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How does hydration relate to positivity? I dunno about you, but it’s hard to be positive if you are itching! Additionally, you get cracked skin, your skin starts flaking and it hurts. Sometimes, your skin even starts bleeding.
It’s almost common knowledge that your skin is the largest organ of your body. Moisturizer is supposed to trap hydration into your skin and restores moisture.
There are a few places on the human body that we might forget to put on the moisturizer…at least until the cracked skin starts bleeding…
But, just be kind to yourself and try to remember these often forgotten places that are in desperate need of hydration.
1. Hydrate Your Skin By Hydrating Your internal organs.
I’m the worst at this. Unfortunately, we tend to forget that our kidneys might appreciate the occasional douse of hydration. Our body is 60 percent water, and each day we need to replace 2.4 liters of water to function properly.
So, how do you know if you’re drinking enough water? There’s an app for that. It’s called My Water Balance: Daily Drink Tracker and Reminder.
Or, you could just rock this awesome Water Bottle that helps with measuring water intake.
Related: 10 Ways To Make Drinking Water Fun
2. Hydrate Your Feet
Hydrating your feet can sometimes be forgotten because, well, you’re on your feet. Maybe you don’t like the feel of lotion on your feet, or anything on your feet. I know that I personally have issues having anything on my feet. It just feels weird.
Ok, maybe I’m the oddball, I love to go around barefoot EVERYWHERE. Either way, it’s important to hydrate your feet.
Why? Well, to be perfectly blunt, it makes you pay attention to your feet, and if you pay attention to your feet, you’ll notice many health issues show up there first. Things like diabetes, poor circulation, and early stages of arthritis.
There are some people who will say that your feet also correspond to certain parts of your body. This is something called Reflexology. I’m not sure if Reflexology is true or not, it’s kind of woo-woo (or new age-y) to me, but it’s still kind of cool to look at.
Now, again, I struggle with the slimy feeling on my feet, but what I have found that I can tolerate is using a mixture of Lavender oil and coconut oil. If you’re a sock person, you gotta try the super cute ones with animals on it.
And, bonus, you’re also moisturizing your toenails. You get a twofer!
I like the idea that if I have to put something on my feet it will help me sleep well.
3. Hydrate Your Nails
Hydrating the nails is another thing we need to pay attention to. This is another thing that I struggle with because I really don’t like the feel of lotion. I commit the unforgivable sin to nail lovers everywhere by using my hands as tools.
My go-to moisturizing thing for my nails is an oil pen. I leave it beside my computer to remind myself to use it.
4. Hydrate Your Lips
Ahhh the lips. They crack and they look gross when it happens. But, let’s be honest, we don’t have time to stop and fix all the cracked lips, do we?
And, there are so many other more pressing things to do with life. No one wants to stop for two seconds to put on lip balm.
Or, in my case constantly bleeding lips. This is why we must always hydrate with a lip balm.
My personal favorite is the Smith’s Rosebud Lip Balm. Trust me on this. My lips crack if you just look at them. Vaseline didn’t work for me, Aquaphor didn’t work, and even Carmex didn’t work.
Oh, and just an FYI, licking your lips does not help matters.
5. Hydrate Your Back
Hydrating your back is darn near impossible. Especially that one part on your back that you can never ever quite reach. You know that spot. That one spot that you contort in so many positions to try to scratch it.
Yeah…. How are you going to hydrate your back with that? And it’s even worse when you’re skin there is so dry it constantly itches.
Oh yeah, don’t worry, I know. Believe me. I know. A solution I found is a Body Buddy Non-Absorbent Lotion Applicator.
This thing helps get that one spot that drives you crazy. Once you use some lotion on that it will help big time.
6. Hydrate Between Your Toes
Let’s be honest. The stuff between your toes can be the stuff horror movies are made out of. I get it. But, if you’ve ever gotten crazy dry skin in that area, and you bleed like crazy then you kinda know what I’m talking about. Right?
Before you put on your socks when you hydrate your feet, just go ahead and put your fingers between your toes, get it all nice and moisturized. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.
7. Hydrate Between Your Fingers
The fingers. Sometimes, when we moisturize we do just the fingers and the palm of the hand, the back of the hand, the wrists, and everywhere but the skin between the fingers.
Oh, don’t get me wrong, we still do the fingers, but not that skin webbing at the bottom. Because sometimes, it’s just not that important and if we moisturize our hands – that’s enough, right?
Yeah… no. If you’ve ever been had cracked skin at the base of your fingers, this could be an issue.
And, if you’re not a fan of the thick lotion-y feel – don’t worry. Neither am I. I just use a dab of the Badger balm between my fingers. That way I can tolerate the feeling.
8. Hydrate the Back Of Your Neck
For those of you with long hair, and who don’t like it getting caught in lotion or lipgloss, I understand. Those who don’t like to put lotion on the back of the neck for whatever reason, I’m right there with you.
However, the neck is so neglected. It’s awful if you have sensitive skin, and God help us all if it just feels gooey.
What we might want to consider is to use aloe on the back of the neck. This way it not only hydrates the back of your neck, it’s natural, and it can heal any unintentional sunburns….
And if you put garlic in it you won’t have to worry about this guy coming to visit…
9. Hydrate Your Nose
It sounds so gross! But, I have to tell you that nothing is worse than having a dry flaky nose tip. Especially when you have a cold. We often want to say that we use moisturizer when we wash our face.
Well, that’s great, but do you really get the side of the nostrils? Yeah, that can be hard.
So, we are totally getting personal here, but sometimes the skin on the side of the nose can start bleeding and peeling, and the pores can get super icky. The Belif Moisturizing Bomb is my holy grail of moisturizers.
Trust me. My skin breaks out if you look at it. This is the only moisturizer I can use that won’t clog my pores.
Additionally, if you don’t hydrate your nose, you can’t twitch it without it feeling icky.
10. Hydrate the Knees
The knees are one of those things that nobody really cares about. I mean, when was the last time you looked at a person and thought, “those are some darn nice looking knees?”
Really? When was the last time that was a thing?
The knees take a lot of guff from us. Sometimes the fabric can mess up the skin depending on how rough it is. Additionally, if you’re one of those people who get up and down a lot on their knees, they can really take a beating.
If you’ve ever skinned your knee as a kid (and don’t lie, you know you’ve done that), the thing that’s kind of cool is that the more you hydrate it, the stronger the skin on the knee becomes. That doesn’t make the skin on your knees bulletproof though. You might need to call Kevlar for that.
But, the good news is that one of my favorites is an oldie, but a goodie. Good Ol’ fashioned Goldbond.
We’ve already established that being positive is hard, but it’s even worse with dry skin. It makes all of us with super dry skin-feel miserable and the negative vibes just hit hard.
So show your self some love and make sure you get super hydrated.
Now it’s your turn!
How do you keep dry skin from making you grouchy?