Between exchanging gifts and counting down to the new year, winter can be a busy and exciting time of year. But even with the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s important to maintain hydration. Between drinking water and supporting well-hydrated skin, here is the Desert Essence guide to staying refreshed all winter long. 

Understanding Winter Dehydration

You might not notice that you’re losing water when you’re wearing multiple layers of clothes or cozying up besides the heater indoors, but sweating contributes to overall water loss. Even in cold weather, our bodies need water to function — water helps regulate our body temperature, protect sensitive tissues and remove waste. In the winter, your body especially needs water to keep itself warm, even if you may not feel particularly thirsty.

With winter also comes dry skin — but why is that so? Cold air generally holds less moisture than warm air, and the lower humidity levels can dry out skin. Plus, your skin will also encounter low humidity inside with indoor heaters. And if you take hot showers to warm up, the high temperatures may further compromise your moisture barrier.

Hydration Hacks for Every Day

Before reaching for hydrating skincare products, make sure that you’re holistically taking care of your body through your drinking and eating habits. Your skin often reflects your overall health, which is influenced by your diet.  

Sip by Sip: Drinking Your Way to Hydration

Winter hydration can mean hydration in the simplest sense. To stay hydrated, keep a water bottle handy to take sips throughout the day. You can also warm up by drinking hot water by itself or sipping on broths and herbal teas. 

While drinking water alone won’t automatically ensure glowy skin, it’s important to stay sufficiently hydrated. Water, after all, helps carry nutrients to the skin through blood flow. 

Nourishing from Within: Hydrating Foods

Along with soups, broths and plain old water, pack your diet with nourishing whole foods, especially water-rich fruits and veggies. Omega-3-rich foods, such as seafood, walnuts and seed oils, may also help combat skin dryness

Winter Skin's Best Friends: Hydration Heroes

The best way to keep skin hydrated in the winter is by staying on top of your moisturizing routine. Here’s how to keep your skin hydrated in the winter with Desert Essence’s cruelty-free and botanical favorites.

Body Care 

Incorporate a hydrating lotion into your winter body care routine to replenish your skin’s moisture barrier. Delight your senses with deliciously scented Desert Essence lotions in sweet almondtropical coconut and Italian lemon — which all contain zero artificial fragrances, of course. 

For deeper moisturizing, a body butter will help soften those extra dry heels and elbows. Desert Essence vegan body butters harness hydrating hyaluronic acid and firming coffee oil to promote radiant, soft skin. For nourishing rough winter hands, we also love Desert Essence Pumpkin Spice Hand Repair Cream, which restores moisture with skin-softening organic pumpkin and jojoba oils. 

Facial Care

Start your winter facial care routine by removing makeup and other impurities with a facial cleanser. Requiring no water to use, Desert Essence Cucumber & Aloe Micellar Cleansing Facial Water gently clarifies skin with tea tree oil and soothes with cucumber and aloe. 

After cleansing your face, keep skin silky soft with Desert Essence Daily Essential Moisturizer, which seals in moisture courtesy of safflower oil, jojoba oil and organic aloe. Those with especially parched skin can reach for Desert Essence Revitalizing Oils Facial Moisturizer, which blends together evening primrose, argan and avocado oils to deliver essential fatty acids.

Follow up your moisturizing routine with a lightweight facial oil for further nourishment. For a healthy glow, amply apply Desert Essence Balancing Face Oil (for combination or oil-prone skin) or Desert Essence Restorative Face Oil (for dry skin). Both formulas feature organic jojoba oil, which replenishes dry patches and balances oily areas without leaving a greasy residue. 

And throughout the day, don’t forget to apply Desert Essence Lip Balms & Lip Protection, which leave lips luscious thanks to botanical moisturizers, waxes and extracts.

With replenishing Desert Essence skin care, you’ll be on your way to staying hydrated in cold weather and feeling refreshed all throughout winter.