What kind of skin do you have? Is it dry, oily, or normal? Is it prone to pimples, wrinkles, or redness? Does it change with the weather and with time?
Our skin is as unique as we are. Everyone is born with a different composition that makes up his or her skin type. We all have oil glands, but they behave in different ways. Where one person might be born with dry skin and tiny pores, the next might have glands that over work to make an oily complexion that’s prone to acne. This is why the skin care aisle of your favorite beauty store can be so overwhelming. There are different products for different skin types based on different conditions at different times. So with all of those factors to consider, how do we choose what to use?
What if I told you that most skin problems could be helped with just one product? You wouldn’t believe me, would you? With so many factors and issues, it might seem impossible. But after 40 years of looking after faces, I can tell you that there is one solution that can help nearly every skin problem.
It’s a drink of water.
Practically every issue, from pimples to wrinkles, comes from dehydration. During the day, we have to deal with the elements from our environment. Dehydrators such as pollution, heating, air conditioning, and the sun are constantly at work, zapping our skin of its natural moisture. When we’re thirsty, we feel it and we replenish ourselves with a drink of water. But our skin, the biggest organ in our body, can’t just reach out for a bottle. It has to wait for us to rehydrate it.
The body is made up of sebaceous glands that help to regulate how much oil (or sebum) we produce. The largest concentrations of these glands are found on our back, forehead and chin, which, unsurprisingly, are the places where many people struggle with acne. When our glands overwork, we have oily skin and large pores. But when our glands under work, the result is dry, flaky skin and premature aging. The key is finding the balance and training our glands to perform at a more normal level. That result is only possible through hydration.
Hydrators are usually called toners in the skin care industry, which can be confusing because most people don’t understand what a toner is supposed to do, and therefore often don’t include this step in their skin care routine. In my experience, there are three reasons why people don’t use toner. Firstly, many formulas out there are very thin, just like water, and because they’re so thin, they can’t grab on to the skin properly and deliver the hydration that the skin needs. So because people can’t see a positive change in their complexion, they stop using the product. Secondly, many toners on the market contain drying agents that tighten the skin rather than make it feel plump and hydrated. This is the opposite result that a toner is supposed to deliver and because many people dislike that dry, tight feeling, they’ll discard the product (which I agree with because it’s the wrong formula). The third reason is that people think toner is an extra step to clean the skin and get rid of make-up, so they’ll skip it because they don’t think they need it.
Toner only has one job, which is to hydrate the skin. This is why Ling Skin Care toners are called hydrators. When you apply a hydrator to your face, your skin should be instantly lifted and plumped. It should feel soft to the touch and well hydrated. This can be the only thing you need to balance your oil glands and combat the negative effects of the environment around you. If your skin type is dry, your hydrator will feed water into your pores and help to balance the skin. People with dehydrated skin age the fastest, so keeping your skin well hydrated can reverse early lines and wrinkles and give a more youthful complexion. On the opposite end of the spectrum, dehydration can also cause oily skin. When the surface of the face is dry from the environment, your oil glands starts getting a signal that they’re not happy. The gland will then begin to produce more sebum to get comfortable, which results in an oily complexion. If the skin is hydrated in the first place, the glands don’t have to work so hard to get comfortable and they’ll stop producing the excess sebum. To put this process simply, it’s a balancing act.
Hydrated skin isn’t something that can be achieved overnight. Firstly, you have to choose the right formula for you. A good hydrator should feel plump and thicker than water. The texture should be soft and even though it’s clear, you’ll notice a difference between it and water immediately. This tiny bit of thickness is important, as it’s the only way the hydrator can bind to the skin and deliver the moisture benefit. Once you have found the right toner for you, you have to commit to a regular routine of using the product every day, morning and night. The goal is balance, which can only be achieved through regularity.
Take good care,
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