You already know it’s important to keep your skin hydrated. The problem is that this can become much more difficult to accomplish as we age. Learning how to avoid dry skin is critical, though, because dehydration is a huge culprit when it comes to premature aging of the skin.
Damaging DehydrationSkin can become dry from obvious things like not drinking enough water or spending a lot of time in the sun. Things like stress and smoking can also contribute. In part 2 of this series, we talked about skin barrier breakdown. As the skin barrier weakens, keeping moisture in is more challenging. As your sweat and oil glands become less effective with age, your skin can also become drier. All this dehydration can lead to dull, tired-looking skin, fine lines, and a lack of that healthy, plump look.
What Can You Do?
Hydrate the body, moisturize the skin. Staying hydrated is essential for so many things, including having healthy, luminous skin, so drink your water. If you live in a dry climate, put a humidifier in your bedroom so your skin has more moisture to draw from at night while you sleep. Use gentle soaps and deodorants, and avoid taking long, hot baths or showers, which can dry out the skin. What you eat can also impact dry skin. Getting enough healthy proteins, fatty acids, and vitamins can help reduce dryness. Here are a few of our favorite, nutrient-packed foods:
- Chia seeds
- Winter squash
- Citrus fruits