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Itchy skin that feels tight and dehydrated is not uncommon after a long soak or shower. Although age, sun exposure, overall health and climate factor into this condition, there are also steps anyone can take to minimize dryness caused by hot water. For instance, daily gentle exfoliation with a Clarisonic Mia can remove dead skin cells and open up deeper layers of skin to accept moisturizer, which protects skin against dryness.
Read on to discover why a hot shower or bath can cause dry skin and to learn techniques for minimizing this effect.
Let’s step back to consider the biology of human skin before we consider why a hot shower may damage it. Skin is composed of several different layers of tissue. To protect and waterproof the skin, sebaceous glands all over the body produce sebum oil. Healthy, radiant skin contains adequate amounts of both sebum (in the inner layers) and moisture (in the outer layers).
Hot water strips skin of its natural oils. More oil is lost through evaporation. Add the fact that many skincare products are desiccating, and you’re stuck with bone-dry skin. Thank goodness for the preventive tips listed below.
Take a shorter, cooler shower. Lukewarm water doesn’t cause as much drying. You can also limit parchedness by taking showers that are less than ten minutes in duration.
Proper toweling technique: Blot, don’t rub. Your towel can easily exacerbate dryness by wiping away the skin’s natural oils. Therefore, be tender in your drying method. Pat the towel against your skin; don’t rub it vigorously back and forth.
Avoid harsh cleansers – especially those that list sodium laurel sulphate as a main ingredient. This chemical strips skin of its natural lipids and damages the delicate outer layers of skin, causing a cracked, red appearance. In addition to selecting skin-friendly products, such as the Clarisonic skincare system, be sure to avoid scrubbing your skin too hard. If you literally apply that old adage to get your body “squeaky clean,” your skin will dry out and become irritated. Likewise, if you wash your face more than two or three times a day, dryness will follow.
Exfoliate gently. Exfoliation is an important aspect of skin care. It removes the dead skin cells that can clog sebaceous glands, leading to the formation of blemishes. However, overly zealous exfoliation removes the protective layer of skin and causes dryness and irritation. Therefore, your exfoliation routine should be gentle. At a minimum, exfoliate at least twice a week. If you use a gentle yet effective tool such as the Clarisonic Mia, you can exfoliate more frequently. The Clarisonic family of products whisks away dead skin cells via soft bristles, which are gentle enough to use every day. In contrast, microdermabrasion and other exfoliation techniques literally remove the top layer of skin, rather like sandpaper. If you’re already experiencing dry skin, such a harsh exfoliation techniques will only make things worse.
Apply moisturizer immediately following your shower. Water soaks deeply into your skin during a shower or bath; without moisturizer, it will escape just as quickly. Oil-based moisturizers are excellent. They quickly penetrate the deepest layers of skin to provide all-day moisture. Using a gentle daily exfoliator such as a Clarisonic Mia can help. These beauty tools allow moisturizers to penetrate more deeply.
Prevent sun damage, which increases dryness. Be sure to wear sunscreen whenever you venture outside.
Avoid talc-based makeup. Talc absorbs moisture and aggravates dryness. Mineral makeup is better for those who often experience dry skin.
Drink like a fish. Increased hydration will offset the dryness caused by your shower. Aim to drink 8-10 glasses of water per day. (A glass is defined as containing 8 ounces of water.)
Hot water feels fabulous on the skin, but it can actually cause painful, unsightly dryness. By getting into the habit of using a gentle invigorator or exfoliator, such as the Clarisonic system, while also following the other tips listed above, you can effectively offset the dryness caused by hot bathing water.
As a teen, you learn some basic skin care rules: Wash your face every day, chocolate will give you pimples, pizza grease will give you pimples (especially pepperoni pizza), and anything oily that touches your face will give you pimples. While somewhat misguided, some ladies continue to think oil is a perfect complexion’s enemy. Vapour Organic Beauty, however, proves that oil can actually help give you skin that’s glowing and beautiful.
The Science behind Zits
Blame acne vulgaris (a common skin condition), not oil, for your pimples. Pimples generally occur in areas where you have sebaceous follicles, like your face or back. A sebaceous follicle is a connected hair follicle and sebaceous gland. When a hair follicle becomes blocked with dirt, dead skin cells and sebum (the oil your skin naturally produces), it can get infected. Therefore, a zit is basically an infected hair follicle. Adding pure, natural, organic oil (like Vapour Organic) to your skin care routine won’t hurt your complexion; it might even give you the glow you seek.
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As Americans’ life expectancy grows, so too does the demand for restorative products that can act as a “fountain of youth” for wrinkled, sagging skin. At the same time, an increasing number of consumers are aware of the carcinogens found in many cosmetics and facial products. Shoppers want to look young, but they don’t want to put their own health at risk.
Dermatologists suggest peptide-rich facial products, such as Peter Thomas Roth Un-wrinkle Turbo Face Serum, as a safe, effective route to younger-looking skin. Below is an exploration of why peptides are important and what makes the Peter Thomas Roth peptide serum so potent.
At the most basic level, a peptide is a combination of amino acids, the body’s building blocks for creating proteins. Some peptides contain just two amino acids (these are called dipeptides) while others may string together dozens of amino acids. Although it’s not a firm line, the cut-off for distinguishing a peptide from a protein is generally considered to be fifty amino acids – most proteins have at least this many amino acids.