Skin moisture 101
The stratum corneum is the outermost layer of your skin, and it's where the moisture in your skin resides. Moisturising helps to keep this layer supple and prevent dehydration.
As we age, our bodies produces less oil that keeps this protective barrier hydrated, which can lead to dryness and flakiness. By using moisturisers regularly, at least once a day, you'll keep this vital layer protected from environmental damage while also reducing fine lines or wrinkles.
The importance of hydration to skin health
You probably know that hydration is important to the health of your body, but did you know it's also essential for healthy skin? Skin is made up of about 80% water. If your skin isn't getting enough water, it can lead to dryness and flaking, which can be uncomfortable.
In addition to being affected by environmental factors like temperature and humidity, your skin's hydration level depends on lifestyle choices such as how much water you drink each day, whether or not you exercise regularly, what type of foods you eat, getting enough sleep at night, etc.
Signs of dehydration in skin
The signs of dehydration in skin are:
- Dry, rough or flaky skin. This can be especially noticeable on the hands and feet.
- Skin that feels tight and stretched when you press your fingers into it.
- Itchy or red patches of skin that may also be inflamed because of allergies or irritation from dryness. The face is particularly prone to this type of problem because it's exposed to so much moisture loss due to things like makeup removal, sweating and even just regular day-to-day activities like washing your face in the morning!
What to look for in a hydrating skincare routine
When you're looking for a hydrating skincare routine, look for products that contain hyaluronic acid and ceramides. Hyaluronic acid is a natural humectant that helps to attract moisture from the air into your skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce redness and swelling in the skin. Ceramides are lipids found naturally in our bodies as part of our outermost layer. These lipids help to keep water inside our cells so they don't evaporate out into the atmosphere as easily, this is why they're so important when it comes to keeping your skin hydrated!
Other key ingredients include glycerin, natural oils like jojoba oil, amino acids like proline which improves elasticity while reducing fine lines and wrinkles by boosting collagen production.
Hyaluronic acid for skin hydration
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the human body. It's also one of the key components of skin hydration and helps to keep the skin plump and hydrated.
It can be used topically to help hydrate the skin, but it's also important to add it to your diet. Sacred Glow Co.'s Marine Collagen contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin c which help with skin hydration and moisture.
Dry skin remedies
- Use a hydrating cleanser. A good rule of thumb is that if your skin feels tight after washing, it's time to switch up your routine.
- Use a hydrating toner. If you're not using one already, it's time to start! This can help balance out the pH level of your skin by making sure it doesn't get too high or low, which can lead to irritation. Apply it after washing your face, before applying moisturiser.
- Apply a moisturiser daily. You may think this is obvious but many people forget to moisturise their skin daily, this is a step you should never skip! Apply at least once a day, but preferably apply it every morning and every night before going to bed. It's good to use an extra thick moisturiser during the night for maximum hydration.
Tips for a healthy, hydrated skin
- Drink plenty of water.
- Use a hydrating moisturiser.
- Use a hydrating serum.
- Use a hydrating mask.
- Use a hydrating eye cream and lip balm on your lips.
- Add marine collagen to your daily routine.
We hope that this article has helped you understand the importance of hydration for skin health and how to keep your skin hydrated. As we've discussed, dehydration can lead to dry, flaky skin and even cause inflammation. But with proper care and attention, you can prevent these problems from happening!