Hydration is the key to beautiful skin! Water truly is the life force of the world, and that’s just as true for your skin as it is for plants and animals.
The science behind hydration
Like any other cell in the body, skin cells are made of water, and without it, our organs don’t function properly, or at least not at their best. Our bodies are typically 50-60% percent water depending on your activity level and gender. When you’re dehydrated, you notice physical changes in your body which may include headaches and skin dullness.
Water (the molecule H2O) is essential to the normal, healthy function of cells. It helps transport essential nutrients, as well as oxygen, throughout your body.
You may also have heard of water being called the universal solvent. This means it helps break nutrients down and helps them pass through the natural membranes in cells. With the lack of water, these processes begin to break down, which is why you can see and feel such a dramatic change when you’re dehydrated.
What happens without water
If skin doesn’t get sufficient water, the lack of hydration manifests in dry, tight, and flaky skin. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles.
It’s natural to lose water throughout the day as your body uses it, which is why it’s important to keep drinking enough water to replenish. The average recommended amount is eight, 8-oz glasses of water (memorable as the 8x8 rule). If you’ve never tracked your water intake before, you may be surprised by how much this really is!
Alternatively, if you're not yet big into the habit of drinking this much water, to meet your water daily intake you can eat fruits and veggies that are water rich, like cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach, to name a few. It all works towards staying hydrated.
Unfortunately for our skin, it’s one of the last places to regain moisture. This is why drinking an adequate amount of water and moisturizing is necessary to show a visible difference in the hydration and health of your skin.
How to moisturize effectively: boosting your skin's hydration
Pay close attention to your skin type. Just like how everyone’s appearance is slightly different, so is our skin. This is due to many factors, including how much sebum our body produces, making our skin dryer or more oily. You also need to take into account skin conditions like rosacea and psoriasis.
Pick a clean, natural non comedogenic moisturizer with plant-based ingredients. This will ensure you’re not adding chemicals to your body, which can be absorbed by the skin and enter the bloodstream. Depending on your skin type and the season, a cream, gel, or ointment may be right for you.
Lightweight gel moisturizers typically tend to do well with oily skin types, as they are water based. In the other extreme, dry skin might benefit better from rich creams and ointments. When it comes to combination skin, it often gets better hydration from oil-free lotions, gels or serums.
When hunting for a moisturizer for sensitive skin or acne prone skin, we recommend to thoroughly read the labels to make sure there's no detrimental ingredient sneaking out their way into your skin and causing unwanted side effects like clogged pores or irritation.
It’s best to re-apply a moisturizer twice a day—typically in the morning and at night before you go to bed. When you shower or cleanse, be sure to apply a moisturizer right after, as these routines strip our skin of natural sebum. Apply moisturizer to damp skin, which allows the product to absorb more easily.
For an added boost, use a serum like our Facial Recovery Elixir to lock in hydration and nourish the skin with essential fatty lipids that compliment natural skin hydration. This is best used in conjunction with a moisturizer, not as a replacement for one.
In short, drink a lot of water, moisturize well, and repeat. That’s hydration made easy.