how to have hydrated skin

A hydrated skin is the perfect way to show that you are a healthy person, but for so many reasons sometimes the largest organ of the body does not get the correct hydrating or moisturizing, which are not the same. There are no differences between men and women when you are talking about skin; both will need care and treatments, so today I will show some tips to get hydrated skin.

Difference between hydrating and moisturizing

Both treatments are entirely different; products are called hydrators and moisturizers, hence for them the primary objective is to help the skin, to get the necessary water to avoid the dryness and dehydration. However to reach this goal they use different ways, showing why the skin sometimes needs both treatments.

  • Hydrating: it refers to the water that is contained in the cells, allowing them to show a healthy look on the skin. If the cells reduce the level of water, it is going to start the dehydration process. Hydrators work by giving water to the cells while helping the skin to absorb moisture and nutrients.
  • Moisturizing: the products for moisture have the single job of helping the skin create the protecting barrier by trapping nutrients and moisture. This barrier will prevent water loss and will give a healthy, soft and smooth look to the skin.

Now that you know the difference, you must understand how your skin looks to choose the best treatment or if you will need both of them.

Tips to get a hydrated skin

With the difference clarified, let’s get to the tips on how to maintain a hydrated skin. Are you ready to give your skin a new look?

  • Practice the exfoliation to prepare the skin for better hydration or moisture by removing the dead cells, that way the nutrients and water will be absorbed without problems.
  • Use serums with the correct ingredients to increase the skin hydration such as hyaluronic acid, Sodium PCA, Panthenol, aloe, glycerin, among others.
  • Start to love the moisturizing creams because they seal the serums hydration, thanks to containing lipids like ceramides and fatty acids; just remember to use the right one for your skin type.
  • You can also make use of intensive treatments such as facials; these will give another look to the skin while using natural ingredients.
  • Drink enough water. Many of us don’t drink water in the right way; it isn’t about drinking liquids; you must drink plenty of water to get the correct hydration.
  • Have a balanced diet rich in minerals like omegas, especially omega 3.

As you can see, having a healthy and hydrated skin is not a difficult task; with healthy habits and effort your skin will feel soft, smooth, and most important, hydrated. Give your skin the same care like the rest of your body.

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Moisturizing and hydrating your skin will help you look beautiful, young and perfect.

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When was the last time you treated yourself to a skintreatment ? 

Regular facial treatments can have amazing benefits for the skin.

They can prevent and correct many skin issues and maintain your skin looking healthy and younger looking. My philosophy in skin care is based on 4 very important blocks that transform and maintain the skin.. fighting the signs of aging and helping improve other concerns, supporting the skin to function at its fullest potential.

▫CLEANSING & EXFOLIATION ..Exfoliating dead skin cells allows better absorption and efficacy of your skin care and forces the skin to replace those dead cells with new cells which perform better and look healthier

▫STIMULATION ..If there is a word that describes keeping your skin looking young is this one. As we age the skin becomes sluggish and it’s normal renewal processes slow down considerably, so stimulating in different ways for example : massage, utilizing technology etc.. makes the skin work more effectively.

▫NOURISHMENT .. Good skincare with selected ingredients can transform the skin and supply essential nutrients topically which are utilized directly providing great results.

▫PROTECTION.. None of the above will make sense if you don’t protect your skin with a good SPF. The sun damages skin cells and speeds the signs of aging like uneven pigmentation , distended capillaries and lines and wrinkles needless to say the high risk of skin cancer.

?ALWAYS CONSIDER that everyone’s skin is unique and the skin changes so its needs change as well.

Thank you for being here.

Until next time,

Dora Salazar

Medical Aesthetician

Founder of Zkin Fix Skincare

 

Spice up your skin.. your life.. and your overall health !!

Instead of using large amounts of salt and sodium which will make you retain fluid and cause other health issues…enhance your overall wellness and your taste buds with flavory Spices that are loaded with phyto-nutrients, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.

Within the huge variety available that are yummy and beneficial here are 6 that can give your #health a positive twist:

?Curry powder fights inflammation and provides cellular protection

?Ginger helps to calm an upset stomach and lessen workout-induced soreness

?Nutmeg contains fabulous antibacterial benefits

?Cinnamon controls sugar cravings and reduces risk factors for diabetes and heart disease

?Oregano aims in bone-building and just one teaspoon contains a comparable amount of antioxidants as three cups of spinach. It also serves a defensive guard against bacteria.

?Cayenne Pepper can help you loose those extra pounds by raising up the body’s metabolism and burning more calories

Enjoy!!!

Thank you for being here.

