One of the golden rules of skincare is to make sure you keep your skin hydrated. Nobody wants dry and flaky, irritated, reddened, or itchy skin, right? One of the key components to avoiding this and achieving healthy, glowing, youthful skin is hydration. That said, achieving and maintaining a healthy level of skin hydration can be harder than one might think. Let’s take a look at some ideas on how to keep your skin hydrated.
Does Drinking Water Help?
It is often said that if you drink enough water, it’ll show in your skin. Sadly, the truth isn’t that simple. There are a lot of reasons to drink a lot of water: it’s necessary for life and it’s healthy to drink a lot of it, it offers a nice refreshed feeling, helps in digestion, helps you regulate your temperature and energy levels, and more. That said, having hydrated skin is unfortunately not on the list of reasons to drink water. When you ingest water, it first goes through the intestines, and is then added to your bloodstream, filtered by the kidneys, and finally hydrating the cells. It can help a little bit with skin cell hydration, but it will make a marginal difference at best. That said, do be sure you’re drinking lots of water for all the other health benefits.
What Does Work Then?
The most surefire way to hydrate your skin is a solid moisturizer. You should hunt for one that matches your skin type; lighter creams for naturally oily faces, and heavier ones for dry faces. If you have sensitive skin, look for hypoallergenic moisturizers. Bonus points if they also have soothing ingredients like aloe or chamomile in them to help treat, prevent, and control any irritation that does come up for sensitive skin types.
You should also minimize your exposure to sunlight, wind, arid environments, alcohol, and long baths. Further, always use an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen when you are going to be exposed to the sun, and if you live in a windy or arid environment, try reapplying a bit of moisturizer after every time you spend any substantial amount of time outdoors.
Your Diet Does Matter, However
Drinking water alone may not be linked to as great an increase in skin hydration as some people like to think, but that said, what you put into your mouth does have an effect on your skin’s moisture levels. Try eating foods rich in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids like walnuts, flaxseed, olive oil, and salmon, to name just a few. You can also find fish oil, borage oil, and flaxseed oil supplements you can take as softgels.
Additionally, and more broadly, you want to be eating a lot of dark leafy greens, colorful, dark fruits, and lean protein in your diet. This tip is less related to skin hydration specifically and more overall health, but staying in good general health is a great way to get that “healthy glow” on your face, and is just a good idea regardless.