Not only is the skin the largest organ in the human body, it’s also the most exposed. This means that its lack of health will be visible to everyone. If your skin is dehydrated, it can appear scaly, flaky or even exacerbate acne problems. Dehydrated skin can also be uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are several natural solutions to get rid of dehydrated skin. Try all of the different methods to find out which one works best for you.
Drink lots of water. This is the best way to hydrate all of your organs, including your skin. According to the Mayo Clinic, a good rule of thumb is to drink eight 8-oz. glasses per day.
Use lotion with aloe vera. This miracle plant’s essence isn’t just good for sunburns; it can actually be used to rehydrate skin anytime.
Apply lanolin cream to your skin when it’s feeling dry. Lanolin is an ingredient found in the oil glands of sheep. The reason lanolin is better than standard moisturizers is because it penetrates the top layers of skin and hydrates all the way down to the subcutaneous layer — the deepest layer of skin.
Apply emu oil to dry skin. Like lanolin, emu oil is all natural and penetrates down to the deepest layers of skin to fully hydrate it.
Use soaps with moisturizers in them. Regular soaps cause the skin to dry out, but there are moisturizing soaps available which will replenish any drying that occurs during the bathing process.
Avoid long hot showers. Hot water zaps your skin’s natural oils, leaving you with drier skin.
References and ResourcesAn Abyss of Imagination; 6 Ways to Hydrate Your Skin During Winter; December 15, 2007
Woman's Magazine: How to Hydrate Your Skin Naturally
Beauty Anti-Aging Secrets: Hydrate Your Skin Instantly
Mayo Clinic; Water; How much should you drink every day?