Dry Skin Hydration Hacks

Posted on October 29 2015

One of the bad things about autumn is how your skin changes.

One day you're strolling in your autumn gear, thinking of hot chocolates and marshmallows and suddenly you realise that your skin is getting a little flaky.

While switching to a heavier moisturiser is the next logical step, completely over hauling your skin care routine can seem a bit daunting and may not have the desired results.

To help you we went looking for some easy hacks that can help keep your skin hydrated this autumn/winter.

Below are our top finds:

  • Turn down the heat: There are very few things in this world that feel better than a hot shower on a cold morning but to be honest, you're not helping your skin. Hot water softens your skin's natural oil barrier and soap washes it away leaving you with dry, shrivelled skin. Keep your showers short and keep the water lukewarm. If you're a hot water junkie, give your body a few days to get used to the change in temperature. You won't be sorry!
  • Keep rose water handy: Rose water is amazing for hydrating your skin on the go. Carry a small spritz bottle in your handbag and spritz it on your face for the hydration boost it craves. If you're looking to buy one in the near future, check out our ultimate rose water guide here.
  • Drink more water: While dermatologists claim that water doesn't directly impact skin hydration, it definitely has major benefits. When you're dehydrated, your body automatically sends reserve water to your organs and skin is pretty low on priority there. If you keep hydrated, your organs will have enough water to function thus ensuring your skin gets it's share too! So drink up!
  • Up your mask game: Hydrating masks that contain serums work really well to impart hydration to the outermost layers of your skin. Sheet masks generally contain a fair amount of serums that allow your skin to soak in their goodness easily and quickly. Try MaskerAide Sheet Masks available here.
  • Apply body lotion/oil when skin is still wet: When applied immediately after bathing, the moisturizer/oil is able to trap some of the water still on your body and use it to hydrate your skin. Give Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula's skin therapy oil a try.
  • Balance the booze: Alcohol dehydrates the body making it look red, blotchy and flaky. We know wedding season is around the corner - and that means shots on the dance floor- but you got to look your best too! Keep your alcohol consumption in check and balance it out with ample H2O. 
  • Work through the night: Before you go to bed, use a heavy moisturiser on your feet and hands and cover them up with gloves. Socks and gloves lock in extra hydration that then make your skin smooth and soft in the mornings. If you're not much of a sock/glove wearer, give Luxaderme's hydrating foot and hand masks a try.

 

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