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.

why it is important to have hydrated skin
Moisturizing and hydrating your skin will help you look beautiful, young and perfect.

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facial products you should use

Many women have a beauty routine and the face becomes one of the most precious parts. The products that you would use on it must be made of the best ingredients; however, many of us don’t pay attention to the labels, only to brands. Besides, in many products expensive doesn’t mean better.

So, today I give you seven reasons to check the ingredients on the facial merchandise that you are using or are thinking to buy. Don’t fall into the spell of the big marketing campaigns from the exclusive brands, find the ones according to your style and needs.

Seven reasons to check the ingredients of your beauty products

  • Expiration date: every item will show you a symbol that shows the period after opening (PAO), date to be aware of because it will indicate for how many months you can use it. But there are several ingredients that depending on the climate conditions can degenerate quickly. Expired products are highly dangerous.
  • Sunscreen protection: In the morning routine, sunscreen protection is a must. Checking the ingredients will indicate you the type of sunscreen included in the products. Keep this in mind especially if you live in a sunny place.
  • Natural or synthetic ingredients: many natural alternatives claim to only use ingredients easily found in nature; but in reality, they can contain synthetic options that may  affect your skin in harmful ways. Read carefully the ingredient list.
  • Research: try to do a search the different components that you read on labels, especially those that are unpronounceable. Knowing their names and what they do, will provide an easy background when you are buying new merchandise.
  • You skin condition: because we possess different skin types, you must understand how yours can react to the different products. Besides, some are made specifically for every type, and the ingredients can change.
  • Not falling for fancy-named brands: keep in mind that ingredients are used in all brands, so often the expensive ones don’t offer major  differences, so spending money on these will not guarantee the best care for your face.
  • Artisanal products: when looking for natural ingredients in facial care it would be a good choice to check local stores offering handmade products. They will give you all the information about the components, for your knowledge.

Knowing the ingredients of the facial products can help you to have control of what you apply to your body. So take care of yourself and start to change your beauty routines to have beautiful and healthy skin.

facial products for each skin type
Each person has a type of skin that needs products according to it.

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What you need to know about Botox

Botox is an injectable solution that helps to relax the muscles of the face, neck, and even hands, allowing the partial elimination of wrinkles resulted from aging and other factors.

However, even with all the information about Botox, there are few things that you may not know.

So, if you are planning to go under this procedure, it’s better to know all the different options that it offers because reducing the look of  wrinkles is just one of its uses.   Are you ready?

Five things to know about Botox

Botox can change the way of your smile

A smile can turn you into a different person and cause people to be more open for interactions. But sometimes your smile can show too much, including your gums, making you self-conscious. There are some botox treatments for this gummy smile that will allow you to show your full smile without worries.

Do you want a heart-shaped face?

The heart-shaped face is considered one of the most feminine looks.  But every person has a different face shape, and if you possess a strong jawline that gives you a masculine touch, with a couple of botox sessions, your jawline can slim down to show a softer look on your face and even a heart-shaped one!

Botox helps with the muscles longevity

Muscles need exercises to be healthy and in good condition. However,  minor muscles like the ones on the face are highly used with every expression you make, and that is one of the main causes of wrinkles. When treatments are implemented regularly, the time between each session will be longer, and the face will have a more relaxed look. Just remember to never go under treatment if the mandatory period of rest hasn’t finished.

Problems with sweating? Botox will solve them!

There is a condition known as hyperhidrosis that causes excessive sweating, and it can be an awkward situation because the sweat can present in different parts of your body accompanied with bad odor, besides being embarrassing. Botox is an effective way to reduce the amount of sweating by injecting the solution right on the affected area; usually, this is localized under the arms. You may need several sessions distributed throughout the year to reduce the condition.

Botox and migraines

Nowadays, it’s starting to be used to dull the pain associated with migraines, and even to prevent the beginning of one. This condition can affect any individual in different ways, it will depend on several factors, but it normally can cause a hard pain and change the general development of the daily activities because of the constant pulse on the brain. Botox is gaining fame as a way to control this condition.

