Drink Up: Here’s the Hydrating Skincare Routine You’ve Been Searching For

Photo: ©Dimitrije Tanaskovic / StocksyDo you suffer from dry skin during the dry winter months? Maybe it feels a bit tighter and rougher than in the summer? As the seasons change, our skincare routines need to adjust to the cooler temps and drier climates, just like our wardrobes.

The secret: your skincare routine shouldn’t focus only on maintenance, but rather balancing—giving your skin more of what it’s asking for and less of what it doesn’t need. Hydration doesn’t just come into play when you’re applying a face oil or moisturizer. Every product you’re using should feature the hydration benefits your skin is desperately thirsting. If you are not sure where to start, here’s the perfect skincare routine filled with ultra-hydrating products from beginning to end.

Step 1: Cleanse

Ideally, your cleanser should effectively dissolve dirt and impurities without being too harsh on the skin. Yep, you can have the best of both worlds—opt for something gentle with nourishing and hydrating ingredients, like oils and shea butter.

We recommend Good Molecules Instant Cleansing Balm or Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk.

Step 2: Mask

At least once a week, be sure to apply a mask treatment for extra nourishment with lasting benefits. A hydrating mask, especially one with hyaluronic acid, will work wonders.

We recommend Mila Moursi Hydrating & Soothing Mask.

Step 3: Serum

Serums feature a higher concentration of active ingredients, so a hydrating serum is much more potent compared to other skincare products in delivering moisture where it’s needed.

We recommend Bioderma Hydrabio Serum or Eve Lom Intense Hydration Serum.

Step 4: Moisturize

Of course, you need a moisturizer to not only do its duty, but also to lock everything in. Believe it or not, not all moisturizers are created equal, so be sure to go for one with added hydrating benefits.

We recommend Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Hydrating Moisturizer or Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Intense Moisturizing Cream.

If you prefer a facial oil, we recommend Farmacy Honey Grail Ultra Hydrating Facial Oil or The Sacred Ritual Triple Threat Hydrate Glow Facial Oil.

Step 5: Sunscreen

Don’t forget, even if it’s cloudy or cool out, sunscreen is always a must.

We recommend, Eau Thermale Avene Hydrance Optimale SPF 25 Hydrating Cream.

Step 6: Lips

Cooler temps often take a toll on the lips, too. Avoid dry, chapped lips with super-hydrating lip balms paired with a moisture-filled lip mask.

We recommend BY TERRY Baume de Rose or Jouer Cosmetics Overnight Conditioning Repairing Lip Mask.

Step 7: Hydration Treatment/Mist

Post-skincare routine, keep something on hand for a quick hydration on-the-go throughout the day.

We recommend The Sacred Ritual High Roller Intense Hydration Treatment or Dr. Barbara Sturm Hydrating Face Mist.

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