The Importance Of Water Hydration

Water plays an important role in the overall health of the human body. More than simply quenching our thirst, water also provides much needed hydration to our cells. The skin is no exception.

In order to function properly, the body and skin both rely heavily on water. Water composes 50 – 70 percent of the body’s weight and it helps to keep the skin healthy, vital and attractive.

How Much Water Is Needed Every Day For Maximum Physical Health?

The amount of water needed by an individual varies, depending on body weight and level of daily physical activity. The following is an easy formula to help you determine the amount of water you need daily: Take your body weight and divide by 2. Divide this number by 8. The resulting number approximates how many 8 – ounce glasses of water you should drink every day. For instance, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should drink 10 glasses of water a day. If intense physical activity is performed daily, add two extra glasses of water to the final number.

It is estimated that 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated.

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FYI – “Skin is the window to the body’s overall health”

An individual’s skin type is primarily based on how much oil is produced in the follicles. Generally, an individual’s skin becomes drier over time. Skin types include dry, normal, combination or oily. Sensitive skin is considered a condition and acne is considered a disorder. All skin types need proper cleansing, exfoliating and hydrating.

 

1. Dry Skin

  • lacks natural oil secretions that protect us from environmental damage and aging
  • follicles are usually small
  • While common for someone with dry skin, dehydration is a condition that can be seen on all skin types. Dehydrated skin lacks water. This is different from dry skin that lacks oil. Drinking plenty of water and hydrating the skin with moisturizers can help minimize the effects of dryness and dehydration.

2. Normal Skin 

  • has a good oil/water balance
  • follicles are a normal size and the skin is usually free of blemishes
  • maintenance and preventative care is the goal for this type of skin

3. Combination Skin

  • both oily and dry at the same time
  • pore size changes from larger to medium just outside the T-zone on the cheeks next to the nose
  • deep cleansing and regular exfoliation help to keep the skin clear and blemishes minimal

4. Oily Skin

  • characterized by excess oil production
  • pore size is larger over most of the face
  • requires more cleansing and exfoliating than other skin types. However, over cleansing can make matters worse. If the skin is over dried, it is not balanced and the body’s protection mechanism tries to produce additional oil to compensate for the dryness on the surface.

 

  • Preventative measures for skin care include avoiding the sun and wearing sunscreen.
  • Proper home care, skin treatments and ingredients such as antioxidants, lipids and AHAs can be beneficial.
  • A good diet, vitamins, water intake and exercise all have a positive effect on our health and our complexion.

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Surprising Facts You Should Know About Facial Treatments

A facial treatment is a professional service designed to improve and rejuvenate the skin. They help maintain the health of the skin and correct certain skin conditions through deep cleansing, massage, the use of masks and other products and various treatment methods. They are also relaxing and enjoyable. Regular treatments result in noticeable improvements in the skin’s texture and appearance.

 

Facial Treatment Benefits

  • Deep cleanses
  • Exfoliates
  • Increases circulation and detoxifies
  • Relaxes the senses, nerves and muscles
  • Stimulates the skin functions and metabolism
  • Slows down premature aging
  • Corrects or alleviates conditions such as dryness, oiliness or redness
  • Softens wrinkles and aging lines
  • Helps clear up blemishes and minor acne

Once considered luxuries, regular facials and skin care maintenance are now regarded as necessities. Stress reduction and caring for our health go hand in hand and facials offer both benefits at the same time.

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Does Slow CRF Make The Skin Look Older?

The CRF (cell renewal factor) is what keeps cells from building up. Cell renewal refers to the time required for newly formed cells to move from the base of the epidermis, where they are formed, to the surface, where they are sloughed off. This process slows down with age. The average rate of cell turnover for:

Babies, 14 days

Teenagers, 21 -28 days

Middle Aged People, 28 – 42 days

50 and Older, 42 – 84 days

The longer the process takes, the more apt the skin is to develop a dull, drab appearance. This slow cell transit can also adversely affect the barrier function of the stratum corneum so the skin loses moisture more rapidly and is thus more likely to become overly dry.

The process of removing excess accumulations of dead cells from the corneum layers of the epidermis can be accomplished mechanically (micro exfoliation), manually (scrubs), or chemically (peels). After treatment, skin looks and feels smoother and softer. The complexion is more radiant, youthful and healthy looking.

 

Peels improve the texture of the skin and increase the CRF, hydration, barrier function, moisture retention, elastin and collagen production.

Micro exfoliation benefits to the epidermis are similar to those provided by peels, except the effects are only on the top of the epidermis.

With a clinical treatment plan you can speed up CRF, dramatically improve skin health and achieve the glowing, radiant complexion you desire.

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