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Keep Skin Hydrated Inside and Out

Hydration not only involves what you put in your body but also what you put on your body. Follow these steps to ensure it’s moisturized on the outside and from within, too.

Drink water. Sipping at least eight 8-oz. glasses daily gives all your body’s organs the moisture they need to operate properly.

Get antioxidants. Whether found in food or taken in supplement form, antioxidants keep skin soft and smooth. Vitamin C is vital to its elasticity, while vitamins like A and E and minerals like zinc and selenium promote its quick healing. Also useful are oil supplements high in omega-3s (like flaxseed and fish oils) to guard against sun damage.

Look for deep-moisturizing ingredients. It’s especially important to take care of skin in times of intense heat and bitter cold, but that doesn’t mean mild temperatures should leave you neglectful. Check bodywash labels for things like shea butter, cocoa butter, or jojoba butter — or pick up St. Ives Nourishing Vanilla Triple Butters Body Wash, which has all three. Carry the moisture outside the shower by looking for the same ingredients in lotions as well.

Watch your showering style. Using overly hot water will dry out skin, as will intense scrubbing and harsh products. Pick gentle, natural cleansers like St. Ives Oatmeal & Shea Butter Moisturizing Body Wash, which contains 100% natural moisturizers.

Apply vitamin-C-rich products. This powerful antioxidant provides protection from harmful environmental factors and encourages collagen production when slathered on the skin. With enough collagen, your skin locks in moisture for a fresh and healthy glow (get an extra boost with St. Ives Skin Renewing Collagen Elastin Body Lotion).

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