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Your skin is your body’s biggest organ, and it takes a lot of flack. Cold weather, your diet, lack of TLC, medication – there a lot of things that can play havoc on it. If your skin is crying out for hydration, here are some simple ways to give it a moisture boost, thanks in part to Natural Health Magazine.
Hydrate from the inside out
H2O is the simplest and most accessible beauty saviour for dehydrated skin. Drink plenty of water to aid digestion and leave skin with a beautiful glow. Skin looks plumper when it’s more hydrated. Drink plenty of water so that the body can eliminate toxins effectively. When our body struggles to eliminate toxins through our digestive system, they can come out through our skin. So up your daily dose of H2O and you’ll soon notice a difference in your complexion.
Give skin an avocuddle
Avocados are packed with healthy fats, vitamins and antioxidants which all work together to aid skin hydration whether you mash it, slice it or drink it in a smoothie. But have you ever added ‘smother it all over your face’ to that list? Avocado makes an amazing natural hydrating face mask. Simply mash some avocado flesh in a bowl, add a teaspoon of avocado oil and apply to your face for five minutes before washing off with lukewarm water. It’s a refreshing and nourishing face mask that is easy to make and very effective.
Invest in a humidifier
Boost the moisture content in your home with a humidifer to help fight the battle against dry skin. Putting a humidifier in your bedroom will help to stop your skin from drying out,” explains beauty expert Sarah Jones. Humidifiers are good for your respiratory system and also help you sleep better. If you’re not catching the right amount of Zs each night, you can wake to dark circles and under eye bags – nightmare!
Apply some honey
Raw honey which hasn’t been heat-treated or pasteurised is packed with antioxidants and healing compounds which are good for a range of beauty ailments – including a dry complexion. Honey is a natural humectant which means it is great at retaining and preserving moisture. Simply apply honey to dry skin, leave on for five minutes before rinsing off with warm water, and watch your problem patches soften as they become more hydrated.
Use the right day cream
There’s a wealth of lotions and potions available but for maximum effect, it’s important to purchase the right product for your skin’s needs. If you’re looking to hydrate, use an incredibly nutritious cream
Turn down the heat
Who doesn’t enjoy a long soak in the tub or letting off some steam in a shower that is so hot it could rival a sauna? As relaxing as they sound, heat can be detrimental to your skin’s hydration as hot water strips oil from the skin. Long baths and showers can also lead to dry skin so keep temperatures warm and your bathing routine short to ensure optimal hydration levels. Couple this with a moisturising shower gel or cleansing bath crème to help lock in as much moisture as possible.
Introduce your skin to plant oils
Lock moisture into your skin with facial oils. Start your moisturising routine using a plant-based oil. I know oil might sound scary to put on our skin, especially our face, but the right type will actually absorb quickly, balance the skin’s oil production and hydrate the face to diminish fine lines and wrinkles for a hydrated and healthy glowing complexion. Our skin cells have an external barrier that is made of fat, and in the world of chemistry, fat loves fat – meaning, our skin loves oil.
Load up on Omega 3
Found in oily fish, flaxseed oil, chia seeds and walnuts, omega 3 is an essential nutrient for keeping skin looking its best. Omega-3 fats are essential for healthy skin, helping to keep cells watertight and well hydrated. These healthy fats also have a potential anti-inflammatory role and to that end, may be beneficial for helping to relieve any redness from sun damage. Eating foods rich in this nutrient like oily fish (mackerel, sardines, salmon, fresh tuna and trout) or taking a supplement like Seven Seas cod liver oil – which is a natural source rich in vitamin D – can help to top up your supplies.
Use a good body cream
Thalgo Cold Cream Marine Deeply Nourishing Body Cream is for everyone wanting to nourish and replenish the skin on the body. This is the first intensive treatment with Cold Cream Marine which lastingly and effectively soothes, nourishes and repairs dry and sensitive skin. Apply the Deeply Nourishing Body Cream as often as necessary, focusing on rough, dry areas, especially in winter.