This month we asked industry pros for their input on hydrating ingredient recommendations and professional services. We have gathered expert advice from industry professionals on skin hydration, and we are bringing these tips to you.
Tip 1: Protect the Skin Barrier for Ingredient Efficiency
Protect your stratum corneum to keep hydration in and reduce transepidermal water loss. Overuse of exfoliants, vitamin A products, or acids and under use of sun protection can lead to a loss of barrier protection causing water to escape. Hydrating ingredients will work best when our skin is functioning properly and there is water retention in this layer of our skin.
—Dorothea Fenech, Training Director for Guinot
Tip 2: Pumpkin is Your Best Friend
October is the month when two things happen. The temp gets colder which triggers a change in your skin’s needs, and as we all know, October is the month of Halloween candy. We’re all guilty of just taking one (but then 10 more) pieces of mini chocolate bars (licorice, smarties etc). We all know that sugar isn’t good for you, but here’s something you probably didn’t know: besides spiking your blood sugar, sugar dehydrates you and your skin! So my recommendation to keep your skin hydrated would be to skip the sweets. The good news about Halloween is that pumpkin is your skin’s best friend. Pumpkin is one of the world’s most nutrient rich, high fiber, low glycemic (not to mention tasty) foods. Dig into the pumpkin soup, sweet potatoes or pumpkin spice cookies.
—Graydon Moffat, Founder of Graydon Skincare