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40 Ways to Hydrate Skin at Your 40’s

hydrating face

Knowing how to hydrate skin is important at all ages, but as you move into your 40’s it becomes even more imperative. However, when you stop and think about the potential methods that you may use, it then becomes rather complicated as to where you even begin. 

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So, what we are going to do is to provide you with 40 different ways to hydrate skin for you to choose from.

Top 40 Ways of Face Hydration for 40+

  1. Water.

drinking water for hydrating skin

The first way that we need to mention is that you should hydrate from the inside, and that means making sure that you drink enough water on a daily basis. You need to have those 8 glasses per day simply because when you are dehydrated, your body removes water from elsewhere in order to maintain the health of your organs. One of the first places it uses is your skin leaving it feeling dry and more wrinkled.

2. Get a Humidifier.

get humidifier

Another option is to introduce a humidifier into your home. Too often our homes are far too dry and this is then going to have an impact on your skin. You need to add some moisture into the air to stop this happening, and the easiest way to do it is to buy a humidifier. All you need to do is to make sure that it is suitable for the size of your room.

3. Turn Down Heating.

turn down heating

Closely related to the humidifier option is the idea of turning down your heating. As you would expect, your room being too warm will also affect your skin as that is closely related to the air being dry. Even turning it down by one or two degrees will make a huge difference to the hydration of your skin.

4. Only Use Warm Water.

wash face with warm water

When washing your face, only ever use warm water instead of hot. Your skin is not going to like effectively being scalded and hot water also has the ability to wash away the sebum. This is something that your skin needs to retain moisture.

5. Limit Your Shower Time.

limit shower time

You might think that having water on your face would be a good thing, but do it too much and you will start to wash away the natural oils. The worst cause of this is being in the shower too long, so limit your shower time and that alone will help hydrate your face.

6. Use Sunscreen.

use sunscreen

UV rays damage your skin, and one way it does this is with skin hydration. The best way to deal with this is to use sunscreen on a daily basis, and don’t just go ahead with it when it’s sunny as UV rays are there every single day.

7. Use Facial Cleansers.

use facial cleansers

Facial cleansers are going to be better for your skin than normal soap. You will often find that normal soap is too harsh and it can lead to dry skin developing as moisture is effectively removed. You should look for something that has natural ingredients rather than being filled with chemicals.

8. Moisturize Twice a Day.

moisturise your skin

You need to moisturize twice a day in order to really deal with skin hydration. Do it both morning and night as this will counteract dryness during the day while also providing your skin with everything it needs for during the night.

9. Use Shea Butter.

shea butter

There is a reason why shea butter is used in so many skin products, and that is because it is amazing at helping to keep your skin hydrated. It should be one of the main ingredients in any creams that you use.

10. Sunflower Seed Oil.

sunflower seed oil

Sunflower seed oil is an amazing ingredient that you cannot ignore. It is high in both Omega 6 as well as Vitamin E. Not only that, but it also has anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants, so it will not only hydrate your skin but it will make your skin healthier than before.

11. Coconut Oil.

coconut oil

Coconut oil is actually a bit of a wonder oil and not just when it comes to helping to hydrate your skin. Research has shown that it is a wonderful solution for moisturizing dry skin, and then there’s the fact that it’s also anti-inflammatory.

12. Exfoliate.

exfoliate your skin

You need to exfoliate on a weekly basis as that removes the dead skin cells which is also going to be having an impact on drying out of your skin. If you have dead cells and debris building up on your skin, then anything you are applying to hydrate it will be unable to work as effectively.

13. Pat Your Face Dry.

pat dry your face

You should always pat your face dry rather than rubbing it. This prevents irritation as that leads to inflammation which, in turn, causes problems with dry skin.

14. Avocado.

avocado oil

Avocado is a known natural cure for helping dry skin and adding some extra moisture to your skin. It is not only high in Vitamin E but it also contains healthy fats that will then add to the moisture in your skin. 

15. Lavender Oil.

lavender oil

Lavender oil is something you may wish to add to your skin. It is both antibacterial and will help lock in some additional moisture to your skin. It will also contain a number of other mineral oils that will ramp things up even higher than before.

16. Use an Olive Oil Cleanser.

olive oil

A wonderful home remedy for skin hydration is to create your very own olive oil cleanser. Rub the oil into your skin, then place a warm cloth over your face for several minutes. After, wipe the excess oil from your face.

17. Aloe Vera.

aloe vera

Aloe Vera is a wonderful natural remedy for helping dry skin and adding some extra hydration to your face. It also has a number of other properties such as an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.

18. Use Water Boosting Products.

There are a number of water boosting products on the market, and they are designed to help add extra moisture to your skin. The key is to look at products that not only add moisture but also then lock it into your skin.

