Our skin changes as the seasons change and winter is in full swing. You may notice your skin drying out quickly, getting chapped, or feeling taut. You can thank a reduction of humidity for that. Winter weather usually means cold, dry environments that can siphon the tiniest moisture from your skin quickly. To enjoy happy and healthy skin this winter, you will want to take steps to hydrate your skin thoroughly.
How to Hydrate Your Skin
Hydration and your skin are best friends. Our skin is comprised of many cells that rely on hydration to survive.
Drink Plenty of Water – You can hydrate your skin from the inside out by drinking plenty of water. Try drinking a glass of warm water with lemon when you wake up. As we sleep, we can become dehydrated without even knowing it. Keep a water bottle with you throughout the day so you can enjoy your water on the go. If you do not like the taste of water or find it boring, add fresh fruits or some herbs to your water to give it flavor. Many foods like celery and watermelon contain water as well, so you can also eat your way to hydration in addition to drinking water if you prefer. Even if drinking water sounds simple, it will always remain a priority on our skincare tips and tricks list.
Moisturize – Your skin needs hydration beyond your water intake. You probably want to use a winter moisturizer heavier than you use in the warmer months. Don’t forget to moisturize your arms, legs, and feet too! You can use a lighter moisturizer in the morning and a richer moisturizer in the evening. Moisturizers with shea butter or petrolatum are a good bet. And don’t be afraid to apply a little moisturizer in the middle of the day. Putting on moisturizer right after bathing is also a good habit. Because every time you wash, you are stripping away your skin’s natural oils.
Dry Your Hands – Life gets busy. It can be very easy to just shake your hands dry after washing them and going on to the next task. However, this is a surefire way you can usher in dry skin on your hands in the winter months. After washing your hands, be sure to dry them thoroughly and moisturize them! Put a dab of your favorite lotion and rub it in to keep hands silky smooth, and nourished during winter.
Humidify – One way to fight back against cold and dry air is to get a humidifier in your home. Place one in the room you spend the most time, like your bedroom at night or the living room during the day. You can choose a cool mist humidifier or a warm mist humidifier. Take care to clean the humidifier thoroughly after each use.
Try Hydrate Skin Products – There are many hydrating skin products available. If you need a quick, effective, and proven way to increase skin hydration and enhance your skin’s quality check out the V2 Beauty Booster treatment. The V2 Beauty Booster technique uses a series of needles to inject a high concentration of natural and free hyaluronic acid and a combination of antioxidants, amino acids, minerals, and vitamins. These injections boost skin hydration and improve skin quality, making your skin appear supple, firm, and radiant. Consider this treatment an intimate boost of vitamins for your face.
Speaking of hyaluronic acid, this is another hydrating skin product you will want in your toolkit. Hyaluronic acid can attract 1,000 times its weight in water, helping your skin to stay supple and hydrated for hours. You can apply it topically or receive an injectable treatment like the V2 Beauty Booster technique. Remember, when used topically, hyaluronic acid is highly effective when applied in the correct order. Use your hyaluronic acid product on clean, damp skin, then lock in its powerful properties with a moisturizer for the best results. Hyaluronic acid is safe, effective, and versatile.
Skip Hot Showers – Even though a hot shower feels great on a cold day, you will want to skip them during winter to hydrate your skin. Steam and heat can open your pores and cause you to lose precious moisture instead of retaining it when you need it the most. The same goes for keeping the temperature around your home at a comfortable but not too high level. If your heat blasts throughout your home, you will create an environment where your skin dries out quickly.
Watch your Diet – Healthy fats like avocados, olive oil, and walnuts aid skin hydration. Your gut and skin health are closely related. Avoiding processed foods and excess sugar is also crucial for skin health.
Try An Overnight Treatment – Usually in the form of a heavier cream, overnight treatments, like emollients, are great for revitalizing your skin and its natural oils while you sleep. If you are unsure what overnight treatment is right for your skin type, you can ask your practitioner.
Modify Your Skincare Routine – Different seasons cause different demands on your skin. That is why you will want to modify your skincare routine for the winter months. You can eliminate toners, which dry skin out (super helpful in warmer months to prevent clogged pores), and replace your light moisturizer with a heavier/cream-based product.
Never Skip Sunscreen – The sun’s harmful UV rays can cause skin damage, even on overcast days. Sun damage can dry your skin and cause visible age spots and other symptoms. To prevent this from happening, wear sunscreen every day. It can be the last part of your morning skincare routine.
How to Tell if You Have Hydrated Skin
Many of us are well aware of the signs of dry skin. However, it is equally important to consider the signs of properly hydrated skin:
- Skin that is firm
- Skin that does not appear thin or sunken in
- Skin that is bright
- Skin that appears supple
- Younger-looking skin
- Skin that is smooth
- Skin that is not red, irritated, or painful
If you are experiencing dry skin or want to learn innovative ways to hydrate your skin, book a consultation with First Impressions Rejuvenation Clinic. The brilliant and compassionate staff can recommend hydrating treatments, offer hydrating products, and help you build a new skincare routine that elevates your wellness. Looking and feeling your best doesn’t have to be complicated. With the right experts on your side, you can craft a new skincare regime for any season.
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