Summer weather can leave our skin looking dull, flaky and not-so-youthful. It’s common for people to suffer from dehydrated skin this time of year, especially with travel and outdoor activities in the mix. When our skin lacks moisture, it shows. Dehydration slows down cellular turnover, leaving you with an excess of dead skin cells on the surface. Wrinkles and rough patches increase in visibility and skin loses its plumpness. Your skin may also be more sensitive than usual and feel itchy and tight.
The tips below will help rehydrate your skin and restore its natural beauty.
1. Avoid Hot Water
Shower and wash your face with lukewarm water. Hot water dehydrates skin and increases sensitivity.
2. Boost Water Consumption
Increase your water and tea intake to plump up the skin and promote rehydration.
3. Use Gentle Products
When skin is dehydrated, it may appear more oily than usual. This prompts many to use a harsher, drying cleanser. This is a no-no; you need to impart moisture, not strip the skin of its natural oils. Use gentle products and avoid those made with parabens and harsh chemicals.
4. Limit Exfoliation
If your skin is dehydrated, slow down on exfoliation and only use gentle products. Your skin cells take 25 days to turnover; dehydrated skin takes even longer. Over-exfoliation can cause significantly increased sensitivity, redness and breakouts.
5. Skip the Brush
You may love your facial exfoliation brush, but it can seriously exacerbate dry, dehydrated skin. Skip it during the dry summer months.
6. Hydrate with Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that retains water and keeps tissue lubricated. This humectant works as an absolute moisture magnet for your skin. Our Ultra Hyaluronic Cream contains ingredients that have been shown to boost moisture by 300 percent! Work it into your routine to bring back hydration and a natural glow.
7. Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol
Both caffeine and alcohol are diuretics that significantly dehydrate your skin and body. Alcohol also slows production of vasopressin, a hormone that is critical for rehydration. Limit intake as much as possible.
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