Hydration, hydration, hydration…
It may feel as though we labour the point but it’s only because we care about you and your skin. Hydration is key to happy and healthy, smooth, soft and clear skin. The outermost later of skin requires moisture in order to flush toxins and deliver nutrients to the skin’s cells. With such an important role, it is vital that we support the process and provide our skin with as much moisture as possible.
Water provides a barrier between your skin and the elements to prevent it from drying out. Your skin cells are primarily made up of water and thus can easily lose moisture via evaporation, this leads to dry, flaky and oftentimes tight skin. Not a great look! Hydrated skin has a natural, radiant and healthy glow in total contrast to dehydrated skin which can appear cracked and papery. Drinking around 8 glasses of water a day is going to support overall hydration and subsequently that of your skin.
During the winter period it is super important that we ramp up the amount of hydration and moisture included in our products. It may be obvious that dehydrated skin will be drier but it also causes greater oil production as the skin overcompensates for the lack of moisture. More oil tends to mean more breakouts. Look out for products with hydrating ingredients: hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, pro-retinal and vitamin C as well as water based products.
Hate to break it to you but not enough water can lead to skin ageing. Skin needs moisture in order to retain its elasticity. Water is literally the tonic of youth, so if you want to stay looking younger for longer it needs to be a core component of your diet.
The longer and darker nights may inspire longer and hotter showers and baths, but these are counterproductive when trying to achieve skin hydration. Too hot water strips the skin of moisture. So instead try a warm shower and applying your moisturiser whilst skin is still wet.