Though the winter season makes for the ultimate cozy time, dry air and colder temperatures are brutal on skin – here are some of our favorite ways to stay hydrated inside and out!
Use a humidifier
Running a humidifier is an easy way to add moisture back to a heated home. The recommended humidity level is somewhere between 30 and 50 percent.
Invest in a face mist
A face mist is a must-have to freshen up skin during the winter. Our Rosewater Facial Mist is ideal for all skin types, lightweight, and can be used throughout the day to hydrate skin without clogging pores.
Staying hydrated on the inside keeps you moisturized on the outside. Carrying a water bottle around is an easy way to guarantee you’ll be sipping water throughout the day. The daily recommendation is a minimum of six, eight-ounce glasses of water a day.
Snow and ice can reflect up to 90% of UV rays, and even if you’re somewhere that doesn’t snow, the earth’s ozone layer (which absorbs dangerous UV rays before they ever reach us) is thinnest during the winter. That means that winter UV damage can be just as harmful as summer damage. Wearing sunscreen will not only protect skin but can help prevent premature wrinkles and dark spots forming.
Use a body oil
You already know face oils are great for moisturizing the face, so why not use an oil to moisturize the body too? Body oils moisturize and add a healthy glow to skin. Our Sweet Almond Oil is a can be used on the body, face, and hair to keep dry areas soft and radiant.
Take short, lukewarm showers
We hate to say it, but it’s true. As relaxing as long, hot showers are, they cause excessive dryness and damage to skin. It’s better to take a lukewarm shower and pat down skin rather than rubbing to avoid irritation while drying.
Pro tip: Before skin is completely dried off, apply a body butter like Shea Butter to lock in moisture.
Give extra love to your hair
Wearing hats and beanies may keep our head warm but leave hair irritated and frayed—not to mention the cold air sucks out moisture leaving follicles brittle and dry. We recommend shampooing less, not using products containing alcohol, using a leave-in conditioner, and doing a weekly hair mask treatment.
Our winter routine suggestion:
- Apply our Organic Castor Oil to the ends of hair to protect from breakage and along the root of hair to moisturize and soothe dry scalp
- Style hair with our moisturizing Aloe Vera Gel
- Apply Argan Oil for nourishment and shine
- Use our Coconut Oil with Vitamin E as a deep conditioning mask or apply small amounts as a leave-in conditioner to bring intense moisture to damaged hair
Layer up with non-irritating clothing
Though wool makes us warm and cozy, it can be irritating against skin. No need to swear off wool though—just make sure that underneath your sweaters, you wear soft, breathable materials like cotton or silk that act as a barrier of protection from the fabric.
Change your diet
Food and supplements rich in essential fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6 help supply hydration to the body. Omega fatty acids act as building blocks in the skin cells, strengthening the skin’s surface layers for a smoother, healthier and younger-looking complexion. A great way to fill up on these fatty acids is through fish oil capsules.