Simple biology tells you that healthy skin is necessary to keep the externals out and protect what’s inside the body. And healthy skin needs water. Water gives it strength and elasticity.

The skin can hold in water, but lifestyle choices and age may contribute to its less-than-optimal function. So skin loses water, and appears dry and wrinkly. In severe cases, skin can turn flaky and itchy.

Some small adjustments can improve skin hydration. If you shower in warm water, for example, don’t do so for too long. The heat draws out moisture.

Make sure your cleansers and soaps are gentle. It’s always better to double cleanse using two gentle products than use one that makes your skin tight.

And the golden rule of drinking enough water cannot be emphasised enough, especially since we live in a hot and humid climate.

For additional rituals to keep your skin hydration on-point, here are some of our favourites.

Cushion Day Cream

The brand’s latest launch is dubbed “The One”, for being a universal rejuvenating hero that will end your search for the perfect moisturiser. The Cushioning Day Cream improves healthy collagen and elastin production to restore firmness and plump the complexion.

Boosting skin’s natural shield function, this moisturiser reinforces the barrier quality to protect from damage, triggered by stress hormone cortisol and aggressions of urban living.

The fast-absorbing buttery cream instantly delivers deep nutrition with a feather-light feel, ideal for all skin types, even sensitive skin.

Serum Repair

Serums typically have high-level hydration ingredients for skin to receive, after toner. This one combines hyaluronic acid, an anti-ageing peptide and hydrolysed collagen.

Serum Repair is an intense hydrator, instantly plumping and replenishing the skin. This serum gives an instant result and is so effective that only one drop is needed.

Hydrating Face Mist

A face mist is a go-to hydration hack for individuals on-the-go. Whether you are travelling or commuting, one spray stashed in your carrier can help you refresh facial skin on-demand.

Hydrating Face Mist by Dr Barbara Strum provides an invigorating, on-the-go freshness boost to give your skin a natural glow. Optimal formulation of hyaluronic acid molecules delivers potent hydration, while purslane, an anti-ageing powerhouse, helps calm the skin and reduces visible signs of irritation.

Vitamin B5 Body Moisturiser

It’s not enough to just focus on your face. The rest of the body needs hydration too. This intensive and residue-free body moisturiser scientifically synthesises natural vitamin B5 and soothing bergamot extract with absorbent fatty acids.

It naturally hydrates and balances all skin types, unlike traditionally greasy, pore-clogging oils, wax and silicone fillers. No slick or slippery false sense of moisture here; this one’s a nourishing treatment that eliminates wait-time for dressing.

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