• Belinda Bennett

How To Hydrate Your Skin

Updated: May 19

Supermodel Cindy Crawford once said: "Your body is so happy when you drink water."

And she's right! Hydration is the be-all and end-all, if you want your skin to be plump and radiant-looking. Still not sure how to hydrate your skin?

Plain drinking water is the most important thing to reach for to improve your complexion. It's time to become a devotee. As well as flushing toxins from the body, it will make your skin look clearer and fresher.

Not only that, a drink of water before meal times can aid weight loss by making you feel fuller. Water also helps to look after vital organs like your kidneys.

After all, our bodies are 60 per cent water!

So, how much water a day should you be drinking?

Two litres is the recommended daily amount. However, if you are not a fan of tap water, bottled water or weak squash is just as good.

woman drinking water to hydrate the skin

'Drink water, stay hydrated and sleep. It's so boring, yet so simple.' — Jennifer Aniston

Hydration Station

If your skin is mature, showing signs of sun damage or you simply cannot drink enough water in a day, you need a good plumping serum and a moisturising cream.

The best ingredients to look for in hydrating products are natural ones, such as:

  • Hyaluronic Acid

  • Aloe Vera Plant Extract

  • Glycerin

  • Vitamins

  • Essential oils

Many serums containing hyaluronic acid also contain vitamins, which further support the skin. Look out for ones with Vitamins A, C and E. I recommend serums from German brand Satin Naturel, Wild Azur, Tree of Life, and PraNaturals.

When it comes to moisturisers, choose a day formula that includes sun protection. SPF is now found in most top-brand creams, whips and fluids. NIVEA's Cellular Luminous 630 boasts an SPF of 50.

One of our readers, Nicole Jackson-Mellor, who is 46 and lives in Northampton, said she noticed a huge difference in the condition of her skin after increasing her water intake and investing in a good day cream.

"I looked permanently tired," she said. "I didn't realise that something as simple as drinking water could make such a difference. I noticed an improvement in just a few days. Now I make sure I stay hydrated and have even bought myself a water bottle to keep in my handbag so I can stay hydrated wherever I go."

Nicole added: "Now I don't have to wear so much makeup and the products I do use sit much better on the skin."

If your skin needs an instant burst of hydration, a watermelon gel moisturiser is a good bet. While sometimes a bit sticky, the cooling sensation is addictive. Plus, it leaves you with a healthy-looking glow. I use Revolution Skincare's Watermelon Hydrating Gel Moisturiser and find it very refreshing as well as good for use as a makeup primer.

Other options include hydrating mists, such as Barry M's serum mist, and treatment face masks.

how to hydrate your skin

Hydrate Your Skin Easily

Getting into a routine will help you to keep your skin hydrated. Keep products in a dedicated place and make sure they are accessible. Stay on top of your morning and night skincare routines. If you notice a product is running low, buy a replacement before it runs out.

Use gentle cleansing products that won't strip your skin of natural oils, and invest in a toner with hydrating properties. Check out the Apricot Toner from Elemis and The Body's Shop's Vitamin E Hydrating Toner.

Time for a drink of water?

Wild Azur serum

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