Adequate hydration is required for many of the essential bodily processes we take for granted, including a strong immune system, efficient metabolism, general energy levels, and temperature regulation. Water is also needed for great-looking skin, which is just as important in winter as it is in summer—especially if you plan on rocking a bikini over the holidays! But unlike summer, where the unrelenting heat serves as a constant reminder to reach for another ice-cold glass of H2O, it’s often more difficult for people to remember to consume enough water in winter to keep skin healthy and glowing. So to help ensure you remain well-hydrated in the coming months, we offer the following tips:
- Substitute cold beverages for hot ones such as tea, cocoa, or decaffeinated coffee to stay warm as you hydrate. You can also fill a mug with chicken broth and other light soups to sip on in lieu of plain water.
- Make an effort to eat more cucumbers, celery, strawberries, tomatoes, grapefruit, and other foods with high water content.
- Drink at least 8 ounces of water before, during, and after exercise to replace fluids lost through sweat.
- Avoid too much alcohol, caffeine, and sodium, all of which reduce hydration levels.
- Use a humidifier in your home to combat the overly dry air that results from running the furnace all day and night. Trust us, your skin and throat will love you for it!
- Apply lotion, lip balm, and sunscreen daily to lock in moisture and prevent flaking, cracking, and chapping.
Just because you may be showing less skin in winter doesn’t mean you can skimp on skincare. Use these tips to stay thoroughly hydrated through the driest months of the year so your skin will look healthy and beautiful the next time you put on your swimsuit.