We all know it’s important to use a moisturizer to keep your skin's moisture content balanced, but keeping your body properly hydrated is just as important to keep your skin tissue healthy and happy. Dehydration has been known to cause dry and cracked skin, but did you know it can also produce dark circles and acne? Maintaining your regular, hydrating skincare routine is important, but you can improve your hydration by feeding your skin from the inside. Paying attention to your diet and drinking an adequate amount of water can help combat these annoying skin nuances and ensure your skin looks gorgeous all year round.
When properly hydrated, your body works at its most optimal: your body is prime to absorb, digest, and benefit from all the nutrients found in your food and skincare products. Plus, your blood is able to circulate efficiently and rid the body of nasty toxins.
Here are several ways to keep your body hydrated through your diet:
Drink Plenty of Water
A good target for water consumption is 8 glasses of water per day, but don't stop there if you meet your quota early in the day. For maximum effectiveness you should be continually drinking water all day long. While there is no substitute for water, we understand you might want to mix things up; we love herbal tea, water with lemon, or coconut water. Note: we always encourage drinking filtered water in a reusable glass or stainless steel vessel. Try and stay away from plastic, both disposable and reusable containers, whenever possible.
Become Familiar with Foods With High Water Content.
These foods include cucumbers, iceberg lettuce, celery, tomatoes, green peppers, cauliflower, watermelon, broccoli, baby carrots, among others. Salad anyone? Incorporate these foods into your regular diet and staying hydrated will won't take a second thought.
Eat Your Fruits and Veggies
Fruits and veggies (organic and washed!), whether alone, in a salad, or in a soup, are packed full of water and vitamins and are essential for hydration. And don’t discount the peels! They contain some important vitamins and minerals that are great for hydration and skin elasticity. So, add a lemon with its peel to your next glass of water, or keep the peel on your cucumber when you add it to a salad.
Eliminate Junk Food
Avoid foods with refined sugar, trans fatty acids, and a high-sodium content. Think: potato chips, pretzels, and other packaged food that falls under the “junk food” category. These foods severely dehydrate the skin and don’t provide any beneficial nutrients.
Load up on Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Foods like salmon, tuna, almonds, chia seeds, and avocados are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which work to regulate the skin’s natural oil production and contain superb antioxidant properties to fight free radicals. Omega-3s can also help protect skin against the enzymes that destroy collagen, which means they fight against the signs of aging!
When your skin is properly hydrated, it is prime to absorb the skincare products you use (your skin is a giant tissue, after all) This means it essential to avoid products with potentially harmful ingredients. Instead, pick products with good-for-you ingredients that promote hydration, like our B Quenched Facial Oil, Tinted Moisturizer, Dream Cream, Nighttime Antioxidant Serum, and Daytime Antioxidant Serum.