In your 20s, it’s easy to take your skin for granted. Despite the drying effects of late nights out, leaving your makeup on, and spending too much time in the sun, your skin might snap back to its fresh, hydrated, glowing self, right? Not necessarily. When your moisture levels become unbalanced, you can find yourself combating tight, dry skin that’s not only uncomfortable in the present, but also problematic in the long run.
Recent findings regarding the skin’s natural hydration process suggest that some areas of the face dry out faster than others. So, in order to keep your skin’s moisture balance, well, in balance, you’ll need to ensure you’re giving it the hydration that it needs, regularly. How can you prevent this dried-out sensation and obtain—and maintain—skin’s moisture…stat? Florence Benech, French pharmacist and L’Oréal Cosmetic active international director for skin care development, shares four tips to help keep your skin hydrated, below.
Find a product that is deeply hydrating and nourishing.
We recommend Vichy’s mineralizing water from the French volcanoes. The water is formulated with 15 essential minerals that help combat the signs of skin aging, soothe skin, and strengthen it against internal aggressors—like stress—and external aggressors—like pollution. Best of all, the water is found at the heart of each and every Vichy product.
Tap into day creams formulated with sugars with hygroscopic properties
(which means that they attract and hold water). These types of creams help to smooth the appearance of the skin by forming an invisible film on its surface. Plus, thanks to their ability to provide long-lasting hydration, they help plump up the look of your skin. Hyaluronic acid is one ingredient that comes to mind; you’ll love the refreshed, cushion-like look it can provide.
Stick to lukewarm water
in the shower, as hot water dries out your skin. And remember to moisturize the moment you pat yourself dry.
Perspiration opens your pores and promotes the production of sebum and lipids, whose functions include nourishing and strengthening the skin’s barrier.
One more tip? While it seems like a no brainer, enjoy at least 8 glasses of water throughout the day to keep your body healthy and hydrated from the inside, out!