4 Healthy Habits to Keep Your Skin Hydrated
Proper hydration is important for overall healthy body functions. Your skin also benefits from good hydration. The obvious way to keep enough fluid in your system is to drink plenty of water. The standard 8 glasses of water (about 2 liters) or half of your body weight in ounces a day is a great place to start, but there are other ways to keep your body properly hydrated.
There are plenty of foods that can fulfill your fluid requirements and provide you with healthy nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. Some fruits that have high water content are watermelon, grapefruit, cantaloupe, pineapple, pomegranate and berries. Berries not only contain juice to hydrate you, but also have high antioxidant levels and Vitamin-C to protect your skin. Vegetables like cucumbers, celery, iceberg lettuce and tomatoes have water content of 95% and higher.
Outside of eating habits, other good tips to follow include:
- Take a shower in warm water instead of hot. Limit your time to no longer than 15 minutes and don’t forget to moisturize your body from head to toe after showering to keep your skin healthy and soft.
- Protect your skin with a good sunscreen that contains Titanium Dioxide to reflect harmful UV rays. This will limit skin dehydration. Remember, you need to apply sunscreen 20 minutes prior to going outside and reapply every 2 hours when you’re exposed to sunlight.
- Avoid alcohol because it acts as a diuretic. Alcohol increases urine volume, causing you to use the bathroom—meaning the water leaves your system instead of hydrating your organs. Coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks are considered mild diuretics.
- Use a moisturizer or serum that contains vitamins and emollients like Glycerin, Dimethicone, Vegetal Squalane and antioxidants. They work by forming a layer on the surface of the skin, trapping in water. Two of our top moisturizing products are Glytone rebalancing lotion and Obagi Hydrate, both available at any of our office locations.
If you are unsure about your skin health, visit one of our Belleza Skin Care Institute locations to speak with a qualified esthetician or dermatologist.