The importance of staying hydrated in Winter


As the temperature drops and the air turns crisp, it’s easy to overlook the importance of hydration during the cooler months. We often associate dehydration with sweltering summer heat, but the truth is, staying properly hydrated is just as crucial in winter. The dry, cold air can wreak havoc on our skin and hair, causing dryness, itchiness, and overall discomfort. 

 Before I went on my Euro Summer trip, I realised how hard it was to get my usual 2L of water in per day. When the weather is cold, I just don’t feel like drinking. But I quickly realised how dry my skin and hair was becoming so I prompted me to remind everyone – including myself about the importance of hydration.


In this blog post, we will delve into the significance of hydration during the cooler months and provide you with five helpful tips to drink more water and stay hydrated throughout winter.

During winter, the moisture in the air decreases significantly, which can lead to dryness in our skin and hair. Indoor heating systems further exacerbate the issue by drying out the air indoors. As a result, our bodies lose moisture faster, making it essential to maintain hydration levels even when the weather is cold.

Five Tips to Stay Hydrated and combat dry skin and hair:

  • Drink Water Regularly:
    Make a conscious effort to drink water throughout the day. Even if you don’t feel as thirsty as you would in summer, your body still requires an adequate amount of water. Set reminders or keep a water bottle within reach to remind yourself to drink regularly.
  • Warm Fluids and Herbal Teas:
    While the idea of drinking cold water might be unappealing during winter, you can enjoy warm fluids to maintain hydration. Opt for herbal teas, warm water with lemon, or infuse your water with herbs like mint or ginger. These alternatives not only keep you hydrated but also provide additional health benefits.
  • Hydrating Foods:
    Include hydrating foods in your diet to supplement your water intake. Fruits and vegetables with high water content, such as cucumbers, watermelon, oranges, and celery, can contribute to your overall hydration. Additionally, soups and stews can be nutritious and hydrating options during the colder months.
  • Moisturise Your Skin:
    To combat the dryness caused by cold weather, establish a moisturising routine. Use a gentle, hydrating cleanser and follow up with a moisturiser suited to your skin type. Look for products containing hyaluronic acid or ceramides, which help lock in moisture. Don’t forget to apply lip balm and protect your hands with a nourishing hand cream.
  • Humidify Your Environment:
    Combat the dry indoor air by using a humidifier in your home or workplace. Humidifiers add moisture to the air, helping to prevent excessive drying of the skin and hair. Aim for a humidity level between 40% and 50% to create a comfortable environment. 

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