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8 Moisture Retention Skincare Tips

Moisture Retention 

Do you have skin that is dry, red, scaly, or simply irritating in general? Your moisture barrier is probably in desperate need of some tender loving care.

The skin's moisture barrier, which is made up of cholesterol, fatty acids, and ceramides, is responsible for keeping your skin moisturised and healthy by sealing in moisture. It may create major skin hydration concerns when it's injured or impaired.

Moisture barrier degradation, fortunately, isn't permanent. You can reverse the damage and restore normal moisture to your skin by making the necessary lifestyle modifications.

While long-term improvements to your skin take time, you may begin to rebuild your moisture barrier and see a significant increase in skin hydration in as little as a few days. In fact, moisture levels in the skin may be changed in as little as 24 hours.

What are the best methods to keep your skin hydrated?

The long and short of keeping your skin moisturised are summarised in these easy steps.

  • Get a good night's sleep of 8 to 9 hours.
  • Showers should be kept for 5 to 10 minutes and with lukewarm water.
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Smoking should be limited or avoided.
  • Use a mild cleanser instead.
  • Consume a well-balanced diet rich in necessary fatty acids.
  • Use ceramides, hyaluronic acid, lipids, and fatty acids-containing products.
  • Apply a moisturising sleep mask to your face.
  • Sun, wind and cold should all be avoided.
  • Petroleum jelly may be used to create a moisture barrier.

How to retain moisture in the skin naturally?

It's a good idea to verify your skin's current moisture level before diving in. There's a simple test that can assist you with this. Pinch the fleshy portion of your skin where the cheek and under-eye region meet with your thumb and index finger.

When you do this, your clear skin will seem "tented" or trapped in the form of your pinch for a brief period. The speed with which your skin snaps back into place indicates your moisture level.

The greater the degree of hydration, the faster it snaps back. Dehydration is typically indicated by skin that slowly returns to its original position.

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When should you get up?

Getting up early may be beneficial. However, if you want to speed up the mending of your skin's moisture barrier, you'll need to get some rest, preferably 8 to 9 hours.

Your skin repairs itself and replenishes moisture throughout your resting hours, and having more (and higher quality) sleep may help your skin rebuild its moisture barrier.

According to a 2014 study, those who slept well had a 30 per cent faster healing of their moisture barrier in 72 hours than those who slept poorly. Aim for at least 8 to 9 hours of sleep each night to help the skin repair.

What should I drink today?

Many individuals concentrate on goods when it comes to restoring their moisture barrier, but what you put into your body is just as essential as what you put on it.

So, if you want to restore hydration to your skin and rebuild your moisture barrier, give your body what it needs to keep hydrated. To put it another way, drink a lot of water.

Because your skin is made up of 30% water, keeping hydrated — even if you're not a big water drinker — may help balance water loss and enhance moisture in the skin.

Drink a cup of water for every alcoholic or caffeine-containing beverage you consume.

What should I do today?

Change your pillowcase.

To preserve your skin, replace your cotton pillowcases with a softer, less absorbent fabric. Try:

  • silk 
  • bamboo 
  • satin

Although there is no scientific evidence to support this, silk cloth may absorb less moisture than cotton.

If you need to, check the labels on your cleanser and get rid of it.

It's crucial to wash your face every day, but the improper cleanser might strip your skin of its natural oils, causing more damage than good to your moisture barrier.

Avoid:

  • foams or gels
  • perfumed goods 
  • antibacterial cleansers 
  • exfoliating washes

When should I go to bed?

You may be tempted to stay up late — after all, it is the weekend! — but get to bed early (before 11 p.m.). The sooner you go to bed, the more sleep you'll receive and the longer your skin will have to restore itself.

Increase your nutritional intake

Increase your zinc intake to boost the moisture-barrier-repairing effects of your meal. Zinc may help the skin produce more collagen and speed up the healing process.

foods that are rich in zinc. Among them are:

shellfish, beans, meats, seeds, and whole grains

Daily use of collagen is also considered to improve joints and skin, albeit there isn't enough scientific proof to back this up.

