5 Healthy Habits to Keep Skin And Body Hydrated
Skin is the largest organ of the body and nothing makes it more beautiful than hydration. Skin is the largest organ of the body. No one can understand this better than a woman who sees flakiness and dryness, is dull and drab and is in dire need of some intense care. Here are a few habits that can be inculcated into the daily routine to keep skin and the body hydrated.
The quickest fix is hydration with water. Though sounds cliched, but is by far the most incredible method of hydrating skin and the body. Water is lost from the body via a lot of channels and this can be replenished to avoid any harmful effects on the body and the skin. Water in useful in four principle functions of the body – digestion, excretion, circulation and absorption. Water and other fluids keep skin moist.
Here is how to add water to the skin
- A moisturizer – after taking a bath, apply a moisturizer within 2 minutes. This will seal the moisture within. Skin being porous at this stage absorbs any product applied topically better.
- A product with hyaluronic acid is considered really good for the skin. The acid is scientifically studied for its water holding property. It can hold as much as 1000 times of its weight in water.
- Lastly, gulp as much water as you can. A minimum of 10 glasses a day should be tragetted. The consumption should go up as the weather changes. This is an easy way to keep skin cells plump.
- You can employ a skin spritzer and splash it as and when required by the skin.
Things do take time before you can see the results but it surely will.
#2. A humidifier
Different weathers affect body differently. Though humidifiers are usually associated with winters, but they can be used in summers too.
Here is how they are helpful:
- Humidifiers can be used in dry climatic regions and not just low humidity ones as is the case in winters. This makes them an apt solution for any weather dryness.
- Air conditioners can take away the moisture from your skin when the humidity levels are really high. With moisture declining, your skin is sure to turn dry and hence calls for a humidity restoring device.
- Chapped lips is a common problem faced by people who live in dry climatic conditions or are prone to air conditioning environment. Lip balms are good, but a humidifier can address the problem more effectively head on.
No skin cream can produce its effect until the skin is smooth enough. Maintain its hygiene. Do change its water every day.
#3. Gentle Skincare Products
Most of the people are habituated to over cleansing, over exfoliating their skin. This can leave the skin irritated and broken. Skin is a delicate part and should be handled delicately especially a few parts like the face. The latter is like an open invitation for germs to come and cause infection. Hence the choice of skincare products should be made wisely.
- Wash face and the body with slightly warm water and a cleanser that is mild enough for your skin.
- Massage face gently in circular motion with your fingers
- Wash well to remove all the debris and the cleanser too
- Pat it dry. Rubbing can make the skin more dry
- Apply moisturizer immedately when the skin is still damp
But for the choice of a moisturizer, you must know your skin type. Picking up the right product can only be done when you are aware of the type of skin you have.
Aging too can leave skin dry. Pick the right product to supplement the needs of the skin. One such product is lifecell all in one cream.
#4. Eat Fruits And Vegetables
Who says you can’t eat food. You can. This can be done with daily dose of fruits and veggies in your diet. Fruits and vegetables contain good amount of water proportionnal to their weight in them. When you eat them, you absorb water too. Include 1-2 juicy fruits or veggies to your meals to provide your body with water. Oatmeal, yogurt and soup are great as fluid-filled foods. These summery foods are also good at hydrating the body.
- Potassium rich hydrating foods
It is a positive electrolyte in the cells. Potassium and sodium exchange in the cells is good for the kidneys, heart and the muscles. Some of the potassium rich hydrating foods include cantaloupe and strawberries.
- Sodium rich hydrating foods
Lost via urine and sweat, but can be replaced with the right diet. A few sodium rich hydrating foods include celery (a powerful electrolyte) and soups made up of fruits and vegetables.
- Magnesium rich hydrating foods
It is a co-factor in more than 300 enzyme systems. The best and the most hydrating magnesium rich food is broccoli. There are many magnesium rich foods out there, make one for yourself.
High water content of fruit and vegetables can keep one satiated and hydrated for a long time. If for any reason you are not able to eat the recommended amount then it is good to consume it through water rich fruits and vegetables.
Some of the fruits with high water content include – apple, banana, blueberries, cherries, grapes, grapefruit, orange, peach, pineapple, raspberry, strawberry and watermeon.
#5. Natural oils
These oils have amazing hydrating abilities apart from healing properties too. A few of the oils capable of doing so include:
- Jojoba oil
An extract of jojoba seed, its composition is just like the natural oil of the skin, sebum. This makes it an amzing hydrating oil for the skin. It provides instant hydration and also makes skin radiant as a bonus.
- Rosehip Seed oil
The cold pressed oil is rich in essential fatty acids. It penetrates deeply. Even people with oily skin can use rosehip oil.
- Sweet almond oil
It moisturizes the skin and has a calming effect on an irritated skin. It is a quick penetrator that can be used to remove makeup thus saving your skin from using chemical products which can again leave your skin dehydrated.
- Olive oil
It can pepetrate deep into the skin. Apply it to a damp skin. This will ensure better absorption. Even people with oily skin can use it.
The quickest fix is hydration. Water is the first thing that comes to the mind but there are other ways too apart from this to make skin and body hydrated.
Hi! I am Tressie Dawson, a skin care expert and a blogger. Born in a family of dermatologists, my life revolves around things that are healthy and natural to keep the sanctity of our skin alive. I use my passion for writing to share my observation and experience with various skin products to make lives of my readers better.