Winter is… meh. It sucks to commute to work with chilly wind blasting in your face, instantly chapping your skin and lips. Your hair is constantly a ball of static and don’t even get me started on how our skin gets so dry even though there’s a 3-layer-clothing barrier against the weather. Luckily, the beauty industry creates new products each year to help resolve and prevent these issues (while still requiring women to overpay for face cream, let’s be honest). Here are a few of my go-to winter beauty products I’ve been using so far this season.
I used to blame my itchy winter skin on the fact that I shave my legs less often (I’m not wearing shorts or skirts daily, so why would I torture myself with daily shaving?), but truthfully it’s the cold, dry winter weather. Curel’s new line of Itch Defense products help alleviate the itching with calming ingredients that won’t irritate your skin. I’ve already used up my bottle and we’re only halfway through winter, so clearly it’s a #winning product.
I alternate between shampoos and conditioners often. Once one bottle is finished, I try out another brand/line. The past few months (late fall & early winter) I used this duo from Dove’s Pure Care Dry Oil line, which was created for dry, dull hair. AKA winter hair. My hair felt silky and soft without being weighed down, which a lot of shampoo and conditioners do to my hair.
When I first saw advertisements for these in-shower or post-shower moisturizers, I thought they were too good to be true. That is until I caved in and actually tried one. I’m a huge sucker for anything coconut-scented or infused with coconut oil, and I generally love Jergens products, so I picked this moisturizer up. I’m now on my second bottle (and almost done with that one!) Immediately after showering, I slather this on my legs and arms, contemplate life for a minute or two, and then pat myself dry. My skin is super soft and smells like coconut.
Winter weather means dry, dull skin. ExfoliKate is my go-to exfoliating product year-round (but it’s extra helpful in winter). The green, gooey mixture may look intimidating, but it’s super simply to use. Slather on your face, rub it around in circular motions with your fingers, let is soak in for a minute or two, and then remove with a wet washcloth. The smell is invigorating, which sort of also helps wake me up. So that’s a plus.
I stash a bottle of this at my work desk and try to moisturize my hands and arms once or twice during my workday. This lotion includes aloe vera, 7 intensive moisturizers and 3 essential vitamins for healthy skin. Plus, it’s hypoallergenic and has a faint smell, so you won’t irritate your skin or your coworkers when you slather it on.
My holy grail. I put this stuff everywhere – on my lips (it’s the ONLY product that soothes chapped lips for me), the soles of my feet, elbows, etc. I have a big tub on my nightstand, a pocket-sized tube in each of my purses, and buy this as gifts for everyone I know. That’s how much I love it.
A great chap stick or lip balm only works when the dry, dead skin on your lips is gone. If you apply a rich lip balm over the dead skin, it’s not going to do anything. It sounds easy enough, but I see so many people who don’t seem to understand this. To get lipstick-ready lips, exfoliate with this vanilla-scented, super affordable exfoliator. THEN you can apply your favorite chap stick or lip gloss.