Tons of snow and rain, indoor heat blasting, a hint of spring—all the weather and environmental changes often mean many people need to up the moisture in their skincare routines. With that being said, if you stick to a failsafe routine rooted in moisture, you can help keep your skin looking plump, smooth, and hydrated regardless of the seasonal elements.
Here, learn how to tell if your skin in fact does need more moisture this season—plus how to address it with a powerhouse routine from Youth To The People.
Signs your skin needs moisture
The good news is it’s really not hard at all to tell if your skin needs a moisture boost. Laura Cline, Youth To The People’s Director of Education, says skin will typically look and feel dry, tight, and rougher in texture.
“You’ll notice a lack of glow and bounciness that hydrated skin has because lack of water can lead to less plump skin,” says Cline. “Additionally, fine lines and wrinkles may appear more pronounced, and the skin overall may feel tight and itchy.”
It’s also important to note that some people’s skin may become more oily when it’s dehydrated because the skin tries to overcompensate for the lack of water present. So, if you’re someone with combination/oily skin and you notice it becoming greasier than usual, that is your sign to add more moisture to your skincare lineup.
A foolproof hydrating routine for all
To keep skin healthy and well-moisturized, you’ll want to incorporate hydration into as many steps of your routine as possible. This means starting with a gentle, non-stripping face wash like YTTP’s best-selling Superfood Cleanser, followed by an intensely hydrating serum, then moisturizer. YTTP’s Triple Peptide + Cactus Oasis Serum contains not one or two but *four* types of hyaluronic acid, along with organic cactus stem and rambutan peel, to supremely hydrate skin—which can help leave your skin looking bouncier, plumper, and smoother to the touch.
For moisturizer, you can’t go wrong with the Polypeptide-121 Future Cream. Cline highly recommends this innovative formula for anyone struggling with dryness and dehydration, formulated with essential ceramides, as well as plant proteins from flax, pea, and rice; this formula helps boost skin moisture barrier function and minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles over time.
To lock everything in and help prevent hydration from escaping, press a few drops of the Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Oil into skin after moisturizing. Formulated with powerhouse antioxidants and omega fatty acids, the comforting formula helps to hydrate skin and restore dull, dry skin. (Plus, it feels and smells incredible.)
A word on “skin flooding”
“Skin flooding involves adding in layers of hydration with a humectant and then locking it in with an emollient or occlusive,” explains Cline of the popular skincare trend that’s been making its rounds on social media lately. “The idea is simple: prevent water from escaping your skin.” One way to do this, says Cline, is to use a hydrating facial spray like YTTP’s fan-favorite Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist in between every step of your skincare routine.
In other words, your routine should go like this: Cleanse, mist, serum, mist, moisturizer—you guessed it—mist. You can apply your oil on top if you feel like your skin needs it. And finally, as with any AM skincare routine, slather on your SPF 30 or higher sunscreen of choice (and reapply as directed).
And that, folks, is how to tell if your skin needs a moisture boost and what to do about it this season and beyond.
Written by Kaleigh Fasanella for Youth To The People