Hydration vs. Moisturizing

We so often choose skin care and makeup products that moisturize and hydrate our skin, as we know that especially during the colder months, it is important to be sure our skin has enough water. Although the words hydrate and moisturize are often used interchangeably, they do not mean the same thing. While they do both provide our skin with nourishment, knowing the difference between the two will help us make a better decision, depending on our skin’s specific needs. 

What Is The Difference?

Moisturizers and hydrators both tackle the importance of making sure our skin is getting the proper amount of moisture, in order to prevent environmental damage, signs of aging, and of course, dryness. How they go about achieving this result, however, is the true difference.

Naturally, our skin has a barrier that protects itself from damage and water loss. Those that are prone to having dry skin usually aren’t producing enough cells in order to form this protective barrier. This makes it hard for the skin to lock in moisture. Moisturizers would then help trap natural oils on the surface of your skin, in order to maintain a healthy balance of moisture. 

On the other hand, hydration refers to the amount of water in the skin, not just on the surface. Therefore, hydrators deliver moisture down to the skin’s layers. An easy way to remember is dehydrated skin lacks water, and therefore would require hydration while dry skin lacks oil and needs to be moisturized.

What Do I Need?

Your skin needs both moisturizers and hydrators to maintain it’s health. Hydrating is what makes our skin soft, but if there is no oil on the surface to protect this hydration from evaporating, then it is not doing any good. Dry skin that is hydrated, yet not moisturized, will still flake. Conversely, if you’re applying a moisturizer and providing oil to the surface in order to smooth your skin, it is still lacking in hydration, which ultimately is what makes your skin soft. 

HydratingSkinQuenchSerum.png

It is important to choose a hydrator and moisturizer that works with your skin type and level of sensitivity. Hyaluronic acid is a crucial ingredient for hydrating. It is found in our H&H Science Skin Quench Hydrating Serum, as well as many other H&H Science products. As for moisturizers, go for rich creams that are packed with oils, extracts and nutrients in order to retain moisture, such as our H&H Science Facial Moisturizer

For those that have oily or acne prone skin, it is important to look for products that are non-comedogenic, such as our H&H Science Ultra Lite Oil Free Moisturizer, as it will not clog your pores and are less likely to cause breakouts. 

 

 

 

Recover, Hydrate & Treat

The 3 Keys To Your Best Skin This Fall

As the summer sun sets and the season starts to change, our tans fade and we are left with the effects of the summer sun. Brown spots, freckles and soft wrinkles under our eyes appear, reminding us of the time spent outdoors. Reversing the damage requires maintaining a skincare regimen that includes quality, medical grade skincare ingredients, as well as incorporating medical grade anti-aging treatments and procedures. 

Recover

RetinolPlusSmoothingSerum3x(HH).png

Recovering from the effects of the summer sun requires key ingredients, such as Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid. Glycolic Acid is best for those with sensitive skin types who have normal-to-dry skin. Salicylic Acid peels are acidic solutions used to rejuvenate the surface of your skin. The solution acts on the outermost skin layers- causing them to disintegrate and be “peeled” away to reveal the underlying, unaffected skin. 

Recovering the health of your skin is now available in the comfort of your home with our H&H Science Glycolic Cleansing Pads. These Glycolic pads will cleanse, degrease, and freshen the skin. It gently exfoliates dead skin and will remove surface debris and oil. Witch Hazel, a proven astringent, helps reduce surface oil and refine pore size. In addition to these glycolic pads, using a retinol every night is key to recovering the health of your skin. As our H&H Science Retinol Plus Smoothing Serum contains a unique combination of retinol and smoothing serum, it helps to enhance the skin, making it smoother and more evenly toned while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Hydrate

HydratingFirmingEyeSerumWater(HH).png

The strong summer sun dries out your skin. Transepidermal water loss, or TEWL, happens in both the summer and winter. In order to restore your natural glow, a hydrating moisturizer with key antioxidants, such as Vitamin A, C, E and Green Tea, is necessary. The ideal moisturizer should be selected according to your skin type. Heavier moisturizing creams are ideal for dry skin types, while serums and lotions are ideal for normal to oily skin types. 

Hydrating and firming around the eye areas requires Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid has been nicknamed by the press as, “the key to the fountain of youth.” H&H Science Hydrating & Firming Eye Serum contains Hyaluronic Acid and is an ideal moisturizing cream that tightens and firms around the eye.

Treat

MicroNeedleToolWEB2.jpg

Treating deeper wrinkles and more advanced sun damage, as well as facial blood vessels, requires the use of the latest advances in medical grade treatments and procedures. 

