My Favorites for Dry Skin and/or High Altitudes

Hello from one of my very favorite places, Breckenridge, Colorado! My family spends time here every summer so I figured no better time to talk about what I use regularly when my skin is parched from dry and/or high-altitude climates.

For those of you who have visited high altitudes, you probably remember the drill. For the first 48 hours or so, your body is like HELP WHERE DID THE OXYGEN GO PRAY TELL. However, over time, you adjust to altitude…that is, almost everything adjusts. Your skin, hair, and lips? Um, not so much. So when I travel to places like mountain towns, I always bring my tried-and-true dry weather arsenal to keep the hydration to a maximum.

Here are the products I have sitting on the bathroom counter as I type this. And they aren’t just for high altitudes – these also work wonders during the colder, drier seasons and/or for those with chronically dry skin.


May Lindstrom The Honey Mud Mask – The only mask I need for mega hydration. Made with honey, clay, and pure plant oils, this mask is so delightful I could eat it. It’s not a mask that dries or pulls, it just gently exfoliates while plumping up your skin something fierce. I sometimes leave this on for an hour if I have time. My skin just glows afterward.

Maya Chia Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Face Oil – My favorite face oil for every occasion – I use this every day of my life, no joke! When my skin is drier, I put 5-6 drops opposed to 2-3. You can use this oil on the most sensitive of skin types, and it’s honestly one of my most highly-recommended products on this blog.

Ayuna Cream – When it’s super dry, I apply this gorgeous cream over my face oil. It’s also worked wonders on my uber sensitive chest and neck.

Maya Chia The Highlight of the Day – I am super duper low maintenance when it comes to makeup on summer vacations – usually opting for lip gloss and mascara. (But, let’s be honest, only if I’m feeling incredibly motivated re: the mascara part.) But The Highlight of the Day? Bring it, baby. This highlighter makes my skin super glowing – I dab just a bit on my cheekbones, cupid’s bow, and bridge of my nose and it’s all I need to look well-rested and ready for the day. Plus, it’s not just a highlighter…it’s a serum packed with skin goodness. When I apply it to the tops of my cheekbones, it totally hydrates and diffuses the fine lines around my eyes. Win-win. I have all four colors, but I have to say I’m partial to Afternoon Delight. Peachy pink goodness.

Patyka Almond Blossom Moisturizing Body Milk – First and foremost, this lotion smells like heaven. Secondly, it makes my skin smoother than a baby’s butt. Soaks in quickly too – one of my biggest pet peeves is getting dressed while a film of lotion sits on my skin. Am I the only one?

Ouli’s Ointment – An all-purpose salve, I put this balm on my cuticles, elbows, ends of my hair, etc. It also works as a super subtle highlighter on the face as well!


Honua Malu Protecting Day Cream SPF 30 – Such a great sunscreen for the face. Very hydrating yet not greasy at all, plus it smells like Jasmine. Enough said.

Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30 – I am so thrilled that Beautycounter reformulated their body sunscreen this year. I love this stuff! The continuous mist is perfect – it applies so easily and dries quickly. Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide and none of the nasty stuff that’s ruining our ocean reefs. (I also use this formula plus the stick formulation on my kids.)


Rahua Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner – Love this combo when my hair is feeling dry. Smells great and is the most perfect shade of pink. (I know, I know…what does color have to do with it? Nothing, but I JUST LIKE IT OKAY.)

Innersense Quiet Calm Curl Control – Another low maintenance part of vacation? My hair. I very rarely blow dry or style my hair on vacation – I just let it air dry with a little bit of this amazing styling cream. (Now, if we could just get the 80s back, my natural waves would be on point. Look out, Tawny Kitaen…)


Fitglow Beauty Lip Serum in Nudie – Similiar to how The Highlight of the Day encompasses so many benefits, this lip gloss is so much more than just a gloss. It truly is a lip serum that nourishes and hydrates the lips, all while making your lips the most gorgeous color. Nudie is just perfect – your lips but better x 1,000,000.

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask – I use this lip product every night before bed, but apply it both morning and night when in dry climates. This stuff is AMAZING. I have never had flaky, dry lips and I owe it all to this product.


H. Gillerman Travel Remedy Blend – Get ready for some smell-good, folks! This blend is perfect for helping you to adjust to temperature, climate or time-zone shifts. I love this so much, and the scent is divine. Lemony and fresh. Totally uplifting.

H. Gillerman Tension Remedy Blend – This blend of lavandin grosso and peppermint is crucial in keeping my travel-related migraines at bay. Also, if you have trouble focusing, this stuff is incredible. It sharpens a tired mind and really helps with my headaches. Good stuff.

There you have it. Adore all these products, but would love to hear what you use for dryness and hydration. Let me know in the comments, and as always, I’ll try to answer any questions as well!

  1. lonek8

    July 6, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Great list! We spend a month or so in steamboat every summer, and quite a few of these products are in my routine as well. I absolutely LOVE the Fitglow lip serum- I wear it every day. Truly the perfect color. I use Suntegrity sunscreen, but I keep meaning to grab the Beautycounter spray for my kids. Save myself some of the rubbing! Have a great time in Breckinridge

    • whoorl

      July 6, 2018 at 9:34 am

      The Fitglow is AMAZING. Really wanting to try some other shades too. I think you will like the Beautycounter – it’s the first mist/spray I feel comfortable using on my family.