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Liven Up Dehydrated Winter Skin with this 5-Step Routine for Every Skin Type

By Kaleigh Fasanella

If your skin is looking and feeling dull, dry, and all-around devoid of moisture and dewiness, well, you’re far from alone. Winter skin dehydration is so real, friends—but rest assured, with the right routine, you can kick it to the curb and get your complexion glowing again. It all comes down to a) drinking roughly 64 ounces of water a day, b) finding the best products for your skin and c) being super-consistent about using them. In regards to topical hydration, Youth To The People’s director of education, Laura Cline, recommends using humectants like hyaluronic acid to help retain water in the skin, which thereby improves barrier function, as well as a pH-balancing cleanser so that the skin can properly absorb the benefits humectants have to offer. 

As for what a full-fledged dehydration-fighting routine should look like, well, we tapped Cline to find out because it can vary a bit based on your skin type. Now, without further ado: Scroll to learn which YTTP products will help liven up dehydrated winter skin with this five-step routine!  

If you have oily/combo skin… 

Believe it or not, those with oily and combination skin types need topical hydration just as much as our dry-skinned friends do. However, they’ll benefit most from using lighter formulas that won’t risk leaving their pores congested. 


Cline recommends starting off every day with Youth To The People’s Superfood Cleanser, which not only soothes and hydrates the skin with ingredients like panthenol and aloe vera, but also keeps your pH in balance.




Once or twice a week, Cline advises using the Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial as the enzyme-based formula breaks down any dead skin on the surface, allowing your products to penetrate better. Additionally, it contains glycerin, aloe vera, and safflower seed oil to calm and nourish the skin. After your active treatment — whether it be the toner or the facial — you should immediately apply serum or moisturizer.




Next up, she suggests going in with the brand-new 15% Vitamin C + Clean Caffeine Energy Serum, as it’s packed with potent antioxidants like vitamin C, as well as powerful hydrators, including glycerin and squalane.




For folks with oily and combo skin, Cline recommends the Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream because it’s featherlight yet still incredibly hydrating thanks to a powerhouse blend of hyaluronic acid, glycerin, panthenol, and extracts of kale and spinach, which are rich in vitamins C, E, and K.




Lastly, lock everything in with the Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Oil — a one-of-a-kind elixir made with antioxidant-dense maqui, redness relieving prickly pear, omega-rich acai, and more skin-loving ingredients that are sure to help with dehydration.




Because those with dry skin aren’t producing as much sebum as our oily and combo-skinned peeps, they need to be extra diligent about using hydrating products—especially during the winter when humidity is at an all-time low. Interestingly enough though, Cline recommends the same exact products for folks with dry skin, with the one exception: moisturizer. 

Instead of the Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream, Cline suggests using Youth To The People’s Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream, which, as its name implies, deeply hydrates the skin with ingredients like squalane, shea butter, sunflower oil, panthenol, and allantoin (the latter two help with alleviating redness as well).


For added hydration after cleansing — or throughout the day — spritz on the Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist, as it contains hyaluronic acid, shea butter, and a blend of ashwagandha, reishi, and rhodiola, all of which work wonders on redness and dehydration.

Finally, if you fancy a weekly treatment that packs a major hydrating punch, try the Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask with squalane, glycerin, panthenol, and vitamin C.

Written by Kaleigh Fasanella for Youth To The People