Five Effective Ways To Hydrate Your Skin

Skin Hydration: Why its important

As we get older we can notice our skin becoming drier and loosing its natural glow. This is caused by a lack of moisture due to a reduction in the Natural Moisturising Factor in the skin (NMF). To help improve your skin we have put together five effective ways to hydrate your skin and reignite a healthy glow.

Approximately 30% of moisture in our skin is made up of Natural Moisturising Factor. It keeps our skin looking and feeling healthy. When our skin loses NMF we can see the signs of ageing are increased. Lines and wrinkles are more visible, the skin can look rough and thin or it could be dry and flaky. If you are experiencing these symptoms then it is like then most likely that your NMF is not getting the hydration that it needs. Heres our top tips to improve dry skin.

1. DON’T go heavy on the moisturiser

Whilst it is tempting to slather on thicker, heavier moisturisers this could actually be detrimental if the skin is not is not functioning correctly. Unfortunately it’s a misconception that the more moisturiser you use, the more effective it will be!

Many of today’s high quality cosmeceutical skin care products and moisturisers contain concentrated ingredients and are designed to deliver results with small amounts of product. When you apply too much moisturiser your skin will struggle to breath and you can actually end up in making dehydration worse and clogging up your pore. Also the excess moisturiser will actually oxidise which will prevent the ingredients from penetrating the skin.

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2. Drink lots of water

It sounds obvious, but if you want to keep your skin hydrated you must drink lots of water. Our bodies are around 60% water and we need water for every function and system in the body, including the skin. Although water doesn’t directly hydrate the skin it maintains that the body and the skin are functioning correctly. We are losing water from our bodies throughout the day through. This happens when we breathe, talk, sweat and go to the toilet. So it is important that we replace it. We recommend 2 – 2.5 litres a day.

Drinking water through the day doesn’t just work to keep your skin functioning, it also has many other benefits. Drinking enough water helps to keep your energy up and also to improve mood.  Drinking water is a basic, but effective, way to improve your Natural Moisturising Factor.

3. Food

You don’t just have to drink your water to ensure hydrated skin. Add more foods that contain high levels of water, such as cucumber and melon, to your diet.

More importantly you can increase your NMF by increasing foods containing healthy fats, that are high in omega-3’s and 6’s, along with healthy fatty acids that boost the NMF in your skin. Try increasing foods rich in omega-3 and 6 and monounsaturated fats. These can be found in fish and fish oils, nuts and seeds, avocados, coconut and oils.

4. No More Hot Showers

While we all may love a hot bath or shower when it’s cold outside, you are doing damage to your skin as the heat strips your skin of its natural oils. Hot showers can completely dry out your skin, leaving your skin dehydrated. Try having a lukewarm shower instead in order to retain some moisture in your skin. Short showers, rather than baths, not only a benefit for your skin, but also for the environment.

5. Ditch the soap

In order to maintain hydrated skin, you should avoid soaps that are full of chemicals that strip the skin of its moisture. Opt instead for soap free face wash that are free from chemicals and parabens, with more natural ingredients. We recommend Sesderma Hydraven, a foaming soapless cleanser.

For more information on how to improve dry skin, give us on 01562 887 743 call on for a free skin assessment.