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In "Tips To Keep Your Skin Hydrated This Summer," Ashley Gardewine, a Licensed Esthetician, addresses the issue of dehydrated skin during the hot summer months. With seven practical steps, she guides readers on how to maintain a smooth and luminous complexion by staying hydrated, using mild cleansers, incorporating essential fatty acids, and applying a protective moisturizer to keep the skin healthy and glowing.

Summer is the season of sunshine, sand, chlorine, and soaring temperatures, and our skin can become just as dry and dehydrated in the summer as it is in the winter.  Dehydrated skin isn’t just dry and tight; it is also more prone to inflammatory conditions, such as acne and rosacea, and can look duller with more pronounced lines and wrinkles. Here are seven steps to accelerating your skin’s hydration for a smooth, luminous summer complexion.

  1. Drink Water and Plenty of It: The body is composed of more than 60% water, and we lose some of that every day from bodily functions and just existing. This loss is accelerated during the hot summer months when we perspire more heavily and for more extended periods.
  2. Eat Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids: Nuts, avocados, seeds, and oily fish, such as salmon and tuna, can positively affect the skin’s overall hydration levels.
  3. Keep Shower Temperatures on the Cooler and Shorter Side: Long, hot showers can deplete skin of essential hydration.
  4. Limit the Use of Potentially Irritating Active Ingredients: We can liberally apply the richest and most advanced moisturizers in the world, but if we are overdoing it with potentially irritating ingredients like AHAS and Retinol, our skin can still get dehydrated. While these are excellent ingredients, it’s essential to see how they react to the skin and not necessarily use them daily.
  5. Avoid Over-Cleansing and Use a Mild Formulation: Since we’re applying so much sunscreen, we may lean toward astringent cleansers and scrub to the point of squeaky cleanness, both of which can lead to dry, dehydrated, and irritated skin. I suggest SkinBetter Science Gentle Cleanser. It removes everything you don’t want on your skin without stripping it, but it also will treat blemishes and soothe even the most stressed and sensitive skin, including those prone to acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.
  6. Apply a Moisturizer That Will Protect The Moisture Barrier: This defensive layer of skin serves as a shield against harsh environmental conditions, toxins, pollution, and unhealthy bacteria. It also absorbs and traps moisture into the skin to help prevent transepidermal water loss, aka dehydration. Our Trio Moisturizer by SkinBetter incorporates a supercharged dual-weight hyaluronic acid molecule that acts as a sponge to attract and hold water into the skin, and squalene, a natural component of sebum that works overtime to help skin retain moisture, strengthen the skin barrier, and keep it clear of pollutants and impurities.

For questions about a specific skin care concern, treatment, or SkinBetter products, schedule a complimentary consultation online or call 309-692-6838.

To healthy, hydrated skin,

Ashley Gardewine, LE