Though the calendar doesn’t say we’re into winter just yet, autumn’s crisp air and chilly nights have given way to frigid air and wind chill here in New England, which means dry skin and cracked hands are looming on my horizon. And since no one wants dry, cracked or flaky skin, I’ve come up with some helpful tips on how to keep your skin healthy, hydrated, smooth and flake-free.
Switch to a gentle, creamy facial wash
My current facial wash is Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser, which leaves my skin feeling completely clean and never tight. It’s hypoallergenic, soap-free and was developed by dermatologists.
Limit exfoliation with a gentle scrub to once or twice a week
Twice a week, I replace my facial wash with Cetaphil Extra Gentle Daily Scrub. It’s hypoallergenic and removes dead skin cells to reveal healthier skin without drying or irritating my skin.
Switch to a creamy facial moisturizer
I’m using Neutrogena Deep Moisture Day Cream with Broad Spectrum SPF 20. It deeply moisturizes my skin and relieves dryness without feeling greasy while also protecting my skin against damaging UVA/UVB rays.
Use an anti-aging serum before bedtime
This is the opportune time for it to work. My current favorite is Drunk Elephant’s TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. It lifts away dead skin cells, giving me a smoother, more even looking complexion, while improving my fine lines, wrinkles and skin discolorations, without drying my skin.
A change in your foundation might be in order
Powder, pancake, panstick and mineral foundations can make you look older during winter by settling into and accentuating fine lines and wrinkles. I’ve shelved my Bare Minerals Original (Powder) Foundation until the spring. Your best cold weather option is the switch to a liquid, mousse or foam foundation, along with using a primer underneath. I’m now using Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation.
Use a creamy body lotion or a thicker, richer body butter
My current favorites are from The Body Shop. During the spring and summer, I use their Satsuma Body Sorbet, which is a lovely light, gel-like moisturizer. For autumn and winter, I like their Satsuma Body Butter.
Bath & Body Works Sweet Pea is one of my favorite product lines
Their Moisturizing Body Wash is perfect for the harsh winter months because it has extra moisturizers that keep my skin soft and smelling great. Their Sweet Pea Ultra Shea Body Cream is a bit heavier than the lotion, so it provides me with lasting hydration. BBW’s Sweet Pea Super Soft Body Butter is on my Christmas list. Here’s hoping Santa’s listening.
Your body, just like your face, needs exfoliation to remove dead skin cells
I’ve added The Body Shop’s Satsuma Exfoliating Body Polish to my shower routine. Once a week, I replace my (soap-free) Satsuma Shower Gel with its gentle exfoliating foaming gel counterpart, which leaves my skin soft and primed for moisturizing; I also use Bath & Body Works Sweet Pea Foaming Sugar Scrub, which turns into a silky wash that gently exfoliates my skin.
Don’t forget your hands
My hands tend to crack, split and become red and sore with the arrival of dry air and cold weather, so hand cream is a must for me. I picked up a multitude of $1.00 Udder Cream tubes at Dollar Tree and have stashed them everywhere, including the bathroom, the bedroom, my handbag and the car. This way, a tube is always within reach.
I’ve also switched to a foaming hand soap since I tend to wash my hands more during cold months to help stave off germs, coughs and colds. Bath and Body Works Gentle Foaming Hand Soap is kind to my hands while also cleaning them thoroughly. Their Saltwater Breeze reminds me of nicer weather.
Rubber gloves are another must for me when I wash dishes or do household chores. Repeated dunkings in water, as well as exposure to harsh chemicals, do my hands no favors. I find Playtex gloves the most durable and long lasting. My dishwashing gloves are hot pink and my household chores gloves are a lovely teal.
Pucker up to protect your lips
My lips need hydration no matter the season, so lip balm is essential for me. Chapstick and Crabtree & Evelyn Jojoba Oil Lip Balm are my go-to products. When I want to wear a lip balm with color, I use Maybelline Baby Lips, Cