How To Hydrate Your Skin This Year

 
Keeping a hydrated and healthy complexion is difficult at the best of times but it's particularly hard to do during colder months of the year as this is when you are most likely to be affected with dry skin. To help you keep a healthy and hydrated complexion this winter, we have put together what we believe are the best ways to keep your body perfectly hydrated.
 

Not Smoking

 
Smoking is believed to break down your body’s collagen, the structural protein responsible for keeping your skin; firm, plump and hydrated. This is why heavy smokers often suffer from dry skin as well as premature wrinkling of the skin.
 

Gentle Exfoliation

 
Exfoliation has an instant refreshing impact on your skin, by exfoliating away the buildup of dead skin cells on your face, you uncover the fresh new layer of cells beneath and when done regularly gentle exfoliation can even help prevent future breakouts.
 
Exfoliation should be done gently, as vigorous exfoliation can cause irritation to the skin. You should generally exfoliate two to three times a week depending on how dry your skin may be.
 

Simple Products

 
When picking out soaps, facial wash, makeup and other products intended for use on your skin, it is a good idea to try and chose the product that contains the highest level of natural ingredients.
 
You should be particularly cautious of chemical based skincare products if you are suffering from dry skin or have sensitive skin. In general chemical based skincare products often contain alcohol which has an incredibly drying effect on the skin.
 

Water

 
It is recommended that we drink eight or more glasses of water a day in order to stay healthy. Not drinking enough water may leave you feeling dehydrated. Other symptoms of not drinking enough water include; indigestion, not being able to transport nutrients correctly, a dry mouth, and an irregular body temperature that may leave you feeling abnormally hot or cold.
 

Herbal Tea

 
Herbal teas are a great way to hydrate your body as well as being a great source of nutrients and vitamins essential for maintaining a healthy complexion. Herbal teas don’t contain as much caffeine as tea or coffee. Plus, you are getting a cup or two of your daily recommended intake of water.
 
We recommend Green tea for during the day and calming chamomile or peppermint tea before bed to help you relax and wind down.
 

You Are What You Eat

 
Tomatoes
 
Tomatoes are a great food to be eating when trying to get that perfect complexion! Not only are they an anti inflammatory, they are also a prominent source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is particularly essential for skin as it helps to protect cells and keeps them healthy.
 
We recommend making a simple but delicious homemade tomato and basil sauce to pair with some fresh pasta.
 
Avocado
 
If you want that perfect complexion including enough antioxidants into your diet is as important as including enough vitamins and avocados, may be the most important of all the antioxidants. This is because the oil found in avocado is dense enough to pass through the cell wall, meaning you will be getting all the maximum amount of benefits from all the antioxidant goodness of the avocado.
 
We recommend avocado on freshly toasted wholegrain bread.
 
Cucumber
 
Cucumbers are another essential to maintaining a healthy and hydrated complexion as they are made up of 95% water! One cup measurement of cucumber is almost equivalent to one cup of water as well as containing roughly 6% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin C.
 
We recommend a cucumber, halloumi, tomato and bell pepper salad.
 
 
Eggs
 
Eggs are not just great when fried, poached or scrambled they are also great for your skin. This is because eggs are rich in amino acids, a protein that makes up a large part of your body’s cells. Meaning a diet rich in amino is beneficial for a healthy complexion.
 
As well as being packed with amino acids, eggs are also a good source of Vitamin A. Vitamin A thickens and stimulates the dermis (where your collagen, elastin and blood vessels are). Vitamin A can also increase to deposition of collagen, helping slow down the ageing breakdown of your body’s collagen and elastin.
 
Zinc
 
An essential mineral to include into your diet for hydrated skin is Zinc. A common symptom of having a deficiency in Zinc is dry skin. Zinc aids your immune system in fighting off common colds as well as, invading viruses and bacteria. Additionally, the body uses Zinc to make proteins and DNA, the genetic material in all cells.
 
We recommend taking a natural and organic Zinc supplement or adding Zinc into your diet by eating Zinc rich foods such as; red meat, nuts and dairy.
 
Hopefully these tips will keep that dehydrated and dry skin at bay!