Updated: Oct 22, 2021
Water is not only essential to life, but to the maintenance of our largest organ, the skin, too.
Hydrating your skin is an essential part of any skin care routine and should always be taken seriously. There are plenty of ways that cause dry skin - genetics, seasonal changes, the environment, insufficient water consumption, and plenty more.
Sometimes, the products we use on your face can strip moisture as well. As we age, our skin also gradually loses its ability to keep itself naturally hydrated.
Stick around to find out why hydration is so important to maintaining beautiful skin!
What Are the Benefits of Hydrating My Skin?
What’s the meaning of hydrated skin?
When your skin is loaded with moisture, it’s plump, supple and bouncy. This makes it hydrated.
You look younger and brighter, your skin looks healthier, and you feel more confident about yourself. Hydrated skin boosts skin elasticity and combats ageing signs that occur naturally as time passes.
The outermost layer of your skin will have the moisture needed to remove toxins and transfer important nutrients to the cells inside. Hydrated skin is also less sensitive to germs, bacteria and irritants.
What Happens if My Skin is Not Hydrated?
Your skin consists of three layers: the outermost layer, the underlying skin below, and the subcutaneous tissue layer.
When your skin is not hydrated enough at the outermost layer, it leads to dry, rough and itchy skin. Germs and contaminants may also pass through the lipid barrier.
It may even cause you to look older than you are or cause pesky fine lines and wrinkles to appear. If your face looks like an oil factory, examine if it’s lacking moisture. Dehydrated skin compensates for the lack of moisture by producing excessive oil.
As you grow older, your skin slows down the production of various essential substances that help keep it hydrated. Your skin’s natural moisture barrier is made of ceramides. When you age and you’re exposed to the harsh elements, the ceramides lessen and causes wrinkles and dry skin.
Our skin naturally produces hyaluronic acid. This is what gives your skin structure and is the reason behind a supple and hydrated look. As a humectant, it has the ability to bind up to 1,000 times its weight in water.
This means that it retains water molecules on your skin’s surface to make it look hydrated and healthy.
Hydrated Skin vs Dehydrated Skin
What are the differences between hydrated and dehydrated skin?
Soft, bouncy and firm
Dry, uneven and scaly
Supple and smooth, radiant, dewy and clear
Ageing signs like wrinkles and fine lines
Less irritated by potential triggers
Easily irritated and triggered by products and other sources
Reduced chances of breakouts
Increased frequency of breakouts due to increased oil production
Greater elasticity and looks younger
Reduced elasticity, making the skin feel tight and blotchy
How Can I Hydrate My Skin?
There are many ways to make sure that your skin is getting the moisture it needs on a daily basis.
Using moisture-boosting skincare products like our L’eaine Hyaluronic Acid Emulsion and L’eaine Hydra & Soothing Serum. You can also use our incredible Hyaluronic Acid Silk Mask that offers incredible moisturisation for dry skin! These products work together to hydrate your skin and improve its elasticity using natural ingredients
Avoid chemical-laden facial products
Drinking enough water daily - a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day
Stick to a diet that’s rich in key fatty acids like olive oil and salmon
Use cold or warm water to shower. Hot water strips your skin of moisture and leaves it dry
Using a humidifier helps by maintaining moisture levels in the air
Reducing the use of air-conditioning. Air conditioners tend to dry out the skin
Reduce the consumption of caffeinated products like coffee and sodas that draw water from the skin and body
The Bottom Line
Hydrating your skin isn’t just important for your appearance, but your health as well. When it comes to skincare products, choose them wisely. Avoid products that use harsh chemicals and irritants that can damage your skin and remove moisture!