Skin Hydrating Masks & Procedures
Hydrating DIY Masks and In-Office Facial Procedures for Glowing Skin
As we head into the later months of summer, most of us have enjoyed our fair share of summer sun, but are now starting to think about some of the unwanted effects that also come with a sun-drenched summer.
The sun can leave our skin with dryness, pigmentation, and uneven texture like rough skin to name a few. In hindsight, the best approach would have been to switch up your beauty regimen to a summer-friendly skincare routine, but if that ship has sailed and your skin is feeling a bit dehydrated or lackluster, we’ve got you covered with some skin hydrating options, from procedures to DIY masks.
Schedule a HydraFacial To Boost Skin Hydration At The End of Summer
We get it. Scheduling “self-care” time sounds appealing, but with the demands of your everyday life as summer is winding down, it may feel like a dream in the wind. The bad news is that as tired as you are, your skin is likely showing it as well.
That said, a rejuvenating HydraFacial treatment could be your summer skin savior! The HydraFacial treatment gives your skin the natural glow that we all love and keeps your skin hydrated post-procedure. As we discussed in a recent blog post, dehydrated skin will not only appear lackluster but can contribute to other signs of skin aging like poor skin texture and unwanted lines and wrinkles.
The treatment is quick, easy, and pain-free. The procedure takes 30 minutes and can be done on your lunch break. The facial leaves your skin looking and feeling rejuvenated, fresh, and leaves no irritation or inflammation. HydraFacial works by removing dead skin cells, and impurities from the dermis while cleansing, hydrating, and moisturizing the skin. Plus, you can ask your skincare expert about adding a serum to your HydraFacial treatment to help boost results depending on your skin concerns.
It’s important to think about the health of your skin and the ingredients in your skincare, especially as you prepare for a skin rejuvenating procedure like a HydraFacial.
If you play your cards right, and use daily skincare products designed to help add hydration into the skin and a nourishing moisturizer like the Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer with TriHex Technology® to help create a healthy skin barrier BEFORE your procedure, you’re going the extra mile to ensure that your facial rejuvenation treatment will get the best results.
Learn more about the importance of skin hydration, how it’s different from skin moisture, and some of the daily skincare products you can use to help with dehydrated skin on our recent post “Skincare 101: Moisturizer Basics”.
DIY Masks To Try At-Home For Better Skin
In addition to your regular appointments with your health care provider, there are hydrating practices you can easily employ at home to help address post-summer skin dehydration in between office visits.
These DIY at-home masks are typically low cost, and pretty easy to whip up. Plus, they also take up very little of your time allowing you to do house chores while you let them work their magic, or you can kick back and catch up on your fave binge-worthy Netflix series. No judging!
Here are a few base ingredients (opt for organic when you can) to stock in your pantry and fridge for DIY anytime hydrating face masks.
- Oats - they are an anti-inflammatory superfood and an antioxidant known to help soothe dry skin. They can also work great as an exfoliator, helping get rid of tough skin and oily pores.
- Yogurt - a great anti-aging ingredient to add to any at-home mask. It acts as the perfect glue when mixed with other ingredients and has lactic acid which helps to tighten pores and improve the texture of the skin.
- Honey - an overall amazing ingredient for your skin. It is antibacterial which helps fight acne, is full of antioxidants to slow down aging, and can be incredibly moisturizing.
Here’s how to whip them up…
All you need for this at-home mask is dry rolled oats, plain yogurt, and honey, preferably organic ingredients.
Blend ¼ cup of oats until they are a powder consistency. Then, in a bowl, mix together 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt and 2 tablespoons of honey. Pour the now powdered oats into the yogurt and honey bowl and mix. Let the mixture stand for 5 to 10 minutes until the oats are well coated.
Apply the mask onto dry, clean skin, and relax!
Rinse off the mask after 10 to 20 minutes to reveal fresh, hydrated skin!
The Honey Please Face Mask
On days, you can’t be bothered mixing together a concoction of household ingredients for a face mask, just grab the honey, honey.
Just apply a thin layer to slightly damp skin. Take a minute to lightly rub it into the face and leave on for 30 minutes, or more. Gently rinse off with warm water and you’re likely to see rejuvenated, glowing skin.
We just caution you on the stickiness factor!
Cucumber can help with swelling and inflammation as well as skin irritation. Mix with plain yogurt, and you have a super simple yet extremely hydrating face mask.
To try, peel and mash cucumber with a fork, then mix it together with a tablespoon of yogurt. Once thoroughly mixed, apply a thick layer to clean skin. Let dry for around 15 minutes, then wash off with warm water and a clean washcloth. Pat skin dry and enjoy the benefits.
Sleep and Water
One of the best, and easiest at-home practices you can do to help with tired-looking skin is SLEEP!
It can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of nice weather, and longer nights during the summer, but sleep is when your skin restores itself. Sleep can help your body regain moisture lost during the day and it doesn’t cost you a thing!
One of the most common mantras skincare experts repeat is “wear your sunscreen!” After that, it would have to be, “drink plenty of water!”
Like sleep, water is the cheapest option in your skincare routine when striving for glowing skin, and one of the most important.
We’re human, and totally understand that laying out beach or poolside with the “drink of summer” in your hand sounds like a great time, but make sure to follow in between sips with some ice-cold water. Not only will it keep you refreshed, but it will also keep you hydrated, and your skin glowing!
Now you tell us, what are your fave skin care tips for glowing, hydrated skin?
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Article Reviewed by Wendy Johnson
Vice President, Marketing
Wendy Johnson brings to Alastin Skincare over 22 years of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and aesthetics industry experience in various sales, training, marketing and thought leader development roles.
After spending 10 years in gastroenterology at Tap Pharmaceuticals and Prometheus Laboratories, with sales and marketing oversight for in-line and pre-launch products, Mrs. Johnson transitioned to an aesthetic career at SkinMedica in 2004. While there, she was responsible for marketing one of the top 2 branded prescription hydroquinones, launching a leading branded low potency steroid, and oversight of the acne franchise line extensions.
In 2010, Wendy joined Merz North America where she developed and managed the Physician Relations department in support of injectable, topical and device business units under Medical Affairs, before transitioning into managing a Regional Aesthetics Marketing team.
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