Summer skincare hydration hacks
After a rather dismal winter, we have all welcomed the sunny days of late and the toll it takes on our skin. We can help to counter this is by keeping skin hydrated. Here are our top hydration hacks to add to your summer skin routine.
Firstly, think inside out!
Our founder Benjamin knight Fuchs (registered pharmacist and nutritionist) believes:
“To truly eliminate the cause of dry skin, you need to effectively fuel the metabolism. Internal nutrients, Vitamin A, Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids are vital. Because Amino Acids play a significant role in water trapping, make sure you’re ingesting enough protein. And, from a topical perspective, Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic and Salicylic) can activate the production of the skin’s natural moisture factors along with Vitamin A (retinol and retinoic acid) and Vitamin C to support the synthesis of hyaluronic acid and moisture-locking skin lipids (fats).”
To explore in more detail, let’s look at how your skin receives and maintains hydration:
- Inside-out: The lower layers of the skin (lower dermis and epidermis) are hydrated by internal body fluids. The ground substance, a component of the dermis, is made up of glycosaminoglycans, hyaluronic acid, and other connective tissues that bind internal water. These provide transport of nutrients, hormones and waste products, and lubricates the various components of the skin.
- Outside-in: The stratum corneum (top layer of the skin) contains Natural Moisture Factors (NMFs), which is highly humectant and binds water, trapping environmental water (either from humidity and/or skincare ingredients) within the surface layer of the skin.
So, I hear you thinking, to have perfectly hydrated skin you need NMFs and connective tissues like hyaluronic acid and glycosaminoglycans, right? No, sadly It’s not that easy! Only applying topical products have molecules that are too big to absorb into the lower layers of our skin. The NMF and connective tissues required for essential skin hydration are created through chemical processes that are regulated by our metabolic systems.
- All metabolic reactions are fuelled by food and nutrition which provide the energy to run these cellular processes and the building blocks with which to build and maintain cellular structure and function.
- When there is a lack of nutrition, the body lacks the energy and fuel required to build, which results in the body entering a catabolic state, or a state of breakdown.
- This is when the body begins breaking down healthy tissues and structures, including our connective tissues, to provide fuel for basic function.
- When our bodies enter this catabolic state, it opens the door for a host of issues, the first signs of which can present as dry, dull, tired, sagging skin, and overall sluggishness and tiredness.
- Like all the organs of the body, nutrition and hydration play a key part in the optimal functioning of the skin and helping us to maintain our health and wellness.
Hacks for inside-out hydration
To get healthy, firm, and radiant skin, you need to eat foods that are rich in water and nutrients. Then, you need to add them to your everyday diet. Eating your fruits and vegetables raw is great for your overall health. You can consume them in juices, smoothies, salads and more. Make sure you are including Omega 3, Omega 6 Fatty Acids and Amino Acids into your diet.
Top 10 fruits & vegetables for hydration
- Apples – one of the best fruits for getting healthy, radiant skin. Malic and tartaric acid encourages the elimination of dead skin cells.
- Avocados – a superfood rich in vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, fibre, and protein. They also have essential nutrients for taking care of your skin and hydrating it from the inside out.
- Broccoli – contains Vitamin C and E along with a super high concentration of sulforaphane that helps skin to repair itself while also detoxifying and protecting.
- Cucumber – very good for your skin. Not only is it very healthy to eat, but it’s also great for external applications.
- Papaya – a delicious tropical fruit that is very beneficial for your digestive system. However, it’s also very good for your skin too.
- Pears – very rich in water. They also stand out because of their silicon content. This mineral is very beneficial for skin and cartilage regeneration.
- Radishes – they contain lots of Vitamin C, Phosphorous and Zinc making them a nourishing food to help keep your body hydrated and your skin looking fresh and healthy.
- Red and green peppers – one of our favourite foods and full of Vitamin C, dietary fibre and Vitamin B6. This combination helps to prevent wrinkles, acne and will keep skin looking more youthful.
- Spinach and other dark, leafy greens – fantastic for your immune system, but thanks to the addition of omega-4 fatty acids, vitamins, phytochemicals and folates, they also work to protect and hydrate skin, keeping it healthy.
- Watermelon – thanks to its high water content, watermelon is a great fruit for hydrating your skin from the inside out. Its vitamins and minerals help to keep your skin healthy and happy.
6 other hydration rich foods
- Fish – full of Omega-3 which can boost the oil under your skin and improve clarity. There is additional research that suggests a Mediterranean diet rich in fish can reduce inflammation and strengthen the membranes that hold water in.
- Olive oil – comes in handy when cooking, but it also boasts beauty benefits that can improve your skin. This wonder ingredient has anti-inflammatory properties and is packed with antioxidants that can help repair the skin’s moisture barrier.
- Almonds – rich in Vitamin E, almonds are one of the best foods to eat for hydrated skin. Antioxidants and monounsaturated fats help to keep moisture in and provide your skin with the moisture that it needs to stay hydrated, keeping it looking young.
- Eggs – the antioxidants found in eggs actually quadruple your protection against UV damage leading to softer, firmer, and more hydrated skin. There are a lot of ways to add eggs to your diet and they are tasty poached, boiled, scrambled, or fried.
- Primrose oil – rich in vitamin E and essential acids. You can take it as a supplement or apply it to your skin. Thanks to its antioxidant properties, primrose oil helps to prevent ageing, reduce inflammation and encourage skin regeneration. Additionally, it has the enzyme papain which is great for maintaining healthy and radiant skin
- Flaxseed oil – high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega 3’s provide beneficial fats, helping feed your skin and make it radiant.
Water always wins!
Water needs to be one of the main parts of your daily diet. It’s your skin and body’s number one source of hydration. To get the most benefits out of drinking water, you need to have it before breakfast and throughout the day.
Using nutraceuticals help you to amplify and increase the much needed internal nutrients you may be lacking in your daily diet. These are concentrated and effective doses of ingredients that are missing in our diets.
It has a powerful blend of fulvic minerals derived from nutrient-rich soils and ancient plant matter. Packed with organic mineral elements, as well as other trace nutrients including amino acids, vitamins and phytonutrients, fulvic minerals are one of nature’s most effective and electron-rich antioxidants, easily digested and absorbed into cells and shown to promote cellular health, regeneration and detoxification.
Hacks for outside-in hydration
You want to make sure you are picking skincare that packs a punch and has the correct ingredients at the right doses to do the job at hand. When looking for hydrating the skin you need to look out for this key ingredient:
Hyaluronic acid is produced naturally by your body and its main function is to retain water to keep your tissues lubricated and moist. The largest amount found in your skin is within the connective tissues and eyes. The natural ageing process, along with exposure to sun can reduce the amount of Hyaluronic acid present within your skin and this often leads to dryness and discomfort, making our skin appear blemished or damaged. Hyaluronic acid is great for our skin in so many ways and is a summer hydration hack that can be found in several Truth Treatments products.
- Hyaluronic Honey Cleanser Plumps skin surface and absorbs moisture
- Hyaluronic Mineral Hydrator Provides intense hydration and plumping.
- Transdermal C Balm contains Lipophilic acid that hydrates and soothes the skin.
- Transdermal C Serum contains Lipophilic vitamin C that helps to repair the skin.
To look after our skin, we have to focus on both the inside and the outside! Eating well and getting the right amount of water, proteins and vitamins is great for our skin, health and happiness. A combination of great products such as our cleaners and hydrators, accompanied with a healthy diet rich in nutrients can help repair and nurture your skin, allowing you to enjoy the summer sun.