19. Hyaluronic Acid is Important.

hyalaranic acid

Hyaluronic acid is an ingredient that has been getting a lot of publicity in recent years. It can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, and that is going to help your skin. Find a product that has this as an ingredient and use it on a daily basis to reduce instances of dry skin.

20. Eat Food Rich in Water.

We said at the outset that you should drink more water, but you can also take it one step further by eating foods that are mainly water. That means watermelon, cucumber, celery and lettuce to name just a few, and if you eat a few of them a day, then it will help your skin.

21. Use Hydrating Masks.

One trick that you may want to consider using is adding a hydrating mask on top of the serums that you use each day. This will also help with locking in the ingredients that you have used which means it gives your skin more time to absorb it.

22. Use Facial Sprays.

You should look at using facial sprays throughout the day. This is a way to continually add moisture and provide extra hydration to your skin when you are unable to get to other skincare products.

23. Hydrating Eye Creams.

creams under eyes

The skin around your eyes tends to be more sensitive and thinner than other areas. This means you need to use special products designed for around the eyes, but check that they are aimed at hydrating the skin.

24. Use a Face Mask on a Regular Basis.

Using a face mask once or twice a week is an essential part of your entire skincare regime. You need to pay particular attention to those that have hydrating ingredients and focus on those more than anything that talks about dealing with acne or making your face look younger.

25. Focus on Intense Treatment of Dry Spots.

spots creams

It may be the case that only certain areas of your skin are dry, so while you must hydrate all of your face, it’s also best to focus on intense treatment of those dry spots. Use serums or creams to make a difference.

26. Use Vitamins.

This might be confusing, but taking certain vitamins as supplements can help improve hydration of your skin. The main ones to focus on are Vitamin A, C and E. They are part of the need to improve your inner health in order to then improve your skin.

27. A Milk Bath.

A milk bath is something that you may wish to try. The lactic acid in milk will actually help remove dead skin cells while it also then improves the ability of your skin to retain moisture.

28. Petroleum Jelly.

While petroleum jelly on its own won’t make much of a difference to hydrating your skin, it does lock other products into your skin. By doing this, things won’t dry out as quick giving the products time to work.

29. Use Omega-3.

omega 3 oil

Omega-3 contains healthy fats, and these fats are beneficial for the overall health of your skin. What happens is that they improve the health of the skin membranes, and that means any form of hydration will then be more easily absorbed.

30. Use Raw Honey.

Raw honey will be beneficial in a number of ways. Not only is it antibacterial, but it is also a humectant. That means it retains moisture as well as preserving any that is there. In other words, it stops your skin from drying out.

31. Use the Correct Day Cream.


Find out your type of skin and then make sure that you use the correct day cream for that type. Using the wrong cream will make life harder for yourself when that really needn’t be the case.

32. Glycerin Helps.


Glycerin is an ingredient that tends to appear in a number of skin products, and that is because of how it helps to retain moisture. Also, your skin won’t be irritated by it either and along with retaining moisture it also promotes hydration.

33. Jojoba Oil.

Jojoba oil is another natural oil that you may wish to include in your skincare routine. It not only soothes irritated skin but also it delivers a huge amount of moisture to dry skin. Throw in it’s an antioxidant, and you see why you need to use this oil.

34. Look for Emolliating Ingredients.

When looking specifically at a night cream, check for emolliating ingredients such as shea butter, ceramides, and petrolatum. An emollient will add a whole lot of moisture to your skin.

35. Avoid Retin-A.

While Retin-A is used in order to bolster collagen production, it’s not going to really be your friend when it comes to hydrating your skin. It will irritate and annoy as well as making it harder for moisturizers to work.

36. Oatmeal Bath.

oatmeal mask

Even though it sounds peculiar, an oatmeal bath can help hydrate your skin. It locks in moisture and will also soften your skin. Furthermore, it protects your skin from other irritants.

37. Combine Oils and Moisturizer.

We have recommended both oils and moisturizing your face, but don’t just use one or the other. Instead, the best way to hydrate your face is to combine both and use the moisturizer first as it seeps deeper into the skin.

38. Avoid Self-Tan.

Self-tan has a habit of drying out your skin, so avoid using it as much as possible. The chemicals used in it will also potentially block pores making it harder for your skin to absorb any products.

39. Paraffin Face Mask.

A paraffin face mask will not only soften your skin but it also firms up your complexion. This is then known to add more hydration to your skin.

40. Steam Bath.

steam bath

This should only be used sparingly and for a few minutes at a time. A steam bath opens pores and helps to detoxify your skin. It also induces sweating which boosts hydration for drier skin.

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