Natural Ways to Hydrate Skin

Hydrate skin from within.

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There are all kinds of natural ways to hydrate your skin and a little knowledge can lead to a beautiful complexion. Healthy, hydrated skin can be achieved from the inside out by taking care of what you put into your body through your diet. Being aware of nutrition and how it can help infuse your skin with moisture can help to enhance the benefits of skin hydrating lotions and potions. You can also hydrate the skin using natural beauty treatments.

Replenish

Regulating your fluid intake is an important component in keeping your skin hydrated. There are varying opinions regarding exactly how much water to drink. The thing to consider is that besides drinking water and other beverages, almost everything you eat also contains water. Consuming a healthy, varied diet will ensure a plentiful supply of fluid, which helps to maintain the hydration of the skin's cells. Dehydrated skin can lead to dry or itchy skin conditions.

Well Oiled

Another natural way to keep the skin hydrated is to provide it with a healthy supply of good oils. This can be achieved through your essential fat intake. Cosmetic manufacturers now add Omega-3 essential fats to their products, but you can also get them directly through your diet. Oily fish such as salmon, tuna and sardines and some types of nuts and seeds contain high levels of essential fatty acids and eating them regularly can help to keep the skin's cells lubricated.

Topical

Natural plant oils Evening Primrose, Vitamin E and Jojoba nourish and hydrate the skin. They also contain other protective antioxidant benefits to help ward of wrinkles. You can buy these oils individually and cheaply to create your own rich blend. To make your own homemade luxe hydrating nighttime serum, combine one tbsp. of each oil and add one drop of bergamot, an essential oil. Rub a small amount of the serum on your skin and leave it on overnight for a lovely glow.

Mask It

Natural ingredients are easy to find in your cupboard at home or at the local market. Avocados are full of lush skin boosting nutrients and essential fats. Take a half of one, mash up the pulp, add three tbsp. of oatmeal and two tbsp. of clear honey. Mix together to make a paste and smooth a layer onto face, leaving for approximately five minutes. This will slough away dull dead skin and hydrate, leaving it soft and moisturized.

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