My skin thirsty. So thirsty!
Given that I live in an area with serious humidity, it would follow that my skin would always feel supple and well-hydrated. Jumping in-and-out of chilly AC-ed buildings coupled with the harsh, hard water in this area leaves my skin feeling otherwise, however. When it comes to both my face and my body, I’m all about the rich creams, skin-friendly oils, and hydrating lotions. Even if you’re not addicted to heavy moisturizers year-round, you may find that a day spent at the pool or in the sun leaves your skin in greater need of moisturizer than usual.
So if you’re skin is thirsty, too, keep reading for my tips on keeping dry skin in a happy, well-moisturized state.
Best Tips & Products for Tending to Thirsty Skin
Avoid harsh surfactants in the shower. We all know about skipping sulfates in our shampoos—but it’s just as important to give them a miss in your body wash and face wash. Opt for a moisturizing natural bar soap or a body wash designed for sensitive skin (I personally love sharing my baby’s body wash). While you’re at it, don’t feel pressured to soap down every part of your body (it’s unlikely that your shoulders, etc. are dirty / smelly!).
Keep water warm or cool—not hot. Never rinse off in piping hot water. Opt for warm—or better yet—cool water to cut down on energy *and* instantly give your body a subtle, tightening lift.
It’s all about layering. Once you get out of the shower, it’s important to layer your moisturizing products from lightest to heaviest. The heavier, outer layer will act like a seal for moisture. On your face, start with a hydrating serum, preferably one with a form of hyaluronic acid, which attracts water and plumps skin). Follow with a cream or lotion, and if you’re extra dry, mix in a few drops of non-comedogenic oil or add your oil as an extra layer on top. On your body, mix body oil with your favorite body lotion. I find that this combination is ultra spreadable while amping up the moisturizing powers of any lotion without leaving me too oily.
Don’t be afraid of oils. On that note, don’t be afraid of moisturizing oils. It may take some trial and error to find the right oil for your skin, but it’s so worth it when you do! Jojoba oil, rosehip oil, argan oil, plum oil, shea butter, and marula oil are great places to start. (Avoid coconut oil if you’re prone to breakouts.)
Skip the mattifying products. Matte products for both face and body (like sunscreen) often have a tendency to exacerbate the feel and appearance of dryness. Don’t worry if you’re a little on the dewey side—plenty of moisture can be healthy for your skin, and besides, the dewey look is in right now!
Make sure your moisturizers include humectants. Ingredients like aloe and hyaluronic acid can help soothe skin while also attracting water to skin that those thirsty cells will just drink up!
Eat well and stay hydrated. Fill your plate with water-dense foods (most raw produce contains a lot of water). Also get your fix of healthy fats—avocados, nut butter, chia seeds, hemp seeds, olive oil—these are your skin’s friends! Obviously, it’s very important to drink plenty of healthy fluids, too. If you struggle to down plain water, try unsweetened, sparkling water or one of these non-caffeinated herbal beauty teas.
What are your favorite ways to baby your thirsty skin during the summer months?
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