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Hydrating your skin

Hydration is something our skin needs all year round, but as temperatures drop and we battle the elements, it’s more important than ever. If you want hydrated, glowing skin this season, read on. 

Skin that’s lacking moisture will struggle to achieve a natural glow. Symptoms of dehydrated skin include a dull complexion, prominent dark circles around your eyes, itchiness, puffy eyes and noticeable appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Thankfully, there are plenty of super simple ways to stay hydrated. Of course, I’m going to let you into all of my secrets. 

Drink plenty of water 

It’s simple but effective. The first step to hydrating your skin is to hydrate your body; without enough water, you’ll always get the symptoms of dehydrated skin no matter how many products you use. Aim for at least 8 glasses of water each day. 

Opt for hydrating skincare products 

Choosing water-based products comes highly recommended when your skin is dehydrated. Products that can penetrate through your skin and deliver the hydration your skin needs are a vital part of our ritual. Look out for the following ingredients: 

Matrixyl – Matrixyl is a powerful peptide that is much loved in the skincare industry. Matrixyl’s small molecules help to heal and regenerate our skin, aiding us to maintain a healthy level of collagen and elastin, which in turn, helps us to stay hydrated. Plus, stronger skin means less chance of becoming damaged by external factors such as pollution and sun damage. 

Glycerin – as a firm favourite in the beauty industry, glycerin’s hydrating properties can help to relieve your skin from feeling itchy and dry. Because glycerin is a humectant, it works by attracting moisture from the environment onto the surface of your skin. 

Urea – Another favourite in the dermatologic world is urea. This powerful ingredient works to loosen and break down hardened protein, relieving your skin of itchiness and any rough patches. 

Ceramides – You can think of ceramides as the cement that supports bricks. Ceramides create and repair your skin’s barrier, which in turn retains moisture and prevents water loss. 

SPF, always! 

If you know me, you’ll know I’m big on SPF all year round. Even though days in the sun are behind us for the year, we still need SPF. Reach for a broad-spectrum sunscreen to prevent UVA and UVB skin damage each day. Sun exposure will dehydrate your skin and break down elastic and collagen even during autumn and winter. The solution? SPF every single day. 

Incorporate water-rich foods into your diet 

Eating foods that contain mostly water can be just as hydrating for your skin as drinking H2O. Consuming water-dense fruit and veggies such as watermelon, celery, berries, and cucumber is good news for your skin! 

Exfoliate regularly 

If your skin is looking dull and tired, exfoliation is essential. There’s no use in stocking up on the latest hydrating products if you’re not preparing your skin effectively. We need to exfoliate to remove the dead skill cells from the top layer of our skin, this way, they’ll no longer serve as a barrier to our hydrating products. 

Reach for a hydrating mist 

The best time to apply moisturiser is when your skin is still moist. So, before you apply your favourite moisturiser post-cleanse, incorporate a hydrating mist into your skincare ritual. Using a spray of a hydrating facial mist will make your moisturiser more effective. 

Skincare doesn’t have to be overcomplicated. As I said, hydrating your skin is simple, you just need to be consistent. If you have any questions, get in touch via my Instagram or book in for a FREE online consultation, and I will share my wisdom. Happy hydrating! 

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