The winter season is a harsh one – and these simple tips can help you stay hydrated all season long.
Our newest contributor, Steph, has the 411.
You guys… I’m so incredibly eager to announce that Fabulous Habits now has a new contributor. Steph is a dear friend and incredibly well-versed in the self-care space. I’m a firm believer in the power of multiple voices. This blog has always been dedicated to making every day fabulous, whether it be through food, parenting or travel. With the help of Steph, we aim to share more in the world of beauty and health. So please, welcome her as she shares her surefire tips on how to stay hydrated all winter long. (Psst: you can check out her Instagram here!)
Without further ado, I introduce you Steph – I hope you enjoy her tips as much as I do!
Steph’s Simple Tips to Stay Hydrated This Summer
Saying goodbye to summer is hard, not only does the nice weather turn cold, but our skin often suffers because it has little time to adjust to the dry and cold temperatures. To me, the best way to keep your skin looking healthy and glowy is to bathe it with moisture and keep it hydrated. Here are my seven tips (and products) to keep your skin looking its best.
Don’t get me wrong, I think this one is quite obvious, but you can easily forget to drink enough water throughout the day. Hydrated skin definitely starts from within which makes drinking water throughout the day that much more important. A tip I use to drink more water is to make sure I’m using my favourite water bottle. Whether it’s a cute tumbler from Starbucks or a pretty S’well bottle, you’re more I find you’re likely to drink more water out of a bottle you love.
For a long time, I never used body oils because I was a little skeptical and thought it would leave my body feeling oily. This fall I decided to try the Shea Moisture Bath, Body and Massage Oil, and was pleasantly surprised: it smells amazing and keeps my skin feeling moisturized all night long. If you’re going to use a body oil, I suggest applying it at night so that there is no worry it transfers.
Another good way to use these oils is in the shower or bath. L’Occitane’s Cleansing and Softening Shower Oil is a body cleanser rich in almond oil. It’ll leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized. A definite must-have for cold months.
Cleansers are a very important step to keeping your skin hydrated in the winter because you want to make sure don’t strip your skin of all its moisture. I like to use a cleansing balm to remove my makeup and follow that with a milk cleanser. Milk cleansers aren’t usually too harsh for your face and leave a moisturizing touch to your skin. With this being the first step of your skin care routine, you want to make sure you have a good base for the products you’ll apply after.
With our busy schedules we often forget to pamper ourselves. Here are two quick masks you can do right before bed to have the softest skin in the morning:
The first is a hydrating overnight face mask. These are amazing because you can apply them before going to bed and you don’t have to worry about time (tip: apply one of these before getting on a plane, and your skin will thank you when you land). My favourite at the moment is the Origins Drink Up Intensive mask.
Foot masks are another great way to keep an often dry part of our body moisturized. With our busy schedules, we forget to give our feet the attention they deserve. Lately, right before going to bed, I apply a foot mask and the next morning my feet feel so soft.
Moisturizing is something I didn’t do for a long time. One winter I decided to try it out and noticed a difference almost immediately. I usually moisturize right out of the shower with either with a body oil, a thick cream or a just shea butter. You want to avoid having your skin feel tight and almost flaky. This is why even moisturizing just once a day is so important.
A holy grail product that I use all year round, but especially in the winter, is Egyptian Magic. Just like the names says, it’s magic. It has a balm like consistency that melts in your hands. I use it on my face at night, but I also use it to help heal my skin if its irritated or dry. This is truly a must have in my house and a great stocking stuffer.
I think we all know the importance of a good moisturizer, but sometimes a moisturizer isn’t enough. If you think your routine is missing something, try a face oil. My current product of choice is the Clarins Santal Face Treatment Oil which is specifically made for dry skin. Some prefer only using these types of products at night, but with the colder weather, I definitely recommend incorporating it into your morning routine as well. I use two drops under my moisturizer to help keep the moisture in throughout the day.
Let’s not forget about our hair. It’s important to make sure we are using hydrating shampoos that wash the products out of our hair while keeping it hydrated. My current favourite is the Aveda Cherry Almond Softening Shampoo and its matching conditioner.
Another important step is to use a hair mask. You can choose how fancy you want to get and either make one at home or buy one. For an easy at-home hair mask mix one banana with two tablespoons of olive oil and one tablespoon of honey, and voila, you’ve got a hydrating hair mask.
From Steph’s list of tips, are there any that you’ve already incorporated in your day-to-day? What habits do you see yourself adding to your daily routine? Let us know in the comments and be sure to follow Fabulous Habits on Instagram for more (daily!) updates.