Ahhh, Thursdays. It signals the beginning of the weekend; it's your initial cry of freedom! We look forward to it all week, fondly naming it Thirsty Thursday (it might as well be a holiday). It's time to relax, watch some Netflix, and you're craving a glass of wine... or two. But do you know what else is thirsty? Your skin.
Yes, it's Thirsty Thursday for your skin. It's about that time of the week to drench it in Omega 3's and Vitamins A, C, and E. Many people fail to realize just how important it is to keep your skin hydrated. Your face is especially important; it takes the most abuse on a daily basis. Pores get clogged with foundation, alcohol from makeup wipes (and mimosas) suck up natural moisturizers, and touching your face with grimy hands all take a toll on your money-maker. Not to mention the winter! Walking back and forth into heated buildings and out into the cold can be especially drying.
These vitamins and nutrients are important for healthy glowing complexions:
- Omega 3's: These are in your skins natural barrier that help to retain moisture and create supple skin.
- Vitamin A: Strengthens the skin and creates powerful cell turnover for a youthful complexion.
- Vitamin C: Protects the skin by warding off damage and anti-aging and reduces brown spots.
How much do you moisturize? If it's not at least once a day, it's time to break out the lotion. Many people don't realize how important hydration is until you're in your fifties looking in a mirror wondering where all your wrinkles and spots came from. If you want to take the best care of your most prized possession, try to moisturize twice a day: in the morning and at night after you wash your face. Right now your skin may look pretty healthy, and you may not have dry patches, but it can be hard to tell if your skin is properly hydrated.
It's time to turn up (your skin game)!
- We all know this; drink plenty of water! Put the daiquiri down for now.
- Grab yourself a giant bottle of... vitamins! Supplements for Omega 3's and Vitamins A, C, and E can be found at any drug store. Better yet, purchase a daily multi-vitamin that includes all of these nutrients and more.
- There are so many moisturizers out there, it can be hard to chose the right one. Check the ingredients and stick to those with occlusive and humectant, and avoid petrolatum and paraffin. Some dermatologist approved ones are Aveeno Daily Moisturizer, Aquaphor, and Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Body Moisturizer.
- If you're using a harmful cleanser, that can effect your skin as well. Try Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar and Cetaphil.
How's your skin feeling? Thirsty? Treat your skin to an Omega 3 and Vitamin C cocktail, and your taste buds to some Riesling. After all, it is Thursday!