Our bodies are made up of up to 60% water. Whether it is a hot summer’s day or a cold winter’s evening, our body and skin is always losing water. We can easily become dehydrated during physical activities like a gym workout or a yoga session as we lose water through sweating and urinating and to keep the balance we must keep our body fuelled with water. Adults should be consuming at least 2 litres of water per day, as well as eating a balanced diet of food that contain water like fruit and vegetables.
However, many environmental factors can also contribute to loss of water from your skin like air-conditioning and heating as well as being out in the sunshine or a cold day; whether it’s a walk or a day out, our skin can lose water quickly. As well as making sure you keep your body and skin hydrated internally, you can always create or adjust your skincare routine to include products that help rehydrate your skin. Adding hydration to your skin can help boast radiance, plump the skin and allow the skin to look and feel its best.
I want to share how I look after my body and skin by keeping it hydrated inside and out.
Firstly, lets talk about diet and what we are putting into our bodies. Some days it can be so easy to reach for the coffee and before you know it, you’ve had 4 cups. Too much caffeine can cause you to pop to the bathroom more than usual, which won’t directly make you dehydrated but you will need to remember to drink more water after you have urinated. If you don’t then this can lead to dehydration. If you can, try to limit your caffeine intake to a maximum of two cups and switch to naturally caffeine free herbal teas like, peppermint, camomile or roobios tea. These are my go-to when I want to switch up my afternoon or evening hot drink.
Try to limit your sugar intake as well as oily and processed foods. Keeping a healthy diet can ensure your body is getting all the goodness from vitamins and minerals as well as water into your body. Encourage a balanced diet that includes fruit and vegetables like strawberry, cantaloupe melon, lettuce, banana, cucumber and green peppers amongst others. These simple changes in your everyday routine can help keep you hydrated, healthier and happier too!
Lets talk about skincare. Creating a new skincare routine or altering/ growing a skincare collection can be expensive, especially if you are trying new products. I always get asked how I know what products to use. I spend a lot time researching products and where possible I purchase travel size products and receive samples to try the products out first. It is always a risk trying a new product for many reasons like an allergic reactions and the product not showing any visible changes. However, one thing I have learnt over the many years of working with and using skincare is that you must give a product a chance. Our skin is always changing depending on all of the above things I mentioned; environmental factors, diet, a basic skincare routine etc. When you try a product for the first time, your skin needs a good few weeks to get used to it and allow the skin to adjust to the changes before seeing the desired effects of a product. Now that doesn’t mean you won’t experience a bad product because its inevitable that you will come across a product or two that just doesn’t work for you.
Things I think about when reaching for products to keep my skin hydrated, radiant and plump are the following:
Some of the products I recommend to keep your skin hydrated are:
You will be surprised how quickly you can get into a routine when you incorporate new products and even when you make small changes to your diet and daily routine.
What products do you reach for to help keep your skin looking and feeling radiant and hydrated?
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