Until next time,

Dora Salazar

Paramedical Aesthetician

Healthy skin begins with good cleansing habits..

Cleansing your skin sounds simple and it should be, but using the wrong cleanser can start many skin problems such as: sensitivity, excessive dryness, irritation, redness and even breakouts.

The skin protective layer is meant to guard the skin from external aggresors but certain chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate found in many cleansers can strip the skin of natural essential lipids leaving the skin vulnerable to irritation and dryness.

Here are some tips for a regular cleansing routine:

?Select a mild cleanser, avoid harsh surfactants such as sodium lauryl sulfate

?Cleanse your skin 2 times a day

If suffering from acne, avoid over cleansing since it will actually cause the skin to produce more oil to counteract the dryness caused by the Cleanser. Dryness and irritation can exacerbate breakouts.

?If using an exfoliating cleanser containing acids such as glycolic or salicylic make sure you hydrate the skin properly that way you supply the skin with fundamental components.

?Some devices such as clarasonic or foreo contain ultrasonic technology to help provide a deeper cleansing, they are great; but remember, more is not always better. Your skin will tell you how often to use them.

If using them everyday starts to give you skin problems, reduce the frequency of use.

?And my favorite tip : ALWAYS GO TO BED WITH A CLEAN FACE .

 

 

Thank you for being here.

Until next time,

Dora Salazar

Paramedical Aesthetician/ Consultant/Educational Trainer

Founder of Zkin Fix Skincare

Featured in TV shows and popular magazines as one the favorite treatments celebrities are using now days to treat just about everything… from a hangover to lines and wrinkles, no wonder  this form of therapy has exploded in popularity.

But, does it work? What makes it effective?

Believers assure that it can do wonders from boosting your energy to increasing libido and how about regaining a fabulous skin glow!!

Can it sound any better?

The “a la carte” menu is pretty extensive, there are drips to boost the immune system, fight jet lag, increase energy and sexual performance, hangover recovery, weight loss,  de-stressing , detoxifying,  rejuvenation and many more.

Based on the fact that only approximately 50 percent of the nutrients we ingest regularly are actually absorbed by the tissues, IV therapy delivers the nutrients directly into the bloodstream. Therefore, by avoiding the digestive process, the integrity of the vitamins and nutrients are kept more active providing instant results.  Infusions are created by adding vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to a solution containing salt just like the blood which facilitates the absorption taking aprox. 30 to 45 min to absorb.

Price varies ranging from $95 to $250 depending on the drip. Many Company’s offer a membership program with great discounts for regular clients, some of them even offer mobile in home services.

SO, WHAT’S IN THE SKIN REJUVENATING DRIPS?

Most of the magical concoctions promising to help the skin contain as the main ingredients:

Vitamin C, Biotin, CoQ10 and the amino acid Glutathione.

Vitamin C is essential in the production of collagen, a crucial building block in the prevention and protection of the skin’s fundamental structures affected by the aging process. Humans lack the ability to produce vitamin C, thus regular consumption is necessary to maintain healthy skin cells and it is quite beneficial to help improve dull, fatigued and saggy skin.

Glutathione on the other hand is known as one of the most powerful antioxidants which not only helps to fight free radicals but also reduces the over activity  of the enzyme tyrosinase, directly involved in the production of melanin (skin color) causing a brightening effect.

Because of the almost instant “pick me up” effect, these cocktails have become favorite of many models and actresses to restore and regain a bright,  luminous complexion.

PROS

It is a quick relatively non-invasive procedure with no down time and most people experience fast results.

Prices vary but the treatments are reasonably affordable.

A variety of different treatments are available to address individual needs.

CONS

Although the “Myers” cocktail (popular infusion created by Dr. John Myers ) has been used for over 30 years, there are not definite scientific studies concluding on the long-term effects of the therapy.

Continuous treatments might be necessary to achieve and maintain results.

There are risks of allergic reactions or infection if no adequate ingredients and/or sanitation procedures are followed.

MY POINT OF VIEW

To me good nutrition is always the base of our health… “We are what we eat” a HEALTHY DIET and LIFESTYLE along with an effective SKIN CARE REGIMEN can certainly help you feel great and look amazing.

However, who doesn’t stray sometimes to indulge into a no so healthy diet or gets overloaded by stress which weakens the immune system or needs a little extra energy boost after a long flight…

So what do think about this popular trend? Would you do it?

Thank you for being here!!

Until next time,

Dora Salazar

Paramedical Aesthetician

Founder of Zkin Fix Skincare

 

Most people will agree that the eye area is very vulnerable to aging.

Lines and wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness, eye bags…. common words in the beauty industry since the eyes most of the time become the first focus of attention when we realize that the clock is only running forward.

