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The Ultimate Guide to Skin Recovery and Hydrating Treatments

Picture-perfect glowing skin is a common goal for many of us.

Unfortunately, achieving and maintaining this look is not always easy. Every day we are facing challenges of environmental factors, aging, and lifestyle choices.

Dryness and dehydration can lead to dullness, rough texture, and an overall lackluster appearance. However, with the right knowledge and products great results are possible. You can revitalize and hydrate your skin, and achieve a youthful, radiant complexion.

In this comprehensive guide, we will explore effective techniques and treatments to help recover and hydrate your skin. From understanding the importance of hydration to integrating the right ingredients into your skincare routine. We will cover everything you need to know to achieve that nourished, plump, and revitalized skin.

Understanding the Importance of Hydration

Before diving into the specifics of skin recovery and hydration, we must understand why hydration is essential for maintaining healthy skin. Skin is the largest organ in our body and serves as a protective barrier against external aggressors. When our skin lacks proper hydration, it can lead to various skin concerns. As a result dryness, dullness, fine lines, and sensitivity often occur.

Lack of water or reduced ability to retain moisture is the main characteristic of dehydrated skin. It can affect people of all skin types, including oily and acne-prone individuals. Dehydration can occur due to external factors like harsh weather conditions, excessive sun exposure, and pollution. Internal factors such as diet, stress, and aging are just as important.

When our skin is properly hydrated, it looks and feels smooth, supple, and plump. It has a healthy glow and minimal issues like dry patches and tightness. Hydrated skin also has improved elasticity and a reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Developing a Hydrating Skincare Routine

It is crucial to develop a skincare routine that focuses on nourishing and moisturizing. The key is to select products that contain hydrating ingredients and cater to your specific skin type and concerns. Let's explore the essential steps to include in your hydrating skincare routine.

Step 1: Gentle Cleansing

Start your routine with a gentle cleanser. Choose a cleanser that effectively removes dirt, oil, and impurities without stripping the skin of its natural moisture. Look for cleansers that are free of harsh ingredients like sulfates and fragrances, as these can further dehydrate the skin. Instead, opt for gentle cleansers that maintain the skin's pH balance and leave it feeling refreshed and hydrated. 

Example Product: Rad Face Oil 

Use Rad Face Oil as a gentle cleanser. Add a touch of water to two pumps of oil and emulsify. Rad Face Oil is full of antioxidants, including papaya, which has an enzymatic exfoliating effect. 

Step 2: Exfoliation

Exfoliation is a crucial step in any skincare routine. It helps to remove dead skin cells and promote cell turnover. However, it is essential to choose exfoliants that are gentle and non-irritating to avoid drying out the skin.

Look for exfoliants with hydrating ingredients like glycolic acid or lactic acid. Ingredients like that not only remove dead skin cells but also help to retain moisture and improve skin texture.

Example Products: Gentle chemical exfoliators 

Step 3: Hydrating Toner

Consider introducing a hydrating toner into your routine. Toner formulas are created to replenish moisture, and balance pH.

Additionally, hydrating toners prepare your skin for the following skincare products. Look for toners with ingredients like polyglutamic acid, hyaluronic acid, or glyceryl glucoside. It will help to lock in moisture and improve skin hydration levels.

Example Product: After Sun Botanical Toner

AKT Therapy After Sun Botanical Toner

One excellent example is our After Sun Botanical Toner. It is infused with blue-green algae, a natural ingredient and a source of glyceryl glucoside. Glyceryl glucoside is an anti-aging ingredient known for its hydrating and soothing properties. After Sun Botanical Toner will deliver moisture and essential nutrients to your skin, promoting overall skin health and recovery.

Step 4: Hydrating Serum

Hydrating serums have gained significant popularity in the skincare world for their exceptional hydrating properties. The key is a humectant-enriched formula that attracts and retains moisture. The most popular and effective serum ingredients are hyaluronic and polyglutamic acids. Incorporating a hydrating serum into your routine can help replenish moisture leaving your skin plump and hydrated.

Example Products: Hyaluronic Acid Serum and Polyglutamic Acid Serum 

Step 5: Moisturizer

Moisturizers play a crucial role in maintaining skin hydration by creating a protective barrier that prevents moisture loss. Look for moisturizers that are rich in hydrating ingredients like ceramides, niacinamide, and panthenol. These ingredients help to strengthen the skin's moisture barrier, improve hydration levels, and promote overall skin health.

Example Product: Rad Face Oil and After Sun botanical Toner emulsion

AKT Therapy Rad Face Oil and After Sun Botanical Toner

For exceptional hydrating treatment try creating a two-product emulsion.

