Use Water-Boosting Skincare Products
Eat Water-Rich Foods
Double Up On Treatments
Get a Deeper Clean
Refresh with a Facial Spray
Drink Water Like it's your Job
Use a Hydrating Eye Cream
Slathering on a thick, super rich cream isn't always the solution when your skin is in dire need of moisture. What it does require: water-attracting ingredients like hyaluronic acid, a superstar hydrator that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Plus, stellar formulas, such as those with occlusive agents that prevent moisture from evaporating to keep water in your skin longer, says Neal Schultz, MD, a dermatologist in NYC and founder of Beauty Rx skin care.
Foods that contain mostly water can be just as hydrating for your body (and skin) as drinking H2O. Eat water-dense fruits and veggies such as berries, watermelon, plums, peaches, cucumbers, celery, bell peppers, and lettuce — throughout the day.
When your skin is super dry, use a hydrating mask on top of your serum, which creates a barrier and forces the moisturizing ingredients in your serum to penetrate skin, explains Dr. Schweiger.
Using a sonic-powered cleansing brush to apply your cleanser can help your skin-care products penetrate beneath the surface so they hydrate at a deeper level.
You might be stocking up on the latest and greatest, but your skin may not be absorbing the hydrators you're applying. "Exfoliation is key in removing the dead skin cells from the top layer of skin, which can prevent skin-care ingredients from doing their job," says Dr. Schweiger. Use a chemical-based exfoliating serum or pad every other night. And be sure to apply a cream post-peel. "Once you've exfoliated, always apply a water-attracting treatment next," says Dr. Schultz.
"As important as it is to choose a moisturizer with all the right ingredients, it's also crucial to apply it at the proper time — when your skin is still moist," says Dr. Schweiger. After cleansing, lightly pat your skin so it's damp, not totally dry. "Immediately apply a moisturizer or serum by lightly pressing it into your skin using your fingertips for about 30 seconds," he says. If you wiped away all the water post-cleanse, spray a hydrating facial mist and then reach for your moisturizer.
You already know this one. Eight glasses of water will keep your skin looking healthy and plump. If you aren't a fan of plain ol' H2O, Molly Rieger, co-founder of Tovita Nutrition in NYC, recommends adding cucumbers for a fresh taste and a dose of skin-friendly antioxidants.
The skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin on your face, which is why it can easily lose moisture, and you can end up with fine lines and a dry, crepe-y texture. Consider a light, hydrating gel eye treatment such as Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream Eye a staple in your daily skin-care routine to keep this delicate area hydrated and smooth.