Did you know your skin contains 30% water? The skin’s outer layer, the stratum corneum, is responsible for protecting skin against the elements. It also reacts to changes in the environment and is capable of absorbing moisture to improve its hydration. This is why skin tends to swell in response to humid environments, like after a shower. Hydrated skin is also more permeable, which boosts overall skin health and elasticity. So with the warmer weather on the way, how do we keep skin healthy and hydrated this summer?
Drink plenty of water
Dehydration is so detrimental to skin, yet relatively easy to put right. Regardless of your skin type, you’ll see surprising results with some simple H20 treatment. Drink plenty of water but ditch the diuretics like tea and coffee. Many people assume they drink lots of water, when in fact they drink lots of caffeine. Caffeine acts as a diuretic which will only contribute to you losing more water and result in dry skin in the long run.
Drinking enough water on a daily basis can be as beneficial to skin as applying a topical moisturiser . Aim for at least 1.5 litres of water a day.
Nourish skin from the inside out
Many foods have a naturally high water content. Watermelon is 92% water and one of the most hydrating foods you can eat, but strawberries, tomatoes and cucumber are also delicious, water-rich foods that are really easy to add to your diet.
Generally speaking, a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, will help to nourish your skin from within, and the essential fats found in seeds and nuts can help to prevent dry, flaky skin and may prove useful in the treatment of eczema.
Be picky about your products
Always wear a good SPF irrespective of what the weather is doing. UV cannot be seen or felt. It is not like the sun’s light which we see, or the sun’s warmth (infrared radiation) which we feel. Because we can’t sense UV radiation, we won’t know it has damaged our skin until it’s too late.
Collagen is also hugely important. It makes up approximately 75% of the dermis, the layer beneath the skin’s surface, giving skin strength and the smooth, plump appearance we associate with young, healthy skin.
Hyaluronic acid is often referred to as nature’s moisturiser because it binds with water to hydrate skin, in effect, moisturising skin from within. Although the body produces its own hyaluronic acid, it produces less with age, in which case a hyaluronic acid supplement may help.
And a topical moisturiser applied daily can help to keep skin hydrated and healthy, and reduce dryness. We love the new 24 Hour Hydrating Facial Cream from Weleda . With aloe vera juice and prickly pear extract, this long-lasting moisturiser absorbs quickly and leaves skin looking healthy, feeling softer and plumped with hydration. Safflower seed oil, sunflower seed oil and skin-smoothing shea butter provide additional long-term moisture support.
A mattifying 24 Hour Hydrating Facial Lotion , perfect for combination skin, is also available for an equally hydrated, shine-free finish.
1.Palma L, Marques LT, Bujan J, Rodrigues LM. Dietary water affects human skin hydration and biomechanics . Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol . 2015 Aug 3;8:413-421. doi:10.2147/CCID.S86822