skin care concerns Here’s How to Hydrate Your Skin and Keep it Hydrated

Achieving glowing, bouncy skin is about more than just drinking lots of water.

September 23, 2022
How To Hydrate Skin

By now you know how essential hydration is to keeping your skin looking and feeling healthy and radiant. But what you may not realize is that
moisturizing your skin once a day may not be enough. A solid skin care routine that provides your skin with the hydration it needs requires some maneuvering and at times, product hacking. 

Considering that most skin care products have high concentrations of water in them, it’s no surprise that they can be effective at helping to maintain hydration in the skin — that is, if you're choosing products wisely and applying them correctly. Keep reading to learn how to hydrate your skin by adding the following skin hydration tips into your daily skin regimen.

Why Is Skin Hydration Important? 

According to the Mayo Clinic, roughness and loss of elasticity can occur if the outermost layer of the skin does not contain enough water. These symptoms detract from a glowing complexion, contribute to roughness and can be uncomfortable, too. While there’s much debate about whether or not increasing your water intake can actually make your skin appear more hydrated, we do know that skin care can help.

So, How Can I Hydrate My Skin Fast?

If your skin is already starting to feel parched, it may be getting tight and uncomfortable. If that’s the case you’re likely wondering how you can get some hydration relief quickly. Incorporate these quick easy into your routine to help your skin get and retain moisture. 

1. Use a Moisturizer With Hyaluronic Acid 

Regardless of your skin type, it’s important to pick a moisturizer with hydrating ingredients. Look for one that's formulated with hyaluronic acid, which helps to enhance skin hydration. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30, contains hyaluronic acid, Pro-Retinol, and vitamin C to moisturize, re-plump the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

2. Try Water-Based Skin Care Products 

If you have oily skin and feel like most moisturizers are too heavy or greasy on you, don’t neglect applying moisturizer altogether. Instead, reach for one with a water-based formula which can aid in hydration while remaining lightweight on the skin. 

Try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Micro Hyaluronic Acid + Ceramides Line-Plumping Water Cream, which contains hyaluronic acid and plump-locking ceramides for a healthy skin barrier. Over time your skin looks brighter with visibly reduced fine lines.  

3. Apply Moisturizer On Damp Skin 

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), applying occlusives一moisturizing agents that provide a protective layer on the skin and prevent water loss 一 on damp skin is most effective. So, in order to lock in as much hydration as possible, apply moisturizer on your face and body when your skin is damp. 

In addition, remember to always apply SPF, as harsh sun exposure can be extremely drying to the skin. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Skin Care Rosy Tone Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen is a great option for the face because it provides necessary sun protection while supplying the complexion with moisture and a soft feel.  

4. Don’t Forget Serum 

Incorporating a hydrating serum can be helpful in boosting hydration because serums have high concentrations of active ingredients. You can’t go wrong opting for a serum with hyaluronic acid. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum enhances skin’s moisture-retention for lasting hydration. It also works to re-plump the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles for a more youthful appearance.

How Can I Hydrate My Dry Skin?

As the weather gets colder for many, dry skin becomes the norm — but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for it. Whether you have constantly dry skin or you’re just noticing dry patches and stiffness due to the cool air, follow these tips for hydrating dry skin any season of the year.

1. Use a Gentle Cleanser 

While cleansing excess oil and dirt from the skin is essential, some cleansers are simply too abrasive for certain skin types. A great gentle option that effectively cleanses is the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Radiant Smoothing Cream Cleanser. It gently exfoliates, removes makeup and cleanses impurities for all skin types without drying out or stripping the skin. 

2. Use an Eye Serum

The eye area is often one of the first places to show signs of thirsty skin. Just like serums with hyaluronic acid are great for the rest of the face, they can be highly beneficial for the eye area, too. We love the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives with 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid + 1% Caffeine Eye Serum because it contains anti-aging ingredients such as niacinamide (known for its soothing properties) and caffeine (which promotes blood circulation). It also provides hydration to the under-eye area while addressing dark circles and puffiness.

3. Use Facial Spray For Midday Moisture

In those moments when you wish you could replenish your skin’s moisture in the middle of the day but don’t want to disrupt your makeup, grab a facial spray for help. We love one formulated with hydrating coconut water to give skin a boost, and vitamin C, an antioxidant with protective properties.

4. Skip the Long, Hot Showers

A steamy shower feels incredible, especially when it’s freezing outside. But long, hot showers can actually strip your skin of moisture, leaving you feeling dry. Instead, rinse off in lukewarm water and apply moisturizer when your skin is still wet post-shower. That will help lock moisture in and keep dryness at bay. 

Editor’s tip: If you can’t help but turn the temperatures up, be sure to keep your showers brief. The less time you spend submerging yourself in super-hot water, the better you’ll be able to play defense against dry skin.

5. Switch Your Products With the Season 

The moisturizer you use in the summer may not be as effective in the winter. You may find that your skin is drier in the winter (again, you can thank the low moisture levels in the air for that) and that means that a rich cream could help provide much-needed hydration. It’s always best to evaluate the state of your skin and make adjustments accordingly.

How Do You Hydrate Your Skin Overnight?

Now that you’re well-versed in hydrating your skin at the start of and throughout the day, you need to be able to protect your complexion while you get your beauty rest too. Try these three tips below to help you wake up with a visage that’ll make you proud to say, “I woke up like this!”

1. Invest in a Humidifier 

Using a humidifier is especially a smart idea in the winter, but it can be a benefit year round if you live in a dry climate. Low moisture in the air can cause your skin to feel dry. A humidifier can help add moisture back into the air and help your skin remain hydrated.

2. Use An Overnight Face Mask 

Applying a face mask is a great way to add extra hydration into your skin care routine. While there are tons of face masks on the market that help address a number of different skin concerns, you’ll want to look for options that are formulated with hydrating ingredients. 

Seek out formulas with hyaluronic acid or squalane, an antibacterial emollient. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Anti-Aging Overnight Mask is formulated with hyaluronic acid and other good-for-skin anti-aging ingredients that wrap very dry skin in moisture at night.

3. Soothe Dry Lips

Dry, flaky lips are uncomfortable and they can also take away from a hydrated, healthy-looking complexion. Be sure to gently exfoliate them and apply a rich, moisturizing lip balm on top. If you refuse to sacrifice color for comfort don’t worry, there are lip oils and other lip care products that offer both. 

The L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Balm-in-Lipstick with Pomegranate Extract and L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Lip Balm-in-Gloss Pomegranate Extract are both formulated with pomegranate extract and a caring formula to hydrate and soften lips while offering a colored glow.

Editor’s tip: When you want a monochromatic makeup look, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Lip and Cheek Tint. You can use it on your face, lips and eyelids to add a sheer wash of color to each. Infused with hydrating aloe, it blends into the skin weightlessly and doesn’t leave a sticky film behind. 

Next: 8 Best Moisturizers for Fall

Edited by: Shalwah Evans, Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Associate Creative Producer: Becca Solovay, Digital Tech: Paul Yem, Photo Assistant: Matt Licari, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Hairstylist: Akihisa Yamaguchi, Wardrobe Stylist:Alexis Badiyi, Wardrobe Assistant: Jazmine Alzado, Model: Michael Cota