Skincare tips: 3 ways to quench my thirsty skin
Your skin constantly needs hydrating, but sometimes your lotions and potions aren't enough. To kiss goodbye to blotchy, tight, itchy, dry skin for once and for all, here are three tried and tested thirst-quenching skincare tips.
If your skin feels leathery or looks dull and lined, it means it's become dehydrated by external factors - pollution, smoke, cold etc. Moisturizing treatments such as creams, face masks and serum can protect skin from the elements and soothe the epidermis by capturing and keeping water on its surface. Creams rich in hydrating ingredients restore and enhance skin's natural water retention process, thereby preventing dehydration and dry skin. Applying a hydrating face mask before bed will deeply nourish your epidermis. As for serums, they boost the moisturizing action of creams or serums. If you do not like them, you can try the new L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro-Essence which penetrates 10 layers deep into your skin to hydrate it from within. It has active ingredients like Salicylic Acid which accelerates skin renewal & mildly exfoliates to refine pores & skin texture and leaves you with a glowing, bright and crystal clear skin. It has a watery texture that absorbs quickly in your skin and deeply moisturizes it to give the much-needed softness and suppleness to your skin.
A healthy, balanced diet provides enough lipids for skin hydration. However, sometimes your skin needs an extra helping hand, particularly during winter when it has to confront harsh weather. It that's the case, you should add some fat to your diet. A bit of butter on your toast at breakfast, a couple of spoonful of oil in your salad dressing or cooking water, or drizzle some oil on a filet of fish. Nut and rapeseed oil are packed with omega 3, while grape seed oil contains other essential fatty acids. These oils are bursting with essential fatty acids and vitamin E, all of which hydrate the upper layers of the epidermis and, thanks to their antioxidant content, zap free radicals.
You need to drink water for skin hydration. Even if you don't think your skin is directly benefiting from this, rest assured that hydrating it from the inside works a treat. Our bodies lose around one and a half litres of water a day, so it's important you replenish your stocks. Drinking one glass of water per hour will do the trick. And 'water' means not only flat or fizzy versions but also fruit and herbal teas. Green tea is a great option as it contains numerous skin-friendly antioxidants. So if you hydrate from both inside and out, you'll find that your skin remains beautifully moisturized.
It is necessary to keep a check on your body hydration that has a direct effect on your skin’s glow and look. Along with a healthy diet, lots of water intake and reduction of alcohol and smoke, you can also use products that further nourishes your skin and leaves it moisturized and soft.