Keeping your skin hydrated: The 10 step guideNovember 23, 2020
Dryness or dehydration?
Sebum is a natural oil that your body produces to moisturize your skin and protect it. Sebum retains water in the outer layers of the skin, keeping it hydrated. For a healthy moisturized skin we need some amount of sebum but excessive amounts of it can cause skin breakouts.
Aging : With age, our skin loses its capability to produce sebum meaning that our skin gets drier with progressing age. It becomes difficult for your skin to retain water causing dehydration.
Lifestyle : Excessive smoking and drinking are the leading cause of skin aging that starts with lost sheen and moisture. Also, the more time you spend in the sun, the more dry your skin can get. It’s best to avoid smoking, drinking too much alcohol and spending too much time in the sun without sunscreen.
Getting rid of dry facial skin - Let's discuss top 10 tips for keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized.
- Using lukewarm water to wash your face: Hot water is responsible for washing away the sebum that your skin needs to retain its moisture. Lukewarm water is the best for washing your face.
- Shorter showers: The longer you shower, the more your skin is exposed to water that rips off the natural oils and washes them away.. It’s important to spend a balanced amount of time in the shower so that your skin doesn’t lose oils that keep it moist and hydrated.
- Weather precautions: Extremely cold or extremely hot weather call for taking extra precautions for your skin. Facial skin is always exposed and is more prone to losing it sheen due to weather extremities. Wear scarves or hats in summer sun.
- Sun protection: It's important to apply sunscreen every time you go out into the sun. Even if it is not extremely sunny outside, the UV rays from the sun can still damage your skin
- Use Facial Cleansers: Soaps strip the essential oils from your skin. To minimize appearance of dry skin, use a gentle face cleanser that has moisturizing properties. Cleansing agents with natural ingredients are best for your skin.
- Eating well and drinking lots of water: Your skin needs healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. Eating foods like avocado and almonds helps keep skin healthy. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables too. Also when you drink lots of water, your skin feels and looks healthy from the inside out
- Cleaning gently: When scrubbing or exfoliating your face be gentle on your skin. Don’t rub too vigorously. Thick lather shouldn't be forming on your skin.
- Moisturizing: It's important to apply a good moisturizer to your skin twice a day. Once after you’ve had a bath and once before sleeping. When you apply moisturizer immediately after washing your face, the moisture gets locked in.
- Using the right moisturizer: Some moisturizers can have the opposite effect of moisturizing, they can dry out your skin. Go for moisturizers that are rich in sunflower seed oil, shea butter, coconut oil and plant extracts.
- Exfoliate: You must exfoliate once or twice per week to get rid of dry flaky spots of your face, which is dead skin. When you get rid of these dead skin cells, fresh new younger looking skin is revealed which is also healthy.