Everyone knows drinking plenty of water is essential, but we all know it’s easy to overlook or forget the most straightforward and accessible means of staying healthy and youthful. Keeping your skin hydrated is one of the best and easiest ways of looking (and feeling) your best, and there are more than a few simple ways to do so. Most of these will not be news: they’re tried and true methods that may have been passed down to you as common sense, but it’s always a good idea to refresh your resolve to make these simple things habitual. Your skin will thank you. 

How to Hydrate from the Inside Out

Hydrated skin starts from the inside out. The first step in maintaining optimal skin hydration is optimal water intake – yes, it’s basic but absolutely essential! Sorry to say, but no: coffee, tea, juice, kombucha, or other beverages are not the same as water. Water is truly a staple for healthy skin (as well as life at all.) Try adding some electrolytes if you need help getting that eight glasses a day in; this may be necessary if you sweat a lot or live in a dry climate. You can supplement your water intake with fresh fruits and vegetables, which help with hydration, but even the juiciest watermelon cannot wholly replace pure H2O. And, of course, as with anything, balance is vital. Drinking adequate amounts of water is good for your skin and health; drinking too much will not benefit you and may even cause detrimental effects.

Exfoliate Regularly

Although it might not be immediately self-evident, regular exfoliation can help with moisturization by helping to remove dead skin cells, allowing moisturizers to penetrate more effectively. Choose a gentle exfoliator suitable for your skin type to use once or twice a week. Avoid harsh scrubbing or over-exfoliating, as this can lead to irritation and further dryness.

Humidify Your Environment: How to Avoid Dry Skin in Dry Climates

Dry air can contribute to skin dryness, and while you’re in the hands of mother nature when it comes to outdoor humidity, you CAN effectively choose your indoor climate with humidifiers. A humidifier is beneficial during the winter when central heating can cause the air to dry or in naturally dry climates. 

How to Hydrate Skin: Use Hydrating Serums

Exfoliating and taking a lukewarm bath or shower is the perfect time to incorporate hydrating serums into your skincare routine. These serums can provide an extra moisture boost and nourishment on top of your standard moisturizer. Look for serums containing hyaluronic acid, a powerful humectant that attracts and retains moisture in the skin. Apply the serum after cleansing and before moisturizing to enhance your skin’s hydration levels.

Moisturize Regularly

Moisturizing is crucial for replenishing the skin’s moisture barrier and preventing water loss. Moisturizers aren’t one size fits all; choose a moisturizer suited to your skin type and concerns. For dry skin, opt for richer, cream-based moisturizers; oily or combination skin can benefit from lighter, oil-free formulations. Apply moisturizer twice daily, in the morning and before bed, to lock in hydration and promote healthy skin.

HydraFacial Treatment

When you need an extra blast of moisture, Alite Laser is here for you with the HydraFacial treatment. HydraFacial is a non-invasive and rejuvenating skincare procedure that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration, and antioxidant infusion in a single treatment session. Using a specialized device, the HydraFacial treatment deeply cleanses and removes impurities from the skin while infusing it with hydrating serums and nourishing antioxidants. HydraFacials offer immediate and visible results, leaving the skin refreshed, hydrated, and radiant.