Keeping the skin hydrated is an important task. Continuous exposure to temperature variations, in fact, can damage it.
The risks our skin faces are:
- appearance of spots and acne
- structure change, premature aging
Small changes in our habits and specific care will provide the skin with the hydration it needs.
In reality, ideal hydration is not achieved only by applying creams and other products, natural or industrial.
To keep the skin hydrated for a long time, it is necessary to consume foods and drinks rich in those nutrients and vitamins it needs.
Tips for keeping the skin hydrated
Properly hydrated skin is immediately noticeable. Its brightness makes us look younger and more beautiful. We must, therefore, protect it from sudden changes in temperature, the sun, pollution and other external agents.
1. Optimal hydration
The use of scented soaps and detergents based on astringent compounds is not good for everyone.
- Choose a pH soap suitable for your skin type. If you have oily skin, it is best to avoid soaps and products with thick oils, as they end up blocking the pores. For dry skin, however, it is important to use products that contain vitamin E, oils and, if possible, aloe vera.
- Finally, if your skin is prone to acne, prefer gel products.
As we said, skin hydration starts from within.
- Drink two liters of water a day, including natural fruit or vegetable juices that help eliminate toxins.
2. Sun protection
Defending the skin from the power of the sun is a very important gesture. UV rays directly affect the risk of premature aging.
- Avoid, if possible, to expose yourself to the sun at the moment of greatest intensity.
- Apply sunscreen daily, even if the weather is cloudy. This recommendation applies mainly to the face.
Regular consumption of carrots and broccoli is of great help: they contain mineral salts and vitamins A, C and E which protect the skin against UV rays.
3. Deep cleansing and exfoliation
One of the most important functions of the skin is its ability to regenerate itself on a daily basis. Exfoliating it twice a week will make it appear smoother and brighter.
In the store you will find several specific products to remove dead cells, but you can easily self-produce a good natural exfoliant.
- ½ cup of sugar (100 g)
- ½ cup of water (125 ml)
- Put the sugar in a bowl.
- Gradually add the water and mix until you get a thick cream.
- The consistency of the cream is suitable when you still feel the grains of sugar in your fingers.
- Apply it on the body and face during the shower.
It is also very important to remove all traces of makeup before going to sleep. If, in addition to this, you get into the habit of giving up make-up for one or two days a week, you will allow your pores to oxygenate and breathe.
Even if you do not use makeup, it is always advisable to wash your face well at the end of the day to remove dust and other impurities from the environment from the skin.
4. Adequate rest
The antioxidant agents that act in our body reach maximum performance during sleep.
Toxic substances that accumulate inside our organs over the course of the day must be eliminated for the body to enjoy good health.
If we don’t get enough sleep, the body doesn’t eliminate toxins effectively. This is reflected in the skin which appears dull and marked by premature wrinkles.
To combat insomnia, help yourself with natural infusions that induce relaxation.
It can also be useful to consume semi-bitter chocolate: it contains antioxidants that not only induce sleep, but also protect the skin.
If possible, include a small siesta during the day. In this way, you recover the hours of rest stolen by insomnia.
Not smoking, eliminating alcoholic beverages and eating a healthy diet are essential if you want to keep your body healthy.
The consumption of fruits and vegetables, rich in vitamins and antioxidants precious for the body, will result in benefits for the skin, making it look brighter and fresher.