Hydrated Happy Skin is Just a Few Steps Away with These Tips
Dry skin has been a issue for me as long as I can remember. I recall that around 9 years old, my mom took me to a dermatologist to find out why my skin was dry and itchy. He diagnosed me with dry, sensitive skin, and that was the beginning of my skin journey with those particular issues. I was (this was a long time ago folks) advised to use soaps and products without fragrance, and to try and incorporate ingredients like cocoa butter into my skin care routine. Hence the beginning of my journey learning everything about ingredients, where they're from, and how they work.
To compound my issues, I was in my 20’s that I realized I would break out into itchy hives if I sent a notable amount of time in the sun. That was the beginning of wearing sleeves and pants during most of my vacations and sun filled opportunities.
Like you, I’ve dealt with dry skin for a long time, have personally found that they recommendations work very well, and have found that each one has been supported by medical studies:
9 Ways To Boost Your Skin Hydration
1. Make moisturizing your skin something you do every day and at an optimal time. The best way to moisturize is to do so is by slathering it on when your skin is damp to help lock in hydration. The same rule applies to your body when you are applying lotion, too, which leads us to our next recommendation. You might even consider waiting a few moments while it dries, say to brush your hair or apply deodorant, etc. and then touch up driest areas with one more layer (elbows, knees, neck, feet, hands, etc.).
2. Create a more moisturizing bathing routine with a few simple tips. When preparing your bath or shower, turn the water temperature back just a notch. Everyone loves a hot bath or shower, as it can feel soothing, but it’s not conducive to keeping dry skin at bay. Less hot temperatures can help you avoid the harsh dry feeling that they can bring. If you can bare it, sometimes taking a lukewarm bath or shower is the optimal temperature for the best skin health. And as with moisturizing when your skin is still damp, that also goes for moisturizing your body when you’re finished. Applying a moisturizer or oil to your skin before toweling off or immediately after gently toweling, will help your skin feel soothed and hydrated all day.
3. Avoid chemicals, synthetics, and fillers, which offer zero hydration benefits. As they absorb into skin they can dry out it out and prevent the ingredients that are actually helpful from doing their job. Many big brand companies are required to use these chemicals, synthetics and fillers so that they can keep their products on shelves for a long time, to meet their bottom lines. But I can say for certain, that most of these ingredients have no true benefit to healing and hydrating your skin, and will likely cause damage that you’d like to avoid. A few examples of chemicals that you should avoid are: Sodium lauryl sulfate, Sodium laureth sulfate, and Ammonium lauryl sulfate. All of these are designed to create a certain feel in your skin care but they significantly reduce the actual moisture level of your skin.
4. Drinking more water can have a big impact on your skin’s hydration. I noticed a blog post out there that stated that “the verdict is still out” on whether drinking water can actually help hydrate skin, and that’s just false. Studies have shown that drinking water throughout the day can significantly hydrates skin. For example, a medical study by a team of dermatologists determined that higher water inputs in one’s regular diet might positively impact normal skin physiology, as expressed by its hydration and biomechanical behavior, and in particular in those individuals with lower daily water consumptions.
5. Add a repairing treatment and/or think beyond a moisturizer. Staying ahead of dry skin issues with a treatment or a product to supplement is a great idea. Think of ingredients like hyaluronic acid, which can give your moisturizer a boost and help keep skin moisture levels above par. It’s an extra step, but it can be a complete game changer when solving your dry skin issues. Another ingredient recommendation would be using a product with natural plant derived wax. This ingredient can help boost hydration, but more importantly, create a gentle barrier on your skin against the effects of the environment and conditions that can be drying.
6. Stay away from cleansers with sulfates which can strip skin of it’s natural protective oils. Consider a cleanser with low lather, since those tend to avoid harsh chemicals and do often contain moisturizing ingredients. Cream cleansers and cleansers without sulfates and synthetics are your best bet.
7. Use a humidifier or keep containers of water around your home. When growing up, especially in the winter, my mom would fill a couple of large glass containers a strategically hide them around the house to help add moisture to the air in our home. I would peek behind the couch after a couple of days and see that a container was almost completely dry and knew that this technique worked well. If you can find a humidifier that fits your preferences, that’s another excellent option. There are some cool steam humidifiers on the market that are excellent and affordable options.
8. Increase your consumption of ingredients that help bring moisturizer to the skin, like omega 3’s, or plant oils like olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, flaxseed oil, etc. Consuming these ingredients will not only help your skin, but hair growth, nail condition, and perhaps even help your vision and overall health.
9. Add some moisturizing ingredients to your face masks, cleansers, or scrubs to boost your hydration. If you’re willing, it can be a super clever idea to add some mashed avocado or honey to your cleanser or scrub. Another very helpful tip is to add a small amount of coconut oil to your moisturizer, blending it in while applying to your skin. It will really take your skin hydration up a notch.
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There are some key ingredients in our organic face cream, that we wanted to give you a chance to get to know:
Blue Green Algae: Research shows that algae can help improve the appearance of aging skin. It is very moisturizing and antioxidant rich.
Hemp Oil: Our cold pressed hemp oil is rich in omegas and important nutrients. Excellent for irritated or dry skin.
Marshmallow Root: The plant is well-known for its anti-irritant, soothing and emollient properties. Rich in vitamins (A, C, E and B complex).
Milk Thistle: A 2015 study found that it helped improve inflammatory skin conditions and is known to have antioxidant and anti-aging effects.
Nettle Leaf: Because of its nourishing and anti-inflammatory properties, nettle is a natural beautifier for skin. It has also been shown to clear acne and eczema.
Slippery Elm: Traditionally slippery elm is used to promote wound healing and soothe irritated skin, as it has anti-inflammatory properties and contains antioxidants, both of which boost skin health.
Vegan Glycerin: While glycerin might seem like a common skin care ingredients, it has many hidden talents. It create a much higher level of hydration as an effective humectant and attracts moisturizer and water to the intercellular space of the skin.
There are some easy tips here to help you boost your skin hydration level significantly, without a great expense or any that are too time consuming. Having healthy, hydrated, glowing skin is just a few steps away for you to enjoy.
Jeanette @ Claribelskincare.com | Owner, Formulator & Herbal Expert