We all know that we need to cleanse, tone and moisturise our skin each day and take our makeup off before bedtime in order for it to stay looking clear and healthy – but it’s important to make sure that you prioritise hydration when it comes to skincare, or you may find yourself dealing with fine lines, wrinkles and breakouts more often than not.
It doesn’t just come down to the products you’re using, it’s often how you’re using them as well that can make a big difference to the overall quality of your skin. Did you know, for example, that if you put your moisturiser on when your skin is damp that this helps to lock the hydration in? Apply this rule when you’re slathering yourself in body lotion, as well!
Also make sure that you have a good read of the ingredients list when you’re buying your products in the first place, as you may be missing a few that could be working wonders on your skin. Look out for anything with retinol, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and really give your skin a hydration boost.
It isn’t just moisturisers that can help with hydration, however, and these days we’re incredibly spoiled indeed with serums and toners that can help your skin stay properly hydrated, soft and well looked after. Tone your skin after cleansing, then use your serums before any facial oils and before your moisturising creams.
As we move into autumn and winter, you’re probably going to want to spend even longer in the shower than you do right now, but remember that doing so can actually help dry your skin out – something to avoid during the colder months, which can already be very unkind to your skin.
As soon as you get out of the shower, apply body oils and moisturiser when your skin is damp to really lock that moisture in and keep your skin healthy and glowing all winter long.
Your diet can also have a really important role to play in the overall quality of your skin, including the hydration levels. Obviously, drinking lots of water and staying hydrated will make a big difference so always make sure you’re drinking enough throughout the day, but think about what you’re eating as well.
The likes of oily fish, chia seeds, walnuts and flaxseed oil all have a lot of omega 3 fatty acids contained within, which can help to keep your skin hydrated and looking beautiful. You could have a great time coming up with lots of new recipes to feed the family with, giving yourself a real health boost at the same time.
For advice on facial aesthetics, visit Cardiff clinic Dermalogica Aesthetics today.