(2021 Guide) How to Keep Skin Hydrated and Glowing

This! This ‘how to keep skin hydrated‘ post is my all time favorite. I love skin/ skincare posts! I know so much and am so happy to share everything with you. Don’t worry I will make it simple and straightforward 🙂

how to keep skin hydrated
How to keep skin hydrated

Part 1: how to keep skin hydrated

Here is my truth – your skin will not remain smooth, supple and healthy forever. So the sooner you start preparing the better. At some point you will get small wrinkles (the start of many), your skin won’t feel as firm and it might even start to feel some sagging which is indicative of losing collagen. Dehydrated skin feels dry and itchy and you can often have dark under eye circles.

Dehydrated skin can be dull and itchy

Before we learn about how to keep skin hydrated it is important to address each factor which is responsible for skin dehydration and here they are:

  1. Air conditioning – dries out your skin and causes dehydration
  2. Weather – especially the sun which can be damaging so consider using sunblock on the daily
  3. Lack of Sleep – also damaging to ones general health
  4. Not enough drinking water (suggested 1. 5 liters per day)
  5. Too many hot showers/ baths
  6. Harsh skincare routine (scrubs/ toners for instance)
  7. Genetics (no evidence but my opinion)
  8. Skincare ingredients such as fragrances/ harsh chemicals which can remove moisture from the skin
Drink water to keep skin hydrated

7 ways to keep your skin hydrated

1. Drink as much water as you can every single day – to be honest I am NOT a fan of water – but if I add some fruit/ slices of lemon/ pieces of strawberries I find myself drinking more and it must be cold!

2 and 3. Use skincare serums and moisturizers that have Hyaluronic Acid in them – these you can find on the Glamore Cosmetics website and they are game changers. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance in the skin that has the ability to hold incredible amounts of moisture. Skin Boost With 15% Hyaluronic Acid 30 ml concentrate is a serum that will replenish the skin, revitalize and flood the skin with moisture. As we age, our skin looses the ability to preserve moisture, resulting in the visible loss of firmness, pliability, and plumpness. Hyaluronic acid swoops in with the ability to replenish moisture that is crucial to having younger-looking, supple skin.

At the same time, it revitalizes skin’s outer layers so they look and feel softer, smoother, and glowingly hydrated to instantly improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Can be used together with the Skin Boost day and night cream with Hyaluronic Acid also from AA Cosmetics.

4. Avoid using hot hot water – the biggest problem with using water that is too hot is that it depletes the moisture in your skin leading to dehydration. Once the moisture has been depleted the skin barrier is weaker which can then lead to other more severe skin conditions.

5. Use skincare masks/ pamper products that contain Hyaluronic acid on a weekly basis. Due to the pandemic last year our lives have changed. From what I can see there is less emphasis on makeup and more people are spending time on looking after their skin. DIY has become super popular. We make skincare masks at home, bath bombs, body products taking time to pamper ourselves and destress.

6. Be aware of ingredients – I recently wrote a blog post about the importance of using cruelty free, vegan friendly and products that are hypoallergenic. I cannot emphasis this enough. Dry skin = Sensitive skin and vice versa.

7. Eat foods that contain plenty of water such as cucumber, oranges and berries which also contain vitamin C are really good for your skin health.

healthy foods keep skin hydrated

Part 2: keep skin hydrated and glowing

Right so we have skin that is hydrated – it is plump and feels healthy and guess what?? It will glow as well 🙂 It will be glowy and possibly dewy even BUT when I think of glowing skin I need to be honest I think of that NASA GLOW. This is my opinion but to glow – well – you need a highlighter my girl – fact! There are different products which will give you glowing skin such as a liquid shimmer and then also different baked highlighters.

Glowing skin using makeup

I was all about ‘less is more’ kind of vibe but apparently when it comes to highlighter – MORE IS MORE! And one can never ever have enough highlighters/ glittery shimmery makeup. A highlighter transforms your skin hiding skin imperfections like under eye circles (from lack of sleep/ stress) and giving you a pick me up feeling and/ or radiant glow. It has been described as ‘sunshine in a bottle’ mimicking fresh, healthy dewy skin.

How to choose a highlighter for your skin tone?

Take your highlighter cue from your natural skin color – which means pale to medium skin tones suit champagne and apricot tones, skin with a hint of yellow should look for more pink in their highlighter, while olive and dark skins look beautiful with more bronzy, golden highlights. Highlighter is meant to mimic the way natural light (such as candlelight or sunlight) catches and reflects off the high-points of your face. And whether you choose liquid, cream or baked highlighter it is your preference. Glamore Cosmetics has a Trio baked highlighter which consists of 3 different shades of highlighters – these can be used individually or together.

Baked Trio Highlighter from Glamore Cosmetics

This baked makeup trio comes in 3 shades: blush, highlighter and bronzer and each have a ripple of marble through them making them 3 dimensional. They give an extra shimmer especially when combined. The baked makeup trio is cruelty free and vegan friendly and perfect for all skin types and even skin tones. It takes pigment and intensity to the next level with one swipe of your brush. The velvet soft formula blends so easily and builds effortlessly making natural makeup and next level makeup that much easier.

In conclusion dehydrated skin has lost a layer of cells due to the skin lacking moisture. Oily skin can also be dehydrated because the skin barrier has been damaged. Over time this layer can be restored – but remember it will take time nothing happens overnight. So to get glowy dewy skin you need to focus on hydration and once your skin is hydrated BOOM your skin will be fresh and happy. Be patient.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me.

Gael Baines

Gael Baines

Gael Baines

I have a PhD in Medical Biochemistry from UCT and has specialized in research fields such as Breast Cancer, Tuberculosis and HIV. I have interacted with the Cosmetics & Fragrance Council of SA which assists with the importing of safe cosmetics into SA.

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