The Ultimate Guide to Hydrated Skin
You wake up one morning, and your skin's acting like it's lost in the Sahara Desert – dry, tight, and dehydrated. I know it all too well because that’s exactly how I felt after moving from a tropical paradise to Logan, Utah. Well, I did move to a desert so my skin wasn’t really acting. LOL.
In this blog post, we'll delve into the causes, symptoms, prevention, and how you can slide into the world of moisturized, radiant skin.
Causes and Clues:
Dry skin is usually caused by external and internal factors tag-teaming against your skin's natural moisture barrier.
- Weather: Cold weather, low humidity, and excessive exposure to central heating or air conditioning can strip the skin of its natural moisture.
- Hot Showers: Long, hot showers might feel luxurious, but they can strip away the skin's natural oils, leading to dryness.
- Harsh Cleansers: Using cleansers and soaps with high pH levels or strong chemicals can disrupt the skin's lipid barrier.
- Age: As we age, our skin's ability to produce natural oils decreases, making it more prone to dryness.
- Genetics: Some of us are genetically predisposed to having dry skin due to their skin type.
Dry skin clues include flaky patches, an itch that just won't quit, tighter skin (not the good kind of tight we all want to see as we age), and maybe some redness.
Dry Skin Defense:
- Hydration: Drinking an adequate amount of water helps maintain the skin's hydration from within.
- Gentle Cleansing: Opt for mild, fragrance-free cleansers that don't strip away natural oils. My personal favorite is the Detox & Balance – Cleansing Bar.
- Moisturize Regularly: Apply a good-quality moisturizer containing humectants like hyaluronic acid, Aloe Vera, Bamboo Extract and occlusives like shea butter. This locks in moisture and creates a protective barrier. Kalaia’s Hold Tight – Overnight Moisturizer has helped me find my way back to hydrated, healthy skin.
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- Sun Protection: Always use sunscreen to shield your skin from harmful UV rays as sun exposure can exacerbate dryness. My go to sunscreen brand is Supergoop (I have no affiliation with Supergoop. I just love their products.)
- Humidifiers: Especially during colder months, using a humidifier adds moisture to the air, benefiting your skin.
Trust me when I say it, it will get better. With adequate hydration, a good moisturizer, little bit of protection, and a dash of patience, you will be on the path to that effortlessly glowing, healthy skin.