One of the cardinal rules of skincare is that you need to keep your skin properly moisturized to keep it healthy. Most of us remember this and try to regularly moisturize for that very reason. Not everyone does though. This tends to be partly because of a natural skepticism towards received skincare wisdom and partly because making the effort to moisturize every day can be daunting to some early in their skincare journey. There’s no denying that all of us would prefer a simple, easy solution that doesn’t require a level of constant focus. Unfortunately, things aren’t that simple. Helping to keep your skin hydrated requires you top maintain a certain level of awareness to ensure that you’re doing all you can to avoid depriving your skin. We’ve got a few suggestions on how best to keep your skin drinking up all the moisture that it can so that it remains healthy, firm, and beautiful. None of these are going to be terribly hard, but they do require you to stay focused and remember these suggestions to keep your skin as moisturized as possible.

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Stay Hydrated
An easy way to help your skin out is to simply remember to drink water regularly. Drinking water when you’re thirsty will help you hydrate your skin from the inside out. This also comes with various other health benefits as well that will result from cutting back on less helpful drinks. Water is actually a better choice than consistently drinking fruit juices. The juices simply keep loading your body up with sugar that can, in turn, lead to weight gain. Water hydrates you and leaves you with a full feeling rather than adding to your problems. We do want to highlight that this recommendation to drink water regularly also comes with another bit of advice: avoid dehydrating drinks. That generally means not drinking an excess of anything sugary, which just makes you thirstier in the long run, as well as avoiding drinking alcohol in excess. Making the effort in both cases will help keep your skin healthy and hydrated.

Moisturize Intelligently
You can make your moisturizer work a little more for you if you use it right. Most people advise applying your moisturizers immediately after you exit the shower. We would like to encourage you to take this a step further. Put on your moisturizer before you even leave the shower. Remember that shower stalls and curtains do serve to help trap some of the moisture within the area. This gives you moisture rich air in which to apply your moisturizer. You’ll trap even more within your skin and thereby create a highly effective moisture seal. This is a particularly good choice for anyone who has to regularly deal with dry skin and for helping sort out areas of skin prone to being dry and rough like the bottoms of one’s feet. Remember that this sort of care is cumulative and will help decrease the excessive dryness over time, but you will likely feel some degree of immediate relief.

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Protect Your Skin
Keeping your skin properly protected is another way to ensure that it stays as moisturized as possible. This might not make immediate sense, but the truth is that healthy skin is actually better at sealing moisture in all on its own. That’s partly why sun damage tends to dry out our skin. It makes your skin that much susceptible to more damage as well as damaging the cells so that they need to repair themselves before they can help form an effective barrier. With that in mind, you need to remember to wear sunscreen regularly. Not only are such products often lightly moisturizing in their own right, but they offer a simple yet effective means of preventing one of the most common kinds of skin damage. Any sunscreen you use needs to offer broad spectrum protection to ensure you’re protected from both UVA and UVB rays. Beyond that, all you need to worry about is ensuring the product is SPF 30 or higher. That will help give your skin the protection it needs and thereby help prevent it from drying out as easily.

Doing your best to ensure your skin gets all the moisture it needs pays off in the long run. It keeps your skin healthier and more resilient. This, in turn, will ensure your skin is better able to age gracefully over the years. The extra effort will be worth it when you continue to look and feel more confident as the years pass by and remain effortlessly you.

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