"It is a total misconception that we need drink a lot of water to keep hydrated skin," says Joshua Zeichner, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City.
Nevertheless, skin becomes "thirsty." Skin cells, like the rest of our bodies, are mostly water. Physical exercise, pollutants, and daily life dehydrate cells.
Dry skin indicates a poor barrier. Your skin lacks oil or lipids to retain water. Water won't nourish your skin at that point—you need a cream."
Moisturizers work better than water for dry skin." Dermatologists recommend washing and moisturising
Choose a moisturiser with stearic acid, emollient ceramides, and cholesterol. Cholesterol. "Topically administered, it won't influence your body's cholesterol
After a shower, apply moisturising cream on slightly damp skin to seal in moisture. Targeted serums may hydrate skin beyond moisturiser.
Low humidity, severe winds, dry heat, high altitude, sun, alcohol, lengthy baths, and stripping soaps may also deplete natural oils.
Dr. Baumann says that diet might help skin retain moisture. Walnuts, flaxseed, salmon, and olive oil provide necessary fatty acids that moisturise skin cells.