Hydrated skin is healthy and beautiful. But true hydration isn’t achieved through a topical moisturiser or body lotion; it starts from within the body. Do you take steps each day to moisturise from within? Let’s talk about simple and natural ways to keep your skin looking and feeling great by nourishing it from the inside out.
We demand a lot from our skin. It literally holds us together and protects every internal system that keeps us alive. It’s the largest human organ and it constantly interacts with the outside world. Depending on our skin’s appearance, we can look radiant and attractive or worn and ragged. With all of these demands to fulfill, our skin deserves to be treated well.
Healthy skin needs moisture
Our skin craves hydration. Hydrated skin is soft and supple, resists wrinkles, recovers from minor injuries quickly, and possesses a natural glow. Most of us realise how important it is to moisturise daily with face creams, oils and body lotions. And these topical treatments can certainly help counteract signs of dryness, premature aging, and uneven skin tone. But if your skin isn’t hydrated to begin with, these products will only do so much.
If you rely solely on topical applications to improve the look and feel of your skin, maybe it’s time to bring some balance to your skincare routine and start nourishing your skin from the inside out.
How to know if your skin is dehydrated
Each of these signs could indicate that your skin isn’t getting enough moisture:
- Your skin feels tight and dry
- Your skin is cracked
- Your skin appears coarse
- When you gently pinch the skin on the back of your hand, it doesn’t immediately spring back into place
- Your lips are constantly dry
- There are very dark circles under your eyes
- Your urine is dark yellow
- You get frequent headaches
- You often feel thirsty
Drink water for hydrated skin
Convinced your skin could do with a hydration boost? The first thing to consider is if you drink enough water. If you don’t, you’re inviting tight, dry, flakey skin as well as wrinkles, and fine lines. Many experts recommend eight glasses of water a day, but acknowledge that your body will have its own specific requirements. And while there is an ongoing debate about which types of fluids are hydrating and which are dehydrating, everyone agrees that plain, simple water is the best liquid for increasing hydration.
Diet for healthy moisturised skin
The next thing to consider is your diet. As the founder of Boston’s National Insititute of Whole Health says in an article on webmd.com, "Your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside your body, and all skin conditions, from psoriasis to acne to aging, are the manifestations of your body's internal needs, including its nutritional needs." So it’s important to feed your skin the moisture-boosting foods it craves.
Any diet heavy in a variety of plant-based foods will support the health of your skin. But there are a few key foods to focus on when you want to promote your skin’s ability to retain moisture:
- Oleic acids help regenerate skin cells, reduce redness and irritation, and hydrate the epidermal (or outer) layer of skin
- Vitamin E, antioxidants and healthy fats counteract inflammation, free radicals and premature aging
- Biotin aids in the processing of fats which keeps the skin from becoming dry and scaly
- Zinc is required in many metabolic processes, it’s essential for cell renewal and the maintenance of skin structure and integrity
- Vitamin C reduces inflammation and encourages hydration
- Silica in the peel hydrates and firms
- Vitamin E protects skin from dryness caused by harsh UV rays
- Antioxidants avert cellular damage
- Healthy fats prevent moisture loss
- Beta-carotene—precursor to vitamin A—fortifies the skin’s protective layer helping to retain moisture and the plumpness of skin cells
- Vitamin A maintains skin tissue and repairs damaged skin cells
Dark Leafy Greens
- Brimming with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that promote glowing, smooth skin
Extra- Virgin Olive Oil
- Anti-inflammatory substances, monounsaturated fats, and vitamin E help protect skin and improve moisture levels
- An ideal source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid, which can improve the texture and appearance of skin and increase moisture levels
Our top products to help you moisturise from within
When you want to increase the moisture levels of your skin, your first area of focus should be your diet. After that’s sorted, consider incorporating a skin-specific supplement into your wellness routine. We carry several that will boost your efforts to improve your skin while helping you to moisturise from a deeper level.
Your Beauty tonic
Your Beauty Tonic is a food supplement made in Ireland that’s designed to moisturise and rejuvenate your skin from the inside out. The formula contains 16 ingredients essential to skin health—including hyaluronic acid, MSM, collagen, vitamin A and magnesium—that are known to promote radiance and improve elasticity. Each nutrient in Your Beauty Tonic in its most potent and bioavailable form when mixed with water to make a drink. And as a major plus, this supplement supports joint health too!
We currently have a special offer: €5 off 30-day pack of Your Beauty Tonic
Altrient C Liposomal Vitamin C
Vitamin C supplements are known to be great for the skin. They can boost hydration levels, improve elasticity, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and increase firmness by helping the body manufacture new collagen. But until recently, most vitamin C supplements weren’t effective because they were hard to absorb. Altrient C is different. It pairs vitamin C with tiny fatty particles, called liposomes, that protect the vitamin until it’s absorbed by the bloodstream. Thanks to this unique delivery system, the skin benefits are maximised. The company reports that in an independent study, Altrient C was shown to greatly improve the look, health, and hydration levels of the skin.
Viridian Clear Skin Omega Oil and Viridian Clear Skin Complex
Viridian Clear Skin Omega Oil provides you with an easy-to-metabolise source of omega fatty acids 3, 6 and 9 in their ideal proportions. The omega oils hydrate and reinforce the skin, protect it from environmental irritants, and help it stay supple and smooth. This vegan supplement is fortified with nutrients and antioxidants that counteract inflammation and free radical damage while supporting digestion and cellular integrity.
Pair the oil with the Viridian Clear Skin Complex capsules to get a powerful system that promotes the beauty and health of your skin. This (also vegan) complex is loaded with skin-nurturing vitamins, minerals and antioxidants plus probiotics to improve digestion. It’s particularly beneficial to people with acne, eczema, skin tone issues or premature aging who want to achieve clear, fresh, blemish-free skin.
Pukka Aloe Juice
You probably know about the benefits of aloe vera when applied to your skin. So is it any surprise that the juice from the aloe vera plant offers similar benefits when digested? A daily dose of Pukka’s Organic Aloe Vera Juice can help nourish and rejuvenate the skin while supporting the health and natural detox of the digestive system. Pukka extracts gel from the inner leaf so all the beneficial fibre and nutrients are intact. It’s a great (and easy) way to moisturise your skin from within.
Beauty that's skin deep(er)
We strive for beautiful skin, so often forgetting that it’s a superficial endeavor if we only focus on our outer selves. But when we start caring about our health from the inside out, it’s common that our overall wellbeing improves alongside our appearance. So we encourage you to follow a skincare routine that looks inward first. By doing so, you’ll be able to support and cultivate whole body beauty.