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By Shilpa Bhim
Winter is in full swing Zovers! Which means layering up in cosy clothes and drinking all the hot chocolate, while sitting next to a heater of course. Whimsical!
But what’s not so whimsical is the impact of winter conditions on your skin. Cold weather and low humidity levels in winter lead to dry air, which takes hydration and moisture away from your skin.
Don’t panic though! It is possible (and quite easy) to keep your skin hydrated all winter long.
FIRST THINGS FIRST, WHAT DOES HYDRATED SKIN MEAN?
Usually when we think of hydration, we think of water. Hydrating your skin essentially means increasing the water content in your skin. Hydration involves infusing water into the cells to plump them up.
Hydration is often coupled with moisturisation, which focuses on the skin barrier. Moisturising products essentially seal water inside cells.
So what are some quick tips to keep our skin hydrated (and moisturised) during the winter?
STAY HYDRATED FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Yes, this is a very obvious point. But we’re all guilty of failing to drink our usual 8 or more glasses of water a day when it’s cold, right?
The best way to increase the water content in your skin is to actually drink water regularly. Eight glasses (or more) of water a day should keep your skin happy (and your body in general).
Not a fan of drinking cold tap water when it’s freezing cold outside? Try having a cup of warm water with some fresh lemon in it - it’s delicious and hydrating
Speaking of lemons…
BE MINDFUL OF WHAT YOU EAT
Fruits and veggies are always a good bet - they’re packed full of water!
They also carry a ton of other benefits for your skin. For example, citrus-based fruits like oranges and lemons are packed with juice and are rich in Vitamin C, which brightens skin tone, reduces the appearance of dark spots and helps to stimulate collagen and elastin.
Find out more about how your diet affects your skin here.
A LUKEWARM SHOWER IS YOUR NEW BFF
Sure, nothing beats a steaming hot shower in the winter time. But that steaming hot shower will beat all the hydration out of your skin.
Opt for a lukewarm shower instead. But, that doesn’t mean an hour long lukewarm shower.
5 - 10 mins should do the trick: you’ll be as fresh as a daisy and your skin won’t be dehydrated and, added bonus, you’ll save water, winning!
PUMP THAT HUMIDIFIER
ICYMI a humidifier adds moisture to the air. Using one during the winter can help treat dehydrated skin.
Humidifiers can also help alleviate some cold and flu symptoms. So, that’s a bonus.
HYDRATE YOUR SKIN FROM THE OUTSIDE IN!
Using hydrating skincare products is a no-brainer. These can include:
Hyaluronic acid - which helps to draw water molecules into the skin keeping it hydrated and moisturised, and helping the skin to look fuller and more plump.
Ceramides - a type of lipid found naturally in the outer layer of the skin. Ceramides help to seal in hydration - keeping your skin hydrated and plump.
Glycerin - similar to hyaluronic acid, glycerin also helps to draw water molecules into the skin for hydration.
Bonus tips for hydrating your skin from the outside in
Don’t forget to slather on some moisturiser to seal all that hydration in. For some extra TLC, use a face mask to give your skin an extra boost of hydration.
And, as always, apply your SPF! Exposure to the sun can dehydrate your skin, so you want to keep your skin protected from the sun’s UV rays.