Beauty Basics is no stranger to the dry winter skin topic. It’s been discussed a few times before and the main reason is that many women suffer from dry skin in the winter. The cold, dry air combined with hot, dry air in your home equals patchy skin that’s hard to fight. I may suffer from dry skin year round but the winter is the worst time for me. My skin at times feels chapped, red, and the dry patches just don’t go away. It’s not just my face that suffers but my scalp and body get in on the dry skin action too! The winter tends to worsen existing conditions leaving you not at your best.
I’ve rounded up some go-to cult classics to help get your skin back on the smooth path. Let’s normalize our skins and leave the dullness behind this winter.
- It’s best to exfoliate at least once a week. Origins Modern Friction Dermabrasion is a new to me product that I’ve used a few times already. Since my skin tends to be on the more sensitive side, I have to be cautious of what I use. The dermabrasion is very gentle and is just enough to slough off the dead skin cells and leaves my skin feeling smooth and not too tight.
- Kiehl’s ‘Midnight Recovery’ Concentrate is one of the more popular face treatments on the market. It’s basically a miracle face oil in a jar. While the price is costly it’s worth every penny. A night recovery treatment, such as Kiehl’s is best because it allows your skin to repair while you sleep. Essential oils help penetrate and hydrate your skin to reveal the healthiest skin you’ve ever had.
- Changing up your cleanser in the winter is key. I use philosophy Purity Made Simple almost all year round but sometimes like to mix it up with a cleansing oil in the winter. bareMinerals Facial Cleansing Oil is a great starter product. Natural oils and ingredients help to emulsify makeup and dirt to leave your skin clean and smooth. Facial Cleansing oils are weird but after your first wash you’ll realize why they are becoming so popular.
- Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Simple Nourishing Cream is my go-to winter moisturizer. It’s thick enough to provide the hydration I need without being too heavy that my skin feels greasy hours later. Even if you tend to have oily skin, a good cream moisturizer is great if it’s oil free and the consistency is on the thinner side. You still need to hydrate but be mindful of not over doing it.
- Finally to have your best winter face, drink LOTS of water! Upping your water intake can make a huge difference in the glow of your skin.
- Dry brushing is a great way to naturally exfoliate your skin. Using a brush, such as the Elemis Skin Brush can help you reach your back and legs with the long handle. If you’re one that prefers a scrub, then try L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Scrub. It’s an exfoliant and moisturizer in one. Shea butter keeps your skin soft as most body scrubs tend to dry out your skin when exfoliating.
- Since we just talked exfoliating then you must follow it up with some moisturizer or lotion. Try the Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter. It’s so freaking amazing and leaves your skin feeling smooth like a baby’s bottom. For dry hands check out Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer. Go the extra step and put your hands in gloves after applying the lotion for extra hydration.
- I tend to take more baths in the winter to keep warm. If you’re going to bathe more then get a good bath soak. Fresh Sake Bath not only leaves you relaxed but it helps to tone irritated skin and leaves it smooth at the same time.
- Just like with your face, drink more water! And if at all possible, avoid super hot showers! The extra hot water will just dry out your skin even more and that’s exactly what we are trying to avoid.
- I’m struggling with a dry scalp right now. Truth be told. And it’s not only my scalp but my hair is dry as well. I’ve had to switch up my shampoo/conditioner once the weather turned cold. Adam has me hooked on the Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo and Conditioner.
- If your shampoo/conditioner just isn’t cutting it, then try a hair mask. Aveda Dry Remedy Mask or Bumble and bumble’s Quenching Masque are great products to help restore and revitalize your hair. Apply once a week (I like to do mine on Sunday’s) to get your hair on the right track for the week.
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