If (like so many of us) you started the New Year promising to drink more water, we’ve got just the motivation you need! Read on for some healthy skincare tips you might not know about like how optimal hydration is key for healthy skin.
Why is hydration so important for healthy skin?
We’ve all heard it said that drinking enough water will give you healthy glowing skin, but what really goes on beneath the surface when we’re making an effort to stay hydrated? On a daily basis, our skin is subject to damage from the exposome - external factors such as pollution and UV rays that tend to harm our skin - that damages the skin barrier functions. We’re all familiar with the effects of dehydrated skin, with our complexions appearing dull, dry, cracked and in need of a refreshing skin boost. When skin is properly hydrated from the inside, you rebuild skin barriers and these barriers are reinforced, helping to prevent the appearance of damage linked to aggression from the exposome, as well as limiting the ability of certain bacteria and allergens to penetrate the skin. What this means in practice? Skin that doesn’t only look - and feel - better, but that’s able to perform its protective role more effectively.
How to up your hydration: daily tips
Now that we’ve examined how proper hydration helps skin on the inside, it’s time to look what we can do to maximize its effects on our complexion. Hydrating skin on the inside goes hand-in-hand with moisturizing skin on the outside, so look for healthy skincare products featuring ingredients that maximize water retention, such as glycerin lotion and hyaluronic acid moisturizer. These will help to lock in much-needed moisture whether it’s summer or you have dry skin in the winter.
To get your skincare routine to a good start, it’s important to begin with a skin booster or hydrating serum, as their finer texture is formulated to thoroughly penetrate skin’s epidermal layers. Formulated with just 11 ultra-hydrating ingredients, Vichy’s Minéral 89 Hydration and Fortifying Skin Booster got its name as a result of its incredibly high concentration of Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water - 89%, to be exact (a whopping 69% more than any previous formulations.) Follow with a serum and a day cream, such as Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum and Aqualia Thermal Light cream, to lock in the benefits of the previous step while providing a protective, intensely moisturizing layer for your complexion.
Finally, don’t forget that topically rehydrating skin on a regular basis - particularly after a session at the gym, where skin is not only dehydrated but less rich in minerals - is extremely important. During periods where skin is prone to dehydration, treat your complexion to the best products for dehydrated skin like a refreshing spritz of Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water facial mist.