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The secret to glowing skin: hydration

 

At Belle Bar, we’re all about wellness and taking care of ourselves as naturally as possible. Hair care is what we do and what we’re passionate about, but we’re also big on skin care. Taking care of body, mind and soul is what we love! So for us, sharing our knowledge on skin care and how Ayurveda and natural ingredients can play a part in that is second nature! Over the next few months, we’ll be talking about hair care – of course – but also about skin care and many other aspects of wellness! You want to be aboard for this one. Now, let’s jump right into the one step your skin care routine might have been missing!

The secret’s out. The trick to glowing, healthy skin is hydration, according to some of the best aestheticians like LA Beautiologist. Although there’s a long-standing debate on what makes great skin, and everyone has an opinion – is it exfoliation? cleansing? Moisturising? Or just good genes? Even though everyone has an opinion, hydration is a key step because it works to better all skin types – dry, oily and combination. Many of us might be missing out on this important step in our regimen and it’s time to change that! 

What you put into your body is just as important as what you put on it. So yes, drinking water and eating as clean as possible is an important part of your skin being it’s best, but so are the products you use, and your overall skincare regimen. And here is why your skin – no matter what type it is – needs hydration. 

Does oily skin need hydration?

Oily skin is caused when  sebaceous glands in the skin make too much sebum. Sebum is the natural oil on our skin. Although sebum production is important for health skin, too much of it can lead to clogged pores, acne and more. Often, oily skin can be caused by a lack of hydration – this is because your sebaceous glands can go into emergency mode, and they end up producing more oil than is needed. 

How does dry skin relate to hydration? 

As for dry skin, it is directly caused by a lack of hydration in the skin – this can be caused by a number of things, such as genes, or stripping the skin too much. Dry skin can become flaky, itchy and taught, and can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Effectively hydrating your skin can work to counterbalance both skin types – ensuring healthy, glowing skin is your mood operandi. 

How do I get more hydration into my skincare regimen? 

Glad you asked! First things first, the key steps to every skincare regimen are:

    1. Cleanse: the process of washing your face with either a water-based or oil-based cleanser to remove dirt, debris and buildup
    2. Tone: This is a key step as it’s the chance to infuse your skin with hydration. Toning is usually done using a liquid with the same consistency as water, applying it on a cotton pad or clean hands, and letting it soak into the skin.
    3. Moisturize: It wouldn’t be a skincare routine without this. Moisturizing is the way to give you skin the love it needs, and a chance to add even more hydration, and a protective barrier between your skin and the outside environment. If you’re doing your routine in the morning, be sure to use SPF to protect your skin from the sun. A mineral sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 is recommended. 
    4. Extras: These are not skincare routine necessities, but they are great additions to any routine: exfoliation and serums. Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin calls from the skin – this can either be through scrubs (physical exfoliation) or though chemicals (chemical exfoliation). Using a serum is  a great way to tackle the problems your skin might be facing. If you suffer from blemishes, hyper pigmentation etc, you can use a serum that is specifically formulated to tackle that. 

Now, let’s talk about toning – the key step to adding hydration to your skin. Hydration is all about infusing your skin with a water-like substance and it can work wonders for making your skin look plump, supple and glowing. Here are a few natural ingredients that are great for hydration. 

Rose water

Rose water is made by steeping rose petals in water. This way, all the properties and nutrients from the roses infuse with the water to give us the magical product we love today. Rosewater is rich in antioxidants that protect our skin cells against damage. It contains vitamin A, B, C, and E – all essential for healthy skin. Vitamin E is dubbed as the ‘beauty vitamin’ because it’s an antioxidant which means that it can prevent and slow down damage to skin caused by free radicals.

Rosewater is also extremely soothing. Have you spritzed rose water on your face and felt relaxed and revived? Yep, it has that effect! This is because of its anti-inflammatory properties, meaning that it can help to reduce and soothe irritated skin that suffers from conditions like eczema. It’s also been reported to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

 Any skin type can benefit from rosewater, however it works wonders for dry skin. 

To make your own rose water: 

Making your own rosewater toner is easy, and it ensures that your rose water is as free of chemicals as possible. 

You’ll need:

Instructions

  1. Remove the petals from stems and rinse them with luke-warm water to remove any dirt or residue. 
  2. Place the petals in a pot and out enough distilled water to cover them. 
  3. Put the fire on a low heat and let them simmer for 30 minutes. When the petals have turned a pale pink, put off the fire. 
  4. Strain the mixture in a jug or bowl to cool
  5. Pour the mixture into your spray bottle, and spray all over your face!

Be sure to store it in the fridge to keep it fresh – that way it can last up to 3 months. Plus the sensation of cool rosewater on your skin is everything! 

Aloe vera

We love aloe vera here at Belle Bar! It’s in many of our products such as our  Rice Water Health & Strength Hair Mask, Hibiscus & Black Soap Moisturizing Hair Cleanser, Onion & Garlic Thickening Ayurvedic Herb Hair Oil and Intense Fenugreek Regeneration Hair Mask. Dubbed the “plant of immortality” by ancient Egyptians, aloe vera has been used medicinally for centuries. It’s packed with vitamins A, C, E, and B12 – all key vitamins for healthy, supple skin. Because it contains antioxidants, it can repair sun damage, and also slow down the process of ageing skin. It contains 98% water, making it deeply moisturizing and hydrating to the skin. It increases the skin’s overall elasticity and production of collagen, the most plentiful protein in the body that’s essential for supple skin. Is there anything aloe can’t do?! 

Because of its antibacterial and antiviral properties, it’s also an amazing acne treatment and can be used to treat conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Aloe vera is best for oily skin types – this is because it absorbs into the skin quickly, leaving it smooth and almost creating a mattifying effect. 

Aloe juice as a toner:

You can use organic 100% Aloe juice as a natural hydrating toner. 

Apply on a cotton pad and dab gently on your face, or pour it into a spray bottle and spritz away. Let it dry and sink into the skin before you apply your moisturizer. 

Top tip we’ll leave you with? 

Use a toner after cleansing before your morning and nighttime routine!

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