The Beauty Dept / The Surprising Reason Your Skin Is Red
WORDS BY MARCIA KILGORE
The Surprising ReasonYour Skin Is RedREAD THIS, IF YOU’RE BATTLING ROSACEA, REDNESS OR WRINKLES
You might already know this, but there’s a difference between dry and dehydrated skin, just like there’s a difference between oil and water. Dry skin stems from underproductive oil glands and is mainly dependent on genetics. It can easily be balanced with regular surface applications of moisturizing facial Oils, Ceramides, Fatty Acids and Phospholipids.
Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, stems from a lack of water, caused by anything from swimming to sunburn, arid environments, dehydrating bad habits (like long, hot showers and drinking too much coffee) and simply not getting enough H2O every day. The best way to boost your hydration levels? Spritzes and humectant serums with Hyaluronic Acids, AHAs (will explain below), Polysaccharides, Seaweed extracts, hydration binders like Betaine and Trehalose, Pombe Yeast extracts and the old tried-and-true Aloe Vera juice.
How do you know if yourskin is dry or dehydrated?
Dehydrated skin feels tight, looks dull, and if you've got it, you'll notice tiny wrinkles on the surface of your skin and a crepey texture. If you're chronically dehydrated, you might even see dark circles under your eyes (because your under-eye area, according to Chinese medicine, reflects your kidneys).
SO WHY DOES DRY OR DEHYDRATEDSKIN OFTEN BECOME RED?
If your skin's barrier is 'not oily enough' (we will not get into the ratios of Ceramides, Cholesterol, Fatty Acids and Sphingolipids needed for optimal barrier repair, but will say we've ticked this box in our dry skin moisture formulas), extra blood will rush to the skin's surface (and vessels may dilate) to fight off irritants and encourage skin and barrier healing.
So the first port of call if your skin is chronically redder than you’d like?* Healing moisture formulas and hydrating serums and spritzes. Followed by hydration sealing creams and balms!
*Of course, acute or sudden redness may be caused by allergies or other inflammatory conditions, and if you notice this, please see a doctor!
WHICH PRODUCTS CAN YOU USE TO GETYOUR OIL BALANCE JUST RIGHT?
PLANTASTIC™ DEEP NOURISHING MOISTURE BALM
It’s like the Italian cashmere-blanket of skincare. This super-luxurious balm has a smoothing gel-cream feel, is infused with dry skin soothing Shea and Murumuru Butters, Sesame and Coconut Oils, and features antioxidant vitamin E (also humectant) and a skin protecting Tomato Stem-Cell extract – VitaFreeze. A tiny little bit goes a very long way.
SUPERACTIVE ESSENTIAL CERAMIDES+ CAPSULES
Absolute magic for DRY skin. These perfectly portable capsules deliver skin-identical doses of Sphingo-and-Glycolipids and help support your natural ceramide production, for longer-lasting moisture and dewier, glowier skin. Use a hydrating serum underneath and a cream on top! (Face, eyes, neck).
SUPERDROPS HIGH INTENSITY HYDRATION
Moisture-plumping super drops with Hyaluronic Acid, Black Oat Aqua Rich extract (ultra-hydrating), water-binding Saccharide Isomerate (super soothing) and Ficucell Vita (to help boost visible firmness and elasticity). Incredible for soothing redness. Massage a few drops onto clean skin under a serum, cream, mask or ceramide capsule to give your skin a super-hydrated glow.
SUPER HEALTHY SKIN™ DAILY LOTION
The must-have daily moisturizer for sensitive/dry/rosacea-prone skin. With dry skin soothing Shea Butter, powerful Plant Stem Cells, antioxidants and Physavie to help fight inflammation (now recognized as the big, bad wolf of wrinkles). Incredible when combined with High Intensity Superdrops or Superactive Ceramide Capsules.
CHOOSE GENTLE CLEANSERS & EXFOLIATORSTHAT WON’T STRIP YOUR SKIN, LIKE…
PLANTASTIC™ APRICOT BUTTER CLEANSING BALM
A totally deluxe cleansing balm that’s so good it almost makes you feel guilty. With cold-pressed Rosehip Seed Oil, Apricot Butter and vitamin E, this nourishing balm melts away makeup and breaks into a milk, for a super-moisturized, clean and totally refreshed face.
PLANTASTIC™ MICROPEELING SUPER DROPS
Gentle regular exfoliation helps hydrating and moisturizing ingredients sink into your skin faster and stay there. Dry or dehydrated skin types (and even rosacea prone skin) can use these drops two or three times a week without overdoing it.
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