We have posted so much about skin topics, not only because we love writing about your beautiful shell but it is crucial to protect your outer layer because just like your body, you only get one for life.
Whether you suffer from dry skin or not, it’s always a good time to brush up on the myriad ways to keep it healthy and moisturized from the inside and out. It can be easy to forget that when it comes to hydrating your skin, it’s just as important to be mindful of what you put inside your body as the products you use topically. Here’s the full scoop on how to hydrate skin, regardless of age or skin type.
Things like acne, redness, inflammation, dry skin, and more are all signs that your skin might not be hydrated enough, so it’s important to listen to the body’s cues and make a note of what it may currently need. One of the best things you can do is invest in self-care—take some time out for yourself to ensure everything is balanced, healthy, and functioning as it should.
To get further clarity, we piled up a list of ways on how to hydrate skin which could potentially be a frustrating and confusing issue.
What part does nutrition play in skin hydration?
There are numerous studies that have looked into how nutrition affects the skin—mainly in the form of wrinkles, dryness, and loss of elasticity. In addition to drinking H2O, Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthy fats, protein, and water-rich foods like watermelon, tomatoes, cucumber, and strawberries. While it’s not as pivotal as drinking water, these ingredients are also nutrient-rich and absolutely make a difference in upping your daily liquid intake.
So the question is, how much water should we be drinking for optimal skin hydration? While it varies from person to person, Horstman says you want to strive for at least eight glasses of water per day. But the most important thing to remember is that consistency is key. She notes that drinking eight glasses one day and then two the next isn’t going to necessarily affect your skin’s hydration. Additionally, what’s in your water matters. When possible, use a filtration system and try to steer clear of plastic water bottles.
Skin hydration vitamins & minerals to add to your diet:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Vitamin E
- Fish oil
Skin hydrating foods:
- Healthy fats like walnuts, coconut oil, avocados, olives, and egg yolks.
- Hydrating fruits like watermelon, red grapes, papaya, and coconut water.
- Omega-3 rich proteins like wild-caught salmon and herring.
- Hydrating veggies like cucumber, celery, bell peppers.
Foods to avoid:
Foods that are highly processed, contain inflammatory oils (seed oils like canola and safflower), and are loaded with artificial ingredients and preservatives aren’t going to do your skin any favors.
Tips on how to keep skin hydrated from the inside out:
You might be surprised by how much you can do for your skin’s hydration levels from a health and nutritional standpoint. Choose organic produce that is in season, pasture-raised protein, and wild-caught fish. Stick with minimally processed foods that will aid in skin health and hydration.
Beyond nutrition, everyone’s skin is different, but certain factors like weather, air conditioning, and stress can impact the skin universally. Getting adequate sleep, sweating via exercise, steam, or sauna, and exfoliating your skin helps remove toxins while locking in moisture from a hydrating skincare routine.
Now…let’s talk skincare.
Dry skin (AKA xerosis) can be caused by a variety of different factors, including genetics and environmental triggers. Potential environmental triggers include weather, heat, air conditioning, harsh soaps, hot baths, or certain skincare products. Deodorant soaps or harsh scrubs can also strip the skin of its natural oils and dry it out. Internal factors include age and genetic conditions, like eczema.
Our skincare routine should shift to match the change in seasons and humidity. The air and our skin tend to be driest in wintertime, and frequent moisturizing throughout the day is important, and using moisturizers that have a mix of humectants, emollients, and occlusive ingredients. You can also mix and match hydrating toners, serums, and moisturizing creams for a boost of hydration.
Tips on how to hydrate skin:
Switch from a lighter lotion to a thicker cream.
If the weather changes or you find yourself suddenly in a drier environment, make sure to swap your lighter lotions for a heavier-duty cream that will help to seal in moisture and protect the skin.
Keep showers short and lukewarm.
Long, hot showers can dry out the skin. Limit them to no longer than five to 10 minutes. Pat dry and apply moisturizer immediately when your skin is most primed to absorb the hydration.
Use a humidifier.
A humidifier can keep the air moist and decrease the likelihood of drying out the skin during dry weather, winter, or when experiencing frequent air conditioner use.
Avoid drying, irritating topicals or chemicals.
Use a hydrating face mask regularly.
Look out for these hydrating and skin-repairing ingredients:
- Ceramides— they natural lipid in our skin. Ceramide levels drop with age and dry weather, making it important to replace these lipids in the skin with skincare products.
- Hyaluronic acid
- Niacinamide, a strong antioxidant that can help repair and brighten the skin.
- Fatty alcohols like cetyl and stearyl alcohol
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We’ve said it many times but staying hydrated will rejuvenate your skin so that it looks and feels smooth and soft. The outermost layer of the skin has the moisture it needs to flush away toxins and carry nutrients to the skin’s cells. A hydrated complexion looks more plump, healthy, and youthful looking. Having an adequately hydrated face will help to improve skin elasticity which will reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Embrace your inner glow!
Stay safe, healthy, and live life to the fullest.