The first ingredient is our Rad Face Oil. This moisturizer is specifically formulated for restoring moisture to dehydrated skin. Made with organic Cherry Kernel Oil, Squalane, Argan, and Papaya Seed Oils. This lightweight face oil can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, redness, and sun damage.

The second ingredient is our After Sun Botanical Toner. It contains clinically proven ingredients that are effective in treating complexion issues of aging and UV-damaged skin. The toner is rich in Vitamin C and Glyceryl glucoside. It has anti-inflammatory and skin-healing properties.

To prepare an emulsion combine a couple pumps of each product. The result is a perfect blast of clean hydration. This emulsion locks in moisture, improves skin texture, and promotes a youthful, radiant complexion.

Get Familiar With The Ingredients

When it comes to hydrating ingredients, hyaluronic acid and polyglutamic acid are the powerhouses you need to know about. Let's take a closer look at each of them:

Hyaluronic Acid: The Hydrating Hero

Hyaluronic acid has been a skincare staple for years, and for good reason. It's a naturally occurring substance in our bodies that helps retain moisture. This miracle ingredient can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, making it an excellent choice for hydration. Hyaluronic acid works on a cellular level, replenishing cells with moisture and helping them retain it over time.

Polyglutamic Acid: The New Kid on the Block

While hyaluronic acid has long been the go-to hydrator, polyglutamic acid (PGA) is making waves in the skincare world. This amino acid biopolymer is derived from fermented soybeans. PGA acts as a humectant, keeping skin hydrated and maintaining its barrier function.

It softens the skin, increases moisture retention, and improves skin tone. What sets PGA apart from hyaluronic acid is its exceptional hydrating abilities. It can hold up to four times more water than hyaluronic acid, making it a powerful ingredient for intense hydration.

Glyceryl Glucoside: A Natural Cell-Energizer

Another ingredient that deserves attention for its hydrating properties is glyceryl glucoside. Glyceryl glucoside is a natural sugar derivative that acts as a cell-energizer and hydrating agent. It revives tired and stressed skin, stimulates cell functions, and improves the appearance of mature skin.

Derived from the resurrection plant, glyceryl glucoside enables the plant's fascinating survival strategy. The resurrection plant can survive long periods without water, and glyceryl glucoside protects its structure during total desiccation. When the plant is exposed to water, glyceryl glucoside acts as an energy booster. This reactivates the plant's functions and promotes re-greening.

In skincare, glyceryl glucoside acts as a natural moisturizing factor, boosting cell renewal and maintaining skin hydration.

The benefits of glyceryl glucoside:

  • Revitalizing aged skin cells
  • Stimulating sluggish cell vitality and metabolism
  • Increasing the production of essential proteins
  • Boosting cell growth factors 
  • Improving skin smoothness, elasticity, and thickness
  • Reducing sunburn and skin redness
  • Promoting tissue repair and cell renewal

Achieving Optimal Results with a Skin Hydrating Routine

Sticking with your skin hydrating routine is a must when it comes to replenishing and revitalizing your skin. By choosing proper products and performing your routine twice daily you can expect the following results:

  • Intense hydration that lasts all-day
  • Improved skin elasticity and firmness
  • Reduction in dryness and roughness
  • Enhanced skin smoothness and radiance
  • Reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Protection against environmental aggressors

Consulting with a Board-Certified Dermatologist

While introducing hydrating treatments and ingredients into your skincare routine is beneficial, a dermatologist can assess your skin type, and address any specific concerns. 

“Dermatologists can provide professional insight into maintaining skin hydration, preventing dehydration, and optimizing your overall skincare routine. We can also recommend the best products and treatments for your needs.” - says Dr. Deborah Longwill from Miami Center for Dermatology - “By consulting a specialist you can ensure that your skin receives the best care possible.” 

There are many treatments available today and it can quickly become overwhelming. Dermatologists will educate you and will help to choose one suitable for you and your lifestyle. 

One of the treatments that consistently gets great reviews is Hydrafacial. It is quick, relaxing and can deliver immediate glow. This innovative skincare approach, pioneered by leading dermatologists, leverages patented technology to deeply exfoliate, hydrate, and infuse the skin with nourishing serums, revitalizing every pore to combat wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven texture. 


Achieving and maintaining hydrated, healthy skin is within reach with the right knowledge and products. By understanding the importance of hydration, developing a hydrating skincare routine, and incorporating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, polyglutamic acid, and glyceryl glucoside, you can achieve a beautiful complexion.

Remember to choose gentle cleansers, hydrating toners, and moisturizers that lock in moisture. With dedication and the right products, you can enjoy the benefits of hydrated, radiant skin.

AKT Therapy