Hydration and Hyaluronic Acids – The Secret to Perfect, Flawless Skin
Hydration: Just as our bodies require water to maintain optimum functioning, so do our skin cells that have to take the brunt of all that heat and chemicals and dirt and pollution coming from the environment. Being the natural barrier against these external forces, our skin unfortunately has to wear the battle scars of such defense.
As such we should be able to help our skin in its defensive functions. We need to make sure that every cell in our skin is functioning properly. And one of the easiest ways to achieve this is by drinking lots of clean fresh water to help our skin stay hydrated. And while drinking liters upon liters of water can do our skin good, we can also help it a lot better by using skin care products that are designed primarily for hydrating the cells of the skin. This is where hyaluronic acid products come in.
Just what is hyaluronic acid anyway?
Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan that is very important in maintaining the integrity of nervous, epithelial, and connective tissues. Its role in the skin is largely anchored in its ability to stimulate re-epithelialization as well as on its ability to provide an open and hydrated skin infrastructure for the more effective absorption and distribution of nutrients to the different skin cells. Without hyaluronic acid, nourishing the skin will be quite challenging. This is what makes hyaluronic acid truly a miracle skin care substance.
Two of the latest innovations in skin cell hydration from Sothys of Paris are the 1055 Boletus extract and the Hydra 3HA systems.
The 1055 Boletus extract is synthesized from the world famous porcini mushroom, a mainstay in many Italian dishes that call for a strong nutty flavor. The 1055 Boletus extract is rich in Vitamin B3 and Vitamin E and has been shown to be very effective in improving the flow of fluids in the skin’s structure making it looking and feeling supple and refreshed. This hydrodynamic property of the 1055 Boletus extract is largely attributed to its biomimetic phospholipids and H2CR ingredients reactivating and improving the various functions of the cell and provides excellent protection against oxidative stress. The 1055 Boletus extract has been shown to improve the skin’s hydration status by as much as 34 percent within 1 week. Additionally, 4 out of 5 women who have tried 1055 Boletus extract said they looked definitely younger after only a single application.
The Hydra 3HA is Sothys answer to the need to reinvent the hyaluronic acid. Daily applications of the formulation will keep the skin hydrated to produce a suppler, more vibrant-looking, fresher, and generally healthier skin all day long. The 3HA solution includes a hydrating gel cream, an intensive hydrating serum, and a smoothing mask all of which work together to provide unparalleled skin perfection. The overall effect is that the skin definitely looks visibly younger and smoother.
The key to a beautiful, youthful, and flawless skin is hydration. By drinking plenty of fluids and using hyaluronic acid products like 1055 Boletus extract and the Hydra 3HA system, you can be well on your way to a healthier, more vibrant, and perfectly-looking skin.
To learn more about this amazing ingredient click here
Hi! My name is Lauren, and I had perfect skin on my wedding day. I never thought I’d be so lucky, since I had bad acne in my teens, leading to what I thought was uneven texture for a lifetime, plus I’ve suffered from eczema since I was born. My skin is always the worst when I’m stressed, and since I planned my entire wedding myself, I assumed it would be a problem.
I came across Nefertari.com when searching for skincare companies based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and that’s when I met my skincare fairy godmother, Houria. The first time we spoke after our initial conversation, she gave me an over-the-phone skincare consultation, but it felt more casual than that – like a friend who was innately concerned about the health of my skin. She asked me questions about the condition of my skin, my current regimen (nearly non-existent), and about products I’ve tried. For the record, I’m allergic to a lot of products, I have one product I’m in love with, and sometimes I’m too tired to take my makeup off before bed, which I know is really bad.
A few days after the consultation, a package arrived in the mail with samples to try. I gave my skincare fairy godmother a call before I touched anything, and she described in great detail how I should use each product. She encouraged me to introduce each thing slowly so I wouldn’t get burnt out on an involved skincare routine right away. My goal was to just get into the basic regimen that was laid out for me over the phone: cleanse, tone, moisturize.
The problem before I found Nefertari.com was that I would go to a drugstore, buy a product that had been recommended by some beauty YouTuber, and then give it up when I didn’t see results. I don’t even want to know how much money I’ve wasted over the last decade on this process. I was worried about the cost of everything once I figured out which products worked, but when I calculated it out, it was actually a better investment than my previous attempts. Plus, you can’t put a price on your time. Nefertari.com is built on a foundation of skin science, all I needed to do was ask for help.
I tested a bunch of products, starting about 6 or 7 months prior to my wedding, but I’ll run you through what led to my skincare success. It all started by washing my face every morning with the Morning Cleanser (omg it smells SO good). Once I started looking forward to my cleansing routine, I added the Comfort Lotion,
which Houria suggested I use as a toner. After a few days I added in the Soothing Melting Fluid because my dry skin was craving that moisture. Then I began to use Desquacrem on Sunday nights, which I deemed my “spa night”. After a few weeks, the texture of my skin improved so drastically, I felt like I finally had that smooth, touchable skin I was always jealous of. The funny thing about going from no skincare routine to an actual regimen was that when my skin improved, I fell in love with it, and when I began to love my skin, I felt a true desire to take care of it.