After a night of cocktails and fun , a stressful day, poor nutrition or lack of sleep.. the eyes ruthlessly reveal the  world your secret with no mercy.

The skin’s structure around the eye area compared to other areas of the face is more delicate. It’s density is thinner and contains fewer sweat and sebaceous glands.  The blood and lymph functionally is more limited; therefore, affecting micro-circulation and levels of oxygenation and nourishment to the area. Over the years these factors give place to expression lines and loss of tone and elasticity  forming the typical “eye bags”, dark circles and “crows feet.”

If we consider hydration only, it is fair to say that a regular moisturizer should do the trick. Many moisturizers contain hydrating and some even anti-aging ingredients that can benefit the skin around the eyes as well.

However, a well-formulated eye cream is made to specifically target and treat the concerns around the eye area. Ingredients such as: chamomile, peptides, ecsin, ginkgo biloba, vitamin C, helichrysum  among many others, are common ingredients in eye cream formulations.

I personally prefer to use a separate eye cream. As a professional my philosophy is to be more target specific considering of course the person’s individual concern. Once identified, selecting a skincare product with a high percentage of active ingredients to treat it will certainly provide the best result.

THINGS TO KNOW:

*It is best to apply eye cream morning and evening as part of your regular skincare routine.

*Most eye creams are suitable to use on the lips since the lips are also very delicate.

*Use sunglasses regularly to prevent sun damage and reduce squinting which can exacerbate expression lines. 

HERE ARE SOME TIPS AND QUICK SOLUTIONS FOR PUFFY, TIRED-LOOKING EYES AND

DARK CIRCLES :
✔ICED TEA BAGS – Chamomile, Green tea or Lavender are a great choice..MUST BE CAFFINATED to contain caffeine and tannings which help to constrict blood vessels helping reduce swelling, puffiness and reducing darkness.

✔COLD CUCUMBER SLICES – Cucumber has astringent properties reducing puffiness and providing an inmmediate cooling & refreshing effect.

✔ALMOND OIL- rich in vitamin E helps to reduce lines and wrinkles and fortifies delicate tissues improving the appearance of dark circles. Massage a couple drops gently every night around the eye area to increase circulation and rinse off with water in the morning.

✔BABY TEETHING RINGS- Keep them in the fridge to have them cool and ready any time. Place them around the eyes to instantly reduce puffiness and awaken tired-eyes..

✔EGG WHITES- separate the yolk to use ony the egg whites. Whip the egg whites and apply around the eyes or to full face. Let it dry. It will feel really tight. Rinse off with water. The skin will look and feel firmer.
ENJOY AND WAKE UP TO A FRESH-LOOKING FACE!!!

Thank you for being here.

Until next time,

Dora Salazar

Paramedical Aesthetician

Founder of Zkin Fix Skincare

Instant gratification is a common expression now days… and why not, after all, technology shows us that things can be reached in no time.

The problem emerges when we become so used to that fast rhythm that we expect all things to happen at the speed of light.

Great changes can certainly be achieved in your skin relatively quickly when the correct skin care is  used but in the skin’s own world, things have a specific time.

We all have heard many times that exfoliation is good for the skin because it removes dead skin cells and encourages new cells to come to the surface giving your skin a more youthful glow.

Well… yes, that is true… in part.

The skin does benefit from regular exfoliation especially when it is dry and flaky, or excessively oily causing congestion manifested in black and/or whiteheads. The normal exfoliating period for the skin naturally occurs approximately every 28 days. However; as we grow in age or for other health reasons the cycle extends and becomes longer. When this happens dead skin cells cling on to the skin for a longer period of time giving the skin a dull, lifeless appearance.

But before we get into more exfoliation details, one very important thing we need to consider is that the skin has a protective barrier made out of crucial components such as: cholesterol, free fatty acids and ceramides. These elements create a lipidic shield that isolate the skin protecting it from harmful chemicals, bacteria, enviromental factors and to maintain healthy levels of moisture and hydration and every time we exfoliate the skin we disrupt temporarily the skin’s protective barrier. The more aggressive the exfoliation the longer it takes for the lipidic barrier to repair itself.

There are many types of exfoliants; chemical in the form of acids, enzymes which break down protein,  one of the main components of dead skin cells (keratin) and physical better known as scrubs.

Like I said before, exfoliation can be beneficial for the skin when it is done the right way. How often to exfoliate is determined by the skin type and condition as well as the method being used. Sensitive skin for instance, could be negatively affected by over- exfoliation because it already presents a weak lipidic barrier, hence it gets irritated more easily.