Our Photo Facial Microneedle Tool  combines conventional micro needling with the added benefit of color therapy. Color therapy is used to stimulate the biological activity of the skin at the cellular level. The needling forms micro channels in the skin, allowing increased product penetration. Penetration is further enhanced by the activity of the wavelengths used during the Photon therapy.

This ‘collagen induction therapy’ device effectively improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by plumping up the skin, to create a more youthful appearance. The Photo Facial Microneedle Tool is highly effective in improving a wide variety of skin conditions, such as: rough skin texture, enlarged pores, sun damage, wrinkles, scarring (acne, chicken pox, surgical), stretch marks and lax skin.

Vitamin C Shopping Spree

Vitamin C is one of the most important micronutrients, as it benefits your immune system, reduces your risk of heart disease and prevents wrinkled and saggy skin! It is recommended that you consume at least 65 to 90 mg of Vitamin C per day. It is found in numerous tasty foods, making it that much easier to eat something good for not only your body, but your skin as well.

In order to keep it short and sweet, the following are just a few of the foods that are high in Vitamin C, and can also be added into recipes to make delicious and healthy meals:

Kale: Just one cup of kale contains 134% of the Vitamin C you need daily. This dark, leafy green is perfect to add to your salads.

Berries: Blackberries, blueberries and strawberries are all packed with Vitamin C, with strawberries containing the most. There is 17% of the daily Vitamin C you need in just one strawberry, therefore you only need six to get enough for the day!

Kiwis: Kiwis contain 64 mg of Vitamin C per fruit, meaning just one kiwi will get you the daily recommended amount of the important micronutrient.

Bell Peppers: Colored bell peppers contain 183 mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams of peppers. This is more the 3 times the amount that is recommended per day.

Citrus Fruits: Grapefruits and oranges contain the same amount of Vitamin C, while lemons and clementines deliver a lower amount (roughly 60-75% of the recommended value).

Broccoli: Broccoli is packed with antioxidants AND Vitamin C. One cup of chopped and steamed broccoli contains 135% of your recommended daily dose of Vitamin C.

Try these recipes for a meal packed with Vitamin C!

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

  • 1.5 cups coconut water
  • 2 kiwis
  • 1.5 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice

The Vitamin C Salad

  • 1/4 head of lettuce (either iceberg or Romaine)
  • 1 cup of fresh kale
  • 1/4 cup fresh strawberries (diced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • Small handful of pepitas
  • Feel free to add clementine slices and Raspberry or Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing.

Mango Salsa

  • 1 mango (diced)
  • 3 roma tomatoes (diced)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (minced)
  • 1 jalapeño (de-seeded and minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro (minced)
  • 1 lime (juiced)

Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep

Of course we all know that taking care of our skin with a daily regimen that includes protecting, repairing, treating, brightening, exfoliating and stimulating our skin is an important way to produce and maintain a beautifully radiant appearance. It is no secret that following this regimen and using skin products that work with your skin type is important, but did you know you could be doing more to help your skin? Vitamins work from within to help boost your appearance on the outside. Not only do they help with certain skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and sun damage, but some also can also help the effects of other health concerns such as diarrhea, digestion and yeast infections. 

H&H Science offers five different vitamins and supplements, all of which are vegetarian capsules, meaning they are more readily absorbed than a tablet. Our vitamins are also GMP certified and therefore, meet the highest quality manufacturing standards. The right combination of vitamins and minerals in our supplements help in protecting against a plethora of skin and health conditions. In order to find which vitamins are best for your skin concerns, follow our helpful vitamin guide. 

Vitamin Guide

Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 11.55.08 AM

Vitamin BreakdownAntiAgingFormula.png

Anti-Aging: Our revolutionary Anti-Aging Formula is a natural dietary supplement that can be taken orally to promote skin radiance and helps maintain a more youthful and healthy appearance.*

In addition to providing antioxidant protection, anti-aging benefits vary and may include*:

  • Supporting collagen and elastin production
  • Increasing or normalizing skin cell turnover
  • Provide anti-inflammatory benefits
  • Speed the healing process of blemishes
  • Hydrating and Plumping the Skin
  • Protection from harmful UV Rays​ 

Biotin.pngBiotin: H&H Skin Science Biotin 5,000 mcg (5.0 mg) tablets support healthy hair, skin and nails. Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin necessary for normal growth and body function. Biotin functions as a key regulatory element in gluconeogenesis, fatty acid synthesis, and in the metabolism of some amino acids. Alongside it’s role in energy production, Biotin enhances the synthesis of certain proteins. In addition, Biotin promotes healthy immune system function and plays a critical role in skin health.*