The following are the most significant components to search for:

  • Ceramides are a kind of lipid that aids in skin healing.
  • Prevent transepidermal water loss with hyaluronic acid (HA), a humectant that binds moisture and slows the pace at which water evaporates from the skin (HA can bind 1,000 times its weight in water!)
  • To build up the moisture barrier and keep moisture in, you'll need lipids and fatty acids, which you'll need to replace if you wish to restore it.

Make sure your skin is hydrated

Do you lack the necessary products? Don't worry; you probably already have everything you need to restore the moisture barrier in your pantry.

Vegetable- [or] plant-based oils include essential fatty acids and vitamin E, which are beneficial to all of your cell membranes and may be absorbed via the skin.

Overnight hydration

The greatest thing you can do to speed up the moisture barrier repair process is to stay hydrated at all times. 

To make your own, puree half a cucumber with a few teaspoons of aloe vera gel in a blender until smooth, then apply a thin layer over your face. Cucumber relieves dryness and irritation, while aloe vera provides moisturising effects.

Bring up the heavy hitters: petroleum jelly

If your skin still doesn't seem to be retaining moisture, it's time to bring in the major gun – petroleum jelly. If your moisture barrier is severely damaged, petroleum jelly is one of the most effective (and inexpensive) treatments available.

Petroleum jelly (also known as Vaseline) is an occlusive that creates a barrier over your skin and traps moisture, preventing transepidermal water loss by 98 per cent.

If you want to restore your moisture barrier, you must reduce stress as much as possible.

Stop and take a few deep breaths the next time you're feeling overwhelmed. Just a few minutes of deep breathing may help your moisture barrier rebuild itself by triggering your body's relaxation response and reducing tension.

How to moisturise your skin from the inside out?

Concentrate on hydrating meals and beverages. There are many reasons to eat a diverse, healthy diet, even if it hasn't been scientifically shown to moisturise the skin from the inside.

Consider including the following items in your diet:

  • nuts 
  • oily fish
  • olive oil
  • avocado
  • cucumber 
  • sweet potato

Limit dehydrating meals and beverages such as:

  • alcohol
  • refined carbohydrates with caffeine
  • salty meals sugary sweets and beverages

Bathing should be limited

While bathing in a hot bath may be a relaxing experience, doing so too often can cause the skin to become dry and flaky. The water may strip skin of its natural oils, particularly if it's really hot.

The same is true when it comes to cleansing your face. It's preferable to use lukewarm water. Consider an oatmeal bath if you want a bath with extra advantages. Oatmeal contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities that may help dry, irritated skin.

To prepare an oatmeal bath, use a food processor to grind a few handfuls of oats into a fine powder, then mix it into your bath water. Keep in mind that it should not be too hot!

Consider your skin care products carefully

The term "gentle" comes to mind when it comes to maintaining the skin's moisture barrier. That means you should avoid strong exfoliants and foamy cleansers, which may leave your skin feeling very dry.

Instead, choose moisturising products with components like hyaluronic acid, glycerine, citric acid, and ceramides.

Natural therapies may also be beneficial. Coconut oil is a good moisturiser, according to earlier research, albeit it should be avoided if you have a coconut allergy. Aloe vera, on the other hand, is supposed to moisturise and cure the skin.

Make use of a humidifier

Your skin may be dried out by the air around you. A humidifier replenishes the moisture in the air, which is helpful to the skin.

Always remember to apply sunscreen

It's easy to forget about sunscreen, especially when the sun isn't shining, but it should be a part of your regular skin care regimen.

Sunscreen not only protects your skin from UV damage, but it also protects your skin's moisture barrier.

Take Away

There is no quick remedy for moisturised, healthier skin. A stronger product may provide temporary comfort, but instead of mending your moisture barrier, it may replace it. This isn't going to help your skin's natural barrier.

You'll be well on your way to having healthier, more radiant skin if you follow these suggestions. Consider introducing one or two new habits at a time, developing a weekly meal plan consisting of skin-healthy items, and getting a water bottle to encourage you to drink more water.