Posted on September 25 2020
We all want dewy, hydrated skin, right? Unfortunately, simple factors like weather, using harsh products, and daily activities can leave you with dry skin. But we’re here to give you a few tips on how to hydrate your skin — whether it’s your hands, face, or your whole body!
In this article, we’ll go over 10 ways to naturally hydrate your skin and do away with dryness. But before we get to the remedy, let’s talk about why your skin might be less-than-hydrated in the first place.
Why Your Skin Gets Dry
Some people are just predisposed to dry skin. But there are also lots of factors that can dry you out, no matter what skin type you have.
First of all, the weather can have a lot to do with the state of your skin. The cold, dry, windy weather of the winter can be especially drying. Likewise, basking in the sun can also dry your skin.
Here’s an unavoidable yet drying habit: washing your hands. Keeping your hands clean and germ-free is essential, but so much hand-washing strips your skin of its natural, oily protective barrier.
Similarly, long, hot showers can contribute to dry skin all over your body.
The thing to remember is that there are also medical conditions that can cause dry, flaky, itchy, or scaly skin.
The American Academy of Dermatology notes that dry and chapped skin is “often the first sign” of hand eczema. Other symptoms include scaly, itchy skin, and “patches of red (or dark brown) irritated skin.”
If you think you might be dealing with something more than run-of-the-mill dry skin, it’s important to talk to your doctor and use skincare products that are designed specifically for eczema-prone skin.
All of that being said, let’s get down to how to hydrate your skin from head to toe!
How To Hydrate Your Skin: 10 Tips
When it comes to healthy skin, moisturization and hydration go hand in hand. Technically, hydrated skin means that at a cellular level, your skin has plenty of water. And moisturized skin refers to the oily barrier on your skin that keeps all that hydration in.
So, you need to hydrate and moisturize. The following tips have to do with both so you can address your skin woes in no time.
1) Drink Plenty Of Water
Hydrate from the inside-out and provide your cells with the hydration they need by drinking plenty of water each day. You know the drill.
If plain water isn’t your thing, reach your daily water goal by drinking hot tea or infused water. Yummy!
2) Use A Moisturizing Hand Soap
Washing your hands as often as you should can do a number on your skin! Keep your hands clean by washing them frequently, but make sure to use a moisturizing soap like Babo Botanicals Lavender Dream™ Plant Based Hand Soap.
This plant-based soap gently cleanses, moisturizes, and protects your whole family’s hands. This rich, creamy lather has a delicate, dreamy Lavender Chamomile scent and contains antibacterial Manuka Essential Oil to leave your hands soft and smooth.
3) Keep Showers Warm And Short
Just as washing your hands frequently can dry your skin out, so can long, hot showers.
We don’t want to deprive you of the pleasure of a hot shower at the end of a long day, but if you can, turn the temperature down a bit and shorten your shower by a few minutes!
Putting moisturizer on as soon as you hop out of the shower is also essential for hydrated, moisturized skin. What type of lotion is best to use? We have a couple of suggestions.
4) Apply Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is about as natural as it gets and you can apply it as an all-over moisturizer. Use this antibacterial oil to lock moisture into your skin.
5) Use A Nourishing Lotion
If coconut oil isn’t your jam, use a natural, nourishing lotion that is free of harsh chemicals that could irritate your skin.
For the delicate skin on your face, opt for a moisturizer like Babo Botanicals Miracle Moisturizing Face Cream. This rich cream is made with Colloidal Oatmeal and Organic Calendula to soothe and protect your skin.
And you can count on it to be free of common allergens like gluten, dairy, and peanuts as well as SLS, sulfates, parabens, and synthetic fragrances.
For the rest of your body, try Babo Botanicals Moisturizing Baby Lotion. This soothing lotion is gentle enough to use on your little ones and effective enough to use on your dry skin!
It contains 2% non-GMO Colloidal Oatmeal, which is well known to comfort itchy, dry, and chafed skin associated with eczema.
6) Exfoliate Your Skin
Exfoliation is an important part of skin care. What does it have to do with hydrating your skin?
When you exfoliate, the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin are removed. This helps the hydrators and moisturizers you use to do their job.
Just remember that exfoliating too often could dry your skin out even more. A couple of times a week will typically do the trick without being too much, though this can vary depending on your skin type.
7) Tend To Chapped Skin
Sometimes “dry” doesn’t even begin to describe your chapped, cracked, rough skin. If that’s the case, show some extra TLC to those areas.
Use Babo Botanicals Sensitive Skin All Natural Healing Ointment on chapped hands, lips, and feet. This 70+% organic, non-greasy moisturizing ointment helps relieve eczema, dry skin, dry spots, itchiness, and redness.
Treat your skin to the nourishing Colloidal Oatmeal, Shea, and Cocoa Butter in this ointment.
For chapped hands, up your game by applying this ointment or an oil (like coconut oil or almond oil) before you go to bed. After lathering up, slip your hands into a pair of gloves and let the moisturizer work its magic overnight.
Another way to protect your vulnerable hands: wear winter gloves when the weather turns cold and rubber gloves every time you wash dishes or clean the house.
8) Use A Skin-Healthy Makeup
If you wear makeup, your skin is exposed every day to the ingredients in your makeup, some of which can be irritating or drying. It pays to make sure your makeup is safe and healthy for your skin. That’s where clean beauty comes in.
Here at Babo Botanicals, we created a line of clean beauty products. Part of that line is a Daily Sheer Tinted Facial Mineral Sunscreen that’s lightweight, non-greasy, and packed with antioxidants, omegas, vitamin C, and anti-aging hyaluronic acid.
Don’t neglect the skin on your lips, either! Protect it from the damaging rays of the sun with Radiant Lip Tint SPF 15 Trio. Made with non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, this protective lip tint will smooth, soften, and condition your lips while adding the perfect tint of color.
Let your makeup work for your skin, not against it!
9) Care For Your Skin After Sun Exposure
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a day in the sun! You just need to care for and hydrate your skin after sun exposure.
Since the sun can be drying for your skin, it’s important to wear a sunscreen that will both protect and moisturize your skin at the same time!
Choose a mineral sunscreen like Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 that’s made with non-nano zinc oxide and moisturizing ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter.
In addition to wearing a mineral sunscreen, use a product with aloe vera to rehydrate your skin after a day at the beach or the pool. Aloe is healing and hydrating and can work wonders on dry, inflamed skin.
Babo Botanicals After Sun Soothing Hydrating Aloe Gel is made with organic aloe vera leaves as well as green tea, witch hazel, arnica, and eucalyptus oil. No harsh chemicals and everything your sun-kissed skin craves!
10) Run A Humidifier
Dry air sucks the moisture right out of your skin. While you can’t change the weather, you can run a humidifier to pump some moisture into the air in your home.
If you have little ones (or pets) running around, go with a cool-mist humidifier so there’s no chance of your kids getting burnt.
Say Hello To Hydrated Skin
If you’ve been wondering how to hydrate your skin naturally, wonder no more. With these ten tips, you’ll be able to moisturize and say hello to hydrated skin once more.
Start by hydrating from the inside out by drinking enough water, then make small changes to your daily habits that will make a big difference in your skin.
Use Lavender Dream™ Plant Based Hand Soap, keep your showers warm and short, apply coconut oil or Moisturizing Baby Lotion, wear clean makeup, and tend to your skin during and after sun exposure. Moisturized skin is not far away!