We all know the telltale signs of dry skin. From itchy elbows to a dull complexion and skin that doesn’t seem to bounce back the way it used to, it all boils down to a need to moisturize your skin. Moisture is what gives skin its youthful plumpness and healthy glow, so when it’s depleted, the signs are written all over your face.
No matter how careful you are, sometimes there’s no way to completely prevent the effects of moisture-robbing events like harsh weather and adding another candle on your birthday cake. Put back the moisture you’ve lost by following these tips for visible results.
1. Drink Up to Better Moisturize Your Skin
We know, we know: You don’t need another article that tells you to drink water. Unfortunately, however, dehydration is one of the fastest ways to dry out your skin and see the effects of rapid aging. Increasing your water intake is hands down the simplest, cheapest way to put back some of the moisture you’ve lost. Drinking gallons of water can definitely get boring, so switch up your hydration routine with herbal tea, flavored water, or kombucha, and reward yourself with a new water bottle that gets you excited to get your sip on.
2. Rearrange Your Routine
Knowing how and when to apply products is almost as important to hydration as the products you’re using. Did you know, for instance, that hyaluronic acid serums should be applied to damp skin? And when it comes to order of operations, remember this rule of thumb: Always apply products from thinnest to thickest (serums first, then heavier creams). You might find that simply changing the order of your skincare routine yields a big difference in your ability to moisturize your skin and visibly improve its overall appearance.
3. Support Your Skin Barrier
Your skin barrier is one of the most important components when it comes to preserving a youthful glow. As you age, spend too much time in the sun, or use harsh products, your skin barrier (the outer layer of your skin that helps prevent water loss) can become damaged, causing you to lose moisture more rapidly than before. Protect your skin barrier by utilizing gentle products that contain barrier-nurturing ingredients.
Our DeepMoisture Recovery Whip contains TripleBiotics (prebiotics and postbiotics]s) shown to support the skin barrier (for more on TripleBiotics, click here). It rapidly moisturizes the skin, plus helps reduce the look of wrinkles and visibly improves skin elasticity and radiance.
4. Eat for Hydration
Drinking plenty of water is only half the battle when it comes to replenishing the moisture in your skin. Your diet can affect your skin barrier, so consume foods that help lock in moisture and contribute to better skin. Foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E are nutrition powerhouses for hydration, so nosh on nuts or order fish the next time you’re eating out. Coconut oil and olive oil are both high in vitamin E, so add them into your next stir fry or add a spoonful to your favorite dip to support your skin and add flavor.
5. Skip Harsh Soap
Soap can be one of the biggest culprits in stripping your skin barrier and leaving your skin defenseless against harsh weather and environmental damage. Soaps usually contain detergents like sodium lauryl sulfates, which are great for suds but not so great for delicate skin. Add moisture back by skipping the soap and opting for more gentle, hydration-friendly ways to cleanse.
Oil cleansing, where you smooth oil over your skin to break down dirt and grime, is a great way to seal in extra moisture while getting rid of the day’s makeup. Or, opt for micellar water when your skin feels dry; it cleanses without soap. If you simply don’t feel clean without a face wash in your routine, look for SLS-free cleansers designed to be gentle. If we might make a suggestion, try ComfortBead™ Cleanser. It gently cleanses and exfoliates and was formulated from the very beginning to not dry out the skin.