Stay hydrated. By keeping your body hydrated, your skin will naturally follow suit. If you have a hard time remembering to sip your H2O, learn to make a habit out of it by setting a reminder in your phone or even try something silly—like taking a sip every time you glance at the digital clock and the last digit is an odd-number.
Swap your moisturizer. Use a rich, oil-based moisturizer during the winter months. This will help seal water in your skin and will keep it more moisturized than water-based face lotions. As always, choose organic and know your ingredients!
Hydrate with a humidifier. Winter naturally brings low humidity, but your furnace can decrease humidity as well. Invest in a good humidifier, or several to place throughout your house to keep moisture in your home.
Munch on veggies. Cucumbers and celery naturally contain a lot of water—which makes them a perfect snack when you’re trying to keep yourself and your skin hydrated. Orange and yellow veggies, like sweet potatoes, carrots, red peppers and pumpkin, are great for your skin due to the antioxidant, beta-carotene. And to boost your consumption of vitamins A, B and E, as well as your iron and omega-3s, add some spinach and other dark leafy greens to your plate.
Get your omega-3 fats. According to Dr. Mercola, if the tops of your hands aren’t soft and smooth, this may indicate you are deficient in omega-3 fats. Find these essential fatty acids in salmon, olive oil and walnuts; be sure to choose organic and stick with wild-caught Alaskan salmon.
Avoid chemical-filled soaps. Not only is your skin your largest organ but it’s highly permeable—meaning that what you put on your skin is likely going into your body and bloodstream. Plus, antibacterial soaps, skin care products containing alcohol and fragrance-filled soaps strip your skin of natural oils. Choose natural, organic soaps and avoid fragrances, instead choose essential oils.