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How to Hydrate Your Face

by Pamela Simmons, studioD

Keeping your skin hydrated can make a world of difference in your overall look. Getting beautifully moisturized skin doesn't just involve finding the right face cream. There are many things you can do to quench your skin. Developing a consistent beauty routine coupled with a few lifestyle changes can take your face from dry and dull to glowing and gorgeous.

Change your daily eating habits by adding hydrating foods to your diet. Munch on celery and cucumber which are high in silica to hydrate your skin. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, walnuts and olive oil are also ideal -- they retain moisture to keep your skin hydrated.

Moisturize your face based on your skin type. If you have acne-prone or oily skin, use moisturizers that contain dimethicone which will keep your skin hydrated without leaving it oily. People with dry skin types should use creams that are heavier and have more hydration potential.

In the morning, wash your face with a hydrating cleanser. Gently towel dry your face before applying a water-based moisturizer. Squeeze a little less than a dime-sized amount of moisturizer onto your finger and dot the moisturizer all over your face. Gently spread and rub your lotion onto your face to disperse and hydrate.

In the evening, wash your face to remove any makeup. Apply an oil-based moisturizer by dotting and spreading it. Oil-based moisturizers are more nourishing and will keep your face hydrated while you sleep. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, skip oil-based moisturizers altogether and use ones with dimethicone instead.

If it's summertime and your air conditioner is on or winter and the heat is turned up, run a humidifier to add moisture to the air and keep your skin from drying out. If you don't have a humidifier, leave a water-filled bowl in your room while you sleep.

Items you will need
  •  Hydrating face wash
  •  Towel
  •  Face lotion or cream
  •  Humidifier (optional)


  • Protect your skin from UV rays by picking a moisturizer with an SPF which will help to fight wrinkles, prevent sunspots and keep your skin healthier overall.

About the Author

Pamela Simmons has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles on fashion, beauty and other topics have appeared on Denim Therapy and other websites. Simmons serves as an editor and public relations manager for CHIC.TV. She holds a Bachelor of Science in international affairs from Georgia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University.

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