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Have you ever been so thirsty to the extent you feel your throat is going to crack from how dry it is? That feeling is relatable to how your skin feels when it has lost moisture. So, if you’re battling with dry, red, scaly, or generally irritated skin, it is most likely because your moisture barrier needs a little TLC.
Cholesterol, fatty acids, and ceramides make up the skin's moisture barrier, which holds moisture in and keeps your skin hydrated and healthy.
When the moisture barrier is injured or impaired, it can lead to major problems with skin hydration (i.e., your skin can't retain moisture).
Imagine your skin to be a cement sidewalk. When your skin’s moisture barrier is broken, it’s like deep cracks running up and down your sidewalk. These cracks in our skin expose the delicate layers to dry air, which dehydrates them.
Fortunately, damage to the moisture barrier can be repaired. You can repair the harm and provide your skin with the needed hydration by making the appropriate lifestyle modifications.
The long and short of keeping your skin hydrated are these quick tips:
Use lukewarm water
Consider instead taking lukewarm showers over hot ones. It may not be as relaxing on the surface as scalding all your troubles away, but it helps your skin stay hydrated compared to when you use hot water. Oils and microorganisms make up your skin's natural barrier of defence. The skin microbiome is crucial for maintaining skin health and protection, as well as lowering the risk of acne and other skin problems. These oils cannot be mixed with hot water.
Get adequate sleep
While you sleep, your body heals and rebounds, which has a variety of positive effects on your appearance. The goal is to obtain enough sleep each night, ideally 8 to 9 hours of good sleep.
Opt for a gentle cleanser
A gentle cleanser is preferred to eliminate impurities without stripping your skin of the natural oils that keep it nourished and healthy-looking. Your skin will have a healthy barrier function, natural oils to protect it, and the ideal levels of hydration when you use a mild cleanser. The ORÍKÌ White Tea Shower Gel, Organic African Black Soap, and Gentle Foam Citrus Cleanser are all safe options of good cleansers.
Drink enough water.
The process of keeping the skin hydrated can not go without the act of drinking enough water. Your body stays hydrated and revitalized with water, which also helps to sustain the suppleness of your skin. People who consume a lot of water are less likely to develop scars, wrinkles, or soft lines, and they won't age as quickly as people who consume less water. An average adult is meant to drink 2 litres of water every day– make this your goal too.
Use products that contain hyaluronic acid and ceramides
Hyaluronic acid and ceramides are crucial for the skin's hydration and overall health. Although both are organic compounds the body produces, they have different effects. The sebaceous glands create ceramides, which are lipids, which are fatty acids.
Ceramides aid to hydrate and fortifying the barrier that shields the skin from outside aggressors including weather and pollution. A clear, gel-like fluid called hyaluronic acid is produced throughout the body, including the skin. Their concentration is especially high on the skin.
Hyaluronic acid is categorized as a humectant because it draws in and holds moisture in the skin. There are lots of products that contain these essential acids out there, be careful not to get the wrong ones. The ORÍKÌ Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum contains just the right amount of hyaluronic acid you need to keep your skin hydrated.
So you see, maintaining/retaining your skin moisture isn't so far-fetched. These 5 easy but powerful steps, when applied properly, will definitely help you achieve that supple glowing skin! The takeaway news is these steps do not take forever to work, you can start to see results as fast as 72 hours after following them. What else are you waiting for? It's time to glow away!