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What is the best way to keep the skin moisturized?



Dear Anne,

Eating healthy food and drinking good water.

Make sure to drink plenty of water, or watered-down fruit juices to keep your body hydrated. The skin is about 10-20 percent water, so internal hydration is an essential part of keeping your skin healthy in windy climates.

Some of the easier, more natural remedies for dry skin are protecting it from the sun, drinking plenty of water, and eating a well-balanced diet high in fiber. Avoid alcohol, smoking, and caffeine. This alone will increase your skin's moisture content without actually applying anything to it.

Beside that: Get a moisturizer.

Make sure it is a moisturizer that keeps your skin hydrated, but not shiny or oily

Use a good unscented moisturizer

Even if your skin is oily, it will benefit from moisturizers

Why? Moisturizers seal moisture into skin

So how much should you moisturize? Your skin will tell you.

When your skin is tight, it's crying out for moisture.

Be careful not to over moisturize -- this can cause clogged pores.

A great moisturizer must absorbs quickly

A good moisturizer must contain glycerin which is a great humectant.

Look for products that include active ingredients such as collagen, herbs like Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica), Flame of Forest (Delonix regia), Sensitive Plant (Mimosa pudica), Wild yam extract, sea algae and soy that restore moisture as well as biological oils.

Try to avoid conventional lotions and creams that contain alcohol.

Some of best natural oil moisturizers are coconut oil, jojoba oil and hemp seed oil.

Hempseed oil is pressed from the seed of the hemp (cannabis) plant irrespective of the strain of cannabis.

However there is an extremely low or undetectable level of any psychoactive molecules in hemp seed oil as the seeds themselves do not contain psychoactive molecules.

The most effective time to apply a skin moisturizer is directly after showering or bathing. While the skin is saturated, the moisturizer will help to lock in the water and keep your skin moist longer.

Do not to use a towel directly after a shower, but apply baby lotion to your skin while you are soaking wet (if you use a towel first, you end up being too oily). It doesn't take a lot of baby oil, just a few drops.

The water on your skin will dilute the oil, and the oil helps trap moisture in.

There are a large variety of moisturizing products on the market today that claim to be the ultimate choice in a sea of options. With all these choices it can be difficult to decide what works best for you.

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