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Hydration, or keeping the stratum corneum, or the outermost layer of our skinís epidermis, supplied with water and moisture, is essential to maintaining our skinís proper functioning, structure, and immunity. Thatís why, dehydrated facial skin turns tight and dry, forms flaky superficial cells, becomes less resilient, and prone to wrinkles, and when it is both dry (i.e., lacks oil) and dehydrated, additionally, it is often irritated, inflamed, and itchy.
Most of us have grown up with the fact that filling the body with water by drinking at least 8-10 glasses a day is the best, if not, the only way to hydrate our skin. But talking about skin aging and maintaining healthy skin, it's a more often neglected fact that our body only flushes the water that we drink, leaving our skin cells with just a little amount of it, even less than what they need; add to the fact that water supply in our skin tend to reduce as we age.
Hydrating Facial Masks are specially created to rehydrate the skin by infusing it with nutrients that will induce the production of moisture-enhancing substances in the skin cells, like collagen, help to heal skin dryness, revive the skinís ability to retain and balance moisture, and boost our skinís function and defense mechanism. Donít let your skin beg for moisture again, especially now that you know how proper hydration keeps your skin and you healthy, and protects your skin from getting old and dry.
What Causes Dehydrated Skin?
Several factors contribute to dehydrated skin, and among the most common include:
Evaporation of Moisture through the Skin. We continuously lose water from the skin's surface by evaporation. Under normal conditions, the rate of loss is slow, and the water is adequately replaced. However, the dry and cold air of winter and air-conditioned rooms can promote the evaporation of moisture from our skin. On the other hand, during a hot weather, when our skin perspires to cool and regulate our bodyís temperature from heated indoor air, without proper hydration, the water reserves in our skin may be used up without being replaced at the same rate as the water lost, causing our skin to dry.
Ultraviolet Sun Rays. UVA rays, the more damaging sun rays, shoots through the epidermis and disperses through the dermis, the Ďtrue skiní layer. Prolonged exposure to UVA cracks and shrinks the collagen and elastin in the skin cells, reducing the size of this layer and the effectiveness of the water-binding substances in the skin cells, causing the skin to dry. 2
Bathing and cleansing practices. Frequent long, and hot showers and baths ca strip the protective natural oils from the skin. Soaps (especially harsh soaps, deodorant soaps, and antibacterial soaps), detergents, and cleansers also remove the skin's oil. Skin-drying ingredients can also lurk in a variety of other personal care products, including antiperspirants and perfumes.3
Low Humidity Environment. Skin starts to lose moisture when the relative humidity dips below 60 percent. To put this in perspective, the average office building has a relative humidity of 40 percent; an airplane 10 to 20 percent; a sauna 10 to 30 percent; New York City in February has a relative humidity of 60 percent; and the Sahara Desert is 25-percent humid.1
Stress and Aging. Stress has been shown to be a factor because it slows the production of barrier lipids in our skin. Likewise, aging often results in dry, dehydrated skin as our lipid levels and the skinís natural complement of hydrators, known as glycosaminoglycans, decline with progressing years. And for women, the impact of declining estrogen levels that coincides with menopause may also be a contributing factor, as skin tends to appear dry and dehydrated during and after menopause.1
How Do Hydrating Masks Benefit the Skin?
Hydrating Facial Masks do a lot more than moistening dehydrated skin. Our hydrating masks are especially chosen among those that use natural extracts and sources as their key ingredients and works to address varying dehydrated skin conditions: 1
Intensively Hydrate Dry, Matured Skin.
Studies indicate that to increase the moisture content of skin, you must increase the level and length of time that hyaluronic acid is present in the skin, as well as, preserve the chain length of this sugar polymer.1
Missha Real Essential Hyaluronic Acid Facial Mask specially helps you to do so because of its rich hyaluronic acid content and moisture-rich herb extracts, which helps to hydrate the skin and lock in the skinís moisture.
Brighten Skin, Provide Long-Lasting Hydration and Antioxidant Protection.
My Beauty Diary Platinum Hydrating Facial Mask utilizes the safe and modern approach to skin care with nano-sized Platinum Powders that is considered to be a superior antioxidant, acts as a catalyst to various chemical reactions in the skin including the efficient delivery of the facial maskís active ingredients, and promotes a long-lasting hydrating effect.
Hydrate, Moisturize, and Revitalize the Skin.
Missha Real Essential Deep Sea Facial Mask and T.T. Deep Sea Extract Facial Mask quench your skinís dryness and helps to maintain its suppleness with the pure and mineral-rich deep sea water, herb, and seaweed extracts. Trace minerals such as lithium, magnesium, silicon, selenium, copper, zinc, and calcium in deep seawater have a heightened affinity with human skin and can quickly absorb to refresh and hydrate the skin.4
Soothe, Hydrate, Moisturize, and Help Repair Damaged Skin Tissues.
Missha Pure Source Aloe Sheet Facial Mask and My Beauty Diary Aloe Facial Masks (especially for dry, damaged skin) offer you the easiest way to rehydrate, soothe, provide antioxidant protection, and give your skin sunscreen protection with Aloe gel.
Hydrate, Moisturize, Whiten, and Rejuvenate the Skin.
My Beauty Diary Pearl Powder Facial Mask and My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Powder Facial Mask have the pearl powders, which are renowned across Asia for their age-reversing properties and for giving the skin a lustrous, satin look. Pearl powders moisturize the skin by boosting the production of collagen, giving the skin antioxidant protection, and helping to balance the oil and moisture component in the skin with rich amino acids, calcium, and other vitamins and minerals.5
Restore the Moisture and Elasticity of Extra-Dry, Tired and Dull Skin, Protect Skin from Aging.
My Beauty Diary Natto Facial Mask lavishes your skin with the protein-rich Natto extract that stimulate cellular action in the skin, plus the skin moisturizing plant extracts of Watercress, Elder, Aloe, Laminaria Digitata, Bladder Wrack, Grapefruit, and Lemon to hydrate the skin, help restore the skinís resilience, and give the skin a supple and soft texture.
Hydrate, Brighten, and Refresh Dull and Sensitive Skin.
My Beauty Diary Cherry Blossom Facial Mask offers gentle hydration, soothing relief, moisturizing, and anti-aging protection for tired and sensitive skins. With regular use, this facial mask helps to smoothe and brighten the skin, gives it an even tone and glowing radiance.
1 Diana L. Howard, Ph. D. Dry Skin Ė Itís a Sure Thing. International Dermal Institute. http://www.internationaldermalinstitute.com/E_LIBRARY/e_library_images/articlepdfs/May05_DrySkin_Howard.pdf Accessed: April 14, 2011. 2 UVA-UVB Sun Rays. SKIN911.com http://www.911skin.com/uvbubarays.html Accessed: April 14, 2011. 3Dry Skin. Physiciansí Desk Reference. http://www.pdrhealth.com/diseases/dry-skin Accessed: April 14, 2011
4Skin Care. http://www.deepoceanhawaii.com/skincare.shtml Accessed: April 14, 2011.
5Pearl Powder for Lustrous Youthful Skin. Age Defying Secrets.com http://agedefying-secrets.com/pearl-powder-facial-masks.htm Accessed: April 14, 2011.