Despite the many things I love about living in Colorado, the dry climate is definitely not one of them. If I’m not guzzling water out of one of my numerous S’well bottles, I’m applying chapstick or hand lotion, have a regimen to keep my long locks from drying out, and unless you can commit to getting your nails done regularly… well, read on my friend.
1. Drink SO MUCH water! I truly cannot stress this enough. Every single cell in your body requires good old H20 in order to function properly, and without enough water you’ll start to feel fatigued, your metabolism will slow, and your basically slowly shuts down. Not to mention your skin begins to look dull, fine lines show more prominently, split ends happen more frequently, and your lips and cuticles look dry and can even crack. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces, every day – so if you weigh 150 pounds, you’d be drinking at least 75 ounces of water, daily! HydroFlask, S’well and BKR are my favorite plastic-free water bottles. The small glass BKR bottles are perfect to toss in my work bag or purse (p.s. I got another one in a recent FabFitFun box!), and I love the larger Swell bottles to keep my water cold while at the gym or during a heated yoga class. The 40 ounce HydroFlask is perfect for longer car rides, or when you’ll be outside all day!
2. Apply cuticle oil – like the Deco Miami Cuticle Oil in the FabFitFun Fall Box (discount codes for all FabFitFun boxes here)! The Deco Miami Cuticle Oil comes in two fragrances: Lavender and Lemon Blossom, and is loaded with nourishing vitamins and organic oils to keep your cuticles healthy. I also love the CND Solar Nail and Cuticle Oil because it softens my cuticles and also helps strengthen my nails!
3. Use hand lotion, and reapply throughout the day. Personally, I love a nice-smelling lotion, but I’d much rather they be filled with nice-to-my-skin ingredients. Enter Tokyo Milk and their line of shea butter handcremes. My love affair with Denver-based Tokyo Milk is a new one, but with their fun packaging, incredible aromas, and extensive line of products to try, I’m sure it will be long-lasting.
4. Exfoliate regularly! Not only does regular exfoliation help remove dead skin cells, revealing the soft, glowing skin underneath, it also aids in increasing blood circulation and cell renewal, giving you softer, healthier skin. Use a loofa or salt scrub in the shower to exfoliate your body, and keep a sugar scrub near the sink to exfoliate your hands. The smaller sugar particles are less abrasive than salt particles, making them better for more delicate skin like your hands and face. The salt and sugar scrubs I like have essential oils in them, which are great for hydrating your skin, but not great for keeping your facial pores clean – so I’ll use a pore-refining exfoliator on my face. Pixi Peel & Polish works well on my normal skin, and I can use it every other day without irritation. I recently tried the Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion from one of the FabFitFun boxes and love it! I can use it twice per week, and it leaves my skin soft and super clean. P.S. if you’re into trying excellent, full-size products, you should absolutely sign up for FabFitFun – you’ll get around $150-200 worth of products for less than $50. It’s like sending yourself a quarterly care package that you didn’t even have to think about. If you’re on the other end of the spectrum and want a good exfoliation without dropping that much dough, buy a $0.99 box of baking soda, dampen your face, and gently massage a bit of the baking soda in small circular motions around your face. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes, wash thoroughly and pat dry. Boom – at-home microdermabrasion… sorta.
5. Get into the habit of using both face masks and hair masks. About once per week, clean your skin really well and apply a hydrating face mask – in the summer I love using masks infused with refreshing cucumber, and in the winter I’ll opt for a creamier rose oil mask. For my hair, I’ll keep it simple with plain old coconut oil every week, and will use argan oil about once a month. If you’re not sure what will work best for your skin, or if you simply like to try new things, grab a few of the single-use paper face mask packets at Sephora or Ulta!
6. Apply facial oils or serums daily. I started using pure Vitamin E oil from the vitamin aisle at the grocery store about 10 years ago, and immediately fell in love with how hydrating is was! After a day in the sun or harsh winds in the winter, I’d apply a layer before bed and wake up with soft, glowing skin. The hard part about using pure Vitamin E oil is that it doesn’t sink into your skin very well, so you can only use it at night and should apply it at least 20 minutes before getting into bed to keep it from rubbing off onto your pillowcase. That’s where facial oils and serums come in handy. One of my personal favorites is the Whish Restoring Face Oil with Bakuchiol, a 100% natural (and actually edible) alternative that performs just as well as retinol, and other amazing organic and natural oils. I tried it first from one of the FabFitFun boxes, and it’s become a favorite product that I use daily. For a cheaper option, the Pixi Rose Oil Blend is wonderful.
7. Finally, take your vitamins! If nothing else, take a daily multi-vitamin to make sure you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals, and for stronger and healthier hair, skin and nails, also try taking biotin. If you’re vegan or vegetarian like me, you’ll probably also want to take a slow-releasing iron, or commit to eating a whole lotta these iron-rich foods!