Do you agree that well-hydrated facial skin will look healthier and more radiant? To get it, of course you have to be diligent in taking care of your face, for example by changing your diet and applying the right facial cleansing routine. If your skin is already dehydrated, you'll likely need additional treatments to increase its moisture levels and reduce irritation. Come on, take care of your face properly because positive changes won't happen overnight!
Method 1 of 4: Using Products That Can Hydrate Your Face
Step 1. Buy a water-based moisturizer
In fact, petroleum-based moisturizers run the risk of drying out your skin, especially when the weather is very cold. Therefore, you should use a water-based moisturizer made from natural ingredients to keep the skin hydrated and nourished.
Look for a moisturizer that contains the following ingredients: cocoa butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, lanolin, olive oil, shea butter, or tallow (beef or lamb fat)
Step 2. Choose products that contain aloe vera to reduce the risk of irritation
Aloe vera is one of the natural ingredients to treat irritated and peeling skin due to dehydration. Therefore, try using it to increase the water content in the skin as well as relieve itching or redness that appears.
Try wearing an aloe vera mask that is specifically designed to treat dehydration
Step 3. Apply the oil to dehydrated facial skin
If your facial skin really needs fluids, try applying a special oil to restore moisture. For example, you can pour a few drops of oil on your skin to lock in moisture while keeping it hydrated.
Treatments based on olive oil and jojoba oil are very effective for treating dry skin
Step 4. Find facial care products that suit your skin type
Naturally oily facial skin definitely needs moisturizing products with different levels than sensitive facial skin. In addition, young skin of course has different needs from mature skin. That is why, you need to determine the trigger of skin dehydration to find out the right treatment method.
Consult a dermatologist who can identify your skin type more accurately and help recommend the right skin care products, especially if you don't know the root cause
Step 5. Exfoliate 1 to 2 times a week
Exfoliating can help exfoliate dead skin cells and make it easier for moisturizing products to be absorbed into the skin afterwards. To do this, try rubbing the skin in a circular motion using a towel, then rinsing with warm water until clean.
Don't exfoliate your skin more than twice a week. Be careful, excessive exfoliation can tear the skin and make it irritated
Method 2 of 4: Maximizing the Benefits of Face Masks
Step 1. Choose a face mask that contains moisturizing ingredients
Remember, each type of face mask will provide different benefits for the skin, and there are several ingredients that can provide maximum benefits for moisturizing your skin. Therefore, try buying a mask that contains hyaluronic acid or ceramides. Both are able to lock in moisture and repair skin that is too dry.
If you prefer to wear a natural face mask, try making a mask from ingredients such as citrus fruits, honey, almond oil, eggs, and avocado
Step 2. Apply the face mask after, not before, showering
Although wearing a face mask before showering sounds more reasonable, the steam from the shower can actually help open up your skin pores. That is why, the condition of the skin after bathing will be more ideal to absorb the moisturizing content in the mask! If you're not in a hurry, take a shower before you apply any kind of face mask.
If you absolutely must put on a mask before taking a shower, don't remove the mask in the bathroom so the steam from the shower can help increase its effectiveness
Step 3. Leave the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes
Give your skin enough time to absorb the moisturizing ingredients in the mask! That is why, masks should be removed after 10 minutes, unless there are different instructions on the packaging.
Step 4. Try using two masks daily to maximize the benefits
In other words, apply one mask first. After letting it sit for a few minutes, rinse off the first mask, then apply a different mask. Because the performance of the mask will be more effective on open skin pores, take advantage of conditions when the skin is damp to apply two different masks.
- Make sure you only wear 2 face masks every day. Remember, the mineral content that can be absorbed by your facial skin is also limited.
- Don't use two masks at the same time! Rinse the first mask before applying the next mask.
