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Skincare 101: Proper Hydration

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Moisturizers have long been considered the foundation of anti-aging regimens. But, the industry has come a long way over the past decade. Many advanced skin rejuvenation treatments are now formulated to be more moisturizing, replacing the need for an additional moisturizer for many users, other than in the driest months of the year. Still, you may want or need an additional moisturizer in your skincare system. The good news is that advances in dermatology have paved the way for a new class of moisturizers that are more effective, and take a healthier and more holistic approach to strengthening and moisturizing your skin.

Contrary to popular belief, healthy, strong skin doesn’t require additional hydration and moisture unless it’s exposed to extremely dry or cold air. The surface of your skin (known as the moisture or skin barrier) is designed to retain moisture and protect your body from bad stuff like bacteria, infections, pollutants, etc. If your moisture barrier is healthy, you actually shouldn’t need a moisturizer most of the year. But, when the skin barrier is weakened, fatigued or damaged, your skin loses its ability to retain moisture.

A damaged moisture barrier can create microscopic cracks, invisible to the naked eye, which allow moisture to seep from the body into the air. This not only dehydrates skin, but typically makes your skin more prone to irritation. Traditional moisturizers provide a temporary boost in hydration, but they are not designed to repair the moisture barrier. Consequently, they require repeated daily use to be effective.

To restore lost moisture and achieve a healthy skin barrier, it’s a good idea to first eliminate anything that might be damaging or fatiguing the moisture barrier. Common culprits include foaming cleansers, toners, frequent exfoliation, and/or excessive sun exposure. Switch to a creamy cleanser. Eliminate usage of toners (they aren’t necessary anyway). Avoid excess exfoliation—aim for just 2-4 consecutive days per month. Use a mineral-based sunscreen daily.

The next step is to ensure your skincare products provide sufficient nutritional support to maintain a healthy, strong and resilient skin barrier. Look for dermatologist-grade ingredients like retinoids (Retinoic Acid, Tretinoin and Retinol), which actually increase cell turnover to enhance the thickness of the epidermis (the top layer of the skin).

Also ensure that you’re supplying your skin with a healthy diet of topically applied nutrients like:

  • Vitamin E (Tocopherols and Tocotrienols)—long used to nourish proper skin repair
  • Omegas 3-6-9, including Alpha Linolenic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Gamma Linoleic Acid and Oleic Acid
  • Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)—shown to help strengthen the surface of the skin
  • Oat Extracts, which have a calming effect on the skin
  • Plant Sterols—at a molecular level, they look like cholesterol and have been shown to strengthen the skin barrier
  • Sunflower Seed Extract—shown in clinical research to nourish a healthy skin barrier

A new class of breakthrough moisturizers, formulated with nutrient-rich ingredients and essential vitamins, hydrate and restore the natural moisture barrier for a healthy complexion. MD Complete Deep Moisturizer, when paired with Retinol treatment products, offers dermatologist-level hydration like you’ve never felt before. Choose something that’s good for your skin.