4 ways to properly hydrate your skin from the inside out!
Water constitutes the elementary molecule from which our organism is made: as the body contains 70% water. It is therefore fundamental to maintain a sufficient level of water in your body
Dry skin is a skin type, but dehydrated skin is a skin condition which anyone can experience regardless of what their skin is like. Dry skin has a lack of oil or lipids. With dehydrated skin there is a lack of water in the top layer of your skin.
Here are 4 ways to get enough moisture to your skin from the inside out:
1- With moisturising foods:
Our body loses between 2L and 2.5L of water per day. This physiological loss is mainly replaced by our food. In particular fruits and vegetables which ensure good food hydration.
A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and dairy products are much more hydrating than that of food rich in proteins and starches.
To help you balance your diet, here are the top 10 most hydrating foods:
- Cucumbers: 96% water
- Courgettes: 94% water
- Tomatoes: 93-95% water
- Squashes: 90% water
- Watermelon Melons: 90-91% water
- Berries: Strawberries, 90% water
- Citrus fruits – grapefruits, lemons, oranges: 89% water
- Apples: 84-85% water
- Grapes: 80% water
2 – Get a regular water supply throughout the day.
Hydrate regularly: The best advice is to drink 8 to 10 glasses or 2L to 2.5L of water throughout the day.
You can distribute your water intake like this:
- When you wake up on an empty stomach:
1 glass of water, with the addition of lemon juice to cleanse your body (however, avoid lemon juice if you suffer from gastric acid disorders). This eliminates toxins, detoxifies the body while hydrating it.
- At breakfast have a cup of a hydrating drink, like Baobab tea which is jam packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants.
- Throughout the day sip 4 glasses of water to stay well hydrated, including before lunch and dinner as 1 glass of water will aid digestion. Also drinking water before meals helps to purify the colon, which allows it to better absorb nutrients.
- At bedtime have 1 glass of water to keep a good level of hydration during the night.
3 – Drink the best hydrating drinks:
Drinking water can be boring for some, even if you already alternate with herbal teas. Note that there are also other very hydrating drinks such as our Hibiscus, Moringa and Baobab which will also have many benefits for your body!
- Tomato juice: rich in water, of course, but also in vitamins A, B and C, amino acids, minerals, antioxidants.
- Coconut water: it hydrates the body and is rich in potassium.
- Aloe vera juice: with its purifying and antioxidant properties, it is very beneficial.
- Fruit/veg infused drinks: just add fruit to water!
Like for example, strawberries, watermelons, cucumbers, lemon, basil, mint, blueberries … the combinations are multiple and allow you to vary the pleasures!
4 – Make sure you avoid foods and drinks that dehydrate:
For the best hydration, you must at the same time limit as much as possible the drinks and foods that will exacerbate the problem of dehydration.
So avoid in excess:
- sugary drinks
- caffeine: coffee, fizzy drinks
- salt: be sure to look at the ingredients on packaging, as there can be a high salt content in a lot of the things on or supermarket shelves
By combining these 4 tips, you will allow your skin to retain a great hydration level!