GO DEEP WITH HYALURONIC ACID
You may already know that hyaluronic acid is a molecule that occurs naturally in the skin and holds a thousand times its weight in water. The big news is that the lab coats at Intraceuticals have shrunk the molecules - meaning deeper penetration, and more hydrated skin as a result. Their Intraceutical Rejuvenate 3 Step Layering set is addictive stuff and swiftly absorbed to work it’s magic. As well as plumping up fine lines and wrinkles, it also stymies dry patches.
If you’re after a big injection of hydration that’ll last, try their Facial Rejuvenate Oxygen Treatment; the hyaluronic acid is worked further into the skin with a jet of oxygen along with green tea and blend of essential oils like jojoba, macadamia, wheatgerm, sweet almond and Vitamins A, C, E.
Also, La Roche Posay Hyalu B5 Serum contains low molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid (which will penetrate the skin for a deep re-plumping action), along with high molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid to create an invisible surface barrier on top of the skin to hold in moisture and re-plump wrinkles.
HYDRATE EVERY HALF HOUR
Super-hydrating facial sprays will become your new best friend - especially when you are traveling or if you work in an office. Glossier Soothing Face Mist, La Mer The Mist, and This Works In Transit Spray-on Moisture are exactly what they sound like: moisturisers in spray form that are colourless, so you don’t even need a mirror to be sure you have rubbed them in properly. These are what you should be reaching for, rather than an atomiser of water (which, by the way, is actually dehydrating as the moisture in your skin evaporates along with the water).
GO FOR MOISTURE MAGNET MAKE-UP
If make-up leaves your skin looking like you’ve had a big night out, only without the joy of having created new memories, you need to try make-up with added hydration. Bare Minerals BarePRO performance wear foundation is formulated without parabens, talc or fillers – the baddies that dehydrate the skin; Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser delivers an intense boost of moisture, and Sisley High Precision Foundation contains powerful bio-glycerins, making it one of the most hydrating bases on the market. If you do have a favourite foundation for colour and texture, try mixing in half a drop of serum, which will give it a more dewy finish and make it look more like great skin, rather than heavy make-up sitting on top of the skin.
FLUSH YOUR SYSTEM
Toxicity in the gut causes congestion, which significantly slows the absorption of water into the body. The colon itself is where a lot of the fluid is absorbed, and if the colon is congested with trapped waste the body is absorbing toxicity with those fluids. This can lead to dry, flaky and grey skin. To rapidly detox your gut, eat plenty of green leaves, add in mixed raw seeds for protein and essential fatty acids, and try eating blended fruit and vegetable smoothies for anywhere between one and three days to rapidly detox your gut. Also drink more water to aid the process. You can make it taste more exciting by infusing fruit like watermelon, grapefruit or fresh herbs like mint.
GET TO KNOW YOUR H2O
We constantly bang on about drinking eight glasses of water a day, but here are some more rules: avoid carbonated water and choose mineral waters with a pH value as close to seven as possible, and choose mineral water brands rich in silica, which nourishes hair, skin and bones. Chemicals can diminish water’s hydrating qualities, so if tap water smells of chlorine, leave it in a jug in the fridge for 30 minutes and the chlorine will evaporate. Electrolytes increase the body’s ability to absorb water, so try drinking coconut water which contains high levels of the electrolyte potassium, which acts like a key opening up the cell membrane, maximising hydration and nutrition faster than just water.