Learn more about how to hydrate you moisture-craving skin.

Do you suffer from dull, dry skin? As winter rolls in, your skin dries out even more. You might think it’s inevitable, but it doesn’t have tobe! Follow these 8 ways to hydrate your skin!

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1. Use the right skincare products

Skincare products don’t all work for everyone. Use skincare products that are right for your type of skin. If you’re looking to hydrate your skin, don’t use products that are made for oily or combination type skin. Look for products that say “made for dry skin,” “hydrating,” “moisturizing,” or “nourishing.” Don’t use harsh products that contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or alcohol.

2. Try out serums

Serums have been part of Japanese skincare routines for decades. Americans are just barely catching on. Hydrating serums aren’t meant to replace moisturizers, but they can prep the skin to be able to better absorb the moisturizer.

  • Glossier’s Super Bounce contains 2% Hyaluronic Acid and is highly rated.
  • The Ordinary offers an affordable Squalane Serum that is a cult favorite.
  • I Dew Care’s Bright Side Up Vitamin C Serum is popular among all skin types.

If you haven’t tried any of these serums, try these unique hydrators out!

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3. Skip long showers

In might seem counterintuitive, but hot water dries out the skin. Hot water irritates the skin because it damages the keratin cells which are located on the outer layer of the skin. Opt to take lukewarm showers instead.

4. Mix up some custom products

If you find that your moisturizer just isn’t cutting it, mix it with a nourishing oil. Drop a few drops of your favorite face oil into your moisturizer bottle or mix it up in your hand for an extra-hydrating moisture boost. If you’re looking for a natural approach, smash some avocado, oats, and honey and slather it all over your face!

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5. Pay attention to order

The order in which you put on your skincare products affects their efficacy. A good rule of thumb is to go from thinnest to thickest. Start with your makeup remover, then move on to your facial cleanser, then your toner, add any topical treatments you might have, and you’re prepped for your serums, and then you can finally make your way to your moisturizer.

6. Exfoliate correctly 

If you see dry, flaky, skin, your first reaction might be to whip out a scrub and go to town. That’s what exfoliation is for, right? Well, not all the time. That dry, flaky, skin might be a cry for some much-needed hydration. So, next time you see flakes, try moisturizing before you scrub your skin off (literally).

7. Take supplements

Taking supplements that increase hydration can be an easy way to get some extra moisture. Try out Vitamin B, Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, or Ideal Collagen to easily seal in your skin’s natural moisture!

8. Use a humidifier

The air around you has a direct effect on your skin. The dry air around you might be stripping your skin of moisture. If you live in a particularly dry climate, try out a humidifier to keep your skin from drying itself out. It’ll also help with sore throats. It’s a win-win!

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