Hydrating Facial Products for Women: Skin Care Essentials

Something you learn early in esthetician schools whether studying online or in an actual school is that one of the cornerstones for any beauty regimen is some type of hydrating facial product. No matter what skin type you have, your skin can always use a little bit of extra help to keep it hydrated and elastic. Remember, though, even the most hydrating face cream can’t do its job if you don’t apply it correctly and regularly, so a thorough routine is important. It helps to understand a little bit about how these types of products work and what they can do for your skin before you go decide on a product.

Hydrating Skin Care Products

good old fashioned moisturizer
Your mother probably used it and maybe you do too.

Hydrating skin care products actually cover a lot of ground. You can find everything from daytime moisturizers to nighttime creams and everything in between. If you’re looking for easy to use products that do double duty by moisturizing and by offering something else, such as a hint of tint, you can’t go wrong. Some of the best moisturizing foundations are heavier on the moisturizer aspect than the foundation part, and that can be a good thing.

Your skin needs plenty of moisture, from both within and externally in order to remain supple. This is possible because moisturizing face cream contains a variety of humectants. These are ingredients that attract moisture to your skin and help to lock it in. Sure, rinsing your face with water lets some water come into contact with your skin, but it takes more than that. Once the water evaporates, you’re done. The other part of hydrating your skin fully comes from making sure that you drink plenty of water every day so that your body has a store of internal water from which to keep your skin healthy.

Once you have a handle on hydrating yourself internally, it’s easier to add skin care products that can help out. By using skin care products that not only add hydration but hold it in place, your skin can use that moisture to plump up wrinkles and other lines. If you’ve got combination skin, then it’s a good idea to look for a “smart” product that can tell the difference between areas that need more moisture and those that need less.

So what do we recommend? Sibu Hydrating Serum is a favorite. It does it’s job wonderfully in all seasons — even winter — and leaves your skin feeling refreshed. Great for travel and long-lasting bottles. Excellent for sensitive skin, too.

Hydrating Foundation for Dry Skin

you need water if your skin looks like this
Hydration needed!

Even if you use the best daily moisturizer out there, your skin type can dictate whether you need an additional boost or not. Dry skin needs more than just a skin cream can sometimes provide. This is where products known as hydrating foundations come in. If your skin is really dry, then you need both a moisturizer and a hydrating foundation. Be sure to let the moisturizer have time to soak into your skin before you even think about applying the foundation so that you can get the full benefits.

Be sure to see our page about foundations for sensitive skin if you are interested in hypoallergenic product recommendations.

These are foundations that contain both pigments and super hydrating ingredients that attract a lot of moisture to your skin. Foundation on its own can be drying, so you never want to just cake on makeup if you have dry skin. Look for foundations that provide time-released moisturizers that can last all day long. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a dry flaky mess by lunchtime. Foundations made for oily or combination skin contain ingredients that search for and soak up any excess moisture, so avoid those if your skin is even a tiny bit dry.

Application can make a big difference, too. Sponges or blending tools sometimes soak up more of the product than they allow you to put onto your face. You can go the traditional route and apply the foundation with your fingertips, but that can leave you looking streaky. A better alternative is to use a foundation brush. This helps you to keep the product where you need it and you don’t wind up losing as much to the brush as you would to the sponge.

Facial Products for Women

Knowing about your skin structure can be useful when selecting skin care productsYour skin is made up of layers of skin cells. Mixed in with these different layers of skin are blood vessels, sweat glands, fat cells, and hair follicles. Facial products are applied to the outer layer of the skin, called the epidermis. The product then absorbs into the skin and is used in the other layers as well. The layer directly underneath the epidermis, the dermis, is the next layer to benefit from any skin care products. The hypodermis is rarely affected by topical skin care products because it’s so far below the surface of the skin, but some products do claim to reach that far.

When you’re looking for inexpensive facial products whether for men or women, it’s always a good idea to read the claims on the package and then compare the ingredients. More expensive products sometimes do have better ingredients, but honestly, there’s not always much difference at all between the really expensive products and their counterparts. By comparing what each product has in it, you can make a more educated decision about which one you want to try.

Another factor to consider when you’re looking for products that will make a difference for your skin is that it takes more than one or two applications in order for you to see some results. In most cases, no matter whether you go the inexpensive route or not, you’re going to need to commit to using the product for a week or two before you see any significant changes. This is important to keep in mind because these effective times can vary from one product to another. When you’re developing a new habit, such as using a new face product, it helps to tie the new habit in with your existing routine. So right after you wash and tone your skin, it’s time to moisturize.

If you’re in the market to learn even more about your skin and how hydrating products work, then it’s a good idea to get a real education. Esthetician schools offer training in how the skin works and what products help skin to be its best. Once you have the basics down, you can expand and do even more with your training, like study makeup artistry or become a full-fledged esthetician.

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