I don’t know about you but the winter in the Northeast is not so kind to my skin. Between the freezing and windy weather and the dry heat running indoors full-time, my skin can really suffer. By the end of the winter my skin closely resembles the arctic tundra. This year I’m adding in a few simple tools to take care of my skin all winter long.

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Prevent dry, winter skin with these 4 simple tips

Hydrate

Drinking water is always important but it’s especially important during the winter. The heat running so often is super drying. It’s important to balance that out with extra water. I totally get that when it’s freezing outside the last thing you want is a cold glass of water. Hot herbal tea can replace your usual cold water – as long as it doesn’t have caffeine. You can leave your water out and drink it at room temperature. That is actually better for your digestive system year-round. Drink a large glass of room temperature water first thing when you wake up, have hot water with lemon, sip herbal teas and room temperature water throughout the day, and have another tall glass when you get home from work. You can “warm” up your water with sliced ginger and cinnamon.

Healthy fats

Your skin needs a healthy dose of fat to keep it moisturized. Load up on healthy fats like avocado, coconut, wild salmon, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, nuts like walnuts, almonds, and brazil nuts, pasture-raised eggs, and grass-fed beef. These healthy fats help to prevent your skin from losing natural moisture. Add in an extra serving of healthy fats at each meal. You can add avocado or ground flaxseeds or flax oil to your smoothie, have a baked sweet potato with coconut oil for a snack, have a Superhuman Breakfast, and keep fatty fish like wild tuna, salmon, and sardines in heavy rotation.

Exfoliate

My two favorite ways of exfoliating are to dry brush and use Sand from Good Medicine Beauty Lab. I usually dry brush once a week but during the winter, I try to do it 2-3 times a week. This is a great step-by-step guide to dry brushing. It detoxifies your skin, exfoliates dead skin cells, and reduces cellulite. I also use Sand every other day. It’s incredibility gentle (I even use it on my face!) and nourishes the skin while exfoliating. You can also make your own natural scrub using items from your kitchen like sugar (the only time you’ll find me prescribing sugar!), olive or coconut oil, raw honey, and oats. Skin Cleanse is a great resource for at-home natural skincare.

Oil

I replace my regular moisturizer with oil in the winter. After exfoliating, I use Lomi Lomi body oil. It is insanely moisturizing, smells like heaven, and not greasy. You can also use coconut oil as your winter moisturizer.