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How to Achieve Hydrating Healthy Skin in these Dry Chilly Months

Overall skin care is always important; but as the temperatures are progressively dropping, this can cause your skin to become dryer than normal. With these few health skin hacks, you can help promote your skin to reach its healthiest and most hydrating state.

If you have sensitive skin or possible skin allergies, please consult with your doctor for more information or recommendations for your specific skin concerns 

  1. Moisturize after washing your body and face. When you shower or wash your face, the soap is stripping the dirt and oil from your skin. So, it is very important that you make sure you restore your skins moisture barrier and Ph levels. With the weather getting cooler, your skin is more prone to absorb moisture and dry out quicker; so, try to keep travel lotion either in your car, bag, or desk to have easy access for reapplication.
  2. Regular exfoliating is very important in helping your skin absorb the maximum amount of moisture. Exfoliating is removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, either mechanically such as brushes, scrubs or chemically with products that contain acids. According to Women’s Health magazine article, it’s explained that “as we age, the process of cell regeneration slows down. This means that the body is slower to shed skin cells and generate new ones.” By removing those piled up skin cells, you are able to expose fresh new skin and open up your pores that will allow for moisturizing products to penetrate further into the skin without the dull rough barrier.
  3. Vitamin C contains properties that allow your skin to retain moisture. In vitamin c, it consists of a water-soluble derivative, Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (MAP). The function of this specific acid, according to the Indian Dermatology online journal, is to create “a hydrating effect on the skin and decrease transepidermal water loss.  Tip: Vitamin C is best absorbed with foods such as oranges, broccoli, papaya or even in a serum form; massage just a few drops prior to applying your moisturizer.
  4. Consistent water consumption increases hydration from the inside and out of your entire body. Water is a natural detox as it flushes out toxins from your body. These toxins in your body can show in the appearance of your skin with blemishes, rashes, and dryness. By drinking your daily recommended amount of water, about half a gallon according to Healthline, you can reduce the number of skin impurities; so, you can fully absorb the amount of moisture or any topical applied to your skin.  Tip: Keep skin damp when applying your favorite moisturizer or lotion. This allows your pores to remain open to maximize absorption; leaving super soft skin.
  5. Maintaining a healthful diet is another great contribution to maintaining healthy skin. A dermatology professor, Leslie Baumann, in a Real Simple article explains, “Diet can play a role in strengthening your skin’s ability to maintain moisture, too.”  Leslie suggests fatty-acid foods such as nuts, fish, or olive oil to try incorporate more into the diet as these can increase moisture production in your skin.

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