We love drenching our skin in the latest antioxidant rich oils to infuse it with deep hydration; the key to youthful skin, but did you know that even oils aren’t enough if you’re not taking care to maintain your skin’s natural moisture levels?
The skin’s barrier is responsible for ensuring that moisture is properly absorbed into the pores, as well as not lost through the pores. However, if this barrier (also referred to as the lipid barrier) is impaired due to improper skin and lifestyle habits then your skin is going to be dry, flaky and at an increased risk of aging.
In this article we’ll talk about a few of the biggest culprits that damage the skin’s barrier function and natural ways to fix them so you can enjoy that gorgeous, youthful skin you deserve!
Using harsh conventional products
If you’re using conventional products filled with synthetic and drying ingredients then they have got to go!
These products can strip your skin of beneficial oils needed to keep it balanced and happy, so ditch the products making your skin unhappy and fill your beauty cabinet with all natural and organic products instead, such as ours here at Civilized Cosmetics.
Not only will your skin stay perfectly hydrated, powerful nutrients will sink down deep into the pores and deliver real, long-term results with regular use.
Over using hot water
We all love steamy showers, but when your skin starts to turn red or if you’re going to be under the jets for longer than just a couple minutes things may turn a little ugly.
By that, we mean the hot water is going to completely strip your skin from moisture and it’s going to take more than just one application of facial oil to get it back to its natural state.
Use lukewarm water to rinse your skin and always apply your facial oil while your skin is still damp for the best absorption.
A poor diet
Last, but most importantly, a healthy diet is absolutely essential for a balanced, hydrated and happy skin.
Unhealthy foods like sugar can actually draw water out of the cells putting your skin (and your body!) at risk for dehydration.
Ditch the fake, processed stuff and fill your diet with whole, fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and oily fish to reduce inflammation, add hydration and promote a gorgeous glow!
These are just 3 ways you can get your skin back on track so you can enjoy the dewy, glowing skin of your dreams!
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