JUN 07, 2023
Skin care can feel complicated, but one thing rings true: in order to have healthy looking and feeling skin, it should be adequately hydrated. A combination of factors, including your skin type, environment, and the products you use, can contribute or detract from skin hydration. Continue reading to help take the mystery out of skin care and learn a few ways to hydrate your skin and keep it glowing all year round.
01 What Is Hydrated Skin?
02 Why Is Skin Hydration Important?
If your skin can’t stay hydrated, it can’t serve your health and wellness. Simple lifestyle changes to promote the functional integrity of your skin health can revolutionize how you feel every day. By understanding the difference between hydrating vs moisturizing as well as integrating simple and effective skin hydrating habits into your routine, you can begin to hydrate your skin in a sustainable way.
03 What Causes Dehydrated Skin?
Skin’s thickness and barrier function plays an essential role in the amount of transepidermal water loss that you experience. If your skin barrier is compromised, you may experience dehydration. Factors that can compromise a skin’s moisture barrier include poor diet and inadequate daily water intake.
Illnesses can also cause dehydrated skin. Losing bodily fluids through vomiting or diarrhea drains the body of water. You may not feel up to drinking extra water while feeling sick, leading to dehydration that affects your entire body.2 Going for a prolonged period without enough water in your system means your body becomes less efficient at delivering nutrients to your organs and systems, which can have a downstream effect on skin, including flaking and breakouts.
Anyone who exercises intensely or sweats daily may also struggle with dehydrated skin. Sweating uses your internal fluids to cool your body, but it also means depleting essential water and electrolytes in your organs. Without replenishing your body during exercise, you may experience increased challenges due to dehydration.
04 How to Test Skin Hydration Levels
You can easily test your skin hydration levels at home by pinching the skin on your cheek or the back of your hand. If it slowly goes back into place, you’re likely dehydrated. You could also need more water if your skin feels too tight to pinch.
If you want to get a more detailed story of your skin’s hydration, your dermatologist can use instruments such as a spectroscopic machine, which provides a skin structure analysis and information about hydration, among other skin health parameters.3 Other techniques like capacitance and Raman are also available in some offices.
05 Best Ways to Hydrate
Use Ingredients that Promote Healthy Skin Cells
When your skin cells are healthier and able to produce more hyaluronic acid naturally, your skin will become better equipped to retain moisture.
Invest in a Humidifier
Gently Exfoliate Up to Three Times Weekly
06 How to Hydrate Your Skin
#1 Create a Morning Routine
Start by cleansing your face, or simply rinse it with water if your skin is clean from the night before. If you’re looking for a daily gel cleanser that gently exfoliates skin without disrupting its natural lipid barrier and microbiome, consider using OneSkin’s PREP. Once your skin is clean and ready to absorb hydrating products, apply a daily peptide body lotion or moisturizer to help lock in moisture. Consider using a peptide moisturizer with added benefits, such as OS-01 FACE, powered OneSkin’s proprietary OS-01 peptide. In a 12-week clinical study, OS-01 FACE improved the skin’s hydration and barrier function by 15% on average.
Do you notice dry skin around the eyes? Because the skin in the eye area is thinner than the rest of the face, and it may require a little extra TLC to stay hydrated. You may consider incorporating a daily moisturizer specifically designed for the eye area skin to bolster its lipid barrier and help prevent water loss around the eyes. OneSkin’s OS-01 EYE was specifically designed to address the ultra-delicate skin around the eyes. With their highest concentration of the OS-01 peptide yet, the peptide eye cream is equipped to maintain eye skin hydration throughout the day.
Be sure to finish your morning with an SPF to prevent sun damage, which can accelerate skin aging and worsen dehydration.
#2 Develop an Evening Routine
Start by removing any makeup and sunscreen you may have worn during the day. Then remove excess dirt, oils, and impurities with a gentle cleanser. If you choose to exfoliate, this is a good time to work that step in. Once your skin is cleansed and prepared to absorb the rest of your routine, apply a moisturizer to your face. If you use the same moisturizer as your morning routine, such as OS-01 FACE, you may choose to layer on a heavier nighttime moisturizer as well. Just be sure to wait one or two minutes between steps so that your skin can fully experience the benefits of each product at a time. Finally, you may choose to use a moisturizer specifically formulated for the eyes, such as OS-01 EYE.
#3 Develop a Consistent and Healthy Diet
When you start a routine that includes water-based foods and plenty of hydrating beverages, you’ll see a healthy glow return to your appearance.
07 How to Find Products for Your Skin Type
Keep an eye out for hydrating ingredients that tend to be less irritating, such as hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, glycerin, and Tremella Fuciformis. Also, consider choosing skin care products that will put in the work on behalf of your skin cells. OneSkin’s OS-01 peptide is scientifically proven to increase a key marker associated with hyaluronic acid, shown in lab studies on human skin samples (Zonari, et al., 2023). That means your skin cells may produce more hyaluronic acid on their own, equipping them with the right tools to retain moisture better on their own.
- Skin hydration is an inside job - It starts with a healthy diet and adequate water intake.
- Developing a healthy and consistent skin care routine for the morning and evening will set your skin up for lasting hydration.
- OneSkin’s OS-01 peptide may enhance skin’s natural hydration capacity by increasing a key marker associated with hyaluronic acid production, shown in lab studies on human skin samples (Zonari, et al)