Hydration for the body and skin has been hard to come by this winter. We’ve experienced freezing temperatures, snow, and wind over the last two months leading us into long hours inside with forced heat working overtime. And we are thankful for that heat!
We all have been trained to drink water to increase hydration. We carry water bottles everywhere. Eight eight ounce glasses a day to drink minimum…and more if we drink coffee or alcoholic beverages or exercise. And yet, for many of us, our skin is still dry.
So here are a couple of fresh ideas. Do your work both inside and out.
- Eat juicy fruits and vegetables. It turns out and just makes sense that the fiber found in juicy fruits and vegetables provides a slow release of water into our body as it digests. The best example I came across was watermelon.
- Chia seeds were another surprise to me as a source of hydration. From what I understand, these are even being used by athletes to maintain hydration during extreme atheletic events such a marathons. The chia seeds create a gel during digestion, again providing a slow and steady release of fluid through the body. Its purported to have little flavor and is easily added into our diet in our food or eaten on their own.
- Use topicals boosting water levels in the skin, like Hyaluronic Acid, which holds 1,000 times its weight in water! Even oily skin can be dehydrated.
- Then follow it with an emollient moistuizer that will create a barrier for the skin and hold in that hydration. Oils and salves in heavier moisturizers prevent evaporation of water through the skin. You can even add a couple of drops to your favorite lotions and creams to increase that barrier on the skin.
Our skin is the last of the organs in our body to receive moisture and nutrients. Feed your body well and apply effective skincare products for your needs.
My top picks from Purely Skin are Dermist, a pure hyaluronic acid serum, or Eminence’s new Firm Mask which contains marshmallow root to lock in hydration. Facials are an excellent remedy!