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11 Ways to Keep Your Skin Hydrated

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Skin hydration is something that many struggle with, often not realizing that this is the cause of their skin issues. The reason for this is that dehydrated skin can be quite varied in appearance – even those who have an oily skin type could still be suffering from dehydrated skin.

So, how do you know if your skin is dehydrated?

There’s a technique you can try called the pinch test, but this isn’t always accurate. Instead, common symptoms include:

  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • A dull complexion
  • Itchiness
  • Increased fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sensitivities

It goes without saying that if your skin is dehydrated, you need to take the necessary steps to keep it better hydrated. Here’s how:

Drink and Eat More Water

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Dehydration doesn’t just affect your skin – it impacts your entire body.

When dealing with an issue such as this, it’s always best to tackle it at its root. In this case, that would be the fact that your body isn’t getting enough water.

You likely already know that you should be drinking at least eight glasses of water a day. However, are you actually doing this?

It’s easy to forget, so try setting reminders on your phone. There are also a number of apps out there that you can download to help you to remember to stay hydrated.

In addition to drinking more water, you should also be trying to include more water-rich foods into your diet.

Some of the foods out there with the highest water content include:

  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Oranges
  • Melons

Not only do most of those foods contain at least 90% water, but each one is also packed with incredible antioxidants that will help your skin in so many other ways.

Use Water-Based Skin Care Products

Since dehydration means that your skin is lacking in water, you need to try to give your skin cells as much water as possible.

Skin care products themselves are usually either oil-based or water-based.

Oil-based products tend to be thicker and don’t penetrate the skin quite as deeply. They work more on the surface layers instead. However, water-based products will enter into your skin and deliver their water content directly to your skin cells.

Apply More Humectants

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Humectants are a group of ingredients that work in a very special way. They have the ability to attract moisture, meaning that when you apply them to your skin, they draw in moisture from the environment around you. This water can then be delivered to your skin cells.

There are quite a few different humectants out there, but some are much more effective than others. It goes without saying that you want to be using the best humectants possible to counter your dehydrated skin, which means looking out for the following:

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Glycerin
  • Urea
  • Alpha hydroxy acids
  • Aloe vera
  • Honey

Invest in a Humidifier

As mentioned above, humectants have the impressive ability to attract water molecules from the environment and bring them to your skin. However, what happens if the air is dry and lacking in water molecules?

In this case, the dry air will end up drawing moisture out of your skin, leaving it even more dehydrated. Things can get even worse if you’re using humectants in a dry environment – they end up attracting water from the deeper layers of your skin, but this then evaporates into the dry air around you.

The best way to prevent this from happening is by countering that dry air.

How?

With a humidifier!

This won’t just help your skin – it will also make a huge difference to the dehydration that the rest of your body is facing.

Placing a humidifier in your bedroom is usually the best way to go. This is the room in which you likely spend the longest stretch of time. However, many humidifiers are easily portable, so you can move it around the house with you throughout the day if needed.

Keep Showers Short and Lukewarm

Love languishing in a steamy hot shower?

It’s time to change that habit.

You may think that spending time in water helps to hydrate your body, but the opposite is true. Instead, a long shower, especially a hot one, is seriously dehydrating.

Not only does it cause your body to sweat out vital moisture, but it also strips the protective oil barrier from the surface of your skin. Without this, the water that’s already in your skin will start to evaporate away at a much faster rate.

Ideally, try to keep your showers to no longer than five to seven minutes. The temperature should be as cool as you can handle, rather than as hot as the tap will go.

Apply Your Moisturizer to Damp Skin

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Here’s a tip that will prove to be instantly hydrating to your thirsty skin…

The next time you reach for your moisturizer, try applying it to damp, rather than dry, skin.

Why?

Because of the way in which moisturizers work. They form a thin seal over the surface of your skin, which prevents all of the water from within your skin from evaporating.

Creating this moisturizing seal on damp skin that already contains water droplets means that those droplets will then be trapped beneath the moisturizer layer. Therefore, rather than being rubbed or evaporated away, those water molecules will be pushed deep into your skin. This gives your skin cells an extra burst of hydration.

