How To Keep Your Skin Hydrated During the Winter

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Even if you love winter, your skin probably doesn’t. The low temperatures, harsh winds, and lack of daylight are the perfect combination for dull, dry skin. Luckily with a bit of extra effort, this can be avoided. You can still keep your skin looking great even in the most extreme weather!

Drink plenty of water

You can’t expect your skin to be hydrated if you aren’t! Warm/hot water definitely counts if you don’t want to drink cold water.

Eat healthy

You are what you eat, so if you eat healthy, naturally hydrating foods it will reflect in your skin. Try watery fruits and vegetables like watermelon, oranges, cucumber, and celery. Also make sure you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C and zinc help to produce collagen and elastin, which keep skin looking fresh and tight. Incorporate citrus fruits, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, legumes, nuts, seeds, and dark chocolate into your winter diet.

Moisturize!

This is important as ever in the winter. Moisturize immediately after washing while your skin can absorb the moisturizer the best. And choose your moisturizer wisely - go for a nourishing oil-based one that will help your skin retain moisture the most (rather than a lightweight water-based moisturizer or a petroleum-based moisturizer that will dry your skin out more). To really help seal in the moisture, moisturize before bed and then cover up your extremities with socks and gloves.

Wash your face with lukewarm water

This will help your skin retain its natural oils; water that is too hot or cold can strip them away.

Accessorize & protect

Your mother was right - don’t forget your gloves and scarf! Cold weather accessories not only help to keep you warm, they also protect your skin from the elements. Besides, they’ll make your outfit cuter.

Exfoliate

Keep your skin fresh and remove those dry, dead skin cells with regular exfoliation. It doesn’t have to be an intense, deep exfoliation if you have sensitive skin. Just a mild, light scrub will do.

Try face masks

When the weather outside is frightful, you have to take your skincare routine up a notch. You can purchase hydrating masks or make DIY ones at home; use moisturizing ingredients like honey, avocado, olive oil, yogurt, and bananas.

Adjust your cleanser

Depending on your skin type, you might need different cleansers for different seasons. The one that worked well for you in the summer might be drying out your skin in the winter. Look for hydrating cleansers and avoid ones with glycolic or salicylic acid.

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