If you’ve ever had dry skin that doesn’t seem to go away, then you understand how frustrating it is to be continuously applying moisturizer and other products to hydrate your skin. Everyone’s skin is different, so what works for one person may not be effective for another. Nonetheless, there are many different ways to hydrate your skin that can be easily adopted into your daily routine. In this article, we will explore some methods for skin hydration that you can begin implementing right away. If one method doesn’t work, you may try a combination of methods that work well with your schedule.
Eat healthy fats
Foods rich in healthy fat are a source for essential fatty acids that our bodies don’t produce on their own. Fat helps with the absorption of vitamins A, D, and E. Furthermore, healthy fats induce moisture to the skin. Foods rich in fatty acids include avocadoes, fish, olive oil, chia seeds, and walnuts.
Use a humidifier
Humidifiers come in handy, especially if you live in a dry climate. Humidifiers are an inexpensive way to induce moisture into a bedroom, living room, or office space. When there is moisture in the air, the skin is less at risk from drying out. Our external environment plays a big role in skin health, so pay attention to your climate as a culprit of dry skin.
Drink plenty of water and consume water-rich foods
Drinking enough water on a daily basis is such an important part of having a healthy lifestyle. For the average, healthy man, it is recommended to drink about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids every day. For the average woman, it is recommended to drink about 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids every day. Alongside water and other fluids, you can incorporate foods that contain high amounts of water into your diet. Most fruits and vegetables contain some amount of water, with watermelons containing a particularly high amount.
Use cool water in the shower/bath
This one might be difficult for a lot of people—who doesn’t like a hot shower or bath to unwind after a long day? But if your goal is to improve your skin health, then hot water isn’t going to be your best friend. Hot water tends to dry out the skin, robbing it of moisture. Try turning down the temperature of your showers and baths for a while and see how your skin responds.
Products for your skin type
Everyone’s skin type is different, and that means that products that work for one person may wreak havoc on your own skin. That is why you want to make sure you understand your skin type so that you can use products designed for that type. Some skin types include oily skin, sensitive skin, dry skin, normal skin, or a combination skin type. You may try researching online to find out what works for other people with the same skin type as yours.
Skin exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin to make room for new, healthy skin cells. When an excessive amount of dead skin cells accumulate on the skin, it can create a dry wasteland that irritates the skin and denies it of moisture. You can exfoliate your skin by using exfoliating scrubs and cleansers. Be careful not to exfoliate skin that has been damaged by sunburn or that has cuts or wounds, as this can cause further irritation.
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