Dry skin is primarily a result of low-levels of moisture in the skin. While part of this fact has to do with your skin type (Ayurvedic Dosha), the rest is governed by the type of moisturizer or hydrating serum you choose for your skin care regimen. Rehydrating your skin with natural emollients and humectants increases the amount of water your skin retains and keeps it healthy.
1. Hyaluronic Acid
We have discussed Hyaluronic Acid (HLA) quite a number of times for its ‘gold standard’ water retention abilities. HLA, a humectant, can be considered as a kind of sponge that will pull or attract moisture from the environment into your skin. It also supports healing and improves the protective PH barrier of our skin. HLA is naturally found in human skin cells, however it depletes over time as we age. Low HLA content in the skin prevents new and healthy skin cells from replenishing and instead perform sluggishly or slowly, which contributes greatly to the appearance of aging.
Topical replenishment of HLA through natural proven Ayurvedic Skin Active is easily accomplished with our BioScience Peptide Complex. Besides restoring the skin’s lost moisture, Hyaluronic acid is a champion when it comes to combating the appearance of aging for all skin types.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a universal and a traditional Ayurvedic botanical (plant), and is also one of the most serious weapons in your arsenal to combat and heal almost every skin issue from dry to sunburnt skin to treating excessively sensitive and oily skin. Aloe Vera sap contains components such as long-chain sugars (polymannan sugars), glucuronic acid and several enzymes, vitamins and minerals, which helps trap and retain moisture, making it an excellent treatment for dry skin. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties are an added benefit to reduce redness and irritation for those having Sensitive/Pitta skin.
Aloe Vera is moisturizing but not greasy, and thus is a perfect choice if you’re looking for non-comedogenic (blackheads) alternative for oily and combination skin.
When applied topically, B-Vitamins improve the skin’s texture and moisture retention ability. Vitamin B3 in particular (Niacin) stabilizes the epithelial barrier and reduces moisture loss which increases smoothness and improves wrinkle depth. Vitamin B1, B2, B5, B6 and B7 in skin care detox the skin (along with Vitamin C), treat dryness, maintain collagen levels, reduce the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis and rosacea and ensure delivery of healthy natural oils to the skin’s surface.
4. Amino Acids and Peptides
Amino acids are building blocks of peptides and proteins that have a leading role in modern skin care. Amino acids are naturally present in our skin and are considered Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMFs) which allow the outermost layer of the skin to stay hydrated. These amino acids perform best in combination with skin peptides and hyaluronic acid – a targeted 1:2 punch to increase hydration and reduce the signs of aging.
Peptides are short chain amino acids which are important components of skin tissue. Providing your skin with peptides (such as Argireline and Matrixyl) signals the dermal matrix that it needs to produce more collagen. This stimulation of collagen production accelerates healing, improves hydration and skin elasticity and reduces wrinkles and fine lines.
5. Omega Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) or omega fatty acids such as poly-unsaturated linoleic, linolenic, GLA, ALA and arachidonic acids are critical for maintaining healthy cell membranes throughout your body, especially your skin cells, producing a natural oil barrier on your skin. This helps your skin stay fully hydrated, plump and youthful. When you don’t have a sufficient amount of omega fatty acids in all the dermal layers, your skin becomes more susceptible to dryness, and outbreaks of acne and skin inflammations including aggravated conditions of rosacea, eczema and psoriasis.
Both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are import to your skin health. Omega 6 fatty acids can be found in various plant oils such as grapeseed, borage, sunflower, evening primrose and others. Good sources of Omega 3 fatty acids (containing Alpha Linoleic Acid) are oils of Hemp seed, Walnut and Soybean.
What Should you Avoid?
- Alcohol based toners or hydrators, including alcohol denat.
- Too many acids in the ingredient list, especially if you’ve a delicate skin.
- Urea, lactic acids, mineral oils and paraffins.
- Body friendly moisturizers that are not meant for your facial skin.
- Artificial fragrances and colors (especially if you have conditions like eczema and rosacea).