Dealing With Dry Winter Skin

moisturizers and water bottle

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It feels like it's been forever since I was dealing with any cold weather. But if spending two weeks out of the humidity and in below 40 degree weather taught me anything it was how to ––

1. Fix dry skin.
2. Moisturize properly to avoid a repeat situation.

I thought I'd dealt with plenty of dry skin issues before. (If I don't have a bottle of hand cream in my bag it's probably going to be a rough day). But nope! That has nothing on consistently chapped lips and nose. **Note to self, don't go running in the cold without a healthy layer of face cream and maybe a scarf to cover your face…

Needless to say, it looked and felt like I had spent WAY too long in the dessert without water. My oily skin was the driest it's ever been (which was simultaneously the best and worst thing). 

Not cool. 

So first off, here's how to FIX dry skin:

Exfoliate. Seriously. 
There's 0 point in trying to overcompensate with moisturizing skin that has already reached the point of no return. It's not going to help! You're just going to waste product that you probably spent too much money on (and I know you don't want to do that). 

Use a good exfoliating scrub or give dry brushing a try. If we’re talking about your face, a chemical peel would also be a good option. Some of my favorite exfoliating body scrubs are Soap and Glory's The Scrub of Your Life*, LUSH's Cup O' Coffee*, and Fresh's Brown Sugar Body Polish. And if you want to try a peel I suggest Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Milk Peel* . (If you're looking for something really good, grab a sample of Sunday Riley's Good Genes* from Sephora. It's pretty pricy but a sample will last you long enough to solve any dry skin issues). Extra tip for feet! Check out LUSH Volcano Foot Mask*.

Now, let's keep everything healthy: 

Use a good, heavy moisturizer. 
Now is not the time for those light moisturizers. I'm not a fan of thick lotions that make your skin feel tacky, but sometimes it's necessary. 

I swear by Keihl's Creme De Corps* (which is really good for sensitive skin) and Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion*. I also like using LUSH Pink Peppermint on my feet, it's super moisturizing and refreshing after having your feet crammed in boots or running shoes. 

For your face, my two recommendations for oily skin are Korres Pomegranate Balancing Cream-Gel Moisturizer and First Aid Beauty Daily Face Cream*. And the ONLY products I've tried so far that effectively help my chapped lips (which is unfortunately not just a winter issue for me, so I'm extremely familiar with combating it) are Bobby Brown's Lip Balm* and Bite Beauty's Agave Lip Mask*. 

Hydrate. Hydrate. HYDRATE. 
Right now, as you're reading this, go download Plant Nanny from the App Store. Only log your water intake if you've actually drank the water. And drink water! Because you don't want your cute plant to die. Okay? Cool. Seriously, try to aim for consistently drinking 60-80oz a day depending on how active you are. Drink even more if you're drinking a lot of caffeine. It really does make a difference in how your skin looks and feels. (It also makes a difference in how you feel, because being dehydrated does not feel good).

++ you can get the really cute water bottle here*. It keeps things cold for 24 hours and hot for 12.

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