Good body hydration is essential for the health of our skin, but we do not always have time to hydrate our body… However, like that of the face, the skin of our body needs to be nourished with moisturizing care to properly renew and protect itself from external aggressions (cold, pollution, sun…).
Do you know how to take care of your skin? Do you have the right habits for beautiful and healthy skin? To find out, take our quiz and discover how to keep skin soft and velvety all year long.
Do you hydrate your body every day of the year?
As with the face, you must hydrate your body every day without exception with a product adapted to your skin type, emphasizing especially rough areas such as elbows and knees. In winter, the skin dries up, the hydrolipid film weakens and stops fulfilling its protective barrier functions. Therefore, it is essential to nourish your skin daily with moisturizers that will leave a protective film on the epidermis and protect it from external aggressions. In summer, the same fight! The sun, sea water and pool water dry out the skin and accelerate its aging. The correct habit? Stay hydrated before, during, and after sun exposure to avoid crocodile skin.
Do you hydrate your body several times a day?
It is advisable to hydrate the body more than once a day ... but it depends on your individual skin type. Normal and oily skin can be satisfied with hydration only once a day. The good time? When you get out of the shower or bath because the water, often too hard, tends to dry out the skin. Combination and dry skin, on the other hand, should be hydrated twice a day: equally after washing, but also in the evening before going to bed, because sebum production decreases in the middle of the night.
Do you usually take very hot baths?
Watch out! Avoid baths that look like a boiling pot and opt for an average temperature of 37 degrees. Very hot water opens the pores and weakens the protective layer of the epidermis, drying it out. The correct habit? Finish your bath with a stream of cold water from the feet to the waist to firm the skin and stimulate blood circulation. Last tip ... Do not stay in your bath for more than 20 minutes to prevent your skin from softening and weakening.
Do you apply your moisturizer on damp skin?
The moisturizer should be applied once your skin is dry. When you get out of the shower, you should dry yourself by gently rubbing your body and avoiding vigorous rubbing, otherwise you will be attacking your epidermis. Once your skin is dry, apply your moisturizer by massaging your body with your fingertips until it is completely absorbed.
Do you regularly exfoliate your body?
Whether on the face or body, skin cells are renewed every day. To prevent them from accumulating on the surface and preventing the skin from breathing, it is essential to clean it periodically with an exfoliant that will make it more flexible and smooth. The frequency? Once a week for normal skin and up to twice a week for oily skin. Sensitive skin that dries quickly should not exfoliate more than twice a week. Another correct habit? Remember to hydrate your body well after each exfoliation to avoid a tight and dry epidermis.
Do you use any moisturizer for the body?
Not all moisturizers are right for you or at any time! If your skin is normal, prefer fluid textures that penetrate the skin more quickly and do not leave a sticky effect. In winter, when your skin feels tight, consider swapping your regular cream for a slightly more nutrient-rich treatment that will immediately reduce the feeling of discomfort. If your skin is dry, go for a creamy texture. When showering, avoid classic soaps and opt for a greasy shower gel. The same occurs with very sensitive skin, with atopic tendency, which should avoid deep cleansing products and resort to nourishing balms and specific care.
Is a good cream enough to hydrate you?
Applying a cream is not always enough to maintain a good level of hydration of the skin on your body. Hydration also implies food: choose foods full of vitamins, rich in essential fatty acids, rich in fiber... Remember to also drink water: 1.5 L a day... minimum!
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Why is body hydration important?
The skin envelops our entire body with a clear purpose: to protect ourselves. For this reason, it is very important to provide the best care so that it isolates us from external aggressions, adequately regulates the exchange of molecules between the external environment and internal tissues and helps to correctly control body temperature.
In this sense, one of the main care that we must take is to provide good hydration. Water is an essential element in all the tissues of our body and, in a very special way, in the skin. The most superficial part of the epidermis is the poorest in water, and it needs to stay hydrated to be in good condition.
When the skin does not have the adequate level of hydration it loses flexibility and becomes rough, dry and fragile. A clear indication is the appearance of symptoms such as flaking, rough skin and a feeling of tightness. In addition, if dehydration is intense or prolonged over time, wrinkles intensify, premature aging occurs and the skin becomes more vulnerable to external aggressions. Therefore, hydration is a key aspect for the skin, influencing its physical and mechanical characteristics.
Factors that affect our skin
In a natural way, the skin tries to maintain an optimal degree of hydration by reducing the escape of water into the atmosphere. To protect itself from excessive water evaporation, the epidermis secretes a hydrolipidic substance that acts as a protective screen.
However, this barrier weakens when the skin is exposed to water for a long time or when it is constantly exposed to multiple other aggressions:
- Climatic: cold, wind, sun, heat, dry environment, pollution, heating, air conditioning…
- Mechanical: waxing, rubbing, too frequent exfoliation…
- Chemicals: solvents, detergents, inappropriate cosmetics, topical application medications…
Due to all these adverse factors that the skin faces on a daily basis, it is necessary to provide it with hydration, nutrition and regenerate its protective layer periodically. To achieve this, follow the advice that we have shown you in our body hydration test.
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