Cold Weather Rituals for Healthy, Hydrated Skin

There’s something about winter skincare that feels a bit daunting -- the air is dry, the heat is blasting, and you end up feverishly shuffling through your bathroom cabinet, looking for your thickest cream and a fast-acting lip balm. Although reapplication of these products can help, caring for your skin in the winter is about more than stocking up on moisturizing lotions and creams. Here are some dryness-fighting practices you can implement:

1. Keep a humidifier close 
It may seem like the farthest thing from a skincare essential, but using a humidifier increases the moisture levels in the air and helps skin stay hydrated. Keep it running close to you throughout the day or during the night while you sleep -- our Senior Brand Manager even keeps a mini one on her desk. 

2. Adjust your diet 
Along with drinking a lot of water (at least 6 to 8 glasses a day), adjusting what you eat can help with dry skin. Incorporate more healthy fats such as walnuts, coconut oil, and avocados into your diet, and avoid drinking too much caffeine or eating dry, salty foods.

3. Limit your hot showers
There are few things better than climbing into a hot shower after a long day, but during the winter, that hot water can dry out skin even more. Keep water at a warm (but not scalding hot) temperature, and try to limit time under water to less than 10 minutes. Apply a moisturizer (like this one from Grown Alchemist) directly afterward to retain skin’s moisture while you rest.

4. Use an overnight mask 
A few times a week, try using an overnight mask, like the Overnight Exfoliating Mask from Hora, which is infused with CBD isolate and salicylic acid for exfoliating the skin and removing dead skin cells (allowing your skin to better absorb moisturizers). These masks are designed to help skin maintain its hydration, and work while you’re sleeping.  Apply before bed to a clean, dry face and rinse off in the morning.

5. Switch cleansers
During the winter, it’s important to avoid soap-based cleansers as well as those with fragrance or additives, as these elements also inhibit the skin from staying hydrated. We suggest using a cream cleanser instead, and the Hydra Restore Cream Cleanser from Grown Alchemist has quickly become one of our favorites - it has olive leaf extract which firms and hydrates, as well as yarrow extract, an element that tones for healthy-looking skin.