If the harsh winter has left your skin and your horse's coat dull, rough and dry then you will want to add my current favorite lotion to your beauty routine and a newly discovered shine spray to your horse's grooming routine.
For some reason this winter was tough on my skin and after trying what seemed like a million different lotions and potions, I actually found one that worked wonders turning my dry skin into is normal smooth, moisturized self. Used in combination CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion and CeraVe Moisturizing Cream instantly re-hydrated my parched skin. They provide all-day moisturization with a single application and are clinically proven to increase skin hydration. They also contain ceramides, naturally occurring components of the skin that play a key role in enhancing and restoring the skin's protective function. They are relatively scent free and sink in instantly leaving your skin soft and never greasy. Plus, they are relatively inexpensive and available at your local Target or drugstore.
Winter can also be tough on your horse's hair coat wether they stay in under lights and blankets or stay out and fur up. My horses's don't grow a winter coat so the shedding is minimal but after months of dry air and lack of baths they can lose a bit of their show sheen. I believe the best way to develop and maintain a healthy shine is to curry comb, brush with a stiff brush and then follow up with a moisturizing shine spray that is brushed in with a soft finishing brush (preferably horse hair). I recently tried a new finishing spray that yielded amazing results. Carr & Day & Martin's Dreamcoat Shine Spray produces a high gloss finish that is never greasy. This lightweight spray (with a light citrus scent) conditions the coat leaving it smooth and glossy. It also contains a no-slip formula that allows you to spray it where the saddles goes as well as be able to braid the mane and tail afterwards with no problems. Available online at Dover Saddlery.
My filly Scout and gelding Woody showing off their Dreamcoat shine: