DODGING THE WINTER SKIN BLUES
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PROPER HYDRATION AND GREAT SKIN
Skin hydration is the amount of fluid present in the body at a cellular level. Proper skin health requires maintaining hydration at both the intra-cellular (inside cells) and extra- cellular (outside cells). With much of the body made up of water, proper hydration and fluid levels are necessary for healthy cell and organ function.
Hydration keeps skin soft, pliable and elastic. The water content in skin is essential in performing its protective functions. Hydrated skin looks firmer, more supple, maintains thickness and is less wrinkled.
The most basic way to hydrate skin cells is to drink plenty of water, eat fruits and vegetables high in fluid content and anti-oxidants. Eating foods high in Omega 3's such as nuts, fish oils and berries improves the overall cell health by strengthening cell walls. Herbal teas designed with ingredients that enhance cell moisture are a great choice. Go for a walk or spend some time outdoors in our beautiful misty coastal outdoors – your skin will drink in the moisture and reward you with hydrated skin.
Great skin starts with good health and is enhanced with good skin care practices...natural hydrators, emollients and humectants working synergistically - gentle cleansing, hydration boosting serums and quality moisturizers will help keep skin looking and feeling its healthy best.
Practices that can rob your skin and cells of hydration are very hot showers and baths, washing with harsh soaps, using alcohol based toners and astringents, excessive consumption of caffeine and alcohol, and prolonged exposure to dry environments. Beautiful skin requires commitment, developing a routine or ritual of properly caring for your skin will pay off in a fresher, smoother, more radiant complexion.
QUICK DIY WINTER FACE MASQUE: 2 Simple Ingredients: 1 Ripe Avocado & a splash of olive oil. Mash Avocado with a fork, whisk in the olive oil and apply a layer to face and neck. Allow to absorb for about ten minutes, then rinse with warm water. The nourishing avocado facial treatment contains an abundance of anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and softening agents.