Wednesday, May 17, 2017

NASA has a SkinCare Division. They Confirmed this is the Key to Healthy Skin

I'm grateful for all the contributions that NASA has made to the health & beauty industry.  Some notable examples that come to mind include vibration plates and mini trampolines.  Both help rebuild bone and muscle mass because space exploration really does a number on the body.  Once astronauts return home, their bodies are ravaged by the effects of their zero gravity environment. That's when their scientists get to work on discovering ways to rehabilitate and prevent long term damage.

Obviously,  preventing the negative physical effects to the body is a top priority. Which is why rebounding and vibration plates were discovered so long ago.  But recently, NASA has also come to realize another huge issue that needs to be addressed.  Not only were there astronauts dealing with bone and muscle loss, they realized that an antigravity environment also accelerates skin aging.
During space travel, there are notable changes that occur in the skin.  They noticed a decrease in skin density & elasticity.  There was obvious thinning of the top layer of the skin and a huge decline hydration levels.  Essentially, the longer the astronauts remained in space, the faster they aged.

NASA researchers decided to combat this undesirable side effect by addressing the one area where they have the most control -- skin hydration.

They wondered if protecting the skin's level of hydration could help curb some one of the adverse effects.  They realized that treating the skin with an emulsion made a huge impact on the hydration levels of the outermost layer of the skin's surface.  An emulsion is another term for a liquidy moisturizing product.  Typical skin lotions are not considered to be emulsions because of their thick, creamy consistency.

Basically, they discoved that prepping the skin with adequate hydration made a difference a huge difference even in the most hostile conditions (outer space).

I have to be honest.  Facial skin hydration has never been a priority of mine.  For most of my life, I've battled with oily skin.  Most of the time, I'm slathering on mattefying products to help address it. I'm my mind, oily skin did not need the help of thick, creamy moisturizers.  I'm willing to admit that my thinking was highly flawed.  My skin was probably producing all that oil as a means of self-hydrating.

Once I realized the error in my ways, I took a completely different approach.  Instead of bypassing the moisturizing step in my facial routine, I fully embraced it.  I collected all of the facial moisturizers I owned and found the one that was most hydrating.  One of my favorites so far is Youth Preserve Facial Cream by Fresh.  It's light, super hydrating and seems to sink deep into my skin rather than sit on the surface.  I've paired this moisturizer with other products on in my arsenal to saturate my skin with moisture.

The results were pretty astonishing.  My skin looks and behaves so much differently when it's well hydrated.  Everything plumps up. But what's most exciting is how my skin naturally reflects light when it's super moisturized.  Not in a "greasy" way. But in a dewy, glowy, natural way.

This changed everything.

 The only thing I focused on was what I could do to elevate and maintain skin moisture levels.  Every time I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror, I smiled at how great my skin looked.  At the same time, I wondered why I allowed myself to forget how well my skin behaved back when I religiously followed the Korean skin multistep routine.  Why did I let the change of season deter me from focusing on hydrated skin as a main priority?

All that matters is that I'm back on track.  And it only took the help of NASA researchers to remind me of what's most important.



  1. I have normal skin and use the Youth Preserve cream as well. I've been using it for a month and love it so far, especially the fresh smell of cucumber.

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  2. Hydration is key even for the oiliest skin type. Infact you can diminish oil production with proper hydration. If you like Baobab please check out my Esty page. I have a skincare line which champions Baobab oils regenerative properties. Its in all of my products.
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