Summer Skin SOS: How To Keep Your Skin Hydrated


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By Jackie Edwards

Your skin needs moisture to look healthy and radiant, especially in the hot, dry summer. Hydration allows your skin to look plumper, which means it’ll turn back the clock by reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Here are some top tips to giving your skin the moisture it needs.

Juice Your Skin!

The easiest thing you can do for your skin is to drink more water. When your body’s hydrated, your skin flushes out toxins and looks more supple. If you’re bored with your regular H20, make it more exciting by adding slices of fruit to your water. This is also a clever way to eat more antioxidants that fight free radicals and keep your skin looking clear and beautiful.

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Commit To Your Moisturiser

A good moisturiser for your specific skin type (oily, dry, or combination) is just as important as how you use it. You should use moisturiser daily to soften your skin. If it feels soft, it won’t become tight or cracked, which can create cuts that lead to bacteria seeping in and causing infections.

Moisturiser that contains humectants, these are ingredients that draw moisture from the air around you, is especially important to keep your skin glowing. How to spot them on skincare products? Look for glycerin, trumella extract, and hyaluronic acid.

Be A Natural Beauty

If you have dry skin, the worst thing you can do is start using too many skincare products. These contain chemicals that can strip your skin of its natural oils and wreak havoc with your skin’s PH balance. Stick to a simple skincare regime and try to use as many natural products to hydrate the skin as possible, such as olive oil and coconut oil that are gentle on skin. This is especially important if you suffer from sensitive skin as it prevents irritation.

Worship The Sun(screen)

It’s not enough to dab on sunscreen before leaving the house. Research detailed by the British Association of Dermatologists states that most people apply less than half of the sunscreen quantity they should be applying to gain the protection listed on the sunscreen bottle! Be thorough with your sunscreen, paying attention to areas that are often overlooked, such as your nose and jawline.

Sunscreen helps to keep your skin hydrated. Those harmful UV rays can make your skin dry, red and even cause photo-ageing in the form of wrinkles and brown spots. To reduce your risk, always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, and reapply it every two hours. If you’re swimming or sweating a lot, you should reapply it as soon as it’s rubbed off.

Having soft, hydrated skin can easily be achieved if you follow the right skin care and lifestyle tips. By ensuring you give your skin TLC daily, it will reward you by glowing beautifully every day – and making you look years younger!

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Allison Hay

I joined the My Weekly team eight years ago, and I love the variety of topics we cover both online and in the magazine. I manage the digital content for the brand, sharing features and information on the website, social media and in our digital newsletters. There's so much I enjoy about the job, but the best bit is being able to connect with our readers instantly.