About a month before my wedding, I realized that all I had to do was stick with this super simple routine, and my skin would be perfect on the big day! Here I am today with the pictures to prove it. I’m so, so happy that my skin was one thing I didn’t have to worry about leading up to my wedding, and I have my skincare fairy godmother to thank for that. If you’re ready to meet your skincare fairy godmother, click here
About the Author:
Lauren Brown is an anxious blogger living a fearless, adventurous life. She recently moved from California to China with her husband and is documenting their adventures in her travel and lifestyle blog: www.laviesanspeur.com
Photo Credit: Alec O’Grady of O’Grady Photography
Top 10 Tips Perfect Wedding Day Skin
Wedding day skin on her wedding day, every bride wants to feel as confident and beautiful as Queen Nefertari. Step one? Skincare, of course! Guarantee flawless skin on your big day by following these top 10 skincare tips.
Whether your wedding is a few months or a few years away, the best thing you can do for yourself is start thinking about your skincare as soon as possible! This preparation starts with research, which means you’re at the right place! We highly recommend reading through other skincare posts on the Nefertari blog that pertain to your particular skin type and start making lists of products you want to test out**. If you’re a visual person, it may help you to create a schedule for yourself from now until the wedding.
Find The Right Products
As all women know, there is no single routine that works for everyone’s skin. Finding the right products, especially if you’re starting from scratch, can be time consuming and at times frustrating, but we promise it’s worth it! We recommend that you test each product for at least one to two weeks to really see how your skin reacts and write down your thoughts so you don’t forget.
Don’t Forget The Basics
Once you’ve tested out enough products, you can create your perfect skincare routine. When you’re figuring this out, it’s important to remember the basics: cleanse, tone, moisturize. Be sure that your skincare routine includes each of these 3 steps to keep your skin feeling balanced and ready wedding day skin.
Make It A Habit
Just like brushing your teeth, showering, or taking daily pills, your skincare will eventually become a habit if you keep doing it. Find a way to work your desired skincare habits into your normal daily routine whether you set an alarm or simply train yourself to associate it with a certain part of your day. Feel like you’re too busy for a skincare routine? Try reading this for more tips for wedding day skin. (Too Busy For Skincare?)
Pick one day a week for a “spa day”. This should be a day where you have time to treat your skin and take it slow. On “spa day”, use those products your skin loves but doesn’t need much of, like exfoliating products, deep cleansing masks, etc. Relax and enjoy your special treatment! (pamper yourself)
The sun is the most damaging thing to your skin, so in the months leading up to your wedding, take extra precautions when exposing your skin to the sun. Don’t forget that the sun has a chance to damage your skin even when there’s clouds, snow, and fog. Be sure that you’re protecting yourself with wide brim sun hats and daily application of SPF, whether it’s in your daily moisturizer or you apply it separately. (Nefertari sun care)
Sleep, Sleep, Sleep
Sleep is good for so many reasons, one of them being your skin! Your skin does a lot of healing and regenerating overnight, so its important that you give it this downtime. Getting an average of 8 hours of sleep a night also helps to keep your stress at a minimum, which in turn helps your skin.
We’ve talked about what your skin takes from the outside, but its important that we not forget what you put in your body matters just as much. Eating a balanced diet with plenty of the nutrients your skin craves can be one of the most effective techniques for improving skin! Fill your meals with a variety of fresh fruits and veggies, go for healthy fats like nuts and olive oil, and choose antioxidant-rich ingredients like salmon and dark chocolate. If an entire diet makeover seems too daunting, ask a nutritionist!
Just because makeup is effective does not mean it is good for your skin. Makeup can be incredibly harmful to your skin, blocking pores and not allowing your skin to take fresh breaths of oxygen. Using high quality makeup (Sothys makeup) that’s formulated for healthy skin makes a huge difference for wedding day skin.
Incorporate stress relieving activities into your daily live. Walking, yoga, meditation, reading, and even coloring books have been shown to relieve stress. Find what works for you – your skin will thank you for it!
**Blog posts by skin type:
sensitive skin, skincare for swimmers, mature skin, male skin, acne prone or problem skin, young skin, combination skin, psoriasis, hyperpigmentation, puffy eyes or dark circles.
One of the latest skincare trends to hit the market is the idea of oxygen treatments
for the skin.
Why is this such a hot trend right now?
Oxygen, it seems, is not only vital to your lungs and body, but to your skin as well.
Skincare expert Joanna Vargas, who has been treating celebrity skin for years, says that “oxygen has proven benefits for the skin.” She continues to say we use of it as a treatment any time your body is in distress, like if you have a brain injury or if your skin is severely burned. Oxygen helps to stimulate your body’s natural healing function by being anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and stimulates collagen production.
Using this knowledge, researchers have developed skincare products and services that incorporate oxygen to help treat the skin. They have found it in treatments that produce dewy, glowy, and calmer skin.
Some of you may be wondering, “doesn’t my skin get enough oxygen from the air around me?” While in theory, the answer is yes, it’s not the same air our grandparents had when they were young. These days there is so much pollution it compromises the air quality quite dramatically. Our skin needs clean and fresh air in order to thrive.
Add to this our poor diets, lack of sleep and stress, our skin is all out of sorts. By performing oxygen treatments on the skin, we can deliver the benefits of it right to our complexions.
There are quite a few products and services available for those seeking treatments. Try one for yourself and experience the power of oxygen for yourself!
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