 

ClearSkinVitamin.png

Clear Skin: Having clear skin begins beneath the surface where topical products can’t penetrate. That’s why the H&H Science Clear Skin Vitamin provides the nutrients needed to support the production of strong, healthy skin at the internal cellular level. They are a natural dietary supplement that can be taken orally to achieve healthy, radiant skin.  This 100% nutritional supplement has been scientifically formulated with vitamins and minerals to work from the inside to clear and nourish the skin and protect against a wide variety of skin issues.  This unique supplement provides powerful antioxidant protection against free radical damage, and helps fight signs of premature aging and by combatting the visible signs of aging from the inside by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and supporting increased collagen production and elasticity.*  

DailyDefense.pngDaily Defense: H&H Science’s Daily Defense Vitamin harnesses the natural and powerful antioxidants in Polypodium Leucotomos extract to help preserve your skin’s ability to protect against sun-related effects and aging. Both UVA and UVB rays from the sun can damage your skin, resulting in older-looking and less resilient skin. This damage can cause wrinkles, thickening, dark spots, enlarged or broken blood vessels and more.
Taken orally once per day, natural Daily Defense Vitamin can help you maintain more youthful looking skin. Daily Defense is not a sunscreen and should be used in addition to topical sun protection. 

 

ProbioticVitamin.pngProbiotic: The H&H Science Probiotic Vitamins are a natural dietary supplement that can be taken orally to achieve healthy skin and optimal digestive health.  This 100% nutritional supplement has been scientifically formulated with over 3.7 Billion CFU’s as well as all of the necessary strains of good bacteria. It works from the inside out to normalize your digestive tract and strengthen your immune system. *

This unique supplement provides the following benefits*:

  • Improves Acne
  • Provides Wrinkle Prevention and Anti-Aging
  • Strengthens the Skin Barrier
  • Moisturizes and Protects Against Sun Damage
  • Improves Inflammatory Skin Conditions that include Rosacea, Eczema and Psoriasis
  • Helps Alleviate Allergies, Diarrhea, and Infections
  • Prevents Against Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colitis and Crohns Disease
  • Maintains Digestive Health and Strengthens Immune System

 

Since you made it to the end of this blog, I will let you in on a little secret. All FIVE of our vitamins are on sale beginning tomorrow, August 8th, until Thursday, August 10th. 

H02H-Vitamins VMAIL.jpg

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

Makeup Tips & Tricks for Oily Skin

It is no secret that applying makeup to oily skin isn’t an easy task. Unfortunately for many, their makeup doesn’t last as long, as well as it leaving an unflattering oily shine throughout the day. There are many factors to consider, as finding the right makeup for your skin type is only half of the solution. By also making sure you’re keeping your skin clean, moisturized and healthy, the makeup will last longer and help control the unwanted shine that seems to come along with makeup on oily skin types.

Don’t touch up with more foundation.

Throughout the day, you may have the urge to touchup your makeup with a pressed powder or foundation. By layering more makeup onto your oily skin, it often leads to a ‘cakey’ appearance. Instead, try an oil-absorbing powder, such as the Ultimatte Finish Powder  to soak up excess oil and leave your skin with a smooth and even toned finish.

Even oily skin needs moisture.

By moisturizing and conditioning your skin, it allows for an even makeup application, which can make it look more natural. Although all skin types need daily hydration, it’s important that those with oily skin use a lightweight moisturizer, such as Ultra Lite Oil Free Moisturizer. This will ensure a balance of your skin’s natural moisture content, without weighing it down and making it oily.

Cue the primer.

Primer has a big impact on the wear of makeup. Pore Perfecting Face Primer is an oil-free primer that also helps smooth the skin’s texture and reduces the look of pores and lines instantly. It also contains Dermat Complex, which helps with shine control, as well as Salicylic Acid to eliminate pore blockage.

Primer…for eye shadow?

Prepping your eyelids is essential for oily lids. Botanical Shadow Primer provides the perfect canvas for smooth, long-lasting eyeshadow. It also helps create a crease-free an smudge-proof look. Eyeshadow pigment will appear truer in color as well, as the primer neutralizes discoloration of the eyelid.

Pressed Powder Foundations

Using a liquid or powder-based foundation that provides either a satin or matte finish is best for oily skin. Our Pressed Powder Foundation has light-refracting qualities that diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while allowing your skin to breathe. It will give you a natural, even finish that will last all day!

 

 

black-arrow-curved-hi 2.png

Don’t forget about our Makeup Sale! 

G06H-MakeUpShellfishVMAIL.png