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  • Some 50 to 70 percent of our body is water. We lose water every day, without realizing, so it is important to replenish our body’s water supply.  Water aids in circulation, digestion, absorption and excretion. It increases our metabolic rate and improves our digestive system, which removes toxins and waste from our body.

    Does drinking water benefit your skin?

    There are ongoing debates about the benefits of drinking water for your skin. Some believe that drinking plenty of water leaves your skin glowing. Others will say it has no proven effects whatsoever. In any case, the skin is an organ and, just like any other organ, is made up of cells. And cells are made up of water. So it makes sense that, without water, the cells will not function at their best – and your skin will not look its best.  When dehydrated, your skin can become dry, tight, flaky, and irritated. Dry skin has less resilience, less radiance, and is more prone to wrinkling.

    Proper hydration however, can help to maintain optimum skin moisture and deliver nutrients to our skin cells.  It replenishes skin tissue and increases elasticity, which in turn can delay the appearance of signs of ageing, like wrinkles and fine lines. And drinking water can also help to combat disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, and wrinkles.

    And what about washing our faces with water?

    It is something we do without really thinking about it, a standard part of our daily skincare routine.

    You should be cleansing your face before washing, to remove makeup and other products. Cosmetics today are designed with amazing staying power – so often water alone is not going to be enough to clean your skin. However, don’t be fooled into over-exfoliating or over washing. If your skin is looking less than its best, it is normal to want to throw products at the problem. But overdoing it will only lead to more dryness, irritation, and inflammation. As with most things in life, moderation is key.  And no matter what you do, be gentle – don’t scrub or rub vigorously with a towel. Be kind to your face. Wash and apply products in a soft, circular pattern.

    However, some soaps and cleansers are full of chemicals and can be very harsh. The top layer of your skin plays a vital role in keeping moisture inside and using rough products can damage and strip this outer layer, so while washing your face with water is a much gentler option it is good to remember the temperature of the water has an important role to play.

    Most people will have heard the myth: wash your face with hot water to open your pores, and cold water to close them. Don’t believe it – exposing your skin to extremes of temperature can cause irritation, dryness, and redness. You need a good lukewarm, in-between temperature to avoid upsetting your face. And while it can be tempting to stay in a hot shower a couple of minutes longer on a cold day, remember that long exposure to water can strip the skin of natural oils which again can result in dryness and irritation.

    The importance of moisturizing cannot be overstated.

    The right moisturizer for you can prevent and treat dry skin, protect sensitive skin, improve your barrier function, and protect you from harsh environmental elements. Moisturizer should be applied as soon as possible after washing – moist skin enables better absorption and penetration of products.

    pHformula has designed a range of products to restore the balance of your skin, prevent dehydration, and help keep your skin healthy and radiant. The range of Vita creams developed by pHformula help all the nutrients and goodness of vitamin A, vitamin B and vitamin C absorb directly into your skin

    The Vita A cream is a powerful moisturizing complex that contains retinol to stimulate the synthesis of collagen and elastin, acts as a powerful antioxidant, and provides 24-hour hydration and protection of the skin. Particularly suitable for skin showing signs of ageing, it is an advanced treatment product that can diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and age spots from both photo and intrinsic-ageing.

    Vitamin B3 is essential to prevent and reverse the visible signs of redness, pigment changes, and ageing. The highly concentrated Vita B cream developed by pHformula protects your skin against free radicals and harmful environmental factors while restoring softer, more comfortable skin. Niacinamide is added to increase the production of fatty acids and ceramides, which form a protective barrier. The 24-hour moisturizing complex also helps to improve flushing and blushing, and minimize dark spots.

    And the benefits of vitamin C are well known and numerous. It is one of nature’s most powerful anti-oxidants. Vitamin C can shield the skin from harmful free radicals found in the environment around us, and can reduce the appearance of brown spots and sun damage, promote firmer skin through boosting the synthesis of collagen, and improve the ability of the skin to heal. pHformula’s Vita C cream contains a stable form of vitamin C, which improves skin elasticity, decreases fine lines and wrinkles, and promotes wound healing. The cream promotes long-lasting hydration while retaining water in the skin and is perfectly suited to dehydrated skin or skin showing visible signs of photo-ageing.

    And finally, the pHformula S.O.S Rescue Oil is designed for those with dry, sensitive skin, with fine lines and wrinkles. It is a unique combination of oil blends and naturally-sourced actives to restore your skin’s radiance and improve the production of collagen.

    Our environment today is full of hazards – pollution, cigarette smoke, UV rays, extreme cold – and water alone cannot always combat this. Sometimes your skin needs a little extra help. Being aware of how you are washing your skin and what you may need to complement your skincare routine can keep it radiant.

    Petru van Zyl
    Petru van Zyl
    Petru van Zyl is the founder of pHformula and one of South Africa's leading skincare therapists with over 18 years of experience to share. Petru is also a researcher and author of some of the most acknowledged and influential educational material used and applied in more than 28 countries today.