Are you hydrating your skin the right way? Our skin, on average, contains 64% water, making skin hydration the key to maintaining a healthier skin and appearance. In other words, you will get a smoother skin texture when hydrating your skin correctly and regularly!
We often hear the terms moisturizing and hydrating skin and use them interchangeably. But they also have differences. Moisturizer helps with retaining water that is already inside your skin cell, while hydration adds extra water into your skin, like a pumper. Applying both would secure the skin condition in its best way.
Want to check whether you have dehydrated skin? Here are some simple tips for recognizing dehydrated skin:
- Although dehydrated skin could be either dry or oily, overall it feels tight
- As the skin lacks water, it will look duller or darker and could gain wrinkles easily.
- It is prone to inflammation, congestion, and breakouts.
- Frequent itchiness
- Sensitive skins
- Dry mouth and puffy eyes
Already have symptoms of dehydrated skin? No worries at all! There’re specific ways to recover your skin condition. Just keep the following dos and don’ts in mind:
1. Apply night cream and face masks
Night creams and face masks contain water-based and other hydrating ingredients that bring back the moisture within your skin. They are great ways to prevent fine lines and dark circles.
SOMA + SOUL’s GAIA face masks contain ingredients like cucumber water, pumpkin oil, and avocado oil which are great sources of skin hydration.
2. Use products with hydrating ingredients
Hydrating ingredients like oils and water are key to secure skin hydration and making you look younger.
SOMA+SOUL’s ASTREA is an oil-based make-up remover that purifies your skin while hydrating and balancing the skin’s pH level. Mastic oil is great for anti-aging, chamomile brings up a smoother skin, and olive oil works for cell renewal, boosting your skin’s water-retaining ability.
3. Drink enough water
While applying moisturizer is important, it is also essential to add enough water to your diet and daily life. When your body lacks water, your skin will lack water as well.
4. Use humidifier
The environment you are living in is also influential to your skin condition, especially in dry winter. If you feel dry in the atmosphere, use a humidifier to add more humidity to the air to prevent harming your skin.
5. Applying Sunscreen EVERY DAY
Sunlight is a huge source of skin dehydration and aging. A broad-spectrum sunscreen could effectively prevent UV from damaging your skin.
1. Don’t use chemicals and detergents
Chemicals and detergents are harmful and aggressive ingredients that will damage the skin by reducing its water-retaining ability.
2. Avoid taking long showers with extreme temperatures
I know bathroom and shower are really relaxing, but hours of showers in extreme temperatures will wash away the moisture contents and essential skin oils, which may lead to dehydration.
3. Keep away from AC for a long period
Air conditioning reduces humidity in the atmosphere. This lack of humidity damages the moisture barriers, causing skin dehydration. Avoid staying in rooms with AC for a long time.
The previous tips could be easily followed, but using the right product can get your skin shining faster. One thing to keep in mind is to use the products that work the best for your skin type. If you are sensitive skin, apply the sensitive skin-save products. Applying cream-textured moisturizer is the best for dry to normal skin, while oily skin should choose a lighter moisturizer.
Learned something new? Start hydrating your skin today!