Hydration, we all know it’s extremely important for our skin. It’s been drilled into our heads time after time, and most products out there contribute to skin hydration in some way. There’s still those questions floating in our heads though,WHY is skin hydration so important? What exactly does it do for our skin? Lastly, what products are best when focusing on hydrating our skin?
You’ve come to the right place, because we have all those answers.
In this article, we’ll dive into why hydration is so essential to your skincare routine and what it does for your skin, like slowing down the aging process. We’ll also dive into ingredients to look for in your skincare routine that focus on hydrating the skin and what kinds of products we recommend to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
Why is Hydration So Important for Skin?
Many people put dehydration and dryness into the same bucket, when in fact, they mean two different things when it comes to the health of your skin. Dry skin is actually a skin type, whereas dehydrated skin is a condition. When it comes to diagnosing dehydrated skin, it can be hard on your own, since oftentimes people assume if they have oily skin, it’s hydrated, but in reality, they’re two completely different things.
For this reason, since it’s tough to diagnose right at home, many people have dehydrated skin and don’t even know it. This is why ensuring that hydration is a huge focus in your skincare routine is essential.
A lack of hydration in the skin can show itself in a number of ways, including:
Acne & breakouts
Dull looking skin
Skin that feels tight (not in a good way)
More noticeable dark circles
On the other hand, dry skin is flaky and oftentimes itchy. So there’s clear differences if you’re looking to try and self-diagnose.
Seasons also have a huge affect on your skin’s hydration levels. The colder seasons will do more harm and many environmental stressors like the sun will do the same. That’s why, no matter the season you always want to focus on hydrating your skin.
If You Have Dry Skin, What Do You Do?
When it comes to treating dehydrated skin, it requires a few updates to your skincare routine along with your daily life.
One of the biggest things you can do outside of skincare to cater to skin’s hydration is -- surprise, surprise -- drink more water. Not only does the inside of your body crave this to stay healthy, but it helps greatly with your skin’s hydration as well.
You’ll also want to add a gentle exfoliator to your routine. Since your skin’s dehydrated you want to ensure you’re wiping away those dead skin cells so that all your other products can be properly absorbed into your skin for maximum results.
At night, you might think you don’t need to use a heavy moisturizer since you’re not stepping outside into a harsh climate. That’s not the case though. While we’re sleeping it’s a time for our skin to repair, that’s why using a rich and intense moisturizer at night can really feed skin the hydration it needs.
You’ll also want to bring a serum into your routine and use it before your moisturizer. This helps hydrate the skin, especially if you use one with hyaluronic acid, which we highly recommend.
Speaking of hyaluronic acid…
Hyaluronic Acid: Why It’s Good For Hydration
This is the hero ingredient in a lot of skincare products, and that’s because it helps greatly when looking at re-hydrating the skin.
Now, our skin does naturally produce hyaluronic acid, but what’s key to dealing with skin dehydration is feeding it that extra dose. What it is, is a sugar molecule that helps to bind water to collagen and actually trapping it into the skin -- that’s how skin appears more plump.
As we age, we naturally lose those collagen levels along with hyaluronic acid which is how our skin begins to get more and more dehydrated as we age. Plus the more we’re exposed to environmental stressors, the more our skin experiences tiny breaks in the protective barrier which allows moisture to escape.
What products do we recommend?
At KAPLAN MD Skincare, we have many skincare products that help you avoid dehydrated skin. All these products house essential ingredients that help your skin reach optimal health, no matter what the season or situation.
Our Cellular Rejuvenating Concentrate actually houses two different types of hyaluronic acid (one of our favorite ingredients for obvious reasons) which is what works to quench your skin for intense hydration. Using these two types of hyaluronic acid, also allows it to dive deep to the cellular level to help improve firmness and elasticity as well. This product does more than just that though, it also uses patented peptides and antioxidants to visibly smooth and plump those pesky fine lines and wrinkles. The result? After just two weeks, you’ll see your skin has been lifted and firmed by up to 68%.
Your new best friend each day will be the Diamond Contour Supercharged 1-Minute Daily Facial. Why? Because the powerful actives that are sitting inside it are encapsulated in a new, revolutionary Pearl Technology. All of this is suspended in a Hydrating Gel Serum which keeps all those ingredients in it’s more powerful form. What are the results you ask? Well, after just one use you see smooth, soft skin with a fresh and radiant complexion. As for hydration, 100% of participants that used the Daily Facial in a clinical trial said their skin felt completely renewed and hydrated.
The Intensive Eye Concentrate is another favorite of ours, and our customers, to always have on stock. This eye serum will instantly brighten, firm and tighten those dark circles sparked from dehydrated skin. It focuses on increasing skin elasticity and rejuvenating skin while providing essential hydration from Hawaiian Sea Algae.
Now this one’s a must-have for your nighttime routine! The luxurious Night Replenishment Concentrate will have you seeing fine lines and wrinkles reduced up to 32% in just two weeks. The secret? The advanced formula works to restore that moisture needed for healthy skin. It also uses a powerful complex of Patented Peptides to stimulate collagen synthesis which helps to enhance your skin’s firmness and elasticity.
This is the gentle exfoliator that you need in your cabinet to help prep your skin for maximum moisture absorption; the Cell Renewing Microfoliant. It uses a blend of exfoliating ingredients like Date Seeds and Bamboo Beads to clear away those dead skin cells and surface build up. On top of that, it includes Pineapple and Papaya Fruit Enzymes to detoxify those pores and refine your skin’s texture.
Last, but most definitely not least, let’s talk about our lips. Our Perfect Pout Lip Mask and Lip Balm Duo work together to make sure your lips are getting the same love as the rest of your face. The Lip Mask works to gently exfoliate dry, chapped lips while plumping the lip contour using a unique Gel Cream technology and Papaya Enzymes. The Lip Balm infuses lips with intense hydration using Sea Buckthorn Berry Extract and SPF for extra protection.