Give your skin some love from the inside and out.
The winter air is dryyyyyyyy dry dry here in the high desert. These are some tips to help your skin from turning into a lizard:
Dry brushing: Every day before I get into the shower, I dry brush my skin. Dry brushing is just like it sounds… you use a dry bristle brush and starting at your ankles, lightly brush the skin in circular motions up towards your heart. This exfoliates dry skin and and helps promote blood circulation and lymph flow. When you are done you feel more energized and your skin feels nice and smooth.
Try not to take hot showers: Even though they feel absolutely amazing in the winter, hot showers really dry out the skin. Try to take showers with warm water for no more than 5 minutes. Use a mild cleanser rather than a harsher bar soap, and slather up with a thick moisturizer when you get out.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize: Shea butter or oils like coconut oil, jojoba oil, and avocado oil are great moisturizers. The piñon pine salve that I make has a blend of avocado oil, shea butter, and vitamin E oil. I leave it on my hands and feet overnight and they feel amazing! Argan oil is great to put on your face before bedtime. It is rich in antioxidants, vitamin A and E, fatty acids, and beneficial nutrients. It is light and absorbs easily into the skin.
Stay hydrated: Make sure you are drinking plenty of water. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces, especially if you are physically active. To spruce it up a little, you can infuse water with some fruit, herbs, or citrus. Eat lots of moisture packed fruits and veggies, and good fats like avocados and salmon.