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D E H Y D R A T I O N 

Drinking Water

When our skin is dehydrated, parched fine lines can appear across the forehead and around the eyes. These are often confused for expression lines, wrinkles and ageing. Adequate hydration ensures that our skin is kept supple, juicy and plump.
Cold or dry climates, heating and air conditioning, long-haul air travel and illness contribute to skin dehydration. To achieve and maintain optimal hydration drink lots of water and herbal tea. Keep coffee and alcohol to a minimum – they’re major dehydrators. If you work in an office, place a humidifier on your desk to replenish the moisture in the air.

When it comes to skin care look for products that contain hyaluronic acid, ceramides, sodium PCA, niacinamide and glycerin. Layer a hydrating serum underneath a water-heavy, light-weight moisturiser. In colder climates try a face oil or heavier cream to lock moisture into the skin.

It’s best to avoid harsh cleansers, alcohol based toners and overuse of active products with ingredients such as AHAs  benzoyl peroxide and retinoids as these can exacerbate the condition.

Exfoliate two to three times per week to slough away the build up of dead skin cells and enhance deeper penetration of your hydrators, moisturisers and oils. Last but not least apply a hydrating cream or sheet mask ( I love Linda Meredith Oxygen Mask ) at least once per week.

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