Combination, dry, dehydrated, acne-prone, or showing signs of ageing... All skin - regardless of age - needs daily nourishment to stay healthy, comfortable, youthful, and glowing. Treatments that contribute to both hydration and nutrition.
To stay healthy, the skin needs to be properly nourished (with fat) and hydrated (with water) daily. This requires both external and internal resources. This is what we refer to as in & out beauty. Internally, this corresponds to diet and fluid intake (drinks, fruit, vegetables, etc.). Externally, we are of course talking about topical treatments that are applied to the skin and which help to make it soft, plump, and protected from external aggression.
Moreover, it is important not to mix up hydrating the skin with nourishing the skin, as these are two different actions and two different requirements.
Why is it important to nourish the skin?
The epidermis needs to be nourished daily to prevent it from drying out and becoming uncomfortable. When this is the case, we can see that it very quickly loses its natural radiance by drying out, like a plant or a vegetable that is becoming spoilt. But that's not all. Enriching with nourishing agents such as ceramides and lipids also ensures that the skin is toned and supple: it can produce its elastin and collagen fibres. As a result, the skin is firm and flexible. This is how it manages to resist external aggressions such as wind, cold, pollution, sunlight… Nourishing your skin is therefore essential.
How to nourish the skin?
With cosmetic products
Products designed to nourish the skin can take different forms: oil, light or rich cream, for day or night, serum, mist… On the active ingredients side, nutrients (NACR-45®), pre-and probiotics, ceramides, as well as plant oils or butter (macadamia, shea butter, sesame, coconut, etc.) and vitamins will be beneficial to skins lacking in nutrition. The most recommended ones? Vitamin A, which ensures good cell cohesion, and vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid, which is ideal for repairing the driest skin, but also B3 or Niacinamide. If your skin is dry and/or fragile, avoid mechanical exfoliators (favour chemical exfoliations) or those containing drying or irritating active ingredients such as alcohol or sodium lauryl sulphate in their formula. Choose a regenerating daily care product enriched with active Nacre powder (NACR-45®) to strengthen the skin barrier, hydrating lactic acid and ultra-gentle exfoliation to boost cell renewal and revive radiance (discover the Isotonic Nacre Water, the serum mist for women in a hurry from the BLUE SKINCARE NACRE ÉCLAT range).
With a specific diet
Taking care of your skin by regularly applying skin care products is a great thing. Taking care of what you eat every day to benefit your body is also a must! And for a good reason, skin nutrition is as much about the inside as the outside. The recommandation for beautiful, well-nourished, soft, and plump skin is : foods rich in omega 3 and 6, vitamins, and nutrients. Processed foods must be avoided as much as possible : those that are rich in sugar or sweeteners, additives, acids, or contain alcohol.
In addition to a balanced diet, and especially for dry skin, it is recommanded to take food supplements. These are often combinations of vegetable oils (primrose, borage, sesame…) or vitamins. You can also find multi-ingredients with regenerating components rich in amino acids and calcium (NACR-125®), pre-and post-biotics, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and zinc (Skin Perfector Food Supplement from BLUE SKINCARE).
Nourishing your skin: the importance of cleansing
Clean skin with a refined skin texture will absorb, better, and faster the nourishing, regenerating, and hydrating active ingredients. Choose non-stripping cleansers because once the hydrolipidic film is altered, the treatment application will be significantly less effective. This is because this natural layer of sebum protects the epidermis and protects the cells from dehydration. It is important to select a dermo-cosmetic brand formulated for all skin types, even sensitive skin, that is compatible with the skin's pH and microbiota.
However, depending on the time of the day, cleansing is done in different ways and with different products.
In the morning, it is assumed that the skin is not particularly dirty. A simple product such as Micellar Water should be enough. This will eliminate any impurities from the skin.
In the evening, the skin needs a deep cleanse to remove pollutant emissions, sweat, and possibly makeup. For a perfect cleanse, a two-step make-up removal technique is ideal. We recommend cleansing and make-up removal products from BLUE SKINCARE’s NACRE ÉCLAT range. The first step is to remove makeup with a greasy - or even oily - care product (the Metamorphosis Balm from NACRE ÉCLAT) to remove impurities and make-up particles, then a second cleansing with a rinsing product (NACRE ÉCLAT's Milky Micellar Water) which frees the skin of all impurities.
How to properly nourish the skin?
The most important thing is to apply treatments with a high concentration of nutrients and lipids, key elements of nutrition and regeneration. If your skin is dry or the weather is particularly icy outside, apply a serum in the morning followed by a protective cream. In the evening, when the cells will be most receptive to regeneration, favor lighter textures that are ultra-concentrated in nourishing and regenerating active ingredients.
How to nourish the skin from within?
It is important to drink throughout the day (plain or sparkling water, sugar-free herbal tea) between 1.5 and 2L, in addition to the water provided by food. Limit tea and coffee as they are dehydrating. Bet on foods containing nutrients, good fats or lipids (oily fish, vegetable oils, dried fruits, etc.). On the other hand, limit sugar, absolutely deleterious for the skin and its health.
Which skin types need nutrition?
Dry skin is the one that needs the most nourishment, which requires the application of treatments rich in nourishing agents, but also perfect oral hydration. If the epidermis is dull or lacks suppleness, this is also a sign that she feels a lack of nutrition. Finally, skin prone to atopic dermatitis (or atopic eczema not to be confused with contact eczema) also often presents an advanced state of dryness with scales and itching.
A radiant complexion goes through a reinforced skin barrier, capable of protecting the skin from external aggressions.
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