At Naya, we believe that skincare is truly an expression of self-care. At the same time, we also believe that skincare is a holistic approach. As it allows you to connect with yourself and you commit to yourself to practice self-love everyday.
According to @huffpost, any act of skincare can be considered self-care. This is because “There is something slightly meditative about just sitting there and taking that 10 minutes just for you”.
But how to best look after your skin and do the right things? As there are so many messages and also conflicting messages out there making it hard to make an informed decision.
The phase we want to talk to you about today is the hydration phase. And which we think is probably the most crucial and overlooked step to achieving clear, glowing and youthful looking skin. Hydration is paramount. In particular in the world we are living in where people live in urban and polluted cities.
In order to hydrate the skin in an appropriate way one needs to understand the difference between moisturising and hydrating. There have been many blog posts about this very subject. And we wanted to consolidate the information and simplify it.
Meaning of ‘Moisturising’ mean?
The term “Moisturising” in reference to the skincare does not mean that ‘moisture’ is actually infused into the skin. ‘Moisturising’ is about oil / lipids that are applied to effectively seal in the actual “water = moisture = hydration” into the skin. Thus the hydration in your skin doesn’t evaporate, ultimately keeping your skin subtle and maintain elasticity. The ‘sealing’ of the skin and hydration into the skin to support the skin barrier is referred to as ‘moisturising’. Thus when our skin surface is dry, it is a lack of lipids not necessarily water hydration what we might imply. However, when the skin feels tight or lack of elasticity (you pull your skin together, and it doesn’t ‘spring’ back in place) the skin suffers from a lack of hydration within the skin cells.
“Hydration [refers to] the water content within the cells that leads them to swell and be plump and bouncy. If water flows out of the cells and the cells are dehydrated, they can become shriveled, explains dermatologist Anna Guanche, MD, FAAD. This means that when you’re using a topical hydrator, you’re infusing your cells with water and improving your skin’s ability to absorb moisture and nutrients.”
Moisturizing is about trapping and sealing in moisture to build the skin’s protective barrier, prevent water loss and keep the skin soft and smooth.
The Myth of drinking a glass of water
You often hear “drink 8 glasses of water to hydrate your skin“. However, before the water reaches the skin, the body will distribute it to its vital organs to replenish any water loss. While you might think while drinking the glass of water ‘ dear body, my skin on my face needs the hydration‘ your body doesn’t prioritise based on your wishes and why you drink a particular glass of water. Thus you need to ensure to provide the necessary ingredients from the outside to act from within. Read our Blog here, to learn more abour our plant-based alternative we are using in our products
Hydrating and moisturising
Hydrating and moisturising are two distinctly different phases of skincare and delivered through different ingredients. At the same time, these two phases work hand in hand and can’t function without the other. Water and oil react chemically to skin differently. So hydrating and moisturising steps are effective when applied separately.
The key to remember is: “Properly moisturising to retain hydration.”
Moisturisation only penetrates the superficial layers of the dermis and forming a protective layer, while hydration penetrates deeply into the skin layer to work from with in, and hydrate those skin cells.
Hydration Phase & Oil Phase
Water/Hydration must be applied first to open and flush the cells with fluid. Water-based products deliver hydration. And the application of oil-based products after the water phase performs moisturising. Products that are oil-based, they usually perform as lipid barrier cell-binding function rather than hydrating agents.
A moisturiser for one skin such as a light, serum-like products could absorb entirely leaving only minimal barrier reinforcement. And for the next skin, the same product might be sufficient for moisturising and barrier repair. The stratum corneum, the outermost protective layer of the skin consists of keratin (protein) and lipids (oil). This ‘brick and mortar’ barrier/protection layer of the skin is hydrophobic and needing anhydrous (oil based) products to best penetrate the surface. But what we are trying to achieve is restoring the skin with hydration/water. This is where ingredients and formulation are fascinating and effective at overcoming the skins natural defence.
Our new products
The secret to the formulation of our new products is the combination of ingredients that create such an effective skin-penetrating formula. The base of our products is the penetration-enhancing ingredient Aloe Vera, Silverear Mushroom, Hyaluronic Acid and our patented Glow Complex. Those are combined with specific concentrations of fatty-acids from a unique oil profile that effectively reduces skin surface tension and acts as a vehicle by increasing permeability. This allows the antioxidants, and nutrients past the skin barrier and sets up the skin to carry the actives in the next phase as well. The moisturising phase seals in the hydration and actives while reinforcing the skins protective acid mantle barrier.
There is no one product that will do everything for the optimal health of your skin. Your best skin doesn’t happen by using one super cocktail of ingredients for a few months. A person who wants to slow the decline and ageing of the skin and manage inflammation from within will continually invest in products for a simple routine. And also the time necessary to maintain and treat the vital organ. This requires performing a simple skincare routine everyday, every week. Most people are already moisturising and still unaware of the need to hydrate the skin in order to properly “moisturise” it. Skin must maintain a certain level of hydration to retain its elasticity and circulation of vital nutrients and fluids, and to eliminate toxins. Proper hydration allows every cell to work at its optimal level.
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