Our wonderful sunny summer and fall weather is gone!!! What does that mean for your skin? The approaching winter weather and cold climate will change how your skin reacts, often leading to redness, drying, and irritation. Depending on your skin type, this might be anything from rosy red cheeks to extreme dryness and flaking around your nose and chin. Taking care of your skin is something you should always pay close attention to. However, in the winter, it might differ from your skincare routine for the rest of the year.
The following information is going to help guide you through the process of adjusting your beauty routine in the winter so that it works better for your skin. Just slight adjustments and adding in more natural products can make all the difference.
Hydrate Your Skin from the Inside Out
If you don’t know already, water is one of the best things you can do for your skin, on the inside and the outside. Before you start adding in more hydration and moisture directly to your skin, consider what you can do to get it naturally from the inside. This is when it comes down to drinking more water and fluids.
With water, you are able to hydrate your skin cells properly, which not only keeps your skin from getting too dry, but it helps to reduce lines and wrinkles as well. You can also flush out toxins from your body, which also affects your skin, so you have extra bonuses to drinking more water.
Here are some ways to hydrate your skin from the inside out:
Drink More Water – Naturally, the first thing you should do is drink as much water as you can. You can start with a basic minimum of eight glasses of water a day, but keep in mind how much you drink depends on your diet and lifestyle choices. If you eat a lot of foods with high water content, you might not need to drink as much water. Here are some factors to consider when deciding how much water you want to drink:
- Your personal thirst level
- Exercising and being physically active
- Your weight and doctor recommendations
At the end of the day, you just want to be hydrated and not thirsty. If you find that you are thirsty, go for a glass of water instead of juice or soft drinks, and you should be able to get enough water each day.
Try Alternative Ways to Consume Water
Drinking enough water isn’t always easy to do, especially when you don’t like plain water. But that’s okay! There are plenty of alternatives available that will allow you to get enough water, which ultimately helps your skin and youthfulness. Here are some alternative ways to get more water into your body:
Eat foods with high water content – This is one of the easiest ways to stay hydrated without having to constantly drink water. In relation to skin care, hydration means increasing the amount of water in your skin cells, which results in a healthy, smooth and plump complexion. If you choose foods with a high water content, you will help yourself to stay hydrated. Include foods like:
- Bell Peppers
- Citrus Fruit
Try adding flavoring to your water – There are quite a few ways to flavor your water in order to make it more interesting. You can add slices of lemon or lemon to flavor it quickly, or use liquid water flavors that don’t add in sugar or calories. It will taste like juice without all the additives.
Make infused water – You can also get flavor in other ways. If you start preparing pitchers of infused water with fruits, veggies, and herbs, you have added vitamins and minerals along with water that tastes better. Keep the pitcher in the fridge to have cold water at all times.
Hydrate the Skin Directly – Hydration starts with what you eat and drink. This is especially true with drinking more water, but that doesn’t mean you can’t also hydrate your skin. In addition to using a moisturizer to relieve dry skin, you can hydrate your skin by rinsing with micellar water or even cooled tea, like chamomile or green tea.