Dry, lackluster, and dehydrated skin is a major beauty concern for women around the world, particularly here in the Middle East. Between the extreme humidity and constant exposure to air conditioning, it’s hardly surprising that our skin gets a little stressed out to say the least – and summer temperatures hardly help.
To find out how to get healthy, glowing skin, Savoir Flair tapped celebrity dermatologist and founder of Murad skincare Dr. Howard Murad for his top tips on how to boost your skin’s hydration. “Throughout my decades of research, I’ve discovered that, over time, there’s a reduction of water in our tissues, and this is a common pathway to aging, disease, and dehydration,” Murad explains. “As our cells lose their integrity, we become more vulnerable to different factors and we can say that life is simply a slow process of continual dehydration. There are several ways to stay hydrated and, with some of these tips, your body and skin will thank you later.”
Eat Your Water
“Whilst it’s important to drink your water, many people don’t realize that you can eat your water, too! This is one of the four pillars of our ‘Connected Beauty’ approach. At Murad, we believe in a whole-person approach to beauty and health, and that healthy skin is a direct reflection of how you live your life.
By consuming water-rich fruits and vegetables, you are not only hydrating yourself from within, but also receiving added nutrients from these foods. Cucumbers and grapefruits are two of my go-to eat-your-water foods. They contain more than 95 percent water and are loaded with nutritional benefits like antioxidants and vitamins.”
“This is all about staying cool emotionally! We can all set the temperature in a room to our liking, but from time to time, we need a temperature check on our own emotions. In today’s world, technology allows us to work and communicate from anywhere anytime. There are social media pressures, commutes are getting longer, and expectations have increased – and all these factors contribute to stress, which can have profound implications on our skin and health.
When you’re stressed, you might experience sweaty palms and underarm perspiration, causing you to feel dehydrated. Give yourself a break, talk to a friend, or take a walk outside. These small adjustments each day will ultimately help with your overall well-being and happiness.”
“Stay hydrated by incorporating exercise into your day. Muscle contains 70 percent water, so minimize body fat and increase muscle by adding your favorite exercises into your lifestyle. This is very important. Go up and down the stairs, hold a walking meeting at work, or take an exercise class with a friend. I personally love walking; it makes me happy while building muscle at the same time.”
Pick the Right Products
“Always use an appropriate moisturizer to lock in hydration and protect your skin. In today’s world, we are dealing with environmental aggressors such as UVA and UVB rays that can cause visible signs of aging. To address these, it’s essential to use a broad-spectrum protecting product, so try our ‘Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30’.
An antioxidant-rich broad-spectrum sunscreen, it shields and restores environmentally stressed skin and blocks harmful rays, improving the skin’s barrier function while maintaining optimal hydration. Plus, phospholipids and panthenol found in the ‘Essential-C’ moisturizer increase and preserve hydration for healthier looking skin.”
Murad ‘Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30’