for all of us San Diego Waxing and Facial fans! This means our bodies will dehydrate faster and our skin will show the drying effects of a dull and wrinkled complexion. And just because your skin is dry doesn't mean you don’t have to worry about breaking out. Actually, it could trigger your body to produce more oil, increasing the likelihood of congestion and breakouts.
My first suggestion is an obvious one, however surprisingly ignored by many people, which is -drinking enough water. The skin being the largest organ of the body not to mention one of the first things people notice when they look at us, gives us an excellent reason to take proper care of it. The dull complexion I mentioned above occurs when the stratum corneum, the top layer of skin, becomes overcome by dead skin cells because of the lack of moisture.
A good rule of thumb for water intake is this: take your body weight, divide it in half and that is the amount of water in ounces you should be getting everyday.
So, get yourself a water bottle which is marked with measurements and keep that with you all day, so you know exactly how much water you've taken in. If you’re a coffee lover like I am, it’s even more crucial to increase your water intake. Coffee is a diuretic, which means you’ll have more trips to the bathroom releasing the liquids you've taken in.
Now that we've talked about hydrating on the inside, let’s look at hydrating on the outside with oil, humectants and occlusives (oh my!).
For those prone to acne and congestion, you may cringe when I talk about applying oil to the face. Some of you in fact work very hard to scrub away all that oil. Actually, this is often counter productive because you are signaling the skin to produce more oil and interestingly enough, studies have shown that acne sufferers are deficient in essential fatty acids.
Oil is classified as an occlusive which means it locks moisture into the skin. If you’re prone to breakouts, I’d suggest using light oils such as sweet almond oil or jojoba oil. Applying them after a bath or shower is best. Other natural occlusive's include shea butter, cocoa butter and squalene which is derived from olives.
Humectants attract and hold on to water. They work by pulling moisture up from the dermis into the epidermis. Some popular humectants are glycerin, honey and hyaluronic acid. The latter, can attract and hold on to 1,000 times its weight in water which can definitely give you a glowing and supple complexion. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body-it’s what gives the skin a plump and supple appearance, but diminishes with age. Glycerin is commonly found in skin care products, but can also be purchased as a stand alone ingredient.
The dry San Diego weather definitely makes it hard to stay hydrated, but follow my suggestions and you’ll find your skin glowing and radiant in no time. Remember to drink lots of water, don’t over wash or exfoliate and find a moisturizer with both a humectant and an occlusive.
Why not get a jump start and come in for a Glycolic or Lactic Peel or a Fruit Enzyme Treatment which will gently exfoliate dead skin cells and impurities.