Today I wrap up my series on what I do to combat winter skin (click here for part 1 on Winter Face & click here for part 2 on Winter Hair). I'm featuring some products you might not know as well as some tried & true faves. I'd love to know what products you use, so leave them in the comments. Enjoy!
- I've mentioned before my love of a humidifier. It surely helps take out the dryness that centralized heat can bring.
- Limit the time during showers--nothing feels better than a long, hot shower on a cold day but that extra time is totally drying to skin.
- Don't forget to use products with SPF for those parts that are exposed to the sun.
- I exfoliate my body weekly (try my DIY Sugar Scrub) or use a body brush to help get rid of dry skin before applying oil or lotion.
- Some people claim drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day does nothing for skin. I like to think it does, so I up my water intake during winter.
- Usually I don't suffer from chapped lips, but when I do, I make sure to exfoliate and use a petroleum-based product, like Rosebud. I can't stand the smell of regular Rosebud, so I prefer the strawberry (similar brand) or mint kind. Burt's Bees (not pictured) is another great choice.
- Aquaphor is just a great product and can heal dry, cracked skin. It's great for chafed skin or minor burns. I apply it to my feet before bed and then put on socks. My feet are usually smooth by morning.
- Lotions are always a cause for debate, and I have a few I rotate among, but here are my picks for absolute winter skin protection: Nivea has a really thick lotion that I apply after I shower.
- Philosophy's When Hope Is Not Enough is another great option but is pricer.
- I also use Baby Oil on occasion but it's been pointed out how it doesn't absorb as well as plant oils.
- Bliss' line of skin products comes heavily recommended as well. At my job I'm constantly having to wash my hands and this hand cream from Bliss works wonders.
- Philosophy's Hands of Hope can also be used on the body as well.
- If hands are cracked and super dry, use the Aquaphor and wrap hands in Saran Wrap (cling film). I've also applied the ointment and slept in gloves. Aquaphor can be used on lips too.
- Rosebud can be put on hands too.
- I call this the "itchy" section. Sometimes no matter how much I lotion up, I'll still find an itchy spot or two on my body. I've found Aveeno's lotion helps calm and combat my itchy skin.
- If skin is itchy but not scratched to bits, Gold Bond's Medicated Lotion is wonderful. Since it has menthol, I use this at night. They also make a non-scented version too.
- Do you switch body washes seasonally like I do? In the winter I want something extra creamy and moisturizing, so choice number one is Aveeno's Body Wash.
- If my skin is in really bad shape, I use the Eucerin (Aquaphor is part of their line) body wash.
- Other great choices are Dove and Olay body washes.
So spill it--what do you use to keep skin soft?