We all probably hear often that we need to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated when living in a hot climate like that of the Cayman Islands. However, it is just as important to keep our skin hydrated in this climate, even if we are reminded of this less often.
Keeping our skin hydrated will slow down the ageing process and help keep our skin supple. Here are my top tips for keeping skin nicely hydrated.
1. Drench your skin with water-boosting skincare products. Super rich or thick creams aren’t always the answer for dehydrated skin. Your skin requires water-attracting ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, which can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water.
2. Exfoliate regularly. Your skin takes 28 days to renew itself so buffing away the dead skin cells is essential to reveal radiant new skin. This step is also crucial so that your hydrating products are able to penetrate deeply and achieve the best results possible.
3. Sleep in a moisturising face mask. This might sound crazy, but most skincare lines now produce face masks that you can sleep in overnight. Your skin will welcome a weekly ritual of sleeping with a deeply moisturising mask on, and don’t worry about making a mess of your sheets; your skin will soak up the mask even before your head hits the pillow.
4. Book a course of 30-minute chemical facial peels. Some facial peels are gentle yet highly effective. They are great for all skin types and it’s a service you can have during your lunch break. I’d recommend Eclipze’s Vitamin C Peel, as it is most effective in replenishing moisture loss and allows your skin to be instantly rejuvenated with a radiant glow.
5. Avoid long steamy showers. Hot water strips skin of its moisture and washes away protective oils. Try and limit showers to 10 minutes or less with a burst of cool water at the end to awaken the skin and close your pores.
6. Apply a cream containing vitamin C to your face under your sunblock. The cream will help to prevent skin damage, wrinkles and dehydration.
Anneka Greenway is the senior beauty therapist and spa coordinator at Eclipze Hair Design & Day Spa.