Guys! It’s COLD OUTSIDE. I know some of you have it worse than me here in the mid-atlantic and some of you feel like it’s still summer out, but here… it’s pretty darn cold.
Throughout most of the year I’m not particularly dry, except in cold weather. This winter in particular my skin, lips and body are all really feeling it. I have had to focus on adding more moisture into my routine because of the weather, but I’ve also been focusing on it a lot more this past year in general because I know it’s the best way to prevent aging. Gotta be proactive, am I right?!
I’m sure you’ve thought of some of these tips already, they’re not all that profound, but what you don’t know are my recommendations and favorite products to combat the dry, dry air. So let’s dig in!
Tip #1: Make a doctor’s appointment
This has to be my number one tip because it was something that I put off for years and suffered through. If you have a serious problem, do not procrastinate! I have an eczema-type rash that forms on my hands every year as the winter comes on. It’s painful, itchy to the point where I will draw blood, and it cracks. So. Painful… TMI? Sorry!
I was prescribed two types of steroid creams. I am not going to list them here specifically because I’m not a doctor and don’t know what you suffer from, but I promise you. Just go. See a dermatologist or just your regular doctor, just don’t suffer if it’s a real problem!
Tip #2: Up the moisture in your usual skincare.
Duh. This one seems obvious, but in the summer I am more prone to using my Cetaphil Daily moisturizer with SPF rather than a richer, night cream. You need to switch that baby out like I did! Well, I still use SPF, but definitely need a heavier moisturizer too.
- Korres Wild Rose Moisturizing & Brightening Cream – I swear, I’m going to get around to doing a full skincare routine video and this will be talked about in depth on it. I’m on jar number two, it’s soothing, comforting, gentle, thick and moisturizing. I’m also going to be giving it away to one of you in a giveaway coming up on Sunday! So yes, clearly, it’s well loved.
- Clinique All About Eyes Rich – I first used this product a few years ago and really liked it, but I thought, “oh there must be something better out there for me”, so I didn’t repurchase it. I’ve tried Origins, Kiehl’s, Proactive, and more since then. Nothing is as good as this in my opinion when it comes to moisture, which is my main, if not only, focus when it comes to the eye area.
Tip #3: Exfoliation will be necessary.
Not exactly a moisturizer, but super important for removing dead, dry skin. It’s something I need to do for my skin periodically year round, but definitely in the winter. I think one for the body and one for the face is a must. I love using physical, scrubby exfoliators but chemical exfoliators are great too.
- Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask – This has both a chemical exfoliator and physical, which I love. The pumpkin smell makes you just want to eat it up. I love this mask and have repurchased it.
- Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub – Great price and does the job. I adore the texture of it. Feels like thick sand and the smell is an absolute winner to me.
Tip #4: Don’t forget your hair.
I’ve talked about this recently on the blog, so you know my spiel. My hair doesn’t get too dry during the winter (I’m all about skipping washes. Sounds gross, but helpful), but it’s always crazy, long and tangly, so these products are a year-round necessity for me.
- It’s A 10 Miracle Hair Mask – I won’t say a word. Just go read this. Hint: it’s become a favorite.
- It’s A 10 Leave-In Product – Another product I love to help keep my hair healthy and soft. It’s great for daily use, easy to use, no-fuss and works for me!
Tip #5: Make sure your makeup is made for the weather.
Change it up for the winter! Maybe you just like a different makeup look this time of year or maybe your skin actually needs it. Two things to think about in particular are lip products and your foundation/concealer.
- Mac Face & Body Foundation – Okay, okay. Yes, maybe I use this year round. I always love a lightweight, light coverage, dewier foundation. If you need to find a great foundation for the winter, give this one a try!
- Mac Non-Matte Lipsticks – Give up on those dreadful mattes. They’re great SOMETIMES but not for every damn look. Let’s go back to the good old essentials, Mac Cremesheens and Lustres. Mac Syrup is a daily, wearable fall/winter must have and Mac Hang-Up is a great, quintessential dark fall/winter shade you should go try on!
Tip #6: Keep them on hand (literally)
This is another obvious one, but some products are just easier to keep on hand than others and come in convenient travel size packaging. I keep them in my car, in my purse, in my bathroom and by my bed. These products are also on the cheaper side because who carries around expensive products that are destined to break or get dirty in your bag?
- Soap & Glory Hand Lotion – the smell alone makes this a winner. I bought a 3-pack from Sephora and split it up as gifts for my sister, mom and a sneaky gift for myself. It’s not greasy, so it’s great for on the go, and Ulta (Sephora no longer sells it) often sells it in convenient travel packaging or sets.
- EOS Limited Edition Spheres – EOS has fall/winter balms right now. I almost always buy lip balms as sets. Convenient to keep wherever you need it and EOS sometimes comes out with limited edition sets such as this.
Tip #7: When in doubt, switch to products for sensitive skin
I don’t think I’m the only one whose dry skin can be super sensitive too. Some products, especially when they are overly “stinky” (I sound like my dad), sting my dry skin like hell! If you have the same problem, try these out.
- Johnson & Johnson baby lotion – There’s a reason this is made for baby’s bottoms. I can use this on my eczema hand rash at it’s worst and it is the only thing that won’t sting it (aside from my prescribed cream).
- Aquaphor Lip Repair – I replace my mintier Burt’s Bees and Jack Black lip balm with this or Vaseline in the winter. It never stings and creates a nice barrier from the wind.
What are your go-to, cold weather favorites for extra moisture?