How to Hydrate Your Skin

Skin hydration is a delicate balance – some of us struggle with too much oil, while others are always moisturizing rough patches. Luckily, there are some simple ways to hydrate your skin that don’t involve overhauling your entire skin care routine. Try swapping in a few key products and picking up some healthy habits to keep skin hydrated all year round. Small changes can add up to make a big difference! Read on for our top tips for skin hydration.

Find the right moisturizer for your skin type.

Moisturizers are one of the most effective ways to keep your skin hydrated. They come in many formulations, with ingredients and textures to match all skin types. And your skin type can fluctuate from season to season, so don’t be afraid to have a few different products in your arsenal!

Dry Skin: Dry skin is characterized by an overall dehydrated feeling, and it may be rough, patchy or scaly. Those who have dry skin are especially susceptible to the itchiness that cold weather can bring. If this sounds like you, reach for a richer moisturizer with calming ingredients.

Our Skin Therapy moisturizer is a great option, and it’s packed full of hydrating ingredients like safflower oil, evening primrose, and pomegranate sterols. It also features oat protein, which does a great job of soothing inflamed skin.

Oily Skin: If blotting papers or mattifying powder are a makeup bag must-have, you likely fall on the oily skin spectrum. One of the biggest misconceptions about oily skin is that it doesn’t need moisturizer – but we’re here to remind you that it needs just as much love as any other skin type! External factors like pollution and UV rays still do their damage to oily skin, breaking down the moisture. The right type of moisturizer helps to rebuild that barrier, which actually slows down some of that excess oil production.

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LimeLife by Alcone’s Cool Balm moisturizing facial balm

Our Cool Balm is a favorite among oily skin types because of its lightweight formula hydrates without feeling greasy. Soothing aloe, cucumber and plant extracts are rich in vitamins that improve skin cell health while protecting against breakouts and inflammation.

Combination Skin: Some of us have skin that refuses to play by the rules, getting shiny in some places and scaly in others. Luckily, we can create our own rules when it comes to skin care, too! If you have combination skin, make sure you’re giving the oily areas the nourishment they need while soothing the dry patches.

In the case of combination skin, a simple solution for hydrating your face is to apply a light moisturizer like Cool Balm to your t-zone and a richer formula like Skin Therapy on your cheeks. Our Cool Down face balm is also formulated to be effective for a wide variety of skin types. It combines the benefits of aloe and vitamin-rich plant extracts to strengthen the skin barrier, making it a simple go-to for combination skin types.

Think about other moisturizing products.

When you’re building your skin care routine, there are countless other products that can help keep your skin hydrated. Some of our favorites include serums and oils, because both are super-concentrated and a quick way to deliver much-needed nutrients to your skin.

Serums: A serum’s main job is to penetrate deeper to deliver its ingredients into your skin. Those ingredients vary widely by serum since there are formulas available for nearly every skin concern. If hydration is your main goal, search for serums that include moisturizing ingredients like ceramides, amino acids, and fatty acids. Our One Drop Wonder contains only one ingredient, omega-6 rich Pomifera Oil™, which leaves skin feeling soft, hydrated and without any greasy residue. Another emollient-rich option is our Midnight Oil™ serum, which is full of therapeutic plant and essential oils that give skin a luminous glow. 

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LimeLife by Alcone’s One Drop Wonder facial oil

Face oil: Face oils, like serums, are packed with nutrients and a quick way to get some intense hydration. Oils are especially effective because they mimic our skin’s natural, beneficial oils. If your skin’s lipid barrier has been damaged in any way – often from over-exfoliating or exposure to pollution – oils can help get it back to normal. If you’re looking for a soothing blend to help reduce inflammation and protect skin from damage, our Dew Date facial oil can be a star part of your routine. Another moisturizing option is our Midnight Oil™, made with antioxidant-rich marula oil for a silky texture that sinks right in. Like with any facial oil, use it in place of your moisturizer or right before for an extra layer of hydration.

Body oil: Don’t let your face have all the fun! If the skin below your neck needs some extra love, try treating it with a super moisturizing body oil. First, shower and exfoliate, paying extra attention to elbows, feet and other rough patches. While your skin is still wet, smooth on a body oil like our Dew Confidence. Let it absorb for a minute or so, lightly rinse with cool water and then towel dry. This particular body oil contains hazelnut oil, which is rich in both omega 9 and vitamin E – so consider your moisture locked in!

Pick up some skin hydrating habits.

Beyond adding moisturizing products into your routine, there are some simple everyday actions you can take to keep your skin hydrated. Skim our post about dealing with dry skin in the winter, and consider following these top tips all year long.

Avoid harsh soaps and detergents. When you travel, avoid using the drying hotel bar soap by packing a travel-size hydrating body wash. Keep an eye out for other harsh soaps that might touch your skin, too, as many popular detergents that are formulated to remove oil will also strip the moisture from your skin. Slip-on a pair of gloves before doing the dishes and be sure to follow up with a soothing hand cream.    

Use a humidifier. If you live in a dry climate or have been cranking forced-air heating recently, a humidifier can be a major benefit. These simple machines add moisture back into the air, which in turn helps it stay on your skin. Try choosing a humidifier with cool mist in the summer and warm mist in the winter. As an extra benefit, the best humidifiers might also help to alleviate allergy and upper respiratory symptoms!

Don’t take super-hot showers. While it might feel great in the moment, hot water can have a strong drying effect on already damaged skin. The heat disrupts the skin’s natural balance and can even make it inflamed, leading to painful itching and peeling. Stick with lukewarm water (and maybe treat yourself to a super-fluffy robe) instead!

Do you struggle with dry patches or overall roughness? What are your favorite products and tips to hydrate your skin? Let us know in the comments!

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