According to Punxsutawney Phil, winter is here to stay. And it is taking its toll. If you’ve managed to keep your home and office at a comfortable temperature, chances are you’re also depleting the air of much needed moisture. Check out our tips for staying hydrated and moisturized during these bitter cold winter days.
- Use a humidifier.
Humidifiers are great, for a number of reasons. Viruses and bacteria don’t spread as easily, your skin will feel softer and your sinuses and throat will thank you. And if your own well-being isn’t convincing enough, humidifiers also help keep houseplants healthy and protect wood. Pro tip: if you want all the benefits of a humidifier, be sure to keep it clean!
- Stay hydrated.
Yes. We know you know. But a good old fashioned reminder never hurts: drink lots of water. While you may not sweat as much in the winter, your body still needs plenty of old fashioned H2O. Cold weather causes your blood vessels to constrict to keep your core temperature up, which fools your brain into thinking you’re hydrated and diminishes your thirst response by up to 40 percent. Other factors, including loss of liquid during exercise through sweat and breathing, also contribute. Just drink your water.
- Use moisturizing soaps and lotions.
What you put on your body is absorbed into the body. And not all moisturizing ingredients are created equal. Our very own Replenish bar takes soap to a new level, comprised of 30% creamy moisturizers (sustainable palm oil, cocoa butter and shea butter) to leave your skin feeling comfortably soft and supple. Seal in the moisture by applying lotion immediately following your shower (preferably within 30 seconds!). Moisturizers can be tricky, though! Petroleum-based moisturizers can actually dehydrate your skin. You may have noticed that we recommend natural, nourishing ingredients. Try Burt’s Bees Nourishing Milk & Honey or Indie Lee’s Natural Moisturizing Oils.
- Protect your skin from the elements.
Shield your skin from dry cold air and wind with gloves, hats and scarves. And, of course, sunscreen. Winter sun can be just as damaging as summer sun.
Dead skin cells can prevent moisture from entering younger skin cells. Use and exfoliating hand and body wash, such as Energy or Recover, to slough away the dead cells and allow the vibrant skin below to shine through. Your skin will feel soft, fresh and far less itchy!
- Eat hydrating foods.
We all know drinking water is important. But did you know that you don’t have to drink the water? About 20% of our daily intake can come from solid foods. Fruits and veggies are a great source of hydration. Cucumber, lettuce, celery and radishes are comprised almost entirely of water (at or above 95%!). And there are plenty of others that fit the bill: tomatoes, green peppers, cantaloupe, carrots, grapefruit, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries and starfruit are just a few. And when you’re looking for a way to warm up and stay hydrated from the inside out, remember to eat plenty of soups!