Our skin is not only our largest organ, it is also an amazing one! It protects, insulates, produces hormones and nourishes us all at once, and much more. It is thin in certain areas and thick in others, yet it is also broad (about 20sft). It feels weightless yet it’s heavy and accounts for about 15% of one’s body weight. It is constantly renewing and replacing its entire surface.
Because our skin is an organ, what we eat and drink can have a significant impact on how it functions. Not only that, but also what we put on our skin matters as well. Our skin also serves as a protective barrier for the other organs. It does this by producing natural oils that lock in moisture and act as a protective seal. When the balance of the natural oils on the skin get disrupted, the protective barrier breaks down which can lead to a number of health issues.
The best way to take care of your skin is to keep it hydrated and moisturized.
The following question has always puzzled me: what is the difference between hydration and moisture? So I did some research and here’s what I learned:
Definition: the process of causing something to absorb water.
Hydration is the amount of water in the skin, which can be impacted by the environment, weather, diet, and caffeine consumption. Our skin needs water (or humectant) to stay hydrated. Hydration makes the skin remain soft and supple.
Definition: water or other liquid diffused in a small quantity as vapor, within a solid, or condensed on a surface.
While hydration makes the skin soft, it won’t remain soft if there is no oil to keep the water from evaporating which would leave the skin flaky and dry. Remember that protective barrier?
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 T𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗶𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲?
Hydrators and Moisturizers work together to combat dryness and dehydration of the skin.
Combined, they can help you achieve soft, healthy and glowing skin.
If your skin is on the dry side, it means your skin is lacking oil and it needs to be moisturized. Common signs of dry skin are skin tightness, flaking, scaling, peeling, cracks and itching.
Dehydrated skin lacks water and needs to be hydrated. Common signs of dehydrated skin are inflammation, itchiness, dullness and increased appearance of fine lines.
It’s important to keep in mind that dry skin is a ‘skin type’ where as dehydrated skin is a ‘skin condition’. Here are some of the ways that I combat dry and/or dehydrated skin:
- Drink plenty of water (or herbal teas). I drink 96oz of water every day. That’s 12 glasses!
- Avoid coffee and caffeine as it dehydrates your body and skin. I only drink decaf coffee and I limit it to 3-4 cups per week. My favorite coffee substitutes are chicory latte, mushroom latte, and turmeric latte.
- Exfoliate once or twice a week to get rid of dead skin. I use a gentle exfoliator.
an oilor serum that contains a good oil such as Argan or Jojoba to your routine and put it on before your moisturizer.
- Consider a humidifier in your house and office. It keeps the air adequately humid so your skin doesn’t release moisture to the air.
- Cold weather, sun, hot showers, central heat,
andlow humidity can cause the skin to dry. I make adjustments to my routine in winter by using sunscreen, using a hydrating mist, taking cooler showers and avoiding central heat.
It is fascinating to me how our skin is different in different areas of the body’s surface. The skin on our eyelids is fine as a sheet of paper while the skin on the soles of our feet is as thick as two stacked nickels. This means that your eye cream is not going to work on your feet and vice versa.
Smooth Feet is designed to combat the thick, dry, dehydrated skin on the bottom of your feet. It does this by penetrating truly natural ingredients into the skin that attract water from the air and form a protective layer which locks in moisture that might otherwise escape. It also contains powerful antioxidants that encourage skin regeneration and prevent the harmful effects of environmental toxins.
What are you currently feeding your skin? Feel free to leave comments and share.