It’s summer and with the lovely sunshine can come a few skincare concerns like dry and dehydrated skin. We hear the usual words bandied about like ‘moisturise’ and ‘hydrate’. Is there a difference between the two and what is better for us?
What is the difference between MOISTURISING and HYDRATING
Hydrating is essentially adding water to your skin, both by drinking water and also topically, onto your skin. Moisturising, or effective moisturising, on the other hand is the act of locking the water into your skin. These two work in tandem as, if you don’t manage to lock the water in, the plumping up of the skin will only be temporary and not sufficient for any repair to happen. A good moisturiser will have active ingredients that lock the water into your skin cells, promoting healing and healthy skin and preventing further water loss.
How can I hydrate my skin naturally?
So, you’ve decided that your skin is looking a little dull, dry and flaky. Let’s look at the best ways to naturally hydrate your skin fast!
- Drink water of course! It’s long been said that 8 glasses a day is required but if you are very active or live in a hot climate, you may well need more. If you want to make your water a little more palatable then add some lemon juice for a bonus vitamin C boost too.
- Lock that water in with creams and oils containing natural ingredients or additional hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides.
- Always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to prevent UVA and UVB skin damage. Don’t save this routine for the summer or for holidays, use a sunscreen every day throughout the year. Your skin will thank you for it ages more gracefully.
- Eat foods rich in water like fruit and vegetables. Citrus fruits will boost your vitamin C intake and leafy green vegetables rich in vitamins A and B are essential for healthy, glowing skin.
- Use a humidifier in dry climates to help reduce moisture loss from your body.
- Apply face masks rich in collagen and packed with hydrating and nutritious ingredients. These provide a real skin boost and can reduce the appearance of fine lines.
What is the best moisturiser for dry skin?
Whatever your skin type, you want to choose a product that soaks into your skin, which feels light and leaves no residue. This can be an oil or a cream, skin oils are fast becoming the moisturiser of choice for discerning consumers. It’s always important to check the ingredients list and opt for natural or organic ingredients as opposed to synthetic ingredients, which can cause irritation and can actually create further dryness and redness in the skin.
You want to be sure that the product you choose can help repair the skin’s barrier function and not just provide temporary relief on the surface. If you stick to clinically proven products with natural ingredients you can’t go too far wrong!
Should I see a dermatologist for dry, flaky skin?
Skin problems, however uncomfortable and unsightly, are usually not cause for concern and can be treated at home following the steps talked about in this blog. However, if after taking particular care to hydrate and moisturise there seems to be no improvement, then perhaps it may be better to get a second opinion. In particular, if you experience any of the following:
- Dry patches that appear to be spreading
- Very itchy, irritated skin
- Inflammation or open wounds
Enjoy the summer sun and be confident that you are looking after your skin. Exercise more, drink less caffeine and alcohol and more water and don’t smoke! You will be glowing from head to toe!