Dermatologist-in-training and all around cool girl blogger Aegean Chan is the savvy mind behind super-skincare blog Aegmora. Chan educates and enlightens readers with particularly informative posts that tie together her science background and her extensive experience with beauty products. We love that she demystifies everything from familiar active ingredients like Benzoyl Peroxide to the newest trends like coconut oil. This week, Chan teaches us how to fight acne better, keep our skin hydrated, and protect it from the sun.
Moist. When it stands alone, that word makes men, women, and children squirm. However, that’s what makes this cake melt in your mouth and your baby soft skin divine to the touch. So what exactly makes your skin so silky soft and what does it need to stay that way?
Fundamentally H2O is the key ingredient to anything becoming moist, soft, and pliable. Our skin needs water to function, proliferate, and regenerate properly. But we all know how transient and fickle water can be, especially when it comes to that pesky phenomenon: evaporation. In drier environments i.e. Vegas in July, our skin dries out and flakes off in response to the reduced water content in the air. The genius engineer of our bodies anticipated this though, and embedded layers of lipid molecules (cholesterol, ceramides, and fatty acids) between our surface skin cells to help trap that water. Voila! H2O + lipids = soft, plump, beautiful skin.
A simple way to achieve this optimum moisture state is to pat dry after the shower, still keeping your skin slightly wet, and then applying a thin layer of Vaseline to literally trap those water molecules in the skin. But this is a little crude for your delicate face. After personally wading through the swampy mires of the thousands upon thousands of facial creams and moisturizers, I’ve found a few gems.
A clean, drugstore moisturizer that does the trick beautifully is CeraVe, which contains ceramides, thus replenishing the natural lipids of your skin. This allows your skin to better trap that much needed water. If you want to get a little fancier, please explore, love and embrace Kiehl’s, as I did. Their Ultra Facial line saved my dry, flaky face and restored it to glory, after many a trial and error with high end creams. It was the only one out of many that kept my face moist, soft and flake-free for the entire day. Take this knowledge and may your face be always soft as a the bottom of a new born babe!
Looking for more skincare brilliance? Read Aegean’s post from yesterday about fighting off acne.