Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The skin is the largest organ of the body and it is the last one to receive any benefits of the water we drink. The average adult needs to drink 2 quarts of water daily to be adequately hydrated. Dehydrated skin can appear flaky, red, scaly and rough and is easily prone to wrinkles.
There are a few key factors to note that can lead to dehydration of the skin, including ongoing exposure to harsh environmental factors like cold, wind, dry heat, sun, and pollutants. Chemicals from cleaning products and even synthetic-based skincare products can also dehydrate the skin, as can using the wrong skincare products for your skin type. Stress, lack of sleep, smoking, poor nutrition, illness, and ongoing use of certain medications will also contribute to skin dehydration. Plus, of course, your skin will dehydrate if you do not drink enough water. And lastly, your age plays a major role in how well hydrated your skin can be.
Home Skincare Tips
Follow these home skincare tips to keep your skin young, healthy, and hydrated.
*Avoid the use of face and body soaps or cleansers created with harsh chemical detergents like sodium laurel sulfates.
*Exfoliate only once or twice per week if your skin is dehydrated and prone to irritation.
*Avoid long-term exposure to air conditioning or heaters.
*Ensure that you replenish your skin with adequate fluids, especially after exercising.
*Select products created without harsh synthetics, that contain some of the active ingredients listed.
*Incorporate a daily concentrated facial serum designed to address very dry and dehydrated skin.
*Incorporate foods that contain a high amount of water and nutrients like fruits and vegetables into your daily nutrition.