Your skin is an organ.
In fact, it is the largest organ in your body, protecting you from the outside, in.
One of the simplest ways to achieve healthier skin is to drink more water – at least 8 glasses or 2 litres a day.
If your skin doesn’t receive enough water not only will it become dry, tight, and flaky; dehydrated skin often displays accelerated signs of ageing. As we age our skin’s ability to retain water and moisture decreases, so it is imperative that we incorporate good hydration habits into our daily routines.
Adequate moisture and hydration in our skin ensures our skin is strong and resilient; helping it to repair itself and bounce back from internal and external transgressors.
Moist, supple, hydrated skin for life.
Benefits of Keeping Your Skin Hydrated
Flush Out Toxins
Up to 60% of the human body is water. Staying properly hydrated is important for our body’s own complex and sophisticated detoxification system. Adequate water intake will transport toxins and waste products, efficiently removing them through urination, breathing, or sweating; in turn regulating your body temperature, lubricating joints, aiding digestion and nutrient absorption.
Water is vital to the visible and internal health of your skin. Why? Because the skin retains this hydration and utilises it to look plump, vibrant and refreshed. With proper hydration comes reduced fine lines, smaller pores, enhanced elasticity and an overall improved complexion.
Sufficient water consumption helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, making it less prone to dehydration leaving you with a radiant glow. On the flipside, when you don’t drink enough water, your skin can look tired, dull and just simply lacklustre.
Reduces Oil Production
While it may seem counterintuitive, adding hydration will help to regulate oil production. An easy mistake to make when your skin feels oily and congested is to avoid hydration with the aim to ‘dry it out’. However, the reality is far away from it.
Insufficient hydration can trigger your body to create more oil to compromise for the dryness. On the other hand, if your body and skin is better hydrated, it’s likely that your skin’s secreted oil is more dilute and that your skin itself is more “moist” or hydrated, allowing for better absorption in the outer layers.
TIPS TO IMPROVE SKIN HYDRATION
Up Your Water Intake-Internally And Topically
Try to drink at least two litres of water a day to keep skin looking refreshed and hydrated. And as a word to the wise, fluids like soft drinks don’t count while beverages like coffee acts as a diuretic which actually draws water from your body and your skin.
Humectants, emollients and occlusives are ingredients that will draw moisture to our skin and help prevent the water from evaporating, keeping our skin hydrated-think glycerin, panthenol, phospholipids, shea butter, urea and the well known hyaluronic acid.
A good skincare routine incorporating the aforementioned ingredients will assist; as does the regular consumption of water to keep the all organs; including skin internally hydrated. Meanwhile eliminating negative lifestyle habits like smoking and excess alcohol consumption can also help you avoid premature fine lines and wrinkles.
Hydrating serums and moisturisers can be prescribed precisely for your skin, browse our curated offering of the very best in skin health products or schedule a complimentary consultation with our expert therapists here.
Eat Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids
Eating foods rich in essential fatty acids including olive oil, salmon, walnuts or pumpkin seeds will help relieve dryness, keeping skin hydrated and plump by lowering the rate at which the skin loses water. Using topical skincare products with essential fatty acids can also help if you’re struggling to incorporate into your diet.
Avoid hot water for Cleansing, Bathing and Showering
Enjoy showering or taking a long bath in hot water ? You might want to reconsider; hot water strips away your skin’s natural oils; exacerbating dehydration concerns.. Stick to lukewarm or cool water to preserve your skin’s moisture levels.
Turn Down the Air Conditioner and Heater or Invest In a Humidifier
Indoor air tends to be dry as it is. Coupled with harsh air from cooling and heating systems used throughout summer and winter; minimal fresh air- or complete lack thereof in lockdown periods-has the potential to cause havoc for skin as it dehydrates and compromises the barrier function.
You can use a humidifier to increase the amount of moisture in the air to the ideal levels of 30-50 percent, relieving the feeling of dry skin.
Skin first, make up second.
The KAELON mantra is uncomplicated yet powerfully transformational.
Vital to the foundation of a glowing, radiating complexion, is healthy skin.
Everyone deserves to have great skin and it begins with an understanding of your skin. This is the first step to long-lasting skin health.
Our skin consultations are designed to assess your skin and prescribe products suitable for you. No two skins are the same, nor do we treat them as such.
We respect that everyone’s skin, lifestyle and health is different, so we create a routine suited to you. Book your consultation directly here.