This harmattan season that has been on and off, one of the things I first noticed about my skin and lips was they were often really dry even after I had used lotion & lip balm and I had to recheck my routine and health habits. When it comes to skin care, we see a lot of information, products and tips on how to improve skin dryness and dehydration. It can be overwhelming consuming all these information. Today, I’m sharing three tips to help bring back moisture to your skin.
Track Your Water Intake
When your skin lacks water, the most obvious cure to fixing the issue is upping your water intake! Sometimes, however, your day can get super busy or you may be on a fast like I was and it’s tough to remember to take a break and grab a glass of water when you’re on the go. It’s often said we should drink at least eight glasses of water each day but you can consult your doctor or health care professional to see how many ounces of water you should be drinking every day. To help keep me on track, I take a glass of water before each meal and another after each meal, I would take a glass of water even if I am not thirsty too. Another thing I recently started doing is taking a bottle of water with me whenever I leave the house.
Choose Water-Rich Foods
Another great way to stay hydrated, when you don’t have a bottle of water handy, is to make conscious food choices that up your water levels too. Water-rich foods like watermelon, cucumber, tomatoes and oranges are great go-tos.
Look for products Containing Hydrating Ingredients
When your body is running low on water, drinking water usually does the trick, but you might feel that your skin is still dry and your lips are chapped and you need a quick fix. Eating healthy and combining it with products containing hydrating ingredients can do the trick for you. One ingredient to look out for is the hyaluronic acid; it acts as an Humectant, holding up to 1000 times its weight in water and even attracting moisture from the air.
Another ingredient to look out for is; Shea butter. It seals in moisture and has extensive anti-inflammatory and healing properties making it perfect for the lips especially chapped or dry lips. It’s usually one of the main ingredients found in lip balms.
I hope this post was really helpful and helps to keep your skin and lips hydrated. Do you have more tips? Do share below