With cold temperatures along with the corresponding heated indoors, and a crazy amount of rain in LA this week, it feels like a constant battle to keep my skin looking and feeling moisturized. I have a few standbys and a few new winter dry skin products that I’ve been introduced to that have been keeping me feeling and looking more moisturized. Most of them are under $10 and even $5, but they’re lifesavers for winter skin.
This is a new hand cream for me. I still love my Crabtree & Evelyn hand cream, but this Avon Moisturizing Therapy Hand Cream is much less expensive and works really well. I apply it to my hands and feet just after showering and am good to go for the day. Use less than a dime size for your hands and be ready to rub it in for a little while. It takes some time to get it all absorbed, but your skin really holds onto it!
I have lip balms everywhere since I always seem to be reaching for them. I’ve tried quite a few of the drugstore brands and nothing seems to work as well (and “taste” as nice) as Burt’s Bees Rejuvenating Lip Balm. My favorite flavors are cherry, acai berry, and mango. I still have yet to try the coconut & pear, which sounds pretty wonderful. Of course they have their classic flavor that leaves a bit of a tingle and minty flavors if that’s what you’re after.
One of the most frustrating things is have dry skin on my scalp. I’ve had Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo in my shower since I was a kid. I don’t use it all the time, but when I notice my scalp drying out, I use it about once per week before my normal shampoo and conditioning routine. It’s a quick step that seems to fix all my hair problems.
Eye cream is another mainstay in my life, but lately I’ve been using it to help hydrate around my nose and corners of my mouth when they dry out. I only apply it to my face at night, but that extra hit of hydration seems to help quite a bit. I’ve been using Sheseido White Lucent Intensive Eye Cream for almost two years now and love their moisturizing line. Any “intensive” (a favorite word in winter skincare) will work.
If I could get on a soapbox and share my love for cuticle oil, I would. I’d tell everyone to use it at least once per day to minimize the dry skin around your nails. I’m not perfect at using it daily, but I try my darndest. I have two favorite cuticle oils – ncLA’s Vitamin E Cuticle Oil and Sally Hansen’s Vitamin E Cuticle Oil. They both work really well. The ncLA has a dropper applicator while the Sally Hansen uses a brush.
Dry exfoliation is something I’ve picked up in the last year. I’ve always liked scrubs, but using Exfoliating Bath Gloves before I shower (and especially before I shave) has been great. There’s no gunk and it works really well. I keep them outside the shower and then take them in with me to clean with a dab of shampoo every once in awhile. It’s great for travel when you want to exfoliate before shaving as well.