Benefits of Hydrating the skin
6 benefits to hydrate your skin:
1. Your skin looks more plump and supple
For one, having enough water content in our epidermis would not cause our skin to become dehydrated. When our skin is dehydrated, that isn’t a pretty sight. So improving hydration to our skin is actually the key to having plump, supple skin that is somewhat bouncy to the touch.
2. Your skin looks less dull and more healthy
Besides a build up of dead skin cells, dull skin is also caused by a lack of hydration. So to combat surface dullness, inject a dose of hydration to your skin. You may find the need for more hydration as you grow older though because like it or not, this dreadful skin condition also seems to become more pronounced as we age.
3. Your skin becomes less oily
Dehydrated skin is a key culprit for causing your skin to become oilier. How? When your skin becomes dehydrated, it sends signal for the glands to defend the skin and produce more oil. When that happens, you’ll find your skin oilier. So improving hydration in this case can cause your skin to become less oily.
4. Your acne is less aggravated
While acne is not exactly caused by oily skin, most acne sufferers can experience a worsening of their problematic condition when their skin gets oilier. But what they may not know is that their oily skin may have been prompted by dehydrated skin to begin with. This is exacerbated by drying products that are used to control their acne breakout. So this group of people can benefit from having more hydration boost to their skin either through an application of topical products or via a change of diet.
5. Your skin is less itchy and irritated
Dehydrated skin can cause itching, irritation and general discomfort to our skin. Try using a harsh body cleanser and then leave your skin alone. I guarantee you’ll experience some sort of itching especially in the night. And for those suffering from eczema or psoriasis, this can be very disconcerting. So improving hydration can prevent itchy and irritated skin, providing relief to those suffering from sensitive skin conditions.
6. Your foundation can adhere better
Have you been noticing that your foundation turns streaky after a few hours? Or maybe you’ve noticed that your foundation turns darker after half a day? All these makeup woes are caused by an excessive sebum production caused by dehydrated skin. Short of refreshing your makeup every few hours, a better approach would be to up your skin hydration.
Healthy skin is well hydrated skin
The skin is largely composed of water and has its own natural mechanisms to maintain correct hydration levels and protect against external elements.
The hydro-lipid layer – a protective film consisting of water and lipids (natural oils and fats) – slows the evaporation of moisture, protects from external aggressions and keeps the skin’s pH within the correct limits, minimising the risk of infections.
The problem is, though, that it’s very easy for skin moisture levels to drop. Climatic conditions – heat, dryness, pollution, air conditioning – and lifestyle and eating habits such as alcohol, tobacco and poor nutrition can all have detrimental effects on our skin’s natural defences.
And in summer it’s particularly important to take care of our skin, as sunshine, high temperatures and increased perspiration are all adding to the risks. Take note of these ten rules to keep your skin looking beautiful all summer long:
- Drink two to two and a half litres of fluid daily. Fluid loss increases with temperature, humidity and physical activity, and your fluid intake requirements increase correspondingly.
- Drink throughout the day, even if you aren’t thirsty. If you feel thirsty, it’s an indication that dehydration has already started.
- Keep a bottle of your favourite drink handy, to help remind you to drink.
- Water is not the only option: herbal teas, soft drinks, juices, milk etc. will all help maintain and replenish body fluid levels.
- Fruit and vegetables have a high water content so they also contribute to hydration.
- Avoid alcohol: its diuretic qualities cause dehydration.
- If you play sports, you should drink before, during and after activity, as a great deal of fluid is lost through sweat. Remember that sports drinks can help replenish minerals and glucose levels as well as lost fluids.
- Use moisturising creams on your skin to rehydrate from the outside, too.
- In summer, avoid exposure to the sun when it is at its highest – between 12 noon and 4 pm – as this is when it is most damaging to the skin.
- Always use sunscreen with UVA and UVB filters to prevent premature skin ageing and damage from solar radiation.
The Benefits of Drinking Water for Your Skin
Drinking an adequate amount of water daily is important for overall good health because water aids in digestion, circulation, absorption and even excretion.
But what about drinking large amounts of water for proper skin health? Claims have been made that drinking water gives you a radiant, healthy, younger- looking complexion, while others say it has no effect on skin’s appearance whatsoever.
Which is true?
The fact is that skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body. your skin is made up of cells. And skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best.
If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.
So what is the best way to add water to the skin?
- Apply a hydrating moisturizer within 2 minutes of leaving the bath or shower. The skin is still porous and is vulnerable to products that are applied following the bath or shower, allowing better absorption.
- Apply a product containing hyaluronic acid prior to your moisturizer, such as Skinceuticals Hydrating B5. Hyaluronic acid holds 1,000 times its own weight in water, thus attracting water to the skin and holding it there.
- Drink more water. Drinking at least 8 glasses a day will help rid the body and skin of toxins. Everyone will not agree that water consumption will improve skin… but it certainly can’t hurt. Many people often report that by increasing their water intake, their skin has a more radiant glow. Those who suffer from acne have reported the same results. Nothing will happen overnight, but even a good couple of weeks of increasing water intake should be enough for you to see how hydration affects your own skin.
As water is lost in large quantities every day, you need to replace it somehow. The unfortunate truth about drinking water and skin is that water will reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin. So, it’s important to apply water to our skin and keep it there – this will not only show a visible difference in hydration, but it can prevent wrinkles, as well.
The benefits of hydrating serums
Does your beauty routine feel a little incomplete? Consider adding a hydrating serum. Even the most-tended-to skin can become dry or dehydrated at one time or another. Hydrating serums are formulated to enhance your skin’s moisture levels, not to mention they help provide instant relief and extended comfort for your skin.
While serums can be pricey, they are oh-so-worth it. Among their bevy of benefits? They can help smooth, brighten, plump, and soothe the appearance and feel of your skin. Plus, the light, velvety, fluid textures that serums offer not only feel good to the touch, but are able to sink right in, so your skin immediately feels more refreshed and radiant.
Young, oily skin: to offer a lightweight hydration option for people with oily skin who often will avoid moisturizing for fear it will make their skin even more oily. The truth? Lack of hydration can just cause your glands to compensate by producing even more oil.
Men: to heal skin that has been irritated after shaving
Those aged 30+: to combat the appearance of fine dehydration lines and prevent the signs of aging
Mature skin: to enhance radiance and plump up the appearance of skin
Skin exposed to sunlight: to reduce the appearance of damage caused by sun exposure
Skin exposed to environmental damage: to fight the elements