Text by Dr Shirin Samimi-Fard (German Specialist Center Carvoeiro)
Do you feel that the skin on your face, neck, hands and decolletage has become dry, a bit rough, with an uneven skin texture and tone? Perhaps you have made several countless attempts to improve your skin hydration, by using topical moisturising creams, external face masks, drinking a lot of water and taking food supplements that contain, for example, collagen but only with limited and/or moderate results.
When you look in the mirror and when you touch your skin, you still see and feel that your skin is dehydrated, rough and your skin elasticity is not what is used to be.
Why does our skin get so thirsty?
Our skin is not adapted to our modern-day environment. Dry indoor climates, soaps, detergents, frequent hot showers, excessive sun exposure, pollution, stress, smoking, unhealthy diet that is high in sugar, etc – there are indeed many factors that have a negative impact on our skin.
Our skin is a barrier that protects our bodies from the outside world, but if this barrier is damaged, your skin will not work as it is supposed to. As mentioned before, moisturising creams, for example, can help improve skin hydration on the surface, but for some of us, it can feel like no matter how much cream we apply, we soon end up with dry and rough skin again. By applying them on the skin surface, it simply cannot penetrate into deeper skin layers, where it is really needed to improve skin hydration by stimulating the fibroblasts and the collagen fibres.
Which components are preserving skin hydration?
There are three components in the skin that preserve skin hydration and, when in decent supply and condition, will ensure that you have smooth skin that looks radiant and healthy. These components are:
- Collagen – an important fibrous protein that provides structure and support;
- Elastin – an equally important substance that makes the skin elastic;
- Hyaluronic acid – substance that binds huge amounts of water and thereby preserves skin hydration.
When these components of the skin break down, either due to natural aging or to the external factors listed above, your skin might age prematurely. You might end up with rough skin that feels dry and maybe you will see lines and wrinkles appear.
Fortunately, there is a rescue treatment to get back smooth, radiant and hydrated skin with a natural-looking glow.
What is the key for a long-lasting improvement of your skin quality?
- We need to go below the skin surface to improve skin hydration;
- If deeper skin layers are affected (the collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid mentioned above), you might benefit from other treatments that do not target the skin surface but instead improve skin hydration from within.
There are actually several proven treatments for improving deep skin hydration with hyaluronic acid. These hyaluronic acids differ in terms of concentration, calibration, whether they have additional amino acids (i.e., Glycine, L-Proline) or not, biostimulator, stabilised, not stabilised, etc.
All these different hyaluronic acids use their ability to restore the natural composition of the skin, boost hydration, reduce skin roughness, restore elasticity, and improve skin texture and skin quality for a refreshed and healthy look.
For further detailed information, we are, of course, at your disposal at the German Specialist Center Carvoeiro. Our dermatologist, Dr Shirin Samimi-Fard, has been specially trained in this effective treatment method through training and further education.