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Keeping your skin hydrated is the key to a beautiful, healthy complexion. So what can you do, aside from using moisturiser every day, to make sure your dermis doesn't get too thirsty?
Start from the inside out. Your diet can have a big impact on the condition of your skin, so make sure you drink plenty of water and eat a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables.
It sounds simple, but it's one of the most basic things you can do to prevent your skin from drying out. When your body becomes dehydrated your skin will be the first area to show it.
Similarly, put a stop to those bad habits. Smoking and drinking alcohol can really strip the moisture from your skin, so quit the cigarettes and keep alcohol consumption to a minimum.
Outwardly, you should use organic beauty products that will not strip the natural oils from your skin. The regime you follow will depend on your skin type.
For example, if you have sensitive skin, it's especially important to use products that are free from harmful chemicals, dyes and fragrances that could cause your skin to flare up.
If your skin is oily, don't be fooled into thinking it's adequately hydrated. It could be greasy on the surface, but the cells below still need to retain moisture.
Using a serum in place of a regular cream at night is a great way to keep your skin hydrated, while oils are great to use once or twice a week for an instant moisture boost.
Apricot kernel oil makes a brilliant facial moisturiser. It'll leave your skin soft and deeply nourished without feeling greasy, so don't think you can't use it if your skin is oily.
Avocado oil is another wonder product and is especially beneficial for mature or sun-damaged skin.
Of course skincare doesn't stop at your jaw line. The skin on your neck and the rest of your body needs to be kept hydrated too, and with the countdown to summer now underway, this could be the ideal time to get into some good habits.
Natural organic shea butter is a real treat for the skin, tackling not only dryness, but fine lines and blemishes too. Stock up now ladies!
Posted by Laura Andrews