You might assume healthy skin demands the perfect combination of winning the genetic lottery and implementing the ideal skin care regimen. While those things certainly help, healthy, glowing skin has more to do with keeping it well hydrated than you likely imagined. Of course, to keep your skin hydrated, especially if it’s naturally on the dry side, will often demand the use of products and might include some changes in your actions as well. Read on to learn more about hydration and its importance in a youthful appearance:

Why Hydration is so Crucial to Clear, Healthy Skin

Beth Solano

Dermatologist Dr. Justine Hextall, of The Harley Medical Group, said the following about the impact hydration has on the skin as well as the negative effects of dehydration:

“If we’re dehydrated this will show on the skin, turning it dry, tight and flaky. Anyone can suffer from dehydrated skin from time-to-time. When skin becomes dehydrated, it lacks elasticity, which makes fine lines and under eye circles appear more pronounced and skin looks flat. Hydrated skin glows and looks plumper, calmer and reflects the light better, hence the term ‘glowing skin’.”

The doctor goes on to explain that skin with conditions such as psoriasis or eczema or naturally sensitive skin has the tendency to demand even more hydration than normal skin.

Nutritionist Christine Bailey supports the doctor’s comments and adds her own saying, “Our bodies are roughly 60% water. Our skin is an organ and skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water.”  She goes on to emphasize the importance water plays in properly functioning cells, which includes skin cells like those on the face.

Ways to Increase Skin Hydration

Binh Ly

Now that you know the importance of hydration has on your skin’s appearance, you likely want some steps to take and ingredients to look for in products to keep your skin hydrated.

  • Skin around the eyes lack oil as well as sweat glands, making this particular area more vulnerable to dehydration. To remedy this issue, get a rich eye cream to use at night time and an eye gel for during the day.
  • In general, avoid overly hot water when showering or bathing. It is also recommended you avoid taking long baths and showers and opt for shorter ones instead.
  • Dermascope.com recommends you look for green tea extracts and hyaluronic acid in your cleanser to help prevent drying out. Rose hip seed oil is also a great way to replenish the skin’s moisture, preventing dehydration by creating a protective barrier.

The information above explains the importance of hydration when it comes to keeping a youthful, healthy appearance. Use the suggested tips to keep your skin from looking older than it is and to retain your youthful glow.