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How to combat dry skin?

October 15, 2017 - YorkshireHA

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Dry skin is something we all experience particularly as the temperature gets colder in the winter and the central heating is turned up. This means that there is less moisture in the air which causes the top layer of our skin to get dehydrated and deteriorate. If we don’t look after our skin and hydrate accordingly with time our skin will form the dreaded wrinkles.

At the Yorkshire Health and Aesthetics clinic based in Bradford we want you to have great looking skin and this is our advice on how to keep your skin moisturised.

 

Hyaluronic Acid

These days every skin product seems to contain hyaluronic acid and even make-up. But is it effective? Hyaluronic acid is not an acid that exfoliates dead skin such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid. It instead is a polysaccharide naturally found in our body which lubricates our skin, hair, eyes, and joints. Nearly half of it exists in the skin tissues keeping it plump and hydrated.  As we get older our body produces less hyaluronic acid and this leads to dry skin, fine lines, wrinkles and sagging.

At Yorkshire Health and Aesthetics, we use hyaluronic acid as a dermal filler in cosmetic procedures to restore volume and create a plumper look. At Yorkshire Health and Aesthetics we use only dermal fillers that are 100% hyaluronic acid so are less likely to produce a reaction as the body does not recognise it as a foreign body. This also means that over time it will be absorbed by the body and disappear.

Even though hyaluronic acid is amazing when injected as a dermal filler. It is a major misconception that hyaluronic acid is as effective when applied to the skin. This is because the hyaluronic acid molecule is simply too big to pass through the epidermis. It does have the effect to absorb water so it is best used as a serum when your skin is damp. This will help trap and lock in the water.

At Yorkshire Health and Aesthetics we have wet collagen masks infused with hyaluronic acid that you can purchase or combine with a microdermabrasion treatment for smoother hydrated skin.

 

Alternative Moisturiser?

Buying products with hyaluronic acid is expensive and if your skin is already dry it may not be as effective as it is lacking moisture for it to absorb and retain. As an advance practitioner with a background in pharmaceutical science I generally recommend Aveeno cream. It is formulated with active colloidal oatmeal and suitable for adults and babies from 3 months.

 

 

 

Colloidal oatmeal contains lipids, proteins and polysaccharides and when dispersed in water it forms a viscous barrier and the hydrophilic polysaccharides absorbs water and creates moisturising effect. The proteins present also provide a buffering action which helps lower pH. Aveeno has shown to help reduce itching caused by dry skin as well as have an anti-inflammatory effect by reducing the release of arachidonic acid. You can click on the image above if you would like to purchase the product from amazon or if you are coming to Yorkshire Health and Aesthetics in Bradford you can pick up a free sample.

Other Lifestyle Tips

Wear breathable fabrics like cottons and loose fitting clothes that will prevent your skin from chafing.

Have a good immune system. It is important to follow basic steps to keep yourself health such as getting good sleep and exercising.

Reduce stress as this reduces the skin’s ability to retain water.

Good diet and drink plenty of water.

 

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