I don’t know about you guys, but I feel like it is the coldest winter we’ve had in a long time. I’ve heard that even parts of Florida are getting snow, which means only the most bitter cold for those of us in the North. With temperatures that barely reach double digits, it’s frigidly cold and insanely dry in the Chicagoland area. Wearing a cozy sweater is nice until you do something that ends up giving you enough of a static charge that you see sparks the next time you touch something. Guys, this isn’t even an exaggeration. There have been several instances in the last few weeks where I’ve shocked myself so hard that I saw sparks and felt significant pain from it. Bottom line: it’s dryer than a desert right now, and everything on my body is reminding me of this regularly.
Hydration for your skin is so important all the time, but in the winter it seems that dry skin symptoms end up 10 times worse than they’ve ever been. Even this oily skinned, acne-prone 31-year-old has had to change her skincare game to focus less on getting shine and blemish free and more on getting my skin adequately hydrated to avoid cracked alligator skin. We’re talking there are days where I don’t bother putting makeup on because my dry skin would look worse with a layer of foundation than it would with some exposed pimples. It’s awful. So, I started looking for solutions.
I managed to find a solution to most of my dry skin woes, and some of them are very reasonably priced. Some of the products are tried and true favorites that I’ve had in my collection for a long time and they just happen to be perfect for keeping the winter dryness away, while others I actively sought out and they turned out to be a great solution to my issues. No matter which situation is the case I promise you that each of these products is in my possession and is being used daily to help me combat the dry skin issues that come along with these frigid temperatures. All items are listed down below!
How’s the weather where you live? Are you suffering from the same chill we’re experiencing in Chicago? Do you have the dry skin to go along with it? What do you use to help you survive the winter?
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Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask ($20): This lip mask is incredible and will help take care of even the driest, most chapped lips. It’s a soft lip balm formulated with berry mix complex that offer nutrients as well as an amazing smell. I have raved about this stuff on multiple occasions, and I still love it as much as I did in the beginning. It’s a simple thing that feels so luxurious when I slather it on at night. In the morning my lips are soft and smooth. It’s perfect for combatting those dry, flakey chapped lips that are a part of the winter months.
Macadamia Professional Deep Conditioning Mask ($36): This stuff has been in my life for a long time. I use it once a week year-round, but I up it to two or 3 in the winter time because it really keeps my hair soft and it helps me avoid embarrassing hair situations caused by static electricity. We all know how that goes! While it doesn’t get rid of static 100%, it still helps. My hair is also
Now Foods Jojoba Oil ($8-$18): You guys aren’t going to believe this, but I’ve started using this as my moisturizer regularly, and magically it seems my flakey, dry winter skin has vansished. You know I’m acne prone, so using an oil as a moisturizer seems like a crazy thing to do, but it turns out jojoba oil is an oil that won’t clog pores, making it perfect to use on the face. Using jojoba oil as a moisturizer is something I heard about from one of my favorite bloggers, Blair, and it’s really helping my skin stay well hydrated, but not oily during this bitter winter chill.
Now Fractionated Coconut Oil ($13): Along the same lines as the Jojoba oil, I decided to kick things up a notch when I started noticing my legs and elbows getting super dry, so I turned to my fractionated coconut oil which did the trick. What is nice about fractionated coconut oil is it stays in liquid form (unlike regular coconut oil) and it doesn’t smell like coconut, which was one of my biggest turn offs of using coconut oil in my every day life to begin with. I put this all over by body post shower and before bed, and let me tell you my skin is so much happier. My super rough elbows went away after only a day or two and my feet softened up overnight (I put the oil on then slept in thick socks). This is a great natural and cost effective way to get your skin the hydration it needs at a low price.
Ahava Mineral Hand Cream ($24): If you’re like me, you find yourself constantly reaching for hand cream as soon as the winter chill starts to dry up the air. Somehow I have at least 6 differen hand creams floating around my house (great for having one in every room), but the one I’m reaching for the most is the Ahava mineral hand cream. It’s thick, luxurious, and really seems to hydrate my hands with moisture that lasts more than a few minutes.
Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter ($19.95): I don’t know if this happens to you, but I’m finding that no matter how much hand cream I use, I still end up with weird, dry cuticles that start to stick up and get sharp despite all of the hydration I’m giving my hands. Lush to the rescue! I found that focusing some extra hydration on my cuticles is the key to preventing this from happening. I love the scent of Lemony Flutter, but if you’d rather use a liquid cuticle oil, that would also be effective.
Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask ($27): While my jojoba oil is doing a phenominal job at keeping my skin hydrated wiht daily use, I also find it benificial to incorporate a hydrating mask into my routine once or twice a week, and this one is my favorite. The origins sleeping mask works like a super thick moisturizer. You just apply a generous layer to your skin and then go to bed. The only downside to this product is if you bury your face into your pillow before it’s had a chance to soak in, you might wake up with some of it on your pillow case rather than your face. Still, I find when I use this mask that I wake up with skin that is hydrated, smooth, and glowing.
Crabtree and Evelyn Energizing Body Smoother ($28): Even though the goal of the winter is lots of hydration, it’s still improtant to exfoliate your skin. This body scrub is perfect for the job. Not only does it have a great physical exfoliant that buffs off all of the dead skin cells on your body, but it’s in an oily base, so it actually leaves behind a layer of hydrating oils on your skin. We’re taking the kind that causes water droplets to bead up on your skin. When you get out of the shower after using this product, you don’t even need to put lotion on. For some this might be a turn off, and that’s okay, but for me personally, I love the way it makes my skin feel and the fact it saves me a step in my routine.