Botox can be used in many different ways, not just for the beauty aspect. Many conditions associated with skin and others are being treated with this solution. Find the best professionals in town and check all the information that they provide before going under treatment, remember that every organism is different and you can react in unknown ways to it.

Is Botox good or bad for skin?
Always remember to go with a professional for your treatment.

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Acclaimed by celebrities and beauty professionals,

Microneedling is all the rage in skincare treatments at the moment and for a good reason. It can literally transform your skin and even erase some years from your face.

But how can tiny needles help you defeat the effects of time?

One of the main causes of aging is the loss of collagen and elastin which becomes more palpable year after year, especially as the level of estrogen starts to drop more dramatically. These tiny needles create micro-channels in the skin that signal the presence of a minute injury and despite the minuscule nature of the wound it is enough to induce the production of new collagen also working as a vehicle to facilitate deeper absorption of active ingredients.

Professional in office treatments are more powerful but at home treatments are gaining popularity, even some skincare companies offer the roller as part of their daily routine. For the purpose of this article I will refer to the use of the handheld roller used at home which can also provide great results when used properly.

Either you are already a big fan of the needling or are eager to put the big hype to the test,  here are some tips that will help you take your treatment to the next level:

EXFOLIATE BEFORE THE FIRST TREATMENT

Removing dead skin cells before the first treatment will help you achieve more even results allowing the roller to run smoothly and avoiding tugging or pulling of the skin and also improving absorption of the nutrients. It is not necessary to do it all the time but I have found to really make a difference in the results, on the first treatment.

KEEP THE SKIN MOIST

Keeping your keep moist with the serum while performing the rolling prevents causing more irritation and in addition, you take advantage of the momentum when the skin is more readily able to absorb the product.

SELECT INGREDIENTS THAT CAN HELP IMPROVE YOUR SKIN CONCERN

There are thousands of ingredients out there that promise to improve the skin. However, the only ones that will make a difference to your skin are those that can help your personal needs.  Either you suffer from acne scars, hyperpigmentation or want to improve lines and wrinkles…the serum you select is as important as the procedure so choose a product that contains ingredients to help improve your skin concerns that way you will see faster results.

MORE IS NOT BETTER

Controlled inflammation is expected in this treatment but don’t get too carried away wanting to over treat the skin. Too much inflammation increases free radical activity and guess what… it translates into… “oxidation” which in fact ages you, so as you can see.. more is not always better.

Although some manufacturer’s recommend the daily use of the roller, as a professional I prefer to  treat the skin two times maximum three times a week. Also you must consider the needles size in the roller you are using. It is not same to use a 0.25mm than a 0.50mm or a 1mm. The higher the number the more aggressive the treatment so the recovery time should be accordingly.  That way you allow the skin to replenish its protective barrier and restore its integrity avoiding negative side effects.

Also avoid other type of exfoliants  or irritating ingredients after the treatment, it will only causes excessive inflammation and sensitivity.

POST CARE

The following day is normal to feel the skin a little sensitive and it might even tingle a little if you exercise.  Because a natural micro-exfoliation (desquamation) occurs the skin can feel a little dry or rough. It happens in a microscopic level so you might not see the peeling but you can feel the difference in the skin texture. Stay away from heat, internal or external like direct sun, hot showers or saunas to avoid getting post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. It is crucial to maintain the skin well-hydrated at all times and to use a sunblock daily.

DESINFECT THE ROLLER EVERY TIME

Although in a minute scale, this is a treatment where the skin is being pricked which makes it more vulnerable to bacteria. Make sure you wash your hands before you do the treatment (using gloves is best) and sanitize the roller every time you use it. Follow the manufacture’s cleaning instructions.  Denture cleaning tablets are recommended by many Companies. Once clean, the roller should be stored in a closed case to protect it from getting contaminated.

Like the old say says:  “no pain, no gain”… well… when it comes to beauty and anti-aging treatments most people will be willing to ignore the pain if they see the gain! So what do you think my friend?

Are you ready for a prick?

Thank you for being here.

Until next time,

Dora Salazar

Medical Aesthetician

 

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