As winter reels itself around, it is important to take extra care with dehydration within our skin. Take the time to adjust your skincare routine this season, to ensure your skin adapts better to everything it endures. We often disregard the thought of hydration, because we focus more on the cold around us. Studies have shown we go longer throughout the day without drinking water during winter. Unlike summertime, when we actively notice the thirst.

Cold temperatures and dry air have a huge impact to our hydration levels in the body. We lose a significant amount of fluid from our respiratory system, when we encounter this type of weather. We usually aren’t aware of the signs of dehydration, because sweat evaporates quickly during these colder seasons. Unlike the hotter months where we can feel is across our skin. It is important to consider your moisture levels to give your skin the best chance. Following these 15 quick fire tips below will ensure a healthier and more youthful complexion.

Hydration

Water – A simple one, but you should remember to drink plenty, regardless if you aren’t feeling thirsty. The signals that our body send us are different for opposite seasons. So, look out for fatigue, irritability and light-headedness, muscle cramping symptoms.

Get In Early

Take your fluids before you leave the house, so your body can absorb them more regularly.

Eat Your Fluids

Snack often on fresh cucumber, watermelon, bananas, lettuce, strawberries, tomatoes, spinach. A more thirst-quenching option for summer, but important to continue to eat these throughout the winter, to maintain consistent and optimum hydration levels.

Get Your Soup In

Soup – A lovely winter favourite. Vegetable soups are perfect as the water from the liquidised veggies is easier to absorb into your body. Plus, its warming which is a bonus!

Before The Lights Go Out

Drinking water both first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Will ready your body and keep you maintained overnight.

We Can’t Say It Enough

Drinking water before and after showering, or sitting in the bath. This will replenish any moisture loss from the body during these actions.

Monitor Your Intake

Certain fluids such as caffeinated drinks and carbonated drinks will cause the body to become more dehydrated. Watch your intake of these!

Observe

Look at your pee! (TMI) But important, the lighter and clearer it is, the more hydrated your body is. The darker and cloudier, the more dehydrated.

Think Outside The Box

Layer your clothing smartly. Large big woollens and heavy chunky knits will cause you to use more energy. Breathable and insulating options are a better option to consider.

Monitor Your Environment

Watch your use of central heating during the colder months. Its easy to flick on the heating and lay back in the warmth. But the air becomes arid and dry, which causes you to lose large volumes of moisture from your body. Too long and you’ll find yourself getting headaches. This is a sign that you are in dire need of thirst. A bowl of water next to the radiator can keep a slight humidity to the air.

Get In Touch With Nature

Certain plants are great to regulate the air in your rooms and increase humidity. Dracaena, Philodendron, Areca Palm, Peace Lily and Bamboo are some to name.

Follow A Steady Routine

Your skincare regime. Don’t leave the house without any form product on your skin. A bare face will invite the moisture to be extracted at a speedier rate. This will cause your face to become red, dry and break. The more layers on your skin, the hardest it is for moisture to leave through your pores. Same for the body, neck and hands too. Moisturisers will be your best friend here!

Make The Switch

Switch the gel-based moisturisers for something thicker. A cream will provide more resilience and hydration to the skin due to its consistency.

Rotate Your Products

Rotate your winter skincare products to include those that ‘Boost Hydration’. Serums, mists, essence waters, moisturisers and boosters drench the skin with higher concentrations of hydration for longer.

Go The Extra Mile

Sheet masks! They might look kooky, but you’ll find they are fantastic at splashing hydration across your skin. (An affordable choice too!).

Take the time to listen to your skin and think about what the weather is like before setting out. Always be considerate about your skin and how its treated. Follow these steps and take control this winter, for your skin’s sake.