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Jessica's Picks: Combating Dry Winter Weather

I often travel to dry climates for business and used to have such a hard time adjusting, it would ruin my entire trip. I mean skin so dry, it hurts and waking up with nose bleeds from the lack of moisture. The heater is necessary (at least for this California girl), but it sucks all the moisture out of the air and just makes things worse. These are my 5 picks for surviving the dry winter air:

1. Travel humidifier

This tiny unit packs a big punch (or mist). I put it right next to the bed when I'm sleeping and use a 1L Fiji water bottle, which lasts me until morning. The biggest difference for me is waking up without a dry throat and bloody nose, especially if I'm traveling to the desert. It's really small and travels easily. (I do use a full-size humidifier at home- let me know if you want to know which one).

2. Nasal spray

I am well-aware that this nasal spray is made for babies, but I have yet to find one for adults that doesn't contain a bunch of chemicals that I don't necessarily want in my nose (or that doesn't burn when I spray it). I particularly use this spray when I'm on airplanes and in trains. My nose gets so dry with the circulating air, so I keep this in my purse when I feel like I can't breathe. It also helps with sinus headaches if you're prone to those as well. 

Bonus- it's only 3oz. so you can take it in your carry-on.

3. MSM eye drops

The last thing I need when my eyes are dry is to put eye drops in them that burn. These MSM drops are truly the only ones I've tried that actually provide relief from the dryness and redness without hurting my poor eyes. 

4. Exfoliating necessities- I find that many people with dry skin will just keep moisturizing and moisturizing, but that doesn't help much if they're not getting rid of the dry, flaky skin first. These are my must-have's for exfoliation:

Korean Scrub Glove- I use this in the shower with my body wash. It's pretty abrasive and takes getting used to, but if you've ever been to a Korean spa, you know that these gloves work!

Capri coconut oil exfoliator- this exfoliator is gentle enough for your face, but powerful enough to slough off any dry skin that shouldn't be there. It is exfoliating as well as moisturizing. 

And as always, remember to stay hydrated - drink plenty of water, especially if it's hot outside. Some say that coconut water is better for hydration, but I can't stand the taste so I stick to plain old filtered water.



1 Response

Patrick Harris
Patrick Harris

February 04, 2020

I’m not a fan of coconut water either (yuck), but I love coconuts. Weird. Trying to cut down on so much soda too as it just dries me out. Been drinking be water with a squeeze of lemon and/or lime in it.

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