Skin hydration is very important. It's important because without it, a host of skin problems and issues can arise. Dehydration will likely lead to dullness, wrinkles, itchiness, tightness or loss of firmness, and inflammation. Two of the most fundamental steps for nourishing your skin are hydration and moisturization. If you skip these steps long enough it can cause serious consequences for your skin.
Here are the most effective ways to keep your skin hydrated for good:
1. Turn down the heat
During chilly days high indoor heat temperatures, saunas, steamy showers and hot baths might feel good in the moment but can lead to excessively dry skin including redness and itching. Bathwater that is too hot depletes your skin's natural oils, causing it to dry out faster than it normally would.
2. Pat oil
Your natural skin care routine should always include this last step: pat oil. This will help the moisturizer absorb into your skin while your face oil seals it in and adds an extra layer of nourishment.
3. Avoid ingredients that cause dryness.
One reason your skin may be feeling dry is because your cleanser may be too strong and is stripping away too much of your natural oils. To have healthy, glowy skin, you do need to wash your face twice a day, but the trick is avoiding ingredients that strip your skin of moisture. Here are five ingredients you must absolutely avoid:
- Sulfates (also called sodium laureth sulfate or SLS)
- Benzoyl Peroxide
- Alcohols (denatured alcohol)
- Artificial dyes
4. Only cleanse twice a day
As the saying goes less is more. Over cleansing your face may dry out your skin. When this happens, the skin panics and craves moisture so its sebum ends up working in overdrive, producing too much oil which can cause (more) acne.
We highly recommend cleansing balms because they're great for nourishing dry skin and they're also effective for oily skin types as oil attracts oils, so they help to remove any excess. The cleansing power of Quillaja Saponaria extracts combined with the vitamin-rich purifying powers of Coconut, Dilo, Moringa oils and the flowering herb Soapwort in Pure Fiji's Coconut Cleansing Balm uses oils to break down makeup, dirt, SPF, sweat, excess oils, and other impurities that might be on the skin.
5. Apply moisturizer on damp skin
Avoid completely drying your skin after cleansing. You'll reap the rewards of your face moisturizers more if you apply them while your skin is still damp because damp skin absorbs the product more readily. This helps to ensure the moisturizer you apply will pull that water in so your skin can "drink" it.
6. Harness the power of virgin coconut oil
Coconut oil helps bolster your skin's protective barrier layer, trapping moisture inside and keeping skin supple and hydrated.
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- 6 oz Coconut Cleanser
- 39 oz Coconut Toner
- 7 oz Hydrating Day Cream
- 50ml Dilo Masque
7. Wear cream-based sunscreen
A cream-based sunscreen offers moisturizing effects which protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. A good sunscreen will protect you from both UVA and UVB. The higher the SPF, the better.
8. Switch to a heavier moisturizer at bedtime
In addition to applying a hydrating moisturizer right after cleansing, it's recommended the moisturizer used at night be on the heavier side. Look for an emollient moisturizer like Pure Fiji's Hydrating Multi-Active Creme that contains ingredients like glycerin, Ngi grass, oils rich in antioxidants.
9. Exfoliate weekly
It might seem counterintuitive, but exfoliating will actually keep your skin moisturized. Getting rid of dead skin calls can help improve clogged pores, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles but more importantly regular exfoliation can also allow skincare products like serums and moisturizers to better penetrate the skin.
10. Use a hydrating mask overnight
If your skin is severely dehydrated, Pure Fiji's Dilo and Coconut Hydrating Masque uses active ingredients to help your skin retain moisture. It is rich in Dilo oil and Ngi grass which will rejuvenate skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
11. Use a hydrating toner
Alcohol-based toners should never go in your shopping cart. They are designed to be antiseptic, but they also dry out the skin and cause inflammation and irritation in the long run. Instead look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid that help to hydrate the skin and keep it quenched.
12. Eat more antioxidant-rich foods
Dull skin and pigmentation caused by sun exposure can also be reduced with an antioxidant-rich diet.
13. Avoid dehydrating drinks and foods
Processed foods, excessive caffeine and alcohol all contribute to systemic dehydration. If you're a coffee drinker do your best to drink two cups of water for every cup of coffee.
To keep your skin healthy, hydrated, young looking, and wrinkle-free, your natural skin care products can't do all the heavy lifting. Stay consistent in your skincare routine, eat water-rich foods, and practice healthy lifestyle habits to help you enjoy hydrated, healthy skin all year round.