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5 Hydration Hacks To Add To Your Winter J-Beauty Routine

Between the colder temps and low moisture in the air, it’s no secret that winter weather can do a number on your skin from head to toe. As the largest organ in our body, the skin often needs an extra dose of TLC – especially during winter. If colder temps send your skin into SOS mode, step up your hydration game with these five fool-proof hacks for a solid J-Beauty routine.

5 Hydration Hacks To Add To Your Winter J-Beauty Routine


In a successful J-Beauty routine, we often refer to the Japanese word Teinei (translated to “with care and politeness”) as the basic rule for careful daily skincare. Choosing products that are extra-gentle not only reduce classic signs of irritation like redness and inflammation; they keep skin healthier over time! Teinei not only applies to the products we use, but also simple techniques we can adopt to keep our skin looking and feeling its absolute best.


1. Avoid cleansing with hot water.

While washing your face with hot water might seem like bliss at the end of a cold day or a cozy wakeup on a winter morning, it’s not the best option for your skin. Cleansing with water that’s too hot can cause extra skin sensitivity, which can strip it of essential natural oils. Splashing cold water on your face first thing in the AM not only serves as a mini wakeup call, it can also act as an astringent and decrease any puffiness accumulated overnight.

If keeping your skin healthy and hydrated is a top priority, opt for lukewarm water along with a gentle cleanser that doesn’t contain any stripping soaps. Start with Lala Vie’s Cleansing Balm as a first step in your PM cleanse to gently remove makeup and loosen any surface dirt or oil.

The same goes for your body. If a frigid day has you craving a hot bath, do your skin a solid and set a timer. Steamy showers and scalding tubs break down the surface lipids that keep your skin moisturized. You know those wrinkly-looking fingers that come from a long soak in the tub? It’s a sign that the moisture has literally been stripped from your skin.

Even if you don’t suffer from dry skin or any condition aggravated by hot water (i.e. eczema, rosacea or psoriasis), a hot shower or long, hot bath isn’t doing your skin any favors.

2. Use a barrier repair cream.

Noticing flaky bits on your skin? If the barrier of your skin is compromised (i.e. the products you’re using are stripping your skin, you’ve been over-exfoliating or using too harsh of a cleanser), our skin weakens and can sometimes crack.

To fix it, reach for a product with “barrier repair” or “restore” on the label. These skin-savers will help replenish lost lipids and depleted moisture to get your glow back!

3. Add oil to your regimen.

You’ve heard about oils working wonders for your body and hair, but what about your face? Before you scoff at the thought of adding another step to your skincare routine, hear us out. Incorporating an oil into your regimen is easier than you think – and it might just be the ultimate skincare secret for dry skin types.

Lala Vie’s Oil In Lotion is a 3-in-1 moisturizer that provides the ideal balance of hydration for firm, radiant and youthful-looking skin.

4. Switch to a rich moisturizer.

Ever feel like your skin takes on a life of its own during winter? For many, winter can transform a typically hydrated, bright-looking complexion into one that’s far duller and drier. While this might seem like a skincare no-brainer, your skin is probably craving something a bit thicker during the winter months, which is why it’s essential to swap out your lightweight moisturizer for something that locks in extra hydration, like Lala Vie’s Chiffon Cream or warew Cream Rich.

5. UV protection. Every. Single. Day.

Just because the sun isn’t shining as much, sun damage is entirely possible on windy, cloudy days as it is on a scorching summer day. Sun damage is caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation, not the temperature outside. Ultraviolet A rays (aka “long wave” rays) not only make up about 95% of rays that reach us, they penetrate the skin much deeper than UVB rays, causing signs of aging like dark spots and wrinkles.

As tempting as it is to conserve that SPF for actual sunny days, applying a minimum SPF 30 every single day not only protects from sun damage, but also premature signs of aging – who doesn’t want that?

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