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As self-proclaimed skincare aficionados, we’re the first to spend hours on end browsing the latest facial product launches and then throwing our money at them.

When we think about it, however, we can’t help but wonder why we spend so much time dedicated to our faces without giving a thought to the rest of our body – a much larger real estate of skin.

The same way your face requires TLC to look and feel its best, so does your body. There’s a good chance we’ve been turning a blind eye to all the signs that point to skin that lacks nutrients and is desperate for moisture.

Not quite sure what those signs are? We’re here to help. Keep reading, because we’ve got an easy solution that’ll address them!

5 signs your skin is lacking nutrients

1. Your skin is bumpy

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If you notice that your goose bumps never go away, you might have keratosis pilaris. This is a condition in which small, hard bumps form on the skin, usually on the upper arms and thighs.

Those bumps are actually hair follicles clogged with dry flakes and dead skin cells – a sign that you aren’t hydrating and exfoliating your skin regularly.

2. You can see visible fine lines

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When your skin lacks nourishment, it tends to reveal accelerated signs of ageing, such as fine lines and wrinkles.

It doesn’t just show up around our eyes either. You may see it on areas where skin is the thinnest and most delicate, such as your hands.

3. Your skin is flaking

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Dehydrated skin isn’t to be confused with dry skin, so just because your skin feels dry, it doesn’t mean that it’s actually dry.

Zapped water loss may show up more prominently, which is why skin that’s dehydrated is likely the cause of flaky patches on your body.

4. Your skin is inflamed or irritated

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When your skin is parched and craving essential nutrients, it tends to respond with inflammation. Inflammation can often manifest in a slew of breakouts, but it can also trigger itching and redness.

If you have particularly sensitive skin, your compromised skin barrier can become more easily irritated.

5. Your skin doesn’t pass the pinch test

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If all else fails, try the trusty pinch test to determine if your skin lacks nutrients and hydration. Simply pinch the skin on your limbs, and if it looks like you have fine lines, then it’s time to show your skin a little more love.

In general, healthy and hydrated skin should hold its shape when and after it’s pinched – you can thank collagen and elastin for keeping your skin firm.

If it doesn’t bounce back right away or reveals fine lines, your skin is likely in need of a tall drink of water.

The easiest way to replenish your skin

If you’ve been nodding along and you realised that your skin is in need of deep nourishment, don’t panic. The good news is that nutrient-deficient, dehydrated skin isn’t a skin type but a skin condition, which means it’s not so difficult to fix.

It’s easier to correct if you stick to certain habits, starting with a proper moisturising routine.

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If you seek a lightweight yet restorative body lotion to replenish your skin’s nutrients, then look no further than NIVEA’s Intensive Moisture Body Milk.

Its key ingredient? None other than moisturising avocado oil. Besides tasting delicious as guacamole or spread on a warm piece of toast, avocados boast an impressive list of skin-boosting benefits.

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That’s because avocado oil has an abundance of antioxidants, plant sterols, omega-9, minerals, and vitamins, including vitamins C and E, which allows it to deliver these 10 benefits to the skin:

  1. Moisturises
  2. Hydrates
  3. Nourishes
  4. Softens
  5. Smooths
  6. Delivers antioxidants
  7. Supple skin
  8. Plump skin
  9. Rejuvenates
  10. Revitalises

The formula is bolstered by a high concentration of vitamin E and grapeseed oil too, which helps to repair dry, scaly, rough skin, so your skin will feel softer, smoother, and more supple.

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Even better, NIVEA’s Intensive Moisture Body Milk contains Hydra IQ, which helps us foster new aquaporins (a.k.a. our skin’s own hydration channels), which facilitate smooth moisture flow between our skin cells.

Thanks to this efficacious blend of ingredients, NIVEA’s Intensive Moisture Body Milk is able to keep the skin hydrated for up to 48 hours after two weeks of regular use. Simply apply it on areas with dry skin or your whole body to feel the difference.

Like we said, a tweak in our daily habits can make a huge impact!

NIVEA Intensive Moisture Body Milk retails for S$10.90 (400ml) in stores at Watsons and Guardian, as well as online on Shopee, Watsons, and Guardian

This article is brought to you by NIVEA.