What exactly does it mean to keep your skin hydrated and why is it important? Keeping our skin hydrated just means keeping moisture locked in so that it remains strong and has good elasticity.
There are lots of products advertised on TV and in magazines that promise to keep moisture locked into your skin. Luckily, not only does your skin have a built-in mechanism to this job or itself, but there are also some really simple, natural things you can do for your body to help keep your skin strong and healthy.
Our skin is covered in an outer layer called the stratum corneum. This is actually made up of dead skin cells. Those cells are all held together by fats called lipids. This combination acts as a barrier to hold moisture in the skin.
For some people, however, this layer is more prone to drying out. This can result from environmental factors, exposing the skin to harsh chemicals and soap, using rough sponges and exfoliators, taking showers that are too hot, or not drinking enough water.
There are also some serious health problems that can cause symptoms of dry skin, such as thyroid issues or diabetes, so seek medical advice if you are concerned.
There are a few really effective things that you can do to treat dry skin fast. There are also some long-term changes that you can make to help keep your skin in tip-top shape.
1. Drink Lots of Water
Source: Dr. Eric Berg DC/YouTube
This just seems to be the answer to everything, doesn’t it? Well, it certainly is the case if you want healthy, elastic, and hydrated skin.
Our skin is about 30 % water, and the more water we give it from the inside the better. What you put in your body is just as, if not more, important as what you put on it. Drinking water can help to replenish hydration loss in your skin.
Try to avoid drinks that are diuretics such as alcohol and coffee. However, if you do have a cup or glass of such beverages, be sure to balance it out with a glass of water, too.
2. Get Enough Sleep
During sleep, our body rejuvenates and repairs. This is true for our skin, too. The more sleeping hours you get the more time your body has to repair the moisture barrier in the skin.
3. Check You Nutrient Intake
Dry skin can be a symptom of certain nutrient deficiencies. Make sure that you are getting enough vitamins A, C, D, and E, as well as zinc and selenium.
Sweet potatoes, red bell peppers, kiwi fruit, soy, almond and oat milk, sunflower seeds, baked beans, green tea, and turmeric are all foods that can help you get the nutrients you need for healthy skin. Brazil nuts are an incredible source of selenium.
Here are some great OPG recipes to help you get the nutrients you need for glowing skin:
- Roasted Sweet Potato
- Stuffed Red Bell Peppers
- Kiwi and Banana Smoothie
- Easy, Healthy, Homemade Baked Beans
- Make Creamy, Nutritious Plant-Based Milk at Home with these Ingredients
Foods rich in omega-3 are also essential for healthy skin. There are lots of vegan options, such as hemp seed, walnuts, and flax seed.
4. Change Your Bathtime Routine
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that people avoid super hot showers as they can dry out the skin further. Instead, limit showers and baths to under ten minutes, and opt for warm instead of hot water.
Avoid rough exfoliants and soaps that have harsh ingredients and fragrances. Once out of the shower, blot your skin dry and immediately apply something to your skin that can help to lock in moisture.
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