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The Ultimate Guide to Hydrating Skincare: 10 Tips to Keep Your Skin Hydrated All-Day

Does your skin look dull, lacklustre and not just like it used to look? Dehydrated skin can sneak up on us, making our complexions look lacklustre and accentuating those fine lines and wrinkles. In this ultimate guide, we're diving deep into hydrating skincare, especially important during these warm summer months. Let’s get that glow back!

3 signs your skin is dehydrates

Could Your Skin Be Dehydrated?

First things first, let’s clarify what dehydrated skin really is. Unlike dry skin, which is a skin type lacking oil, dehydrated skin is a skin condition that lacks water. Even oily skin types can suffer from dehydration. When your skin is dehydrated, it might feel tight, look dull, and fine lines can appear more pronounced. It can feel like your make-up isn't sitting right but rather caking on the top of your skin. 

Signs of Dehydrated Skin

  1. Dull and Tired Appearance: Without adequate moisture, your skin can lose its radiance.
  2. More Visible Wrinkles and Fine Lines: Lack of hydration can make lines and wrinkles stand out more.
  3. Itchiness: Your skin might feel itchy and uncomfortable, especially after cleansing.
  4. Shadowed Eyes: Dark circles and shadowed areas under the eyes can become more pronounced.

Why Skin-Hydration is Crucial in Summer

Summer brings warmer temperatures and higher humidity, which can lead to increased water loss from the skin. While you might think the humidity in the air would help, the reality is that sun exposure, air conditioning, and even swimming can strip moisture from your skin. Hydrating your skin during summer isn’t just about drinking more water; it’s about creating a barrier that retains moisture and keeps your skin balanced.

The Impact of Sun Exposure

Sun exposure is one of the biggest culprits in dehydrating skin. UV rays can damage the skin's barrier, leading to moisture loss and increased risk of dehydration. This doesn’t mean you should avoid the sun entirely – just be smart about it. Use sunscreen diligently, wear hats, and seek shade during peak hours.

Air Conditioning

While air conditioning keeps you cool, it can also dry out the air and, consequently, your skin. If you spend a lot of time in air-conditioned environments, your skin might need extra hydration support.

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Top 10 Hydrating Skincare Tips and Tricks

1. Start with a Hydrating Cleanser

Cleansing is essential, but you don’t want to strip your skin of its natural oils. Opt for a gentle cleanser that removes impurities without leaving your skin feeling tight or dry. I always recommend oil cleansers as they tend to be the gentlest yet best cleansers for the skin. Oil cleansers are also suberb for removing any SPF from your skin.

2. Incorporate a Hydrating Essence

Essences are often overlooked, but a hydrating toner can be a game-changer. After cleansing, we recommend Rehydrate & Balance Beauty Essence. It soothes and calms the skin, helps prevent inflammation and deeply hydrates the skin.

3. Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise

A good face oil is essential for locking in hydration. Choose one that suits your skin type – we recommend Glow & Revitalize Oil Serum for every one. Ingredients like ceramides, antioxidants, and squalane can help reinforce your skin’s barrier and retain moisture.

5. Don’t Forget the SPF

Hydration and sun protection go hand in hand. Use a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher every day, rain or shine. Sunscreen helps prevent UV-induced moisture loss and protects against long-term damage.

Mineral sunscreens, especially those formulated with zinc oxide, can dry the skin. This is because zinc oxide is a natural astringent. If you prefer mineral sunscreen but find them drying, look for one that has natural oils at the top if the ingredients list. 

6. Hydrate from Within

Skincare isn’t just about what you put on your skin; it’s also about what you put in your body. Drink plenty of water, and eat a diet rich in water-dense fruits and vegetables. Think cucumbers, watermelon, and leafy greens.

7. Use a Hydrating Mask

Treat your skin to a hydrating mask once or twice a week. Try this DIY mask for ultimate summer glow. It provides an intensive moisture boost and leave your skin feeling refreshed.

8. Avoid Over-Exfoliating

Exfoliation is great for removing dead skin cells, but overdoing it can strip your skin of its natural oils and exacerbate dehydration. Stick to gentle exfoliants and limit exfoliation to once or twice a week.

9. Consider a Humidifier

If you spend a lot of time indoors with air conditioning or heating, a humidifier can help maintain moisture in the air, which in turn helps keep your skin hydrated.

10. Opt for Hydrating Makeup

Even your makeup can play a role in keeping your skin hydrated. Choose foundations and other makeup products with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and avoid those that can be drying, such as heavy powders.

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Holistic Hydration: The Mind-Skin Connection

Our skin is a reflection of our overall well-being. Stress and lack of sleep can take a toll on your skin’s hydration levels. Incorporate stress-reducing activities into your routine, such as yoga, meditation, or simply taking time to relax with a good book. Ensure you’re getting enough restful sleep to allow your skin to repair and regenerate.

Gua Sha and Face Massage

Consider adding face massage or gua sha to your routine. These practices can boost circulation, enhance product absorption, and promote lymphatic drainage, all of which can help improve hydration and give your skin a natural glow.

The Take-Away

Hydrating your skin is an ongoing process, especially during the summer months when the sun and environmental factors can take a toll. By incorporating these tips and tricks into your skincare routine, you can maintain a hydrated, radiant complexion that not only looks beautiful but feels amazing too. Remember, the key to healthy, hydrated skin is consistency. So start today, and let your skin shine with health and vitality all summer long!

Stay glowing, and don’t forget to hydrate!

Love, Jenny - Founder of Jenny Nordic Skincare

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