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Let’s be honest: life can be stressful. Stresses from every day life can take a toll on our bodies, including our skin. Dry skin is a common problem for a lot of people. But the good news is, there are some simple lifestyle changes you can make to hydrate your skin naturally, without a lot of extra effort, and without any harmful treatments.
Many people want to improve the look and feel of their skin. Things like stress, environmental factors, vitamin deficiencies, and dehydration can all cause dry skin.
The skin is the largest organ in the body, so it’s important to care for your skin from the inside out. Topical moisturizers are one way to treat your skin from the outside, but it’s also important to care for your skin from the inside.
A few natural ways to hydrate your skin are by taking vitamins, drinking more water to stay hydrated, eating vitamin-rich fresh fruits and vegetables, and using natural oils topically like coconut oil or jojoba oil.
Skin health starts from inside the body. It’s important to make sure your body is nourished, and this begins with the things you consume. Our bodies can’t produce certain vitamins on their own, so we need to feed ourselves nutritious foods or supplements to supply our bodies with these vitamins.
Are you eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, or could you add more of these to your daily diet? Are you getting enough vitamins and minerals every day? If you don’t like to eat fruits or vegetables, try a vitamin-rich shake or drink mix instead.
There are several vitamins that may improve skin hydration and promote healthy and nourished skin, including:
If you’re eating nutritious foods and getting your essential vitamins and minerals but you’re still experiencing dry skin, take a look at your water intake. Are you drinking enough water?
Experts recommend drinking 64 ounces of water a day. But even drinking one more glass per day than you usually do can positively affect your skin.
Do you tend to forget to drink water? Try starting your day off with an 8-ounce glass, and then drinking another glass at night. Drinking water at a routine time each day can help you remember to stay hydrated. Do this and you may quickly see a natural increase in your skin’s moisture.
Many people with dry skin have heard that the only way to hydrate skin is topically with lotion. As we discussed above, the food and vitamins you consume and your level of hydration make a difference in your skin, and lotions don’t work for everyone.
If you have sensitive skin or you simply don’t like using lotion, there are other things you can do to hydrate your skin without lotion, such as:
Did you know that some lotions contain ingredients that actually promote more dry skin? Depending on your natural skin texture, you might find regular lotion or moisturizer to be unhelpful when it comes to treating your skin.
If this is the case, try using a natural oil instead of a traditional product labeled as a moisturizer or lotion. A good option to start with is jojoba oil, which has properties that mimic the natural oils found in skin. Other effective oils are coconut oil and argan oil. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s a natural product.
Because everyone’s skin is different, there are many reasons why your skin can be dry. By eating fresh, nutritious foods, supplementing with vitamins known for skin health, staying hydrated, and using natural oils on your skin, you can make sure that your skin is getting everything it needs to stay hydrated and healthy.