You’ll be able to see how plump and soft your skin looks immediately after trying this tip out.

Make Use of a Hydrating Serum

People tend to place a heavy focus on moisturizers when it comes to dealing with dehydrated skin. In a way, this is rightly so, because many moisturizers are packed with ingredients that can help to treat dehydration.

However, there are also other types of skin care products out there that can hydrate your skin. One of the most effective are hydrating serums.

How does a hydrating serum differ from a hydrating moisturizer?

It all comes down to texture and consistency. Moisturizers contain much heavier and thicker ingredients than serums. These are great for hydrating the surface layers of your skin, but dehydration runs a lot deeper than this.

Even though you can’t see them, the skin cells that lie in the deeper layers of your skin are just as important than the surface skin cells. In fact, some would argue that they’re even more important, because they’re responsible for everything from cell regeneration to collagen production.

Thanks to their lightweight consistency, serums are able to penetrate deeper into the skin than moisturizers. Using a hydrating serum, in addition to a hydration moisturizer,  allows all layers of your skin to benefit from powerful hydrating skin care ingredients.

One effective hydrating serum to consider is the OROGOLD 24K Nano Night Recovery. This water-based formula is packed with multiple humectants and hydrating botanical extracts, making it one that your dehydrated skin will definitely want on its side!

Make Time for a Weekly Face Mask

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Many believe that face masks are an indulgent treat. While some don’t do much more than provide an Insta-worthy picture, others really do have the potential to transform dehydrated skin.

How?

Well, it all depends on the mask you choose, since each will be designed to tackle different skin issues. You’ll find masks dealing with everything from aging to hyperpigmentation, and, as you can imagine, hydrating masks are also a popular product.

Face masks often contain ingredients in a higher concentration than other skin care products. The way in which they are used also helps to push those ingredients deeper into the skin. Adding a weekly face mask to your life is a great way to boost your existing skin care routine.

Need some face mask inspiration?

Here are some hydrating masks to consider:

  • 24K Nano Hydra Silk Maskpacked with humectants and hydrating fruit extracts, this unique mask starts off as a cream but then transforms into liquid droplets for maximum absorption
  • 24K Rose Gold Hydro Mask – this leave-on mask is bursting with botanicals and hydrating plant oils
  • 24K Deep Tissue Rejuvenation Mask – a gel sheet mask that feels ultra-luxurious, this formula pushes a number of humectants and hydrating ingredients into the skin

Use a Gentle Cleanser, But Not Too Often

Remember how we mentioned that your skin’s outer oil layer serves to prevent your skin’s moisture from evaporating, and that hot water hinders that?

Well, it’s not just hot water that damages that vital layer…

Another common culprit is the skin care products you use, most notably cleansers.

What’s the issue?

Many cleansers are formulated with harsh ingredients that strip away those natural protective oils. This may be great for those with overly oily skin that isn’t dehydrated, but spells disaster for anyone with dehydrated skin.

A gentle cleanser is an absolute must. Look for a formula that also contains healing and regenerative ingredients, such as the OROGOLD 24K Vitamin C Facial Cleanser.

However, even if you’re using the gentlest cleanser out there, it’s important not to over-cleanse. Yes, this applies even to those who have oily skin.

As mentioned, oily skin can still be dehydrated. Dehydration refers to a lack of moisture, which is completely different from the oil that you’re experiencing on your skin’s surface. In fact, dehydration can actually trigger the skin into producing an excess amount of oil to try to compensate for the lack of moisture available.

If your skin is dehydrated, avoid cleansing more than once a day, no matter your skin type.

Regularly Exfoliate

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You’re probably thinking…

Surely exfoliation makes dehydrated skin even worse?

Well, in some cases, yes. Using a harsh exfoliant that damages your skin’s outer protective layer isn’t going to do your skin any favors.

However, a mild and gentle exfoliant is still important. All of those thick dead skin cells building up on the surface of your skin will be preventing your skin care products from properly penetrating in. All of those hydrating cleansers, serums, and moisturizers that you use won’t be able to work their magic unless you also regularly exfoliate.

