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The Importance of Skin Hydration

August 2, 2018

One of the most important parts of a beauty regimen is taking care of your skin.  The skin is the largest organ of the body.  It is bigger than your heart.  It is bigger than your brain.  It covers every inch of your body.  It is super important that you take care of it – every day.

If you ask celebrities and models what some of their beauty tips are, they won't talk about false eyelashes or lipstick.  They will talk about a good skin moisturizer.  Especially for younger people, issues like acne can be more devastating to self-esteem than weight or crooked teeth. 

It is not just cosmetic reasons that you need to take good care of your skin.  There are over 3,000 possible skin disorders that can cause health issues.  Good skin care can help prevent a lot of these disorders. 

 

So why do we need skin?

 

Skin is the largest organ and controls many functions of the body. 

 

Functions of the skin

 

  • Skin protects the body from UV rays and bacteria.  It is the first defense to our organs and internal body.  It also protects us against certain types of injuries such as cuts, bruises, and tears. 

  • Skin allows us to feel sensations such as heat and cold.  Without skin, we would have no indication of when we are too cold or too hot.  This can lead to many different types of dangers to the body.

  • Temperature regulation is handled by the skin.  Our skin tells us when to sweat.  It tells us when we are getting too cold and need to cover up.  It also helps the body modulate its inner temperature.

  • The skin helps provide an immunity to many germs and microorganisms that can make us sick.  It protects the body from many different diseases.

  • One of the most important functions of the skin is excretion.  It allows our bodies to rid itself of waste, water and ammonia.  This is all important to homeostasis.

 

Dehydrated skin

 

One of the biggest problems we can encounter is dehydrated skin.  This can happen from not drinking enough water or not taking proper care of your skin.  There is a difference, however, between dry and dehydrated skin. Dry skin is a skin type you can be born with and is caused by the lack of oil, while dehydrated skin is a condition of not having enough water in the top layer of skin which anyone can experience.  Here are some of the signs of dehydrated skin:

 

  • Feels tight and rough

  • Is sensitive

  • Shows fine lines and wrinkles, making you look older

 

What causes dehydrated skin? 

 

Dehydrated skin is caused primarily by the sun, hard water and hot showers, and the wrong skincare routine.  For the most part you can control all of these elements. 
 

How to improve skin hydration?

 

So, you may have noticed that your skin is dehydrated.  It is not too late to turn it around.  There are many things you can do that will help get your skin back in top shape.

  • The first thing you should do is use a moisturizer.  It is not enough to use it every now and then.  You need to use it daily, sometimes more than once a day depending on how dehydrated your skin is.

  • Eat food with a lot of fatty acids such as nuts, salmon, and pumpkin seeds.

  • Increase your intake of silica to bind more water in your skin.  Silica-rich foods include oats, cucumbers, rice, wheat, onions, flaxseeds, avocados and more.  You can also take supplements (silica capsules or diatomaceous earth) or try our Sakury products which release silica directly into the skin.

  • Take warm showers, not hot showers.  This may be the easiest part of your skin care regimen.  Hot water dehydrates the skin and it takes hours to get back to normal.

  • Turn down the heat or air conditioner.  You don't want to expose your skin to either extreme temperature.  Keep your thermometer set at a moderate temperature to increase skin hydration.

  • Water, water, water!  You need to drink 8 glasses a day.  It will be hard at first, but over time it will become second nature.  It may be the most important part of skin hydration.

 

Benefits of hydrating the skin

 

If you take care of your skin, your skin will take care of you.  Here are just a few of the benefits of keeping your skin hydrated.

  • It will look supple and soft. This goes for your whole body, not just your face. 

  • Your skin will be less oily.  A huge complaint and contributor to acne is oily skin.  People spend hundreds of dollars on products to combat oily skin.  If you keep your skin hydrated, you shouldn’t encounter oily skin.

  • Your skin will be less itchy. It will feel better to the touch. Nothing is more unattractive than dry, irritated skin.

  • Your makeup will adhere better. Why spend a half hour doing your makeup if it's not going to stay on?

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