Hydrated skin is happy skin. It looks and feels amazing! It’s soft, dewy, and radiant.
Dehydrated skin can look saggy, ashen, wrinkly, and flakey. Fine lines and wrinkles are more visible in dehydrated skin.
It needs water.
And it might take more than just a layer of your favorite moisturizer to bring it back to life.
When it comes to a healthy complexion, skin hydration is incredibly important. And while it might seem like keeping your skin hydrated is easy enough, many people don’t even know where to start.
And hydration is not moisture…
Does Hydration Really Matter?
Hydration affects the texture and appearance of your skin, helping it become softer and smoother. Your skin thrives when it’s hydrated.
Hydrated skin looks and acts like younger skin.
Hydration adds water to the skin.
Moisturizing helps keep water in the skin.
How Does Skin Become Dehydrated?
There are so many things that can cause dehydrated skin. Your face gets stripped of moisture by things like stress, air conditioning, the weather, lack of sleep, not drinking enough water, caffeine, showering with really hot water, and skipping your regular skincare routine.
Dehydrated (or dry) skin makes less sebum. Sebum is the oily, waxy substance produced by your sebaceous glands. It’s the main ingredient in your skin’s natural oils. Sebum moisturizes, coats, and protects your skin.
Sebum helps form the protective layer on your skin that keeps harmful things, like pollution, free radicals, dirt, and harmful UV rays out of your pores. It also keeps moisture in.
With little sebum to protect it, your skin’s barrier allows the bad things in, and lets the good things out, further dehydrating your skin.
When your skin is dehydrated, it might look dull, feel tighter, and be more prone to inflammation, congestion, and breakouts. It will also show more fine lines and wrinkles.
How Do You Hydrate Your Skin?
If your complexion is begging for a drink, focus on creating a regular skincare routine packed with hydrating products.
It’s also beneficial to:
- Skip products that use drying ingredients, like stripping alcohols, sulfates, or artificial fragrances. There are plenty of healthier, hydrating options that work wonders for dehydrated skin.
- Add a deep-penetrating serum to your skincare routine. A daily dose of a hydrating serum helps put more water in your skin. Some ingredients actually attract water to the skin!
- Use a moisturizer, day and night. Moisturizing your skin in the morning will give your skin an extra layer of protection from harmful elements (like dirt). And your skin naturally rejuvenates while you sleep, so using one before bed allows your skin to restore its natural balance and heal any damage from the day’s activities.
- Make sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day. Basic advice from your Mom, right? But having enough water available helps your body distribute it where it’s needed… like deep inside your skin. (Thanks, Mom!)
A Secret Hydrating Ingredient
Walk through any skin care aisle at your local store and you’ll see there’s no shortage of hydrating products vying for your attention. The choice can be overwhelming. How do you know these products will hydrate your skin?
Keep an eye out for one key ingredient — hyaluronic acid.
This naturally occurring substance is already in your body, especially in your skin. How does hyaluronic acid work? It actually attracts and binds with water, keeping it close to the surface of your skin.
Pollution and other environmental stressors can take a toll on your skin, leaving it feeling dry and looking dull. Regular use of a product that includes hyaluronic acid can help keep your skin hydrated so it looks and feels fresh.
Using a moisturizer immediately after a hydrating boost will help lock that moisture into your skin, keeping it there for longer.
Making this part of your routine means fewer (or no) days with dehydrated skin… this is an essential part of eliminating things like dull skin, fine lines, and wrinkles.
So give your skin a refreshing drink of water and a fighting chance at keeping those wrinkles and fine lines away.
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