Did you know that "moisturizing" your skin and "hydrating" your skin are two different things? Yep, it's the truth.
We have all seen the ads for cosmetic creams and moisturizers that promise to "penetrate deeply" into the skin, and yet, you apply these creams and two or three hours later, your skin feels dry, tight and stretched again.
The reason for that feeling is this: Hydration is something that occurs within the skin, and while creams and moisturizers may grease it up, lubricate it so to speak, it doesn't really give your skin what it really needs, and that is water.
So, what's a girl to do?
Take, for instance, the Erno Laszlo system of "splashing". When using any of their facial cleansing soaps, they recommend 30 splashes. 20 splashes of "treatment water" (water that has had the soap itself dipped in it) and then 10 splashes of clean water.This may seem excessive and time consuming, however, it allows the minerals in the product to be delivered to the skin with water, which is the best delivery method.
One of my very favorite products, and one that is under utilized, is a spritz toner.
These spritzes can be used all day long to impart healing organic juices, aloe, calendula and water to the skin for instant hydration! Carry them in your purse and liberally spritz during the day for a refresher and let your skin drink it in!
When using as a toner in the morning, spritz on, leaving the skin slightly damp and follow with a moisturizing cream that is loaded with Vitamin E, Evening Primrose Oil, and powerful antioxidants that fight free radical production in the skin and mimic our natural acid mantle, which our body loses the ability to produce on its' own as we age. Voila! now you're hydrated!
Two Moisturizers that I highly recommend for all of the reasons listed above are Juice Beauty's Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer and Elemental Herbology's Cell Plumping Facial Hydrator. Both of these moisturizers are chock full of the good stuff. Antioxidants, Organic juices, Aloe, Argan Oil and Royal Jelly.
I would also be remiss if I didn't mention the Kneipp line of bath products and essential oils for the body. The skin on our bodies is just as important as the skin on our face as far as hydration is concerned. Interesting story: The Kneipp line of products was developed by a German Monk by the name of Sebastian Kneipp who in 1890 cured himself of tuberculosis with homeopathic herbal remedies and water therapy!
The word "essential" means something that has to come from an outside source, not made by the body, and in the case of keeping the skin moist and hydrated, essential fatty acids must be stepped up on a daily basis orally – to help bring back elasticity and thickness to the skin. Evening Primrose Oil is and excellent source of EFA's!
One last tip... and it's a big one. Make sure that you are drinking the maximum amount of water that you can during the day! There is nothing better for your skin and for your health!