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Why hydrate for healthier skin?

Why hydrate for healthier skin?
Article by: Danijela Unkovich     |     Date: November 03 , 2017

On a deeper level, dehydrated skin indicates a dehydrated body - and so, make sure you answer your skin’s call.

No matter our skin type, we’re all prone to dehydration and that feeling of dull, tight skin. While it’s easy to confuse dehydrated skin with dry skin, hydration is synonymous with water. Much like the fountain of youth, hydrated skin can cause fine lines to minimise, skin to become more plump and resilient, and wrinkles to be kept at bay - all leading to a more vibrant complexion.

Our susceptibility to dehydrated skin increases with diet and lifestyle choices, as well as elements a little more out of our control, like the changing of seasons (hello Spring time!). When skin is dehydrated it’s lacking water, rather than oil - and so, to plump it back up, our approach lies in upping the water content within our skin cells, which can be done through both internal and external methods.

On a deeper level, dehydrated skin indicates a dehydrated body - and so, make sure you answer your skin’s call. Even a slight dip in bodily hydration levels can affect concentration, focus and mental clarity.

What are the signs of dehydrated skin?

Look out for fine horizontal lines, particularly around the eye area, as well as a dull complexion and feelings of tightness, even when you may feel you’re properly moisturising.

Top tips for combating hydrated skin

An outside-in and inside-out approach often works best for upping, and maintaining, skin hydration. Here are some top tips:

Drink (and eat!) water

A big step in reducing skin dehydration is rehydration, with water - which really is as simple as making sure to keep up your daily water intake. It’s the most ideal rehydration beverage, being both accessible and cheap - it’s out of the tap after all! If you find water get’s a little boring, try spicing it up with fresh fruit slices, or herbal teas, like camomile or peppermint. Otherwise, ensuring to eat plenty of water-dense foods, like fresh fruit and veggies, will also aid skin hydration, as well as supply skin-loving nutrients like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Some foods are over 90% water, making them incredible for rehydrating. Great options include watermelon, cucumber, celery and lettuce - the more the merrier when it comes to servings per day, but at a minimum aim for five.

Common diet culprits

There are a few dietary culprits can increase our susceptibility to dehydrated skin. This namely includes salty foods, which are high in sodium and naturally draw water from your body, as well as alcohol and caffeine. The latter two can create oxidative stress for the skin, which can make it more prone to wrinkles and dehydration. While you don’t need to eliminate these foods and drinks from your diet, aim to minimise them for healthy skin and good health.

Be mindful of hot baths and showers

Keep bathing temperatures at lukewarm to help prevent precious water loss. High temperatures will force water out of the skin, which can make skin more prone to dehydration.

Select skin care for your skin type

There really is no one-size-fits all approach when it comes to our skin. It will give us indications and clues to its needs, with dehydrated skin suggesting it’s after ingredients that will increase its water content.

A good moisturiser, targeted at improving hydration levels in the skin, is one of the quickest methods for perking up dehydrated skin. Hydrating products are designed to help increase the water content in our skin, rather than specifically our oil levels, so it’s important to select products that will also assist with rehydrating. SKIN by Ecostore's Hydrating Moisturiser contains marine extract that helps to form a unique barrier on the skin, to aid with sealing in products and nutrients, and preventing water loss. To really bump up the hydration content of the skin, try SKIN by Ecostore's Hydrating Mask 2-3x a week, followed by the Hydrating moisturiser - this will aid in reinforcing our skin’s barrier surface, keeping moisture in lock down, giving you that dewy glowing look.

This article is not intended to substitute for medical advice. For specific skin concerns, consult your health professional.

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