Your skin is a big deal. It’s not only the largest organ in the body, but it serves many roles from being the first line of defence against external elements, temperature regulation, immune defence, vitamin production, sensation, and absorption. Given its complexity, it’s no wonder achieving bright, glowing skin takes more than slathering on a thick moisturizer.
Aside from sleep, diet, and exercise, here are some unexpected ways to boost your skin’s vibrancy no matter what the season is:
Hydrate with Humidity
Help your skin repair and stay hydrated overnight by keeping a humidifier in your room and prevent the air from drying you out—especially in the cooler winter months. Keeping some indoor plants in your room is also a great way to improve air quality, moisture levels, and hydration.
Tea Steam Facial
Steep one or two tea bags in a bowl or hot water and enjoy an at-home spa experience with a tea-infused facial steam (green tea or chamomile are great choices!). Simply hover your face over the water with a towel over your head for five-ten minutes—it’ll go a long way towards supple, well-hydrated skin.
Sleep on Silk
Unlike cotton (which is an absorbent fiber and draws out moisture) silk won’t absorb your natural moisture while you sleep. Silk is also a natural heat regulator keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter—this includes sheets, pillowcases, and even pajamas. An added benefit? You can also enjoy the side benefits of no “sleep wrinkles” and smooth non-frizzy hair.
Dial Down the Heat
After a long day, there’s nothing quite like taking a steamy shower to unwind, but too hot and it will strip out the natural moisture of your skin. Try to keep the shower temperature more towards the lukewarm end of the scale. Do a quick hot blast at the end if you just can’t be without it!
Freshen Up Your Sheet Game
When you settle in for the night, the last thing you probably think about is what may be lurking in your bedding. Sheets hold sweat, dead skin cells, residue from personal care products, and other bacteria that accumulate over a few days. Changing your sheets 1-2 times each week is ideal but if that’s too much, start by swapping out your pillowcases for fresh ones every two or three days.
Moisturize Barely-Dry Skin
One of the best times to moisturize is within a few minutes after showering with. Find a high-quality, all-natural body oil or moisturizer that’s non-greasy and quick-absorbing for right before you climb under those (silk) sheets.
As it turns out, glowing skin is more than just a nice-to-have external outcome—it’s a powerful window into how well-balanced your body and mind are on the inside. So while beauty products are fun, vibrant skin isn’t just found in a bottle—it’s found in what nature already has to offer and in the holistic habits and skincare rituals we make a priority.