Tips for Keeping Your Skin Moisturized
In part 1 of this monthly series, we talked about the best ways to keep your skin hydrated. This month we’ll be talking about keeping your skin moisturized. To recap: hydrating means getting water/hydration into your system, and moisturizing helps to seal that water in.
The Return of the Humidifier
We talked about humidifiers in part 1, so we’ll just briefly recap by saying: it’s important to set up a healthy environment for your skin in the places you are most (office, bedroom, etc.). A cool-air humidifier uses water vapor or steam to gently push more moisture into the air, which, in turn, helps prevent both you and your plants from drying out. Remember the old saying: You’re basically a houseplant with complex feelings.
Eat More (Healthy) Fats
With the weather both cold and dry, it’s imperative to find healthy, safe ways to keep yourself hydrated and moisturized. There are several fatty but healthy foods you can incorporate into your diet that will help keep your skin moisturized, many of which you may already be eating!
- Fatty fish like salmon, herring, and mackerel.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: These fatty fish contain omega-3 fatty acids, which help keep skin thick and moisturized as well as reducing inflammation, and your skin’s sensitivity to UV light.
Vitamin E: This vitamin is necessary as it’s an important antioxidant for your skin. It helps soothe inflammation, strengthens skin, and protects against free radicals, which can break down skin’s collagen and create fine lines, saggy skin, dark spots, and acne.
Zinc: Not thought of as much as Vitamin E and Omega-3, Zinc helps protect skin from inflammation and promotes the production of new skin cells, which helps improve overall skin health and can speed up the healing process.
Yes, this is a good fat we’re used to ingesting normally, but do you know why Avocados are good for your skin? They’re actually little powerhouses!
Vitamin E: An antioxidant that strengthens, soothes inflammation, and helps protect against UV rays.
Vitamin C: Move over, oranges! Avocados are a vitamin c powerhouse, too! Vitamin C helps create collagen, which helps keep your skin strong and healthy. It’s also an antioxidant, which helps prevent fine lines, dark spots, wrinkles, and sagginess.
- Nuts and Seeds
Most nuts and seeds contain vitamin E, selenium, zinc, and protein, all things that promote healthier skin.
Selenium: Selenium is great at neutralizing free radicals that damage the skin. It’s very similar in property to Vitamin E.
Protein: Protein contains amino acids and collagen, essential for building stronger, more elastic skin.
Buff and Scrub (Gently)
For your moisturizing techniques to work, dead skin cells need to be exfoliated to let the new skin breathe, take product, and moisturize. With this in mind, it’s good to gently buff your skin at least 2-3 times a week. If you have sensitive or oily skin, you may want to do only 1-2 times a week as over-exfoliation can cause the over-production of oils in the skin, leading to acne and other inflammation.
This is the same for the rest of your body, not just your face! Regular exfoliation of your arms, legs, back, etc., means an all-over glow and less itchiness and dryness as the winter progresses.
Switch to Oils and Creams
Facial oils not only help remove makeup, product build-up, and dead skin, but they also help moisturize your skin and strengthen the natural moisture seal that keeps the moisture in!
Facial oils work for all skin types and are typically better for you as they contain more natural ingredients, which means fewer harsh chemicals.
If your skin is dehydrated, you may want to try a heavy-duty night cream as well as a thicker moisturizer for the day.
Just Say No (to Harsh Cleansers)
Harsh cleansers and toners typically dry out your skin. Be sure to avoid any harsh chemicals that dry the skin as winter weather already saps your skin’s moisture. Now is the time to swap regular cleansers with an oil cleanser and/or a hydrating cleanser.
Spoiler alert: this tip will be in all four parts of this series! For your skin to be moisturized, it has to be hydrated! The best way to stay hydrated is to drink water. If water is hard for you (some people need a flavor), then decaf, sugar-free ice tea, hot tea, and other flavored waters may help.
Each of the building blocks of good, healthy skin is connected! You have to be hydrated (part 1) to be moisturized (this part). In March, we’ll talk about the next skincare need: Protection.