In your quest for better skin you might have wondered: are hydrating facials all you need for radiant skin?
To answer this, we have to delve into how the skin stays hydrated, understand why it gets dehydrated, before focusing on the demands of radiant skin and its relation to a hydrating facial.
The role of the skin’s moisture barrier
The skin’s moisture barrier is like a protective wall for our skin. Imagine it as the outer layer that keeps the good stuff in and the bad stuff out. This barrier is made up of natural oils and fats that our skin produces.
Its role is to:
- Prevent harmful pollutants from getting into our skin to reduce infections and irritations
- Keep our skin hydrated
- Strengthen our skin so skin feels soft and flexible
If this barrier gets damaged or weak, our skin can become dry, rough, or irritated. That’s why it’s so important to take care of it, ensuring our skin stays healthy and looks its best.
Benefits of skin hydration
Well-hydrated skin looks and feels better. When our skin has enough moisture, it appears plump, radiant, and youthful. Dry skin, on the other hand, can look dull and can even lead to visible lines or cracks. These imperfections aren’t just about appearance; they can also make the skin feel rough or itchy.
Elasticity refers to the skin’s ability to stretch and then revert to its original state. This property is vital for warding off sagging and wrinkles. Dehydrated skin, lacking this flexibility, becomes more susceptible to damage and signs of ageing.
Defence against irritants
Consider the analogy of dry ground: when devoid of moisture, it cracks, allowing surface elements to penetrate. Similarly, dry skin can develop micro-cracks, paving the way for irritants, allergens, and pollutants to get into our bodies.
Much like how plants rely on water for repair and growth, our skin depends on moisture to heal minor damages it faces daily. Skin hydration isn’t just about looking good. It’s crucial for maintaining a robust, healthy barrier between our body and the external environment.
Signs of dehydrated skin
One of the most evident signs of dehydrated skin is a feeling of tightness. This sensation is especially noticeable after cleansing. The skin might feel like it’s being pulled, especially around the forehead, cheeks, or jawline. This tightness is a clear indication that the skin lacks moisture and is crying out for hydration.
Healthy, hydrated skin usually has a natural radiance, reflecting light evenly. In contrast, dehydrated skin can appear lacklustre or ashy, especially in people with darker skin tones. This dull appearance results from the skin’s inability to shed dead cells efficiently, leading to a buildup that can make the complexion seem flat.
Fine lines and wrinkles
While fine lines are signs of ageing, they can often be a result of parched skin. A simple test is to pinch a small portion of your cheek or the back of your hand. If fine lines appear but then disappear once you release the skin, it’s a sign of dehydration.
Flakiness or peeling, even in those with oily skin, is also a telltale sign. This unexpected dryness can be especially confusing for those who are used to having an oily complexion.
When the skin’s moisture barrier is compromised, it can become more reactive to products or environmental factors. Increased sensitivity is an early sign of dry skin.
Ironically, when the skin is dehydrated, it might produce more oil to compensate, leading to an oily but tight feeling in the face.
Skincare tips for dry skin
With Singapore’s heat and our time spent in air-conditioned environments, it is hard to avoid getting dry skin. Fortunately, there are some ways we can counteract and mitigate the effects of dry skin.
Choose the right products
Choosing the right products is a vital aspect of caring for dry skin, and there are several considerations to keep in mind.
Look for hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramides, and natural oils like jojoba or almond oil, as these can nourish and moisturise the skin.
Avoid harsh cleansers that contain sulphates or other strong detergents, as they can strip the skin of its natural oils, making dryness worse. Instead, opt for gentle, creamy cleansers.
Selecting a thicker, cream-based moisturiser can provide more intense hydration, especially if it’s labelled for dry or sensitive skin. Alcohol can be drying, so it’s wise to choose toners and other skincare products that are alcohol-free. If your skin is sensitive as well as dry, hypoallergenic products may be a good option, as they minimise potential allergens.
Investing in a nourishing night cream can further enhance your skincare routine.
Sun protection remains crucial, so look for a moisturising sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection.
Exfoliation is an essential step in skincare, especially for dry skin, but it must be done with care.
The act of exfoliation involves removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, which can build up and cause the skin to appear dull and flaky. For dry skin, this buildup can also prevent moisturisers from penetrating deeply, reducing their effectiveness. Regular exfoliation can help remove this barrier, allowing hydrating products to work better and giving the skin a smoother, more radiant appearance.
However, exfoliation must be approached with caution for those with dry skin. Over-exfoliation or using a product that’s too harsh can strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to even more dryness and irritation.
What does a hydrating facial do?
A hydrating facial is a skincare treatment specifically designed to infuse the skin with moisture, leaving it soft, supple, and radiant. The treatment usually begins with a gentle cleansing process to remove dirt, makeup, and impurities from the skin’s surface. This is followed by careful exfoliation to remove dead skin cells, allowing hydrating products to penetrate more deeply.
The core of the hydrating facial involves using products rich in moisturising ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, or natural oils, which help replenish the skin’s moisture levels.
At SkinLab, hydrating facials come with a variety of different enhancements. Our Intense Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Facial, for example, can be paired with the award-winning Lumenis M22 IPL laser for even better results.
For those looking for something a little less intense, some other hydrating facials we have include oatmeal facials, aloe vera facials, and Aqua Peel facials. These facials tend to begin with pre-facial cleansing and massages, as well as post-facial care like masks and sunblock protection.
Regular hydrating facials can improve the skin’s overall texture and appearance, reducing the look of fine lines and making the skin feel softer and smoother. In essence, a hydrating facial is more than just a pampering experience; it’s a targeted treatment that addresses dryness and dehydration, promoting healthier, more resilient skin.
How often should you get a hydrating facial?
Generally, a hydrating facial can be done once a month, but individual needs may vary. Consulting with a professional who understands the specific challenges of Singapore’s climate in relation to your unique skin type can help you determine the best schedule for your skin.
Regular hydrating facials in a humid environment like Singapore will serve long term benefits like;
- Optimal moisture levels for radiant skin
- Improved skin texture and elasticity
- Improved skincare absorption
- Reduced risk of potential skin issues related to dehydration
Restore your skin’s hydration with SkinLab The Medical Spa
Smooth, radiant, and even-toned skin is not a dream. All you need is the support of experienced, well-trained professionals who know all about hydrating facial treatments. At SkinLab, Singapore’s largest medical spa chain, our highly trained therapists will work to bring the hydration your skin needs to where it belongs, radiant skin you desire and deserve.