Isn’t having beautiful, smooth, and healthy skin every female’s dream? Achieving smooth and hydrated skin is one of those obstacles that when I overcome, I suddenly feel like the rest of my entire life is in order. Unfortunately using a moisturiser or a body lotion once a day will not attain smooth and hydrated skin. This is only a temporary fix, and after a few hours it will wear off. I have tried multiple ways to try and hydrate my skin, and some tactics have worked more than others. Below I share with you the remedies that I found helpful to reap the skin benefits and to get smoother and fresher skin. Read my 10 ways to hydrate your skin all day, and achieve long term results.
Find a Moisturiser with Hydrating Ingredients
Regardless of the type of skin you have, whether it be dry, oily, sensitive, or normal, your moisturiser must contain hydrating ingredients. A common ingredient found in moisturisers and lotions is hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that is in our skin which holds the moisture. It draws moisture from your surroundings and leaves your skin feeling replenished and hydrated. Most water-based moisturisers and leave-on skincare products contain hyaluronic acid and works wonder for dehydrated skin. Hyaluronic acid can enhance the moisture content in your skin in comparison to many other ingredients, therefore I think it is a must in your moisturiser.
Another ingredient that you should seek in your moisturiser for fabulous and supple skin is glycerin. Just like the hyaluronic acid, it is a humectant which draws water to the skin from deeper levels of your skin and from the air around you. The reason I have added this ingredient is because it is a common ingredient that you will find in most labels. Glycerin comes from vegetable oil, and is considered one of the most effective humectants for retaining moisture in the skin.
Pamper Yourself with a Face Mask
This is an easy way to hydrate your skin, and also provides a subconscious feeling of making you feel like you have your life together. This is probably one of my favourite ways of hydrating my skin on a Friday night. Finding the right mask for your skin can help with providing long-lasting hydration. A face mask penetrates into your skin, giving a deeper moisturising effect.
Whether you use a paper mask, a gel mask, or a sheet mask, you are already one step closer to longer lasting luminous skin.
Sheet masks contain the hyaluronic acid that I spoke about above. This restores the skin’s moisture so it is always a good option. They give the salon-feeling, making you feel luxurious, and will leave your skin feeling smooth and shiny.
An overnight mask is like a holy grail for your skin, especially if it is quite parched. This mask gets to work while you wind down and sleep. When you sleep, your skin tends to lose a lot of moisture from the skin, as the moisture is being used for elsewhere in your body. The application of an overnight mask will help seal the skin’s moisture and let it penetrate deeper into the skin. You will truly be a sleeping beauty.
Use a Humidifier
A humidifier can add moisture back into the air and help your skin retain hydration. This is especially helpful during winter time, and while you sleep. Over wintertime my skin gets the extremely dry to the point of flaking. Having a humidifier changed my life completely.
During winter the sudden drop in temperature can cause us to turn on our heating devices. The heating units reduce the humidity or water content in the air, which ultimately dries out our skin.
Although a humidifier will help retain the moisture in the skin, it really does need to be coupled with a good moisturiser or body lotion. Just a humidifier alone will not maintain smooth and hydrated skin unfortunately, but will only enhance your other efforts to obtain beautiful skin.
A quick tip, this is not only good for your skin, but also for your hair and sinuses too!
Face and Body Oils
Face and body oils are another way of hydrating your skin. This is more of a night time treatment, as you do not want to be mixing your daytime make up with face oil or getting body oil on your clothing. By applying oil at night, you end up waking up with fresh and hydrated skin.
The oil molecules are large and penetrate the outermost layers of the skin, therefore almost acting as a moisturiser. It is important to pick the right oil for you to target your skin goals. A deeply moisturising and hydrating oil usually will contain – yes, you guessed it, hyaluronic acid. This will not only help with smooth and hydrated skin, but also smoothing out any fine lines and wrinkles for your face.
Oil with vitamin E is also good for keeping moisture in your skin. Vitamin E is an antioxidant which protects the cells from oxidative damage. Extracts like green tea or ferulic acid along with the vitamin E are best for cellular repair and will boost your hydration immensely.
