Winter Hydration 101

Everything you will ever need to know about keeping your skin healthy and smooth during the colder months!

 

Wash your hands & face in Lukewarm Water

To avoid stripping so many oils away from the skin when using hot water, rather wash your hands and face in lukewarm water in the colder months.

 

Moisturize immediately after showering or washing your face & hands

Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle near the bathtub or shower, or having an in shower moisturizer is also a great alternative to the babes that wants to hop out and get dressed as soon as possible (like me).

Choose your moisturizer carefully

Remember one of my tips in my Fall skincare 101 was to not use foaming shower gels as this also strips oils, same goes for moisturizers. Some over-the-counter moisturizers have petroleum-based ingredients that can actually further dry your skin in the winter months and people that struggle with dry skin throughout all the seasons should in general stay away from these. Be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients. Go for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution, as it’s more likely to help your skin retain moisture in the winter. I love the body butters from The bodyshop, they are worth every cent.

Protect your skin

Get used to wearing gloves and scarves to protect skin from the cold air and wind. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen, even though it is cold, the sun is still shining. Winter sun can be just as damaging as summer sun.

Invest in an at-home humidifier

Heating systems dry out the air, like your heater or the nice warm fire you make every evening to keep warm, even your electric blanket. Consider installing a humidifier in your home, particularly in your bedroom, to put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.

 

Sip on that H2O

We tend to drink less water in the winter because it is cold, so naturally we turn to hot drinks like cocoa and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside and out.

 

Overnight moisturizing

Moisturize before you go to bed! Dryer areas like hands, feet, elbows, and knees have thin skin and tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body. Then put on some thick socks (I can’t sleep with gloves, if you can that helps too) to lock in the moisture until morning. Sleeping with a hydrating sleeping mask is also great for your skin.

 

Get rid of all those dead skin cells

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. We often forget to help the skin slough off dead cells in the winter, particularly on our hands. Yet moisture can’t get in if the dead cells are too plentiful. Find an exfoliating mask and use it on your face and your hands, as well as gently on your lips, then follow moisturizing to truly see a smoother difference. Exfoliating body washes are also helpful in the winter months. Woolworths has some great cruelty free ones, that smell divine!

 

Hydrate From the Inside Out

Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside. 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 an omega-3 supplement, or consume more fatty fish and flaxseed to give your skin the building blocks it needs to appear supple and smooth.

Change Your Cleanser

Cleansers can be extremely drying to the skin. If you’re used to using options that contain glycolic or salicylic acid, rotate with a more hydrating version that contains moisturizing ingredients. A cream cleanser is a good option, so is a cleansing balm. It will give your skin the extra moisture it needs during the dryer months. After cleansing, don’t leave the skin naked for more than 30 seconds, as this can dehydrate it, leading to increased dryness. Apply a hydrating toner and moisturizer to seal in moisture as soon as you finished to wash your face. Once or twice a week apply a hydrating sleeping mask to your face  to wake up with an extra hydrated skin.

 

Use hydrating masks

Hydrating masks, homemade or bought can provide needed moisture in the winter months. Use natural moisturizing ingredients like honey, avocado, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, almond oil, bananas, and aloe. We also have some hydrating sheet masks available.

 

Take care of yourself during these cold months coming up, your skin wants some extra loving!!

Jess XOXO

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