3 Natural Ways to Hydrate Your Skin

Our skin is our largest organ. Skins’ main function is to act as a barrier, protecting our internal body. Our skin is a unique organ, as we can impact its health from inside and out. It is important to provide our skin the many nutrients it needs to build a strong and healthy barrier, both from the nutrients we eat and products we use.

Don’t let dry skin get you down.

One of the key factors for a healthful skin barrier is proper hydration. Healthy skin is hydrated skin!

1.  Gentle Exfoliation Is Key:

Dry skin happens. Help your body repair and regenerate by gently exfoliating either before you shower with a dry brush or in the shower with a gentle exfoliating scrub. This helps to sloth off dead skin cells to keep skin breathable.

But be gentle! A dry brush should be soft and made of natural fibers, then lightly make small circular strokes with the brush working from your toes to your shoulders. Or use an exfoliating scrub in the shower, but no need to scrub your skin bare! Use a dissolving exfoliating scrub. You can even make one yourself!

Brown Sugar Body Scrub:

1 cup organic brown sugar
1 cup organic cane sugar
1/2-1 cup sweet almond oil
Mix together in a glass sealable container & voila! A gentle, delicious smelling body scrub!

2.  Don’t Be Scared of Oil:

Oil is the key to moisturizing your skin from the outside in and plants have just the key! Start your moisturizing routine using a plant-based oil. I know oil might sound scary to put on our skin, especially our face, but the right type of oil will actually absorb quickly, balance skins oil production and hydrate skin to diminish fine lines and wrinkles for a youthful and healthy complexion!

Our skin cells have an external barrier that is made of fat, known as a double bylipid fatty layer. And in the world of chemistry, fat loves fat! Meaning, our skin loves oil!

From your scalp to your heals, oil is key to luxurious, hydrated skin! Use oils as your face moisturizer, hair treatments, add them to your bath or use them to remove your makeup. There are so many ways to use plant oils!

There are also SO many healthy plant-based oils for your skin.

Looking for a body or face oil:
The best face oils are natural products made from pure oils and other plant-based ingredients avoiding synthetic petrolatum and mineral oil. Food grade oils are best, after all our skin is our largest organ.

The Best Plant-Based Oils for Skin:
Sweet almond oil, coconut oil, aragon oil, jojoba oil and olive oil, avocado oil, pomegranate oil, lavender oil….so many more!
Depending on your skin, different oils do different things. Pick one and give it a try!

3.  Healthy Fats:

Treat your skin, go beyond just lathering the outsides of your skin in healthy oils. Healthy fats are the route to soft, supple and youthful skin. Think of them as a moisturizer for your insides!

Healthy omega-3 fatty acids do more than just moisturize, they also help to reverse the signs of aging by diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.

EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), one of the omega-3 fats, has been shown to preserve the skin firming protein collagen which promotes firm, ageless skin. While DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), another omega-3 fat, has shown to reduce inflammation for smooth, healthy skin. A double hitter!

Many plant based fats, such as olive oil, coconut oil and avocado, contain a precursor to EPA and DHA in the form of ALA. These sources are converted into EPA & DHA in the body, providing all the ample healthy fat benefits!