I have extremely dry skin to begin with and the weather in Canada doesn't help me with the dryness at all! So throughout the years by doing some research and experimenting, I've come up with some tips to keep myself hydrated. So, I'm going to start from the inside of the body first and slowly move through each body part and incorporate some beauty tips as well....here it goes:
INSIDE YOUR BODY:
I'm hoping everyone drinks water consistently throughout the day. Not only does water hydrate you but it also does wonders for your skin! I have seen my skin slowly clear-up throughout the years just by introducing water back into my diet. A great way to drink your water is to infuse it by adding veggies, fruit or herbs into it. I usually infuse some water and take it with me to hot yoga so that my body replenishes its nutrients.
Another great way to quickly hydrate your body is by drinking coconut water. I usually keep mine in the fridge and although it has a nutty flavour to it, i absolutely love it! It's a great way to cool and refresh your body quickly. I prefer the coconut water that has coconut pulp floating around in it (Costco is the place to go for this!). If you aren't a big fan of coconut then try to eat Watermelon. Now that summer is just around the corner (hopefully! we had hail this past weekend....ugh), you will find tons of watermelon and watermelon juice everywhere. For juices, just make sure to read the nutrition label to ensure they aren't adding any chemicals or sugar into the juice.....you want to make sure it's as natural as possible.
Eat your vitamins! such a quick and easy way to keep your body clean. Introducing omega oil or vitamin E can help keep your body hydrated. Always consult your doctor before trying anything new and research some good brands. Not all brands work in terms of providing you with healthy vitamins so do some research and look into what works for you.
So now let's move on to the outside of your body and I'll start from the top:
Using hot oil treatments or oil in general is a very popular south-Asian practice. Oil is an amazing way to keep your hair hydrated and although there are so many different oils to use, grape-seed oil is my personal favourite. I've used Coconut oil but it started to make my hair fall so I stopped using it and Olive oil is also amazing for my hair (make sure the olive oil is virgin olive oil and not extra virgin). I prefer grape-seed oil only because it's not that heavy and it doesn't have a smell that coconut oil has but I have seen coconut oil work wonders on other peoples' hair. I do a hot oil treatment every week and pay more attention to the ends as they dry out the most. As I started to go to hot yoga more, I noticed that the ends of my hair were uber dry because of the heat so, I started rubbing a little oil on my ends and have seen a huge difference in the texture of my hair! It is so much smoother now at the ends.
There are so many sheet masks out there to invest in. It's such a great way to quickly hydrate your skin and you know from our post on sheet masks, SKII is my fav (just so expensive!) and there is a really great snail mask that i'm trying right now (review will be up shortly). There are some other great masks that you could use such as Origins, Drink Up or Fresh, Rose Hydration Mask. I've tried and tested both of them and they are a great quick mask to boost up your skin. I like that with these two masks you can leave it on your skin overnight or just rub it in like a moisturizer and not have to worry about taking it off....I usually put this on before I sleep and wake up with really supple and healthy skin !
Using a moisturizer is key to hydrating your skin! I cannot stress this enough! If you are doing nothing else then at least moisturize! Since my skin is very dry, I use the Caudalie Intense Moisturizer and I mix in a Vitamin E serum (you can buy this anywhere, the cheapest I've found is at Wal-Mart) or with another serum to really boost up the hydration.
When I was younger my mum passed on a great secret to me; that is to tone with rosewater. I have been using rosewater for years now and and it is a very natural way to even out your skin and to hydrate. You can either make your own rosewater or buy one at a grocery store (go to a South-Asian or Middle-Eastern store and you will see bottles of them!). I use the rosewater from Pakistan, only because I find that some other rosewater has a very strong smell or they add unnecessary chemicals to it. This is definitely a game changer and you'll notice that your skin will start feeling much smoother after using this for a while.
Remember when we talked about moisturizing? using a good moisturizer for your body is as important as your face! Nivea and Jergens are my favourite. Also, I make sure my soap is very moisturizing as well (dry skin woes!) so Dove (I grew up on this brand) and Oil of Olay are my personal go-to-choice. Using a moisturizer that has cocoa butter, vitamin E and oils can definitely help you hydrate.
Hope you enjoyed this post! I'm keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed for a Raptors win tonight! :)