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If your skin's feeling a little meh at the moment, try these tips.
When falling temperatures and central heating (AKA our number one skin enemy) become part of the daily struggle—hello autumn!—odds are our skin will push back a little, too. To help it weather this dry spell, remember these seven simple tips that will keep your skin smooth and hydrated no matter what.
According to the Institute of Medicine, women should drink around 9 cups of water per day (while men should drink about 13). Make a point of always having a bottle within arm's reach; that way you won't forget to sip, sip, sip. Upping your H2O intake helps your body eliminate toxins more efficiently, and helps prevent internal dryness, which is known to make wrinkles more visible.
While a good steam session can help restore moisture, spending too much time in hot water will strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it feeling tight and all dried out. Opt for a warm (or cool!) shower instead, and always lather up with a hydrating body wash en lieu of regular bar soap.
Your skin replenishes itself while you're slumbering, so help it along and moisturize before you hit the sack. While your skin is still damp post-cleanse, slather on a thick moisturizer like Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel. It's formulated with hyaluronic acid, a hydration booster that attracts and locks in moisture (without leaving an icky, oily residue behind).
Sunburned skin is severely dehydrated, so double down and add an ultra-moisturizing sunscreen to your daily routine (even in the winter). Try Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer® Sunscreen—it has broad spectrum SPF protection and vitamin D3 to balance your skin's moisture levels.
It's bad enough waking up to a parched throat and nostrils—imagine how your skin feels when the air is bone-dry in your bedroom. Pick up a humidifier and run it overnight to add moisture back into the air; it's a no-brainer way to keep your skin's outer layers supple and dewy, even while you sleep.
Removing dead skin cells on a weekly basis helps moisture reach deeper dermal layers. But here's the thing—don't overdo it: Too much exfoliation can dry out your skin even further, leaving it more sensitive and irritated.
Aside from being generally healthy and tasty, salmon, tuna and walnuts also pack a heavy dose of omega-3 "good fats," which fortify cell membranes so they can better retain water. Voilá–smoother, softer skin from within.