How to Keep Your Skin Hydrated
Keeping yourself hydrated is one of the most important things to do. Our bodies are made 60% of water, so keeping your body well-hydrated is crucial to healthy functioning and bodily processes. The skin too needs to be hydrated in order to function well and look good too! Hydrated skin results in a smooth, radiant, and supple complexion as the skin cells have enough water content. However, many people don’t know the difference between dehydrated and dry skin! In this article, we will go through the difference between dehydrated and dry skin, the difference between moisturizing and hydrating, and some tips for keeping your skin hydrated and fresh!
Difference between Dry and Dehydrated Skin
Dry skin: a skin type. It doesn’t really have to do with water, but oil. People with dry skin lack oil and lipids, not just on their faces but likely all over the body as well. Dry skin is genetic and depends very much on the oil glands in your skin. The skin all over the body has a dry and flaky look, and some other common issues you might see is a scaly appearance, white flakes of dry skin, some form of redness and irritation, and even other skin conditions like eczema.
Dehydrated skin: not a skin type. Involves a lack of water in the skin cells rather than a lack of oil. Unlike dry skin, it is not a skin type and can occur to anyone. Dehydrated skin can occur if you are not properly hydrated, and is not caused by genetics. You can tell if your skin is dehydrated if there is itchiness, dullness, or sunken under the eyes. A simple pinch test can also tell you if you have dehydrated skin. Pinch the area under your cheek and see if it bounces back, or if it wrinkles. If it wrinkles and does not bounce back your skin is likely dehydrated.
Hydrate or Moisturise?
Products that are “hydrating” or “moisturizing” have a similar goal, which is to help your skin get enough water to either prevent or heal dry, dehydrated skin. However, many skincare and beauty brands do not really make an obvious difference between moisturizing and hydrating products, and often use them interchangeably. The big difference between hydrating and moisturizing is the way that it works on the skin.
Hydration: hydrating involves increasing the water content of skin cells, which causes them to swell up and become plumper and hence bouncier. This also leads to luminous-looking skin as these plumped skin cells reflect light very nicely. When cells are dehydrated due to an outflow of water, this leads to shriveled up skin cells and dull-looking skin. Hydrators, products that hydrate the skin, are also known as humectants and common ingredients include glycerin and hyaluronic acid which work by drawing water from deep within the skin and the skin surroundings into the cells, improving the ability to absorb nutrients. Alpha-hydroxy acids are another effective hydrator. For the best hydrating products, check out Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Pink Juice and The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2%.
Moisturizing: moisturizing prevents trans-epidermal water loss, also known as the evaporation of moisture from the skin. Unlike hydration which traps water into the skin cells, moisturizing involves reinforcing the skin barrier to lock in moisture. This prevents the loss of water, hence maintaining the skin’s water content. There are many types of moisturizing ingredients, but some common ones are usually oil-based such as emollients and squalene, and ceramides. And if you’re looking for a moisturizing cream, be sure to consider Olay’s Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream.
The biggest difference between moisturizing and hydrating is hence the way they work to keep moisture in your skin! One acts as a barrier to prevent moisture from escaping, while the other restores the water content of the cells.
This oil-free moisturizer hydrates, soothes, and perfectly preps skin for makeup, while antioxidants protect against environmental stressors to ward off fine lines and dark spots.
Daily fragrance-free face moisturizer that deeply hydrates for visibly firm skin and a lifted look. It will seamlessly blend to strengthen skin’s moisture barrier for bouncy and skin.
Tips for Hydrating Skin
Hydrating your skin comes in a myriad of ways, from lifestyle changes to topical products. All of these help to impart more water into the body and also prevent loss of water.
1. Drink more water
Following this is a general rule for staying healthy. Hydration does not just include your skin, it includes hydrating your entire body to stay generally healthy and functioning well. You will definitely see an improvement in your skin complexion when you start drinking more water.
2. Don’t take hot, long baths
As much as we all love a long, hot bath after a long day… it’s very damaging to the skin! Overly long, hot showers can have a negative effect on the skin barrier, stripping away moisture and natural oil that’s needed for keeping the skin soft and smooth. Either take shorter baths or reduce the temperature of your water. Your skin will thank you. And while you’re at it, pick a cleanser that has different properties like Salameh’s Multi-Action Cleanser that cleans, hydrates and exfoliates your skin for that much desired glow.
3. Use a serum
Dehydrated skin needs an extra drink of water to inject more moisture content into the skin cells. Some of the most effective products are serums which are potent for delivering added hydration to the skin. Some of the most effective serum ingredients include:
Hyaluronic acid: The skin naturally produces hyaluronic acid but boosting it with a serum or cream like Salameh’s Ultra Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Complex will help stimulate the natural production of hyaluronic acid. It will be additionally beneficial to find products with antioxidant properties and skin-restoring properties, basically to boost the oxygenation and other functions of the skin that delivers nutrients. Glycerin: Glycerin is a humectant that attracts moisture from the surroundings and imparts it into your skin, hence adding hydration to the skin cells.
Ceramides: Ceramides are lipids that help to build up the skin’s barrier. This barrier acts as protection against moisture loss, locking the moisture in. Reinforcing the skin’s barrier will keep the skin hydrated and hence supple.
4. Try getting a humidifier
Humidifiers are very effective if your surroundings are low in moisture. Humidifiers add moisture to the air and are a great idea if you live in a dry climate or experience winter.
5. Eat more food with high water content
Enrich your diet with foods that have high water content, such as fruits and vegetables. Some of the fruits and veggies with high water content include watermelon, citruses like lemons and oranges, celery, cucumber, and lettuce. Make a salad, add fruits as a snack or juice them up into a green juice!
6. Avoid alcohol as much as possible
Alcohol has a very dehydrating effect on the skin, so limiting your consumption will probably be wise. If you have woken up the next day with dry and dull-looking skin, that is the dehydrating effect that alcohol has. But it doesn’t stop with just drinking alcohol, avoid products that contain alcohol as well as they often have very stripping effects on the skin.
With a hyaluronic acid complex, your skin works as a hydrophilic, or water-attracting molecule, to ensure your skin is absorbing more moisture than is normally possible.
Hydrating your skin is extremely important for supple, smooth, and elastic skin. Taking these extra steps to ensure hydration levels will definitely change your skin complexion for the better!
|1||Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Face Moisturizer|
This oil-free moisturizer hydrates, soothes, and perfectly preps skin for makeup, while antioxidants ward off fine lines dark spots.
|2||The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5|
A hydrating formula with ultra-pure, vegan hyaluronic acid, it is the solution for dry skin and can be easily used.
|3||Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Face Moisturizer|
Daily fragrance-free face moisturizer that deeply hydrates for visibly firm skin and a lifted look to strengthen skin's moisture barrier.
|4||Salameh Multi-Action Cleanser|
This cleanser heals and treats damaged skin while cleaning and hydrating. It deeply cleans your pores, bringing you a brighter glow.
|5||Salameh Ultra Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Complex|
With a hyaluronic acid complex, your skin works as a hydrophilic, or water-attracting molecule, to moisturize it.
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