Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just splash your face with water to hydrate it and call it a day? Unfortunately, our skin doesn’t quite work that way. In fact water on the surface of your skin can actually cause your skin to dry out because as it evaporates it takes the nice hydrating oils with it. Rude!
When it comes to the surface of your skin the best way to keep it hydrated is with a hydrating skin care routine. We’ll go over how to hydrate each skin type, and other tips for skin hydration.
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Main Takeaways: Regardless of skin type, everyone needs to hydrate their skin. The best way to do this is with a hydrating routine designed for your skin type.
Good to Know: Squalane is an ingredient that is beneficial for all skin types. It’s super hydrating, but it also helps to balance your natural oils making it great for dry, oily, and combo skin.
How to Hydrate Your Skin Type
Each skin type is different and needs different things from skin care products. But, one thing is true for all skin types: you need to hydrate your skin. You may think that you can skip the moisturizer if you have oily skin, but that’s just not true. Here’s a basic skin care routine we think everyone should follow twice a day:
- Eye Cream
- Sunscreen (only in the a.m.)
But, we’ve also got tips for each skin type on what to look for in some of these products to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
How to Hydrate Dry skin
One of the first steps in keeping dry skin hydrated has to do with the type of cleanser you use. Many cleansers use harsh drying ingredients like sulfates to help the cleanser lather, and while they do clean your skin, they also completely strip it of its natural oils leaving skin tight and dry. Look for a hydrating cleanser that includes moisturizing ingredients like coconut oil, aloe, or glycerin.
Another product you should start using is a hydrating serum with hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in your skin and it helps it retain moisture. It’s one of the best natural ingredients for moisturizing skin.
Obviously, the one product you want to be sure you’re using is a hydrating moisturizer. Look for moisturizers with natural hydrating ingredients like squalane, hyaluronic acid, aloe, rosehip oil, or glycerin.
Overall, if you have dry skin, you want to avoid drying ingredients like artificial fragrance, salicylic acid, and even tea tree oil.
How to Hydrate Oily Skin
Even if you have oily skin it’s still important to keep it hydrated. Your skin produces the excess oil because it doesn’t think it has enough, so you want to focus on ingredients and products that can help to balance your skin’s natural oils.
One product to add to your lineup if you don’t have one already is a hydrating toner. A hydrating toner will help to control excess oil, hydrate skin, and temporarily tighten pores. A rosewater toner is a great option or you can look for a green tea or tea tree oil toner. Just be sure to avoid toners with high concentrations of alcohol as that can dry out your skin leading to increased oil production.
You also want to make sure you’re using a moisturizer. Adding moisture to your skin will keep your skin from thinking it's dry helping to balance your oils. Stay away from heavier creams, moisturizers, and night creams, but do look for water based moisturizers that have oil balancing ingredients like squalane, jojoba, aloe, or hyaluronic acid.
How to Hydrate Combination Skin
If you have combination skin it’s important to look for products that contain ingredients that will hydrate your skin as well as balance your skin’s natural oils. This way, the product will work for your entire face.
Squalane is one of the best ingredients for this. It mimics your skin’s own sebum, so it moisturizes while limiting excess oil. Hyaluronic acid does something similar (and have you noticed it’s great for almost every skin type? Yeah it’s basically a miracle). Finally, look for products with green tea which balances oils and is full of antioxidants to nourish your skin.
How to Hydrate Mature Skin
As you age your skin loses moisture, so it’s important to make sure that your skin care routine is super hydrating. On top of using a daily moisturizer, you may want to also add a hydrating night cream to your nightly routine. As you sleep, your skin repairs itself, so it’s a great time to give it some extra TLC with your products.
Retinols are a great ingredient to look for in a night cream (or even a night serum). Retinols help to minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles and dark spots, and to even skin tone. But, retinols can make your skin sensitive to the sun, so it’s best to use them at night.
You can also look for hydrating moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid (go figure!) and vitamin E both of which will help to hydrate and brighten your skin.
Another must have product in your anti aging routine is a hydrating eye cream. First things first, an eye cream isn’t just for mature skin, but if you have mature skin it should definitely be an essential part of your routine. Gotu kola is a great ingredient to look out for. This plant has been around for thousands of years, and can help to restore a youthful appearance and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Squalane, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and aloe are also great ingredient options. And, the great news is that many eye creams use more than just one of these to help bring moisture to your eye area.
Skin Hydration is Key
It’s soooo important to keep your skin hydrated no matter your skin type. Finding the right combination of ingredients and products is key to keeping your skin healthy, happy, and hydrated.
Other tips for skin hydration
Obviously, a hydrating skincare routine is essential for keeping your skin moisturized and healthy, but there are also lifestyle factors that can affect your skin. Here are some additional lifestyle tips for combating dehydrated skin.
Avoid hot showers - Hot water on your face and body can dry out your skin. Try washing your face and showering with lukewarm water instead.
Wear sunscreen - Some warm vitamin D can feel glorious, but sun exposure can zap moisture from your skin. If you do go outside, make sure you wear sunscreen. This will help protect your skin from losing moisture leading to common signs of aging.
Drink plenty of water - Drinking water will keep you and your skin hydrated and healthy. You should drink at least eight 8 oz glasses of water every day.
Change up your routine in winter - The low humidity during the winter months can wreak havoc on your skin leaving it dull and dry. You may not have issues with dry skin in the spring and summer. But pay attention to changes in your skin in winter. You may need to add some more moisturizing products to your lineup.
Try a humidifier - A humidifier puts moisture back in the air, which can help keep your skin from drying out.
Eat fresh produce - Many fruits and veggies contain lots of water, vitamins, and antioxidents which helps with skin hydration. Add watermelon, celery, cantaloupe, lettuce, oranges, raspberries, green peppers, spinach, and avocado to your daily diet. They’re all packed with H2O and antioxidants. It’s also best to eat less food that’s high in salt and drink less caffeine and alcohol.
Frequently Asked Questions About Hydrating Skin
Is there a difference between Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin?
dry skin means that your skin isn’t producing enough oil, or sebum, to stay moisturized. But, dehydrated skin means your skin is lacking water and is temporary (as long as you get yourself rehydrated). Lack of water in your skin is usually caused by environmental factors or lifestyle habits like dry/low humidity weather or diet.
Do I need to moisturize if I have oily skin?
Yes! All skin types need to moisturize. Your skin is overcompensating by producing excess oil. Using a moisturizer with oil balancing ingredients like squalane.
Will drinking water help my dry skin?
Absolutely! Drinking water will help to rehydrate your body and your skin. It’s recommended that adults drink eight 8 oz glasses of water each day.