Over-exfoliating the skin can cause many problems, including:

-Skin Sensitivities

-Inflammation

-Breakouts

-Over production of sebum (Skin natural oils)

-Dehydration

-Excessive Dryness

and many more…

One more tip: If  you receive professional treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing etc.. make sure to follow the advice of the professional for your post-care which is essential to obtain optimum results. It is very important to treat the skin gently and to avoid harsh ingredients while the lipidic barrier is being restored.

Removing dead skin cells can certainly give you a radiant glow but maintaining a healthy skin protective barrier is crucial to the overall functioning of the skin.

Over-exfoliation causes irritation and inflammation and that leads to oxidation which promotes AGING.

So as we can see MORE IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER…

Thank you for being here.

Until next time,

Dora Salazar

Medical Aesthetician

Founder of Zkin Fix Skincare

 

Acne is a chronic condition that can be caused by many different factors such as: hormones, genetics, age, medications etc.

However; there are two habits that are very common and can aggravate the condition and even start developing acne.

Bacteria spreads very easily when exposed to the right environment..  skin that is prone to acne normally secretes more sebum (oil) and along with dead skin cells it makes the perfect setting for bacteria to set in and colonize quickly…

Considering this scenario, the following habits are a NO NO if you want to stop the rapid growth of bacteria.

1- TOUCHING YOUR FACE WITH DIRTY HANDS CONSTANTLY

Unless your hands are washed and clean, touching your face with dirty hands can transfer bacteria and create breakouts. I know sometimes it is hard to remember but if you remain conscious of not doing it, eventually you will stop altogether and it will help you prevent skin problems.

2- RESTING YOUR CELL PHONE ON YOUR FACE WHILE YOU SPEAK

Cell phones have become indispensable in our everyday life. It is even hard to count how many times we use it during the day… but resting your cell phone on your face regularly after you have touched it with your hands or rested it on dirty places is a big ACNE CULPRIT now days. I have seen cases where only the side where the person uses the phone presents acne lesions while the other facial areas a totally acne free. Clean and sanitize your phone regularly and be aware of where you place it. Try as much as you can, not to rest it directly on your skin when you talk to avoid transferring bacteria.

“We are what we eat”…

I am sure we have all heard that phrase..

and although it is true in the sense that our health is directly linked to proper nutrition, the food we consumed is absorbed and used in order of priority by our organs and tissues. Important organs such as: the heart, liver and kidneys use a great amount of the nutrients to restore and re-energize their functions. The skin as the largest organ of the body can easily get depleted of important vitamins necessary for proper regeneration and healing. That is why applying topical nutrients can help reinforce and provide the skin with crucial elements to optimize cellular metabolism and functioning.

Some of the most important nutrients used in skin cocktails are:

Glutathione- Taurine- organic silicon- DMAE- B Complex, vitamins A, E, C, hyluronic acid, Resveratrol, Oligopeptides, Alphalipoic Acid, Growth factors and many others…

It is very important to note that the vitamins for skincare need to be formulated for topical use and must count with a a small molecular structure so that they can be easily penetrated and readily absorbed by the skin, otherwise; the product would remain on the surface with no significant benefit.

A modality that is broadly used to improve penetration of the nutrients is “Electroporation Technology” which permeates the cellular membrane temporarily to allow better absorption of the actives.

Another method used by doctors to inject the actives directly into the dermal areas been treated is Meso-Therapy.

Let us not forget that still the first guard of defense for Healthy Skin is a Healthy Diet but  we can certainly see A BIG difference in  how the Skin becomes more radiant and re-energized after a good VITAMIN INFUSED SKIN TREATMENT!!!

 

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beauty tips

Hi my friends, I want to share six NOT TO DO tips to help you preserve your beauty!!

1- CLEANSING YOUR FACE WITH HOT WATER Water that is too hot will in time damage the capillaries
2 -SLEEPING ON YOUR FACE Sleeping for hours on your face regularly, eventually can create lines & creases.
3- PICKING AT YOUR PIMPLES Pimples contain bacteria that can easily spread to cause further infection, increasing inflammation & leading to scarring.
4- IGNORING TO APPLY SPF ON THE BACK OF YOUR HANDS You can show a young face but your hands are harsh age tellers. Protect them daily with sunscreen to prevent sun spots & creipy skin.
5 -FORGETTING YOUR NECK &DECOLLETTE Your neck & decollette are an extension of your face. Include them in your skin care routine to prevent lines & saggy skin
6- OVER EXFOLIATING YOUR SKIN Over exfoliating your skin removes essential skin components, leaving it more sensitive, dry & more

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