5 tips to get hydrated skin on a winter vacation

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Winter is hard…it’s dark, dry and less vitamin D usually means more skin issues (at least for me).  I spend the majority of my winters skiing so that also means I’ve spent a lot of time trying to hydrate my skin.  The good news is, there are lots of things you can do to minimize that cracked feeling you get on your hands and face. Read on to learn my favorite beauty tricks for the winter.

1. Get the right face cream

Have you ever woken up on a cold winter morning and felt like you couldn’t even smile because your face is so dry? Me too.  A lot of times, people don’t realize that different weather means you should have different face cream.  I personally use the thickest creams possible since I have psoriasis but many people I know usually go with something thicker and more moisturizing in the winter than the hot summer months.  My absolute #1 (will-never-stray) favorite is the Natura Bissé Tolerance Recovery Cream. It’s hydrating and stays on all night so you wake up a bit more refreshed.  I’ve scoured the internet and every Neiman Marcus beauty section, Sephora and Ulta beauty and this is still my favorite.

2. Hand cream is a must

I’ve talked before in posts about my obsession with hand cream.  I can’t get on a plane without it, especially.  This is equally important in the winter.  Dry, cracked hands are painful! We are obsessed with the AHAVA mud hand cream.  It’s made from dead sea minerals/mud and really does the trick on dry hands.

3. Exfoliate often!

A lot of times under that dry, flaky skin is actually perfect, smooth skin. Exfoliating once a week can help reduce the dryness.  I use the Origins Dermabrasion exfoliator once a week, especially in the winter and always after a long flight.

4. Layer up

To prevent moisture from leaving your face, I’d recommend using a serum to lock in moisture.  Serums can run pretty expensive so we have two recommendations on both ends of the spectrum.  My favorite is the Natura Bissé Tolerance Booster. It runs about $235 but boy, does it make a difference.  It’s almost like putting on moisturizer before you even put on moisturizer. If that’s a little out of your price range, my runner up is the AHAVA Dead Sea Crystal serum.  It comes in at around $55 and is a great alternative.

5. Don’t forget about the rest of your body!

While it’s critical to pay attention to your face and hands, don’t forget to moisturize the rest of your body! It is thirsty just like your face and hands.  I have several favorites here but I’ll point out two.  For something light, yet long-lasting, I love the NB Essential Shock cream. I bought a tube of this about 6 months ago and I’m running on the last of it, but it’s a great bang for your buck.  If you’re looking for something a bit thicker, I’d recommend the AHAVA mud body cream.


Just remember, your body needs extra attention in the winter months, especially if you’re vacationing somewhere cold and not used to the change in temperature. I also like to supplement my beauty routine with tons of lemon water to make sure I don’t get dehydrated on the inside too :).

What are you favorite beauty routines?