Your skin can become dehydrated for a variety of reasons. Knowing why and how this happens can help you better understand how to keep it hydrated. All options for keeping the skin hydrated protect it from extreme temperatures, abrasive exfoliation, the effects of aggressive cleansers and air conditioners, or all the above. Understanding this, what can you do to keep your skin hydrated?
A hot shower can be relaxing and provide other benefits. However, it can damage and dehydrate the skin, especially if you stand under a very hot shower for too long. To avoid this, consider turning the temperature down and taking mild showers that are still warm enough to be enjoyable and relaxing.
Once done, pat your skin dry and apply products that lock in the moisture. Do this immediately after leaving the shower because the warm water might evaporate and leave the skin feeling dry.
Hydrating serums improve the skin’s hydration, protect it from drying out, and improve its moisture retention properties. These products typically contain lipid-replenishing ingredients that nourish the skin inside out. A proven benefit of using them is a clear reduction in the signs of aging. A product like the Afgan rose serum from Rena Roots also brightens and plumps the skin for a youthful and smoother look.
These serums also protect the skin from UV rays when used alongside sunscreen, pollution, and the effects of stress. Many of them also contain antioxidants proven to help combat free radicals that lead to the skin looking aged.
Water performs many functions in the body, the most important of which is keeping the skin hydrated. Consuming more water will cause your skin to remain hydrated and supple. Also, the skin’s water barrier performs more efficiently when the skin is hydrated.
While there are differing opinions on how much water you should drink, 1 to 1.5 liters a day should be enough. However, do not wait to feel thirsty because thirst is a signal that you are already dehydrated. Also, avoid consuming too much water because that could lead to the body losing crucial electrolytes and that can lead to additional issues.
Your diet has a significant effect on your skin’s health. You should regularly eat foods that improve your skin and that can help keep it hydrated. A good example is fish rich in fatty acids. These strengthen the skin and make it more effective at locking in moisture. Alternatives like walnuts also contain fatty acids that are beneficial to your skin.
Cleansers have proven benefits in that they help exfoliate the skin by helping get rid of dead skin cells. However, abrasive cleansers can damage the skin and its protective barriers. The result is the skin loses water quickly and becomes dehydrated. Switch to gentle cleaners that preserve the skin’s protective barrier and that do not damage it.
Hydration is important for good-looking and smooth skin. Understanding how to care for and keep it hydrated is important, especially if you do not want it to show signs of aging.
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