Dry skin is something that often affects people of all skin types. Human skin can usually be separated into three categories: dry, combination, and oily. Many people make the assumption that those with combination and oily skin do not need to worry about dryness but that could not be further from the truth. Sometimes, the sebum glands of combination and oily skin overproduce oil (sebum) directly to counteract dryness of the skin. Also, those with combination and oily skin tend to use drying, anti-acne products in order to combat acne which is produced from the excessive release of sebum into their pores; so ironically, people with these non-dry skin types tend to dry out their face even more due to these drying products.
Correct moisturizing is essential to maintaining not just healthy skin but also to prolonging one’s youth. It is absolutely understandable why people still struggle to be able to do something that sounds relatively simple and is also so important. The cosmetics industry produces thousands of enticing products every year with some new formula or technology embedded in them, promising bold claims that frequently do not live up to its promises. Naturally, the cosmetics industry don’t want consumers to know that maintaining perfectly hydrated skin is a simple and cost-effective endeavor. An educated consumer-base would only hurt the industry’s multi-billion dollar industry. Surprisingly, correct moisturizing is a fairly simple concept once you become familiar with some basic chemistry .Moisturizing goes hand-in-hand with water content. You skin is moisturized when the multiple skin layers contain enough water content. It’s really that simple. The key is to understand how to get water into those layers.
Lotions and creams will often contain water-attracting ingredients such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid. These chemicals do indeed, attract water but these lotions often don’t successfully moisturize skin. This is because these chemicals, which are sitting on the outer-most layer of your skin, are only making water molecules bond to themselves without having a mechanism to transport the water molecules to the skin layers. Hyaluronic acid and glycerin don’t actually penetrate the skin layers; they simply sit on top but we would like for them to reach the lower layers too. This is where the simple chemistry concept of osmosis can be used to our advantage. Osmosis is a chemical process where molecules of a less-concentrated solution will tend to move into a more-concentrated solution if there is a permeable or semi-permeable ‘gateway’ that allows these molecules to pass through.
So how does this help us? In our context, we have a bunch of hyaluronic acid and glycerin on top of the epidermis. What we can do then, is to create an environment where we deliberately place an extremely low-concentrated hyaluronic acid solution right on top of the skin so that osmosis is activated and subsequently proceeds to transport the hyaluronic to the bottom skin layers. We can simulate such an environment through the use of masks. First, wet a facial cotton wipe with distilled water and squeeze some of the water out using the palms of your hands. There will still be a lot of water content remaining within the cotton. Next, apply lotion with hyaluronic acid onto the cotton and spread it around. Next, separate the cotton square into multiple layers and then simply apply those layers all over your face. If you find that you can’t create enough layers to cover your entire face, simply repeat these steps for additional cotton wipes. Leave these layers on your skin for a minimum of 5 minutes and then take them off. That’s it! Immediately after taking them off, you will immediately feel your skin being much more plump. Afterwards, simply apply a lotion or cream to lock in that extra moisture in your skin now and you’re good to go.
Effective skincare need not be expensive or difficult. The key to treating your skin well is through effective education. Always try to understand what you’re putting on your skin and how it’s supposed to benefit you. Claims made my cosmetics companies will always be grand and positive. Instead of depending on these companies for your skin’s health, take the initiative this time!