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We all know drinking plenty of water is important for our health, but staying hydrated isn’t just good for our insides — it’s key for looking good too. And it turns out there’s A LOT more you can do to keep your skin fully quenched than just pound H20

Cut Back on those ‘Bad Habits’

As the old saying goes, ‘if it’s fun, it’s probably bad for your skin’ – okay maybe that’s not quite how it goes, but close enough. Sorry to tell you this, but your cafe latte and dirty martini are both equal offenders in the battle for perfect skin. And nicotine and high sodium foods (yes, we mean that bag of Hot Cheetos) also top the naughty list. We’re not saying you can never indulge, but if you dial back on your debauchery we promise your skin will look better stat.

Don’t Overdo It With Your Cleanser 

No matter how gentle your products are if you overuse them you WILL strip away your skin’s protective layer of natural oils and along with them, much needed moisture. It goes without saying that you should never go to bed without washing your make-up off your face but, unless you have super oily skin, you may not need to cleanse in the morning.

Say Yes To Avocado 

Avocado toast is our breakfast obsession so we were ecstatic when we learned it helps to hydrate the skin. It contains tons of healthy fats that moisturize the skin from the inside out. And if you ever let your Avos get a little too ripe you can turn them into an amazing super moisture face mask. Mash it up an avocado, add a teaspoon of olive oil and apply to your face for five minutes before washing off with warm water.

Build Skin’s Moisture From The Outside In 

Products with ingredients like ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin will strengthen your skin’s natural moisture barrier. We love VI Derm’s Intense Hydration Serum because it packs a serious moisture punch. It’s full of powerful plant stem cells, along with the acids and vitamins that help your skin repair. Unlike a lot of serums it never leaves the skin oily or sticky and it leaves the skin with that just moisturized glow all day.

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Use a humidifier

Plump up your skin while you sleep by putting a humidifier in your bedroom. It will keep your skin from drying gout and it’s good for your respiratory system too. Also, keep the central heating or the air conditioning on low to avoid drying out your skin.

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Cool It On Your Baths and Showers

Hot water will also strip the oils from your skin, so avoid super hot showers or baths. Sure, it might feel good but it won’t do your skin any favors. If you absolutely MUST have your scalding shower then keep it under 3 minutes.

 

About The Author

Allison Swan was born and raised in Canada but after graduating journalism school she moved to California in search of success -- and sunshine. Three days after arriving in Los Angeles, Allison was interviewing A-list stars at an Oscar party. Since then she has covered everything from the Academy Awards to the Winter Olympics and even managed to land her own column, The LA Insider in Australia’s New Weekly Magazine. Curious what life is like in the LA fast lane? Check out her new novel KissnTell @ http://fullfathomfive.com/writers/allison-swan-suzy-mccoppin/kissntell/.

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