No matter what type of skin you have — dry, oily, or a combination — hydration is an important part of your skincare. But how well do you understand the science behind keeping your skin hydrated? Knowing a few key facts could change your routine and keep you glowing for a lifetime.

1: Drink lots of water.

Research shows that even mild dehydration can cause memory and mood issues in people of all ages, but it can also negatively affect your skin. Keeping your skin hydrated from within may seem like a boring life hack, but it’s true: Drinking water can make a huge difference in not only how you think and feel but also in how your skin maintains its glow.

2: Don’t take long, hot showers.

It may surprise you that standing in hot water dehydrates your skin, but over time, hot water strips away your skin’s barrier and causes a loss of moisture and necessary oils. Try using lukewarm water, or as cool as you can handle, to protect your skin.

3: Embrace your humidifier.

It’s not just handy for your sick days! Humidifiers can keep your glow on by maintaining the moisture in your skin. In the dry winter months, the air loses moisture, and so does your skin. Get a reliable humidifier, and you’ll never have to worry about it again!

4: Recover moisture at night.

During the day, your skin loses moisture. That’s why you need to take full advantage of your sleep and put on a heavy night mask, moisturizer, or Vaseline so your skin can heal overnight.

5: Use hydrating skin products.

It’s hard to navigate the world of skincare on your own, and not all hydrating products are going to work for your skin type. Always talk to a dermatologist if you’re struggling to pick out the perfect moisturizer for you.

Even if your skin has been dry for years, you can have fuller, glowing skin with some time and dedication to new hydration habits. Whatever you do, don’t give up!

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