Method 3 of 4: Using Natural Ingredients
Step 1. Use skin care products that contain honey
Honey is actually a humectant, a substance that can adhere well to the skin and restore moisture. To get the benefits, you can buy skin care products that contain honey, make a face mask from honey, or replace the role of cleansing soap with honey for a few weeks. Try observing the positive results on your skin!
For example, you can clean your face with a mixture of milk and honey. To make it, you just need to mix milk and honey in a bowl, then apply the solution all over your face using a cotton swab
Step 2. Apply an oatmeal mask or clean your face with an oatmeal solution
Oatmeal is one of the natural care products to moisturize the skin. To receive the benefits of hydration, try turning oatmeal into a face mask with a mixture of honey. The process of making it is very easy! You just need to mix mashed oatmeal with honey and water in a bowl, then apply it all over your face. If you don't want to bother, you can also buy facial care products made from a mixture of oatmeal, milk, and/or yogurt to clean your pores.
Step 3. Consume avocado to keep skin moisturized
Did you know that the lipid content in avocados is very good for moisturizing the skin? In particular, avocados contain healthy fats that can keep your skin supple without risking increasing levels of bad cholesterol in your body. Therefore, try to eat 1 to 2 servings of avocado per week to maximize its benefits.
- Avocado is able to soften and hydrate your skin.
- Avocado can also be processed into a face mask that functions to moisturize the skin.
Step 4. Clean the skin with olive oil to moisturize it
Olive oil is proven to be able to soften dry or dehydrated skin. Therefore, try applying a small amount of olive oil to your face after a bath or exposure to steam from the shower to maximize its absorption. Then, let the oil sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse with cold water.
Like honey, olive oil is also a natural humectant
Method 4 of 4: Keeping Your Body Hydrated
Step 1. Drink as much water as possible every day
Although drinking water will not necessarily increase the water content in the skin, doing so can help flush toxins out of the body. As a result, the condition of the skin will remain healthy and moist.
- There are no specific rules regarding proper water intake. However, the average man should consume at least 4 liters of water, while women should consume at least 3 liters of water every day.
- Don't drink too much water to hydrate your skin. Don't worry, as long as the portion of water that enters the body is sufficient, the benefits will definitely be felt by your skin.
Step 2. Put on sunscreen before going outside
Be careful, ultraviolet rays can weaken the skin layer and suck moisture. Therefore, you should always wear sunscreen before going outside, and reapply it periodically if the duration of the activity is long enough.
Step 3. Clean your face with warm or cool water
Don't use hot water, which can dry out your skin and counteract the healing properties of your skincare products! Ideally, you should wash your face with cool water. However, if your skin is sensitive, there's nothing wrong with using lukewarm water.
Step 4. Take vitamins that can hydrate the skin
In fact, one of the factors that determine the health of your skin is its hydration level. That is why, you need to try to consume B vitamins, vitamin C, and omega 3 fatty acids that can maintain optimal skin health and moisture.
If you don't like taking vitamins, try eating foods rich in nutrients such as bananas, broccoli, nuts and seeds, spinach, strawberries, lemons, potatoes, and pears
Step 5. Go to sleep with the humidifier on
A humidifier is not only able to humidify the air in the room, but is also effective at hydrating dry skin. If the air is very dry or the humidity level is low, try turning on a humidifier in your room to keep your skin moisturized.
Ideally, the humidity level in your room should be in the 30-50% range
Step 6. Use a humidifier more often if the air is dry
For some people, the risk of dehydration actually increases in the winter or rainy season, while others are more prone to dehydration when the weather is hot. If you're aware of seasonal cycles affecting your skin condition, try to apply moisturizer more frequently during that season.
- Because dry air is prone to dehydration, being in an area with low humidity will also have a similar negative effect.
- If needed, you can apply moisturizer twice a day instead of once as usual.
- If you experience eczema, immediately take further treatment so that the skin can stay hydrated.
- Immediately apply skin care products after bathing so that the content in it can more easily seep into the skin pores.
- Try to see a dermatologist if your skin condition remains dry or dehydrated after various types of treatments.