Aging skin is more than fine lines and wrinkles. Chronic inflammation compromises the skin’s protective barrier and disrupts skin homeostasis which makes it more sensitive to both intrinsic and extrinsic stress. This cycle of inflammation, dehydration and increased sensitivity leads to the destruction of collagen and elastin and a healthy skin structure.
Why is this important?
The visible redness you see today can be an indicator of inflammation in your skin - Inflammation that can also lead to hyperpigmentation. To minimize the likelihood of hyperpigmentation, addressing the root causes of dehydration and inflammation increase the likelihood of a successful skin care regimen.
The ideal approach to healthier skin includes a daily skin care regimen that enhances and supports dermal hydration to control inflammation along with the long-term redness and pigmentation seen in very sensitive skin. Improving the appearance of pigmentation in sensitive skin requires the perfect harmony of hydration, inflammation control and targeting the specific mechanisms that cause hyperpigmentation. While it sounds complicated, less is more with the right skin care regimen, so start with products formulated to address those concerns.
How does the skin maintain its own healthy hydration levels for repair?
One of the most important hydrators in the skin is Heparan Sulfate (HS), a naturally occurring complex sugar in the skin that is essential to maintaining skin health. HS supports deep hydration, reduces water loss and promotes skin repair by protecting collagen and elastin fibers from degradation. Heparan Sulfate is vital to healthy, hydrated skin, but as we age the abundance and production of Heparan Sulfate decreases significantly, which leads to the changes we see on our skin including increased dryness, redness and sensitivity.
How do we replenish hydration?
The Heparan Sulfate that naturally occurs in our skin is too big and negatively charged to be formulated in a skincare product that the skin can absorb. This is where HSA (Heparan Sulfate Analog) Senté skincare’s unique, patented ingredient is key. HSA is bioengineered for optimal absorption to improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines & wrinkles and visible loss of firmness.
How do I know if I need HSA in my regimen?
If you see any signs of dehydration on the surface of your skin, if you feel that your face looks “deflated”, or you use the words “sensitive”, “red”, or “dry” when referring to your skin more often that you wish, there is a place for HSA in your skin care plan. HSA and its entire family of ingredients (glycosaminoglycans) are complex sugars that play well with other ingredients and products, making them very easy to add into your current routine, regardless of the products, ingredients and number of steps it includes. Because HSA supports deep hydration, it is the ideal addition to a regimen that includes exfoliants or retinoids as well as before and after a non-ablative laser treatment, microneedling or chemical peel.
Where can I get it?
Senté flagship technology is found in the brand’s core products including Dermal Repair Cream, a soothing, hydrating cream ideal for all skin types including the most sensitive. Dermal Repair Cream supports deep hydration and diminishes the risk of inflammatory response that shows up as visible redness on the skin. Dermal Repair Cream can be added into a regimen in the moisturizer step in the morning or evening. For skin that is very dry and needs all the surface moisture binding you can get, along with deep hydration, Senté Dermal Repair Ultra-Nourish is the newest addition the brand that fuses HSA with a lipid blend that mimics the skin’s own lipid barrier to hold moisture on the skin surface, for improved moisture + hydration with a smoother, softer skin surface and less visible redness.
How do I add it to my regimen?
Add Dermal Repair Cream or Dermal Repair Ultra-Nourish to a regimen in the “moisturizer” step. If you use Dermal Contour Pressed Serum, or other lightweight serums, those are applied first, followed by the slightly thicker cream-based product.
At night, use an HSA product after your retinol or Retin-A to help offset the dryness that can happen when using retinoids.
If you are planning to have a non-ablative laser treatment, microneedling treatment or chemical peel, you can use Dermal Repair Cream or Dermal Repair Ultra-Nourish right up to the day of your treatment, then resume use as early as the same day of your treatment, but always discuss that with the professional who is performing your treatment and follow their instructions!
One last and very important product in any regimen is sunscreen, all day, every day, even if you are indoors, to minimize the damage caused by the sun as well as sources of artificial light.
Tone, texture, clarity – the confidence of healthy skin – can be achieved with these innovative products from Senté.
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