Keep Skin Dewy & Supple with These Simple Skin Tricks!
Katherine Chu, Dec. 9, 2015, 2:01 p.m.
In the words of Jon Snow in 'Game of Thrones', "Winter is coming." In fact, the cold weather is pretty much already here in Los Angeles (except for the bi-polar hot and cold days from time to time), and unfortunately, not all of our skins can embrace the chillier weather with grace like Elsa.
With colder weather comes dryer skin, and for some of us whose flesh suits are already dry as it is, winter brings forth the worst in our epidermis, leaving us more parched than Death Valley. Nowadays, it seems like it costs an arm and a leg to buy into trendy products and cosmetics that claim they'll do miracles for your skin, but honestly, girls like myself just aren't willing to throw down $80 for a moisturizer every few months, especially if I'm not sure it'll work on me.
Fortunately, there are a few ways to keep your skin hydrated in the dryer weather without burning a hole in your pocket! These aren't the components of a magical formula for Kpop star-like supple skin (because, let's be real - they all get a little extra help from routine skincare sessions), but keeping these tips in mind while maintaining a consistent system within your lifestyle can definitely boost the glow in your face!
1. Apply face oil.
Your skin care routine should already consist of a good moisturizer for supple skin, but moisturizer alone may not be enough for your face to maintain its hydration. Adding a face oil to your skin care routine can assist in your moisturizer's job by helping to lock moisture in so that it doesn't evaporate. Mixing facial oil into your BB cream can also help give you a dewier look as well!
2. Use a moisturizing facial mask weekly.
Okay, so you probably read this tip and thought, "Uh, duh?" but this had to be said - facial masks are your friends! Although they can be applied once in a while during beauty emergencies when your skin is on its worst behavior, many people seem to make the mistake of using it way too often. Facial masks should be considered a weekly indulgence, not an everyday routine. Why? The reason is simple: if you use it too much, it loses its efficacy. Shoot for using a facial mask once or twice a week, and two to three times a week if your skin is extra dehydrated.
3. Place a humidifier in your room.
Investing in a humidifier will do wonders for your skin, especially in dryer climates. The ideal humidity level in homes should be around 30% to 50%, so make sure to measure out the level by utilizing a hygrometer, which is pretty much a thermometer for humidity in the air. Also, don't forget to change the water in your humidifer each day to avoid getting sick from possible bacteria and mold formation.
4. Drink water frequently in small amounts.
Our bodies are made up of 60% water, and since we're constantly shedding the hydration out of our bodies primarily through urine and sweat, we need to make up for it! One should normally drink around 2 liters of water a day, approximately half a gallon or 7-8 cups. Instead of drinking all of it at once, ration it throughout the day, taking a few gulps when you're tired or thirsty. To further help hydrate your body, try to avoid carbonated drinks and coffee, as these types of beverages normally dry you out.
5. Munch on avocados, coconuts, olives, and sweet potatoes!
YAAASS eating yummy foods to keep my skin moisturized? I'm in!
Olives is rich with Vitamin E, which prevents dryness, while sweet potatoes consist of Vitamin A which prevents moisture from escaping. Coconuts and avocados contain good fats which enriches your skin as well as your body! Coconuts also have enhancing antimicrobial properties that help prevent acne as well. Mmm! Happy body = happy skin!