Cold air holds less water, which translates to less hydration for the skin. Skin hydration relates to the amount of water in the epidermis.
On average, the skin contains 64% water. Hyaluronic acid helps maintain skin hydration, holding 1,000 times its weight in water. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by our body to help support the skin and connective tissue.
As we age, our bodies manufacture less hyaluronic acid making our skin susceptible to dehydration. Dehydrated skin can be sensitive, itchy, tight, dull, and prone to breakouts. Remember, hydrating the skin means replacing lost water. Moisturizing the skin is a little different.
Moisturizing the skin refers to adding oil and lubricants to the skin’s surface layer (stratum corneum). A healthy stratum corneum helps prevent water from evaporating from the cells. Heaters and steamy showers zap moisture from the skin, diminishing the skin’s barrier.
Moisturizing helps maintain the skin’s barrier layer protecting the skin from environmental irritants and pollution. Ceramides and emulsifiers are classified as moisturizers; look for these ingredients in facial creams.
Maintain Your Glow
Does your skin need a more in-depth refresh this Winter? PRF microneedling is a great option to get that glow.
Bonus time: Receive a complimentary sample pack of SkinMedica’s gentle cream wash, ceramide treatment, and mineral SPF.