The key when it comes to exfoliating dehydrated skin is keeping things gentle.

Use a mild chemical exfoliant, rather than a scrub. The OROGOLD 24K Multi-Vitamin Deep Peeling + Mandelic Acid is a good example – mandelic acid is a very gentle chemical exfoliant that will slowly dissolve dead skin cells without damaging your skin’s protective barrier.

Don’t Forget to Wear Sunscreen

You already know that heat from a hot shower can exacerbate dehydrated skin, but other forms of heat damage do this too.

When it comes to the sun, UVA rays are the ones to blame. Not only do they dehydrate the skin, but they also greatly accelerate the skin aging process. As a result, the skin becomes thinner, which makes it even more susceptible to dehydration.

Fortunately, the answer is simple…

Prevent those UVA rays from damaging your skin by making sure that any exposed skin is covered with a sunscreen. Ideally, go for a broad-spectrum formula, as this will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.

Make sure that you are actually applying enough sunscreen to provide adequate protection. Don’t forget to reapply every few hours throughout the day too.

This may seem a bit much to some, but preventing UV skin damage will not only help to save you from dehydration, but it will also keep your skin smoother, softer, and wrinkle-free.

Say Hello to Happy and Hydrated Skin

Sometimes, figuring out that dehydration is the reason behind the skin issues you’ve been facing is what takes the longest amount of time. Once you’ve worked this out, you’re then on the right track to turning things around and keeping your skin better hydrated.

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ACHIEVING RADIANT, HEALTHY SKIN

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A healthy, radiant complexion can often seem impossible to obtain, but this really does not need to be the case. From exfoliation to nutrition, here are a few tips to help you to achieve the skin of your dreams.

 

Exfoliation 

Exfoliation is essential when it comes to a healthy complexion, and the key here is to be consistent when it comes to the amount that you exfoliate. Exfoliation sloughs away the dead skin cells that settle on the surface of the skin, which hugely contribute to a rough and dull complexion. This allows the fresh, young skin cells beneath to be revealed, while speeding up cell turnover, which is the rate at which new skin cells are created. There are a number of different methods of exfoliation, each with its own set of advantages, so even if one method has not worked for you, try researching the others to find what works best for your skin.

 

Brighten Up 

While exfoliation is great for removing dead skin cells, the fresh skin cells underneath can also often do with a bit of a boost. There are many ingredients that can help with brightening the skin, but vitamin C is one of the best, as this can help with everything from age spots to sun damage. Vitamin C can be found in many different products, from serums to moisturizers, but try to choose one that combines it with other antioxidants for maximum benefit.

 

Hydration 

Hydrated skin cells look plump and fresh, while dehydrated ones take on a dull, dry appearance. Even if you do not feel as though your body is dehydrated, it is extremely possible that your skin could do with a boost of hydration. To begin with, ensure that your body is sufficiently hydrated from within, by drinking plenty of water and eating a diet that is high in moisture-rich foods. You should also be hydrating your skin from the outside, using a hydrating moisturizer and hydrating facial masks at night.

 

Nutrition 

The ingredients that you put into your body have a direct impact on the health of your skin, and while a healthy and balanced diet is key to radiant skin, there are certain skin-boosting foods in particular that you could be eating more of. Blueberries are one of these, as this antioxidant-rich fruit is bursting with vitamin A and C, and can help to clear acne and uneven patches on the skin. Kiwis are great for preventing wrinkles, while dark chocolate with a high flavenol content can keep skin hydrated while protecting it from sun damage. Salmon is another food that is great to add to your diet, as it is extremely rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which really nourish the skin, while avocados can really help when it comes to anti-aging.

 

A radiant, glowing complexion does not come naturally to many people, and does require a bit of work. From keeping your skin constantly hydrated to knowing which foods to eat, these tips are easy to follow and will make a huge difference to the health of your skin.

