The cold weather has finally arrived and with it dry skin – face and body. One of the most valuable things to learn from reading and watching beauty guru Caroline Hirons is that skin isn’t just dry, but often dehydrated; and there’s a difference. Dry is the surface texture while dehydrated affects the skin from the inside. Hydration has become a more recently popular theme for health and plump skin, so more lessons and information came from Dr. Batmanghelidj’s book, Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, which is intense and eye-opening. One helpful tip from Fitness Expert Jenna Wolfe is to begin every morning with 20 sips of water, before getting out of bed. The effect these small tweaks have is almost immediately noticeable: clearer, plumper, smoother skin. It is shocking how profound water is to feeling better, overall. Also, what goes on the body is key. There are stunning bath and body products to help enhance skin’s hydration and luminosity.

Slathering the body with oils, creams or lotions should be part of the daily ritual, especially during cold weather months. To ramp things up right now, lean in to organic and natural skin care lines with products that aren’t overly fragranced and don’t contain petroleum or mineral oils. Lush has returned to our market, and though most of the products are heavily fragranced, there are a few key bits to battle flakey skin. Rub, Rub, Rub in the shower is a sea salt scrub that softens and smooths. The blossom scent dissipates quickly and won’t interfere with perfume. The Yuzu and Cocoa “bubbleroon” is supremely moisturizing and great for a long, warm bath soak. Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Milk Bath Soak is heavenly and super-softening. Follow that with their Citrine Ultra Hydration Neroli Body Oil for silky skin and a sound night’s sleep.

Aesop body and face products are addictive. Their Reverance Aromatique Hand Wash contains finely milled pumice and essential oils to gently scrub hands clean, leaving them soft and spa-scented. Hand lotion fanatics take note: The Aesop Hand Balms are rich and perfect for slathering on at night, with the added bonus of attending dry cuticles. On the lighter side for daytime, Nest Hand Lotions leaves hands soft, not slick, and the Orange Blossom fragrance is fresh, not cloying.

Post shower, pat skin dry with a gorgeous Loomed Turkish towel, then slather on Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil (the Lavender and the Citrus are favorites). Quick absorbing and with no trace of greasiness, getting dressed isn’t a slippery event. Double dip with the Nest Hand Lotion that’s also fine for use on the body. For scent-free lotion perfection, try the Alba Botanical Very Emollient Body Lotion.

Drink water, eat well, exercise and take the best care of yourself possible. Nothing is sexier than touchable skin for a body beautiful.

Lorin’s Love List

Aesop Parsley Seed Oil Cleanser followed by their Camellia Nut moisturizer

Dr. Brandt Ceramidin Tinted Day cream mixed with Becca Backlight primer
It Cosmetics CC+ Cream in Light

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Medium-Light Neutral

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in New Moon

It Cosmetics Skinny Brow pencil in Dark Brown

Jouer Cream blush in Orchid

Le Volume de Chanel Mascara

Guerlain Gloss 472 Candy Hop

Dark Moon Liquid Lipstick in Libra