Use Vaseline for Hands and Feet
This is an easy and affordable night time treatment. Vaseline or petroleum jelly is great for your dry hands and feet. Whip this on before bed and seal it with gloves and cotton socks for the best effect.
According to PubMed, a highly respected database from the National Institutes of Health, a good moisturiser containing petroleum jelly is the most effective way to moisturise the skin. It works by sitting on the top layer of the skin where it forms a barrier and stops water from leaving your skin.
Petroleum jelly can be found as the main ingredient in lotions, however this can be quite thick and greasy. Vaseline is a good option as it contains a smaller amount of petroleum jelly and therefore feels lighter on the skin and probably more suitable for everyday wear.
DIY At Home Laser Hair Removal
Smooth skin can also be achieved as easily as using an at home laser hair removal device. This will help with reducing constant shaving, ingrown hairs, any irritations you may have, and ultimately long term smoother skin. Although this may not be the most affordable way to obtain smoother skin, it is an investment worth looking into.
A New York dermatologist, Josh Zeichner considers at-home lasers a safe option. He states that the “lasers work by emitting a beam of light that is absorbed by a specific target in the skin…the light is absorbed by a pigment in the hair follicle to heat it up and destroy it so the hair does not grow back”. An at-home laser tends to just have lower laser energy than that at the salons.
Have Shorter and Cooler Showers
By limiting your shower or bath time, you avoid stripping away the skin’s oily layer and washing away the natural oils in your skin.
The hotter the water, the more it can weaken your complexion altogether. The heat of the water affects the outer most layer of your skin which is crucial as it acts as a barrier to retain moisture in your skin. The heated water along with soap can strip away the oily barriers, and can even cause dryness or irritation.
If you prefer baths, then this can be even worse than a hot shower, as it is constant neutral water on your skin which will soften the skin causing the natural oils to strip off. If you are however a bath person and cannot fathom not having one, try adding a tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil to your bath water.
As showering and bathing is necessary, ideally a lukewarm and short shower will do the trick. A gentle cleanser can also help protect your skin’s moisture levels whilst in a shower or bath. And the most important part, immediate moisturising after the shower will help from your skin becoming too dehydrated.
Use Unscented products
Fragranced skincare lotions contain alcohol which can be very drying to the skin. By avoiding scented products, you can help retain the natural oils in your skin.
Purvisha Patel, dermatologist says that fragrance in skincare products is normally a blend of chemicals. These can cause irritation and dryness to the skin. It is mainly dependent on the sensitivity of your skin, but if you have sensitive skin then a fragrance-free lotion is a must. Nowadays a fragrance-free option is very common for skincare, and the fragrance is usually compensated by extra hydration for the skin – a win win.
Exfoliate Your Skin with a Konjac Sponge
You have probably heard that exfoliating the skin in also a necessary regime for great skin. However aggressive exfoliating can make your skin coarser. A more gentle way to exfoliate your skin is with a konjac sponge.
A konjac sponge is made from a Japanese plant called Konnyaku’s root fibres and gently exfoliates the skin.. They are vegan friendly sponges that become slightly gel like when they become damp. This gives the sponge a soap like cleansing ability. You can get the sponges in different colours. If they are grey then they normally would have infused charcoal, if they are green then they may have green tea, and if they are red then they are usually clay-infused.
Top celebs such as Meghan Markle and Abigail James swear by this sponge – so if you want royally smooth skin, then this is a great option.
Reduce Sun Exposure
We all know that although the sun can give us a golden tan, it is not great for the skin. The UV radiation from the sun can decrease the skin’s hyaluronic acid levels over time and leads to dehydrated skin.
If you find that you do suffer from sun damage, use a product with vitamin C. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant and unlike a sunscreen, it absorbs into your skin. Also when out in the sun, ensure that you use a product which contains at least SPF 30, and constantly re-apply this.
The effects of the sun can be felt in the body both on the inside and the outside. So to keep your skin looking healthy, young, and hydrated, being proactive with sun protection is a must.