It’s so easy to get dry, itchy skin in the winter. Between the dry, cold air outside; the dry, warm air inside; and how easy it is to forget about keeping our bodies and skin hydrated in the cold months, we’re a little bit screwed if we aren’t careful. Traveling between climates and just air travel in general don’t help either, so here are my go to dry winter skin essentials. . .
The first OBVIOUS dry winter skin essential is to make sure you’re still drinking PLENTY of water (read my tips to drink more water here). It can be warm water, cold water, ice water, or fruit-infused water – just drink your water. Your body prioritizes hydration, so if you are lacking in water, your skin will be the first organ off the list, hence why your lips, skin, and nails feel so stupidly dry!
Past that, however, your body can use a little help to take you from moderately hydrated to comfortably hydrated! Since your skin is the first to need the help, keep on top of it! Daily (multi-daily) hydration is key for some areas while weekly, more intensive products and treatments are also great…
Dry Winter Skin Essentials
My lips are my first clue to my skin drying out, so I always have one or two (sometimes four or five) lip products on hand. This isn’t lipstick or lipgloss but rather moisturizing products. For fairly hydrating lips, I’m addicted to the Burt’s Bees chapsticks. I love the fruity flavors. For more intensive moisture, however, the Clinique Lip Treatment is AMAZING! It’s colorless but so incredibly moisturizing.
My hands are usually the next indicator that I’m drying out. I always have a small, travel size lotion in my handbag. This unscented one is by far and away my favorite as I can use it whenever I need it without smelling up the room (or plane)! I buy the three pack from Amazon.
Next up is keeping my cuticles hydrated. I really like cuticle oils and there are a lot of them out there. Try this one by Deborah Lippmann. Depending on how dry your hands are, use cuticle products one to two times per day (I think it’s easiest to remember as part of my morning and/or bedtime routines). Cuticle care is absolutely a dry winter skin necessity.
Once you have your makeup on, it’s fairly impossible to rehydrate before the end of the day, so you need amazing products that do their job in the morning and evening. This Charlotte Tilbury Moisturizer is wonderfully hydrating. And to keep your moisturizer on your skin, finish off your morning routine with some Dermalogica Barrier Repair, which seals everything in! You should also try a face mask to really treat your face. I just got this Elemis face mask to help revive tired skin. I’ll keep you posted, but it’s a clean beauty product and I’ve seen amazing results on others!
And last but certainly not least is your hair. I’m a recent convert to hair oils. A little goes a long way, but there are so many ways to use hair oil. I run it through my wet hair before styling and then on my dry hair to help tame frizz before styling. The Ouai hair oil smells lovely and works beautifully at keeping my hair moisturized and under control without getting greasy.
My hair stylist turned me onto this hair mask. You use it once per week and it will make your hair so incredibly happy.