Happy New Year! If you’re like us, you have a list (or two) of some things you want to get better at or change in the new year. With the drastic changes in our schedules and our daily habit, our skincare either got a glow-up or got blown up. So, whether you’re feeling pretty good about where you are, or you need some help getting your skin back to its naturally beautiful state, we’re doing a four-part series, New Year, New Skin, to cover the four pillars of a great skincare routine.
Part One’s topic? Hydration.
Tips for Keeping Your Skin Hydrated
Hydrating and moisturizing are not the same thing. It’s important to know this distinction before we get started: those two words are not interchangeable.
Hydrating is putting water into your body, while moisturizing helps seal that water in. You can make a cup out of clay, but it won’t be strong and useful until you’ve fired it in a kiln. The same goes with hydrating and moisturizing; you need them both to have truly healthy skin.
Now that the vocabulary lesson is over, let’s talk about 7 different ways to hydrate your skin.
This seems like a no-brainer, and yet...have you had enough water today? The human body is about 75% water, and we need it to help keep our bodies running. Because we lose water throughout the day, we must keep hydrated by replacing the fluids we lost.
While we’re all used to the parameters of 8 cups a day, newer studies have shown that different people need different amounts of water per day, and 8 cups for one person may be too little or too much.
According to the Mayo Clinic, men should drink about 15.5 cups of fluids a day, and women should drink about 11.5. Why do men need more water? Typically, men have a higher percentage of water weight and less body fat. On average, 60% of a man’s weight is water, and it’s around 55% for women.
However, if you feel thirsty, no matter how much or how little water you’ve had to drink, it’s your body’s way of telling you you’re in a dehydration danger zone. Your body has an excellent water management system and knows where to deliver water to the parts of the body that need it most, but when it’s running low, you’ll start to feel dizzy, nauseous, and tired.
Staying hydrated improves your skin because it increases your skin’s elasticity and reduces the looks of fine lines and wrinkles. Dehydrated skin produces more oil to balance out the dryness, so staying hydrated also keeps your oil levels normal, preventing acne and inflammation.
So, keep sipping throughout the day!
Get a Humidifier
In another blog, we briefly extolled the virtues of humidifiers but let’s add some more detail as to why getting a humidifier for your home can help your skin (and your plants!).
Humidifiers work by emitting water vapor or steam into the air, putting moisture into the air in your home. While having a bit of humidity in your home can help keep your skin from drying out, it also has a few other benefits:
- Reduce the spread of germs: While this is not the only measure you should take to reduce germs spread in your home, some studies show that germs like drier air more and can survive longer in it.
- Relieve allergy and asthma symptoms: By keeping the air in your home moist, you can reduce your nose and throat’s dryness and inflammation. When you reduce the inflammation, it’s easier for your body to get rid of allergens and other irritants.
- Reduce snoring: Moisture in the air can relieve nasal congestions, which can help reduce snoring.
- Make plants happy: Extra moisture in the air helps keep your plants soil, stems and leave them hydrated and thriving.
- Help your furry friends feel more comfortable: Just like humans, our pets get dry, itchy, and inflamed during cold weather. A humidifier has the same benefits for your fur babies as they do for you and your plants.
Humidifiers are G R E A T but be sure to take care of them as neglecting your humidifier or misusing it can cause issues and health hazards.
Get to Love Sheet Masks
You’ve probably seen them on social media at some point, a person with a sheet mask enjoying a little Me Time. Sheet masks got popular in Korea and made their way to the US a few years ago. You can now find them in grocery stores, pharmacies, and beauty stores.
Not every sheet mask is created equally, so be sure to use a mask from a brand you trust, read the ingredients list, and use as directed. They can be a lovely, quick, hydrating pick me up that can benefit your skin in various ways, from brightening to tightening to hydrating to calming.
Have a skin issue? Yeah, there’s probably a sheet mask for that. Bonus? Some of them have designs on them like animal faces because it’s important not to take yourself too seriously.
Oil cleansers and facial oils are great for all skin types and can help create, maintain, and seal in your natural hydration, creating a moisture barrier that keeps your skin from drying out and gives it a little extra glow.
Using an oil cleanser helps remove dead skin cells, make-up, and product residue on your face from the day, so when you use your hydrating cleanser, it has a cleaner canvas to work with and makes it easier to hydrate your skin.
Great skins start with better health
At the end of the day, great skin is healthy skin! Hydration not only helps your skin, but it also helps your entire body. Next week in New Year, New Skin Part 2, we’ll be covering Moisturizing. Let us know if you have any questions so we can try to answer them in upcoming articles! Send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.