You know that feeling of being parched? When your throat gets super dry and scratchy, you can hardly get your words out and you’re desperate for a tall glass of water. That’s what happens when you get too dehydrated. It’s harder to notice, but your skin can get dehydrated too. For most people, it won’t feel as uncomfortable as a parched throat but for others, there are clear signs when their skin becomes too dry. Dull, lifeless, flaky, itchy and even saggy skin are signs of dehydrated skin.
Whether male or female, proper skin care – including hydration – is very important. As we age, our skin becomes thinner and oil glands become less active which means less supple, drier and wrinkly Therefore, we need to help out our skin. Apart from delaying aging and wrinkles, rehydration will also keep skin healthy and functional. Your skin isn’t just there for aesthetic purposes; it’s there to protect your body and help eliminate toxins which is why you’ll want it to run at optimal levels. Here are some tips on how to keep skin hydrated:
1. Drink water. Probably the most obvious thing to do and yet so many people forget or just ignore it entirely. Did you know that if you feel thirsty, you’re already well on your way to dehydration? Though some experts sometimes question the effect of drinking water on skin -and it’s certainly not a cure-all for skin issues – but it’s unquestionable that getting the required amount of water will help keep you, and your skin, healthy.
2. Sweat it out. Whether you choose to get out for a run or ride your bike outdoors or to stay in and practice yoga or dance in your living room, building up a good sweat is beneficial when it comes to eliminating toxins that can build up under your skin. Moreover, regular exercise will help blood circulation throughout your body, including your skin. Remember though that if you’re going to enjoy the outdoors, you should put on sunscreen on your face and body to protect yourself from harmful UV rays.
3. Don’t over cleanse. Too much scrubbing on your skin can actually damage it. The more you scrub, the more you strip you skin of its natural oils and mess with its natural balance. Make sure you steer clear of harsh cleansers and instead favor nature-based and gentle soap.
4. Do exfoliate. Following the above tip, it IS important to exfoliate regularly so you can remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells and allow the healthier cells to shine through. Exfoliation will also help your moisturizer do its work.
5. Get your vitamins. Vitamin B helps restore collagen, which makes skin its firmness, Vitamin E or beta-carotene as well as vitamin C are also important in keeping your skin healthy, smooth and elastic.
6. Break bad habits. Smoking, excessive alcohol and too much caffeine are all bad for your skin. Limit these habits or kick them out of your life entirely and you won’t have to suffer the damaging effects later.
7. Don’t take too long under a hot shower. Hot showers are heavenly, we know, but hot water can actually strip your body of protective oils. Try to keep your hot showers to 5 minutes or less then switch to lukewarm water.
8. Moisturize. Like we said, your skin’s ability to retain moisture will fade in time so it needs a little extra help. Whether your skin is dry, oily, normal or combination, it’s important to invest in the moisturizer that’s right for you. Oh, and it’s not just your face that needs hydration, you’ll need a moisturizer for your body as well. Look for deep-moisturizing ingredients for your body lotion like shea butter, cocoa butter, or jojoba oil.
9. Prepare for every weather. Once you go out, it’s not just the sun you have to worry about. There are other harmful environmental factors you need to watch out for such as intense heat and intense cold. With the changing of the seasons, you also nee
d to choose the right weapons to battle the elements.
10. Eat right. Finally, it is as they say – you are what you eat. A healthy and balanced diet that provides your body with the right nutrients and vitamins will keep you healthy inside and out. There are certain foods as well that are specifically beneficial to the skin such as avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, salon, berries and watermelon. You can also try fish oil capsules or cod liver oil. Foods rich in anti-oxidants are excellent such as goji and blueberries, tomatoes, beans, nuts and green leafy vegetables.
Keeping skin hydrated is more of a challenge of habit than anything. If you follow these tips consistently, you’ll be able to keep your skin not just hydrated, but healthy and young!