It’s winter. How do I know? My skin tells me loud and clear. It doesn’t matter that I live in California (and trust me, I did 20 years on the East Coast so I’m intimate with those brutal Nor’Easters and apartment heating so intense that they give you nosebleeds). Here in LA we get the Santa Ana winds. And while a warm wind in the winter may seem like a tropical delight, it’s bone dry and sucks all of the moisture out of your body. How do I tackle it? Moisture - and lots of it. Let’s go from tip to tail, starting with the face.
For a bit of extra hydration on the lips I reach for the Lanolin’s 101 Balm. I apply it straight from the tube, but if you prefer to apply it with your finger, be sure to rub the extra into your cuticles as it’s deeply moisturizing and will help tame those winter ravaged cuticles.
Ponaris. Use this oil based nasal emollient to keep nasal passages moist. Ok, that was a lot of unattractive words in a row but hear me out... When the inside of your nose gets dry, it can cause small fissures in the tissue. Not only can that be uncomfortable, it can also create pathways for germs and viruses. By keeping the inside of the nose hydrated, you keep yourself healthier. This product also used to be in astronauts medical kits, which I think is about the coolest flex out there.
Lastly the body. Even though your skin barely has contact with air during these harsh months, it still manages to get parched. Balms and oils will serve you better in the colder months and for deep moisturizing, I love Nopalera's Botanical Bar. I have always loved cocoa butter bars but they aren’t easy to find. I love the way they feel in your hand and how it melts right into the skin, especially when your skin is sill warm from the bath or the shower. You’re rewarded with a softness that lasts, even under layers of thermals and wool.