5 Ways to Beat a Winter Cold

5 Ways to Beat a Winter Cold

We don’t hate winter, we just hate what comes with it: horrible, dreadful colds. As if the sniffling, sneezing, and general grogginess isn’t bad enough, it often brings on a whole slew of skin issues from a dry, chapped nose to dehydrated skin. And while we aren’t doctors, we do have some tricks up our sleeves for fending off colds, and in turn, the inevitable skin stressors. Here, five ways to kick a winter cold to the curb.

Drink plenty of water

We’ve always heard that we should drink eight glasses of water per day. But that number is actually much higher and specific to each individual person’s height, weight, activity level, and more. Our rule of thumb? When in doubt, drink more water than you think you should. It will keep you hydrated from the inside out and help to flush out toxins and germs that may have made their way into your system throughout your day.

Cozy up with tea

There is something so soothing about cuddling up with a hot cup of tea—especially in the middle of cold season. Plus, tea is a great way to up your water intake. Just beware that caffeinated flavors are slightly dehydrating, so try to stick to herbal ingredients when you’re focusing on overall hydration and wellness.

Take your supplements

Vitamin C gets all the praise, but taking a regular multivitamin in addition to it will help boost your immune system to fight off any bacteria that might be lurking in the wild. We also love taking an immune support supplement, like echinacea, a few times a day. Try adding a few drops to your tea for an even bigger feel-good boost.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

No matter how much you hydrate on the inside, dry skin still needs some external TLC. Enter: A super hydrating skin-care routine that tackles dry patches and flakes. We love applying Flashmasque Hydrate 5-Minute Sheet Masks right out of the shower to jumpstart hydration. Then, we seal it all in with a healthy dose of AquaFlash Daily Gel Moisturizer, both morning and night. This easy two-step process will keep your skin glowing in even the coldest weather.

Turn on a humidifier before going to sleep

Because skin goes into repair mode while you sleep, it’s crucial to give it the right environment to get to work. Winter air tends to be very dry, and it only gets drier indoors with heaters that literally suck the moisture out of your skin. Imagine how dehydrated your skin is every morning because of it. To help combat this and other winter-related problems (dry nose and throat, anyone?), turn on a humidifier before bed to help add some moisture back into the air and into your body. Take that, winter.