3 Essential Tips for Hydrating Your Skin During Winter

LLucille August 28, 2023 7:07 AM

During the winter months, cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture away from the skin. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, as do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers. Additional moisture helps, but you need to do more to actually counteract these effects and keep skin looking youthful and smooth. To reduce chapping, redness, itching, and keep skin more healthy and comfortable this season, try these 3 essential tips for hydrating your skin during winter.

Tip 1: Hydrate from the Inside Out

Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. Make sure you're getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Also consider omega-3 supplements, or consume more fatty fish and flaxseed to give your skin the building blocks it needs to appear supple and smooth.

Tip 2: Moisturize More

You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skincare routine. Find an "ointment" moisturizer that's oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. Choose your oils with care because not all oils are appropriate for the face. Look for "non-clogging" oils, like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil. You can also look for lotions containing "humectants," a class of substances (including glycerine, sorbitol, and alpha-hydroxy acids) that attract moisture to your skin.

Tip 3: Slough off Dead Cells

Winter is a great time for focus on exfoliation. Removal of dead skin cells allows for better product absorption. Mix a small amount of gentle exfoliant into your cleanser or use an exfoliating mask once or twice a week. But don't get overzealous and exfoliate every day as it can actually lead to more dryness.

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