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HOW YOUR SKIN CHANGES WITH AGE

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As you pass through each decade of your life, your skin will experience several different changes. In order to properly care for your skin and give it all it needs, it is important to be aware of how your skin changes with age, and recognize these changes as they begin to occur.

Your 30s

As you progress into your 30s, you will begin to notice a few fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear. Your cell turnover will also start to slow down, meaning that your skin may not seem quite as fresh and plump as it did in your 20s. Since the eye area is often the first to show visible signs of aging, investing in a quality eye cream is essential at this stage, while an increase in antioxidants, both internally as well as topically, will help to fight the free radicals that speed up aging.

Your 40s

By the time you reach your 40s, estrogen levels will have drastically declined, and this will affect many different aspects of your skin, from its firmness and elasticity to its moisture levels. Your lymphatic system will also start to slow down, which impacts the way in which your skin eliminates toxins, and can cause puffiness around the eyes. A gentle facial massage can help to move this lymphatic fluid around, while a richer moisturizer will help to combat the dryness that comes from the lack of estrogen. If you do not already do so, you should also begin to use facial masks on a regular basis, as this will give your skin an intense dose of hydration and nutrients.

Your 50s

With 30% less natural moisture in your skin cells once you are in your 50s, your skin will now be noticeably drier, thinner and flakier, making dedicated day and night creams extremely beneficial. At this stage in life, your skin is simply unable to hold on to moisture for very long, which is why you need to be constantly providing it with this. Dark spots and patches of pigmentation will also become more visible, usually on your hands and other parts of your skin that have been most exposed to the sun, but products containing vitamin C and retinol can really help to fade these.

Your 60s

Once you reach your 60s, the key focus here is on boosting your circulation, as this will have dramatically slowed down and will be giving your skin a duller appearance. Regular exercise will go a long way in helping to boost circulation, while also keeping the rest of your body healthy and preventing many diseases.

In order to care for your skin in the way that it needs, you need to be aware of all of the changes that it experiences as you age. From the added antioxidants in your 30s to the constant moisturizing in your 50s and beyond, vigilant skin care habits can really help to prevent many of the visible signs of aging.

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DEALING WITH “MIDDLE AGE” ACNE

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Acne is considered to be a chronic skin condition, which results in intermittent flare-ups, with the same factors that contribute to adolescent acne also affecting adults. While the exact causes of “middle age” acne are still relatively unknown, there are several ways in which you can cut back on the frequency and severity of your flare-ups, and keep your acne under control.

Stress Levels

Higher levels of stress during the “middle age” period of life is extremely common, but, when you are stressed, your adrenal gland sends the stress hormone, cortisol, to go shooting around your body in order to deal with the stress. Each time it does so, it also releases a small amount of testosterone, which then stimulates the oil glands to produce more oil, leading to acne. There are several different ways that you can go about managing your stress levels, from physical exercise to yoga to finding a relaxing hobby, so take the time to ensure that you are able to manage your stress on a regular basis.

Diet

Your diet can have a huge effect on adult acne, and while the larger studies may have had a difficult time proving which exact foods play a part in this, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence out there. Some may find themselves breaking out after eating chocolate, while others may experience this after eating fried foods, so it may be worth taking a close look at your diet, and seeing if certain foods correlate with your breakouts. However, sugar is one food that is known to lead to an increase in breakouts, as this raises insulin levels which then triggers the oil-producing hormones, so if your diet is filled with plenty of sugar, then now is the time to re-evaluate this.

Hormonal Fluctuations

Acne flare-ups can be quickly brought on by hormonal fluctuations, and while these may be difficult to control, there may be some factors playing into this that you are not aware of. The birth control pill is known for being able to prevent acne, as it regulates the hormones, and if you are only taking this for three weeks out of the month, then you may notice breakouts around the time that you stop taking the pill. To prevent this, it is possible to take your pill continuously throughout the year, although you should speak to your doctor before beginning to do so.

Studies have shown that over 70% of adults will experience acne at some point between the ages of 20 and 50, and that women are much more susceptible to this than men. While this may seem like a frightening statistic, following these tips will help you to keep any acne to a minimum.