The best practice to keep your skin hydrated
As many of us already know, the skin is our biggest organ, which protects our bodies from harmful substances in the environment around us. We try our best to take care of our skin, but what most of us do not realize is that over-hydrating the skin can be just as bad a not providing enough hydration. We apply lotion multiple times throughout the day, but this actually has harmful effects on our skin. The result is dryer, dull-looking skin, which we assume is due to using the wrong type of lotion or not applying enough - and the process continues.
There are various aspects to understand when explaining why this practice is not beneficial. The first is that most lotions are chemical-based, so you're actually putting the same harmful chemicals into your body that your skin is built to protect you from. Secondly, one of the biological functions of our body is natural oil production. Over-hydration sends the message that our body does not need to provide its own oil, because we are providing that using alternative methods. Taking away the body's ability to produce oil prevents it from locking in hydration and does not allow the body to create an oil barrier to keep out bacteria and other substances. We should never change the natural biological functions of our bodies.
The best practice is to find a good, organic, chemical-free lotion. Apply the lotion once per day, after showering so skin is clean. This allows the lotion, alone, to enter the skin's barrier while keeping toxins out. Once covered, the lotion will protect the skin from outside environmental damage while providing the skin with essential nutrients and hydration. We can look and feel beautiful if we just know how, without the help of chemicals.