How To Hydrate Your Skin – To Have Baby Like Skin
A very common problem is dehydrated skin. In this article you will find best effective tips on how to hydrate your skin, to get the baby like softness on your skin, that you will adore.
Dehydrated skin can contribute to uncomfortable itching. Irrespective of sex, whether you are a male or a female, you need to learn how to keep your skin hydrated. With aging, your skin becomes thinner and the oil glands become less effective and fragile, making you more prone to sun damage and susceptible to wrinkles and dry skin. The trick is to always keep your skin hydrated. This will not only delay your aging and prevent occurrence of the wrinkles, but also help in maintaining healthy hydrated skin.
Here are the best tips on how to hydrate skin:
(1) Exfoliate: Dehydrated skin leads to development of dead skin cells and flaky skin. Therefore you need to exfoliate to get rid of dead skin cells and flakiness. Choose facial scrubs or exfoliates that are meant for dry skin or alternatively use an exfoliating glove or even just a towel. Don’t go for exfoliates that are formulated for oily skin, as they will make your dryness worse.
(2) Hydrating Mask For Face: Consider using a hydrating face mask, as it will work in hydrating your skin deep-down. Do not choose oil-based hydrating masks for face, as they tend to clog your skin pores and with the result your skin may develop blackheads and spots. A tip here is to look for the ones that have ‘non-comedogenic’ (means not clogging pores) on their label as they are ideal to use.
(3) Moisturize – The Fastest Fix: Moisturizing your skin is the fastest remedy to hydrate your skin and promptly mending the dehydrated look and feel of dry skin.
A very useful tip is to have two different moisturizers, i.e., one for a day time and the other for night. Choose a lighter moisturizer for day-use to prep your skin for smooth and even coverage for your make-up. As using a heavy moisturizer during day time will make your skin look shiny and feel oily.
On the other hand for night usage, go for a heavier moisturizer, so that while you sleep it works overnight to penetrate deeper into your skin attaining a long term hydration. It will also help in reducing fine lines and wrinkles, preventing flakiness and in healing sun damage.
Remember to look out for a light non-oil based moisturizer with no perfume or color.
(4) For Acute Dry Areas: Pay special attention to your over-dry or itchy areas, if any. For these areas you need to apply a bit of any good oil-based ointment or cream, such as hydrocortisone cream. Do not use too much of such creams, as they tend to clog your pores. Make it sure to use it sparingly only.
(5) Hydrate Inside Out: You need to hydrate not only skin from outside, but from inside too in order to have sustained hydrated healthy skin:
(i) Drink lots of water to hydrate from inside: In the categories of best hydrated drinks, water comes at the top. It not only keeps your skin hydrated, but is naturally calories and sugar free. When you don’t like drinking plain water, try to add into it a bit of freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice or make your own calorie-free iced tea, by adding and stirring herbal tea bag in cold water.
Always remember that not all beverages are healthy for hydrating your dry skin. Keep away from those drinks which are empty calories and do not provide any nutrition. Sweetened coffee, fruit juices with added sugar should also be restrained. Just one cup of coffee can lead to significant dehydration.
(ii) Consume Foods That Hydrate Skin From Inside: Most of the fruits and vegetables are not only rich source of fluids, but also provide benefits of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Shun the consumption of foods that are high in sodium as they tend to draw water from your body, leading to dehydration. So reduce on consumption of foods, like crisps, junk / fast / packaged foods – canned soups, frozen pizza, canned vegetables, and processed meat. Include in your diet following foods for dry skin – Oranges, Berries, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Grapes, Lettuce, Peaches, Watermelon, Celery, etc.
Consume foods that are rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids. They will keep you hydrated inside out and help soften the appearance of wrinkles and enhance your skin’s ability to regenerate. You can find omega-3 foods everywhere, so these are easy to include in your diet by just adding salmon, tuna, olive oil, walnuts, nuts, almonds, avocado and flax seeds. You can also consider taking fish oil capsules or cod liver oil. On the other hand avoid trans-fat and animal fat.
(6) Some very effective tips about how to hydrate your skin:
(i) Avoid drinking alcohol, coffee and smoking. They lead to skin dehydration and make your skin prone to wrinkles.
(ii) Avoid too much of exposure to sun, cold and wind. Also taking long hot showers or baths can lead to dehydrated skin.
(iii) Too much washing also contributes to dehydrated skin. Aggressive cleansing ways and using products with strong active ingredients increase dehydrating skin conditions. So in your case twice-a-week exfoliation may do more harm than good!
(iv) Keep a reusable water bottle with you all the times. Also try to keep a water bottle on your desk. It is easy and you are more likely to drink water when it’s close at hand.
(v) Consider trading your morning latte or black tea for a green tea as it contains catechins and powerful antioxidants as well as the water to keep your skin hydrated.
(vi) You can also consider having a humidifier in your bedroom when you sleep to give you a dose of hydration during night.
Follow above tips on how to hydrate your skin to have soft and supple skin, just like a baby.
In case you have persistent dehydrated or dry skin conditions and they do not improve in spite of following above tips, we suggest that you consult a dermatologist for a proper prescription and treatment.
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