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Drinking enough water is crucial to maintaining your body’s well being.

We've all heard it: Our bodies are made of up to 70% water which makes it essential to the good function of our cells. Drinking enough water will, amongst other things, help to flush toxins, hydrate, normalize blood pressure as well as protect the organs. Skin is the largest organ of our body, however, water will hydrate all the other organs before it reaches the skin. In other words, the epidermis will need a little hydration boost to quench the thirst.

Don’t get us wrong, drinking water is essential to the skin. It will greatly improve its elasticity, flush toxins, achieve a radiant glow and prevent any excess oil. Our epidermis needs water in order to stay healthy, toxin-free and hydrated. There are, however, a few things we need to do in order to give it that extra moisture it needs.

Is there a difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin?

Short answer: Yes!

Dry skin is a skin type and lacks in oil. Meaning your skin will have more tendency to be irritated, have blemishes and overall lack moisture.

Dehydrated skin is a temporary condition that can happen at any given time, meaning that your skin needs water. We could compare it to feeling thirsty or feeling hungry. Dry skin needs to be nourished, whereas dehydrated skin needs to "drink" , but it doesn’t mean that it lacks nutrients.

Creating the ultimate beauty routine

If you are looking to create a skincare routine that caters to your personal skin concerns and needs, you will need to create a beauty routine that includes cleansing and moisturizing. Depending on your skin’s concern, the type of products and their ingredients will vary: dry skin would most likely require non water-based products that are high in oils and butters, whereas a dehydrated skin is telling you that you should drink more water! In addition to keep hydrating your skin, using products that contain a great percentage of oils and butters, so that you can effectively lock in water and moisture to your skin.

On the other hand, if you have oily skin, avoid heavy oils that have a tendency to clog pores and opt for a moisturizer that contains non-comedogenic butters.

The importance of a good moisturizer

Now that we’ve broken down and explained different skin types and why you should hydrate your inner and outer body, let’s talk about moisturizers. Keep in mind that your body naturally has sebaceous glands and that is important to work in harmony with its natural functioning. We recommend that you stray away from any cleanser that claims to get rid of oil and keep your face matte, as this will irritate any skin type! Opt for a soap free cleanser that will simply and effectively eliminate the dirt without disturbing your body’s natural oil production.

No matter your skin type, it is important to nourish and hydrate your skin with the right ingredients. Hydration is crucial to maintain your skin’s moisture barrier and prevent it from any environmental irritations. Even if you have an acne-prone skin and feel like you’d rather not layer on any more moisture to your face, know that hydration is still important as irritated skin will have more tendency to break out.

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Remember to stay hydrated!