Rehydrate Your Skin Naturally This Winter: 7 Tips And Tricks
Winter is a time of extremes. Inside of our homes is dry, warm and cozy. Outside is (also) dry, but cold, windy and sunny (on the good days). Both environments are a recipe for desert-dry skin. It’s time to rehydrate your skin naturally both from the inside out—and the outside in.
After all, your skin is your first line of defense. It protects your body from harsh weather and it’s a great indicator of how hydrated your body is. Dry, cracked and flaky skin may mean that you’re not getting enough water in your environment—so drink up!
Here are 7 tips and tricks to rehydrate your skin naturally this winter, from what to eat and drink to what to put on your skin.
7 tips and tricks to naturally hydrate your skin
1. Keep yourself hydrated with water
Your skin contains 64% water. Drinking your daily dose of water (8-10 cups) is essential to maintaining that hydration, especially during the dry and cold winter season. Proper hydration is also directly linked to skin cell regeneration that gives our skin that youthful, healthy glow that we all want (let’s be honest). Herbal teas and fruity sparkling waters count too!
2. Add a little humidity into your space
Let’s face it: dry air equals dry skin. Cozying up next to a hot fireplace or cranking the thermometer sounds great, but it’s actually dehydrating you from the outside in. Counter this by boosting the humidity of your space. This is especially true in your bedroom, where you (hopefully) spend a lot of time. Invest in humidifiers and turn off the heat at night. Go ahead and treat yourself to more houseplants—they’ll boost the moisture in your space!
3. Eat watery foods and hydrating drinks
Rotate through water-rich foods and drinks to help yourself rehydrate. Cucumbers are made of 96% water; tomatoes, 95%. Spinach is 93% water! Who knew? Many watery foods are also packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre to maintain great health. Add them into your meals and spruce up your drinks with watery fruits.
4. Opt for quick and warm showers
Get your bathroom hot and steamy—it’ll add to the humidity of your home. But before you get in, turn it down from piping-hot to warm. Your skin (and Mother Nature!) will thank you for quick and lukewarm showers this winter. Long and hot washing sessions suck whatever moisture remains from your desert-dry skin. Wrap yourself in a warm plush towel as a cozy treat.
5. Be gentle in your skincare routine
If we summed your winter skincare routine into two words, they would be: gentle and moisturizing. While you do still need to shed dead skin cells, you’ll want to switch to a lighter, less frequent exfoliation routine to avoid irritating dry skin even more. Avoid any harsh cleaners and drying toners and lean on gentle cleansers and soothing and heavily moisturizing products.
6. Up your vitamins and essential fatty oils
Just as important as eating oils and vitamins are putting them on our skin. Avocados, for instance, are high in vitamins C and E and monosaturated fats. While vitamins help heal damaged skin from harsh weather, fatty oils assist with retaining water and hydrating our skin naturally.
Skincare products that are derived from plant-based oils and vitamins unlock their natural healing powers—and can be essential this time of year.
7. Moisturize! Rehydrate with natural skin care products
Moisturizing is a must for your winter daily skincare routine. After you shower and wash your hands, pat yourself dry and moisturize thick and nourishing moisturizers and natural oils.
Natural skin care moisturizers with hyaluronic acid are a great way to go. Our plant-based hyaluronic acid binds up to 1000 times its weight in moisture to help slow down how much water evaporates from our skin. This improves elasticity and firms, plumps and soothes our skin. Finish off your routine with natural oils to help seal in the moisture.