Every year I dread Winter for many reasons, but the main one is my skin always gets so incredibly dry. Last year, I started to implement these tips to help keep my skin hydrated in Winter and they have helped incredibly.
The biggest one is my skincare regime but all of these tips below have helped to keep my skin and body stay hydrated this year.
Of course, it all depends on where you are living. Being right in the middle of the Midwest we tend to get very cold, dry, windy conditions for 5 months out of the year easily.
I have discovered it’s a combination of my skincare regime, changing some things in our home, and focusing on the foods we eat have all contributed.
Tips For Keeping Skin Hydrated
- At night use a Lip Mask
- Keep Heat In Car Turned Away From You
- Put Lemon In Water
- Use A Water Bottle That Shows Ounces Drank
- Put A Humidifier In Each Room
- Try A Hylauronic Acid After Getting Out Of Shower
- Use Caudalie Creamy Mask Overnight/Gycolic Mask Exfoliant
- Hydrating Hand Lotion In Every Bag
- Eat Hydrating Fruits and Vegetables
- Heavy Face Cream
Change Up Your Foods
What you eat always plays such a major factor in how your body feels but I think more so in the Winter. During the warmer months, it’s easier to grill healthier foods and eat outdoors and salads are much more appealing than in the Winter months.
However, you can still eat hydrating comfort foods in the Winter to make sure your body is getting not only the proper nutrition but helps you keep your skin hydrated. One of my go-to cookbooks in the Winter is Eat Beautiful, which discusses the correlation between your skin and the foods you eat.
We tend to eat a lot of protein or veggie-packed soups. Enjoy olives as snacks, and Salmon to make sure we are getting the right fats, which also helps with dry skin.
I also refer to this poster we have hanging up that shows which fruits and vegetables are in season by month. This way I know which ones to buy which are the freshest in Winter.
Water Is Your Best Friend
We all know drinking water is the best thing for our bodies but especially in Winter. It’s not as hot so sometimes we don’t think about drinking water but it’s just as important if not more. I drink a ton of water usually and I still have to remind myself during colder months to keep drinking water.
I bought this water bottle and it’s helped me stay on track throughout the day. During the day I will fill it up 3-4 times a day and make sure to drink it all. I also put a squeeze of fresh lemon in the bottle since lemons are a great source of Vitamin C.
Don’t Crank The Heat
The tendency is to turn up the heater as far as it can go but don’t do that. Instead, keep your heat at a normal temperature and layer up on clothes. Usually, I always wear socks and my favorite house shoes when walking around the house to keep my feet warm.
Also, when I am in my car and have the heat on, I make sure the vents are not pointed directly at my face. I turn them to face other parts of the car. This helps prevent my face from getting dried out.
We also have small humidifiers in each room of the house to help the air stay moist which in turn helps to keep skin hydrated.
Winter Skin Care
Winter skincare tends to be a little more involved I feel than in the warmer months. There are more products and steps to be done to keep skin hydrated. Here’s what is working for me.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic– This has been a game-changer for me ever since I started using it. An antioxidant serum is a must to help prevent wrinkles, fine lines, collagen loss. This needs to go on before all your other products and once it’s absorbed into the skin it lasts up to 72 hours.
SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid– Hyaluronic Acid naturally helps with skin hydration which in turn will help with firmness, wrinkles, and skin plumpness. Sometimes, if I think about it I will actually put this on my face right after I jump out of the shower.
The hyaluronic acid will actually bind to the water basically working like a sponge to soak up all that hydration. If I forget then I will use it after the C E Ferulic and before my moisturizer.
Caudalìe Glycolic Peel Mask– Caudalìe is one of my favorite French brands to use. They are an all-natural skincare line that I started using many years ago. This glycolic mask is great for a few times a week to slough off all that dry skin. All you need is 10 minutes for the mask to work.
Caudalìe Moisturizing Mask– I alternate this moisturizing mask several times a week with the glycolic mask. This mask is hydrating and moisturizing so I will put this mask on several times a week during the winter months. Sometimes I will even leave it on overnight if I am feeling extra dry.
Another time I use this mask is when traveling on long flights. I’ll just put it on before my flight and leave on the entire duration since you automatically get dehydrated when flying.
LANEIGE Lip Mask– Without a doubt the best lip mask I have ever used. It’s incredibly moisturizing and not sticky like others I’ve used. I put it on before I go to bed each night or when my lips are feeling extra dry. This mask has vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid to deliver intense moisture and it lives up to that.
Avène Hand Cream– My go-to hand cream that I have in each bag I carry. It’s hydrating, doesn’t leave a sticky or greasy residue, and makes my hands feel moisturized. Nothing worse than dry cracked hands.
Bioderma Lip Conditioner– Hands down favorite lip conditioner and I feel like I’ve tried them all. I buy a 2 pack of them off Amazon and have them stashed all over the house and in my car.
LaMer Crème– Nights when I am feeling very dehydrated I will use LaMer. This creme is so amazing but very expensive so I just use it as needed but worth every penny. Other nights I use my regular SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Cream.
You can also check out my Skincare At 40 post to see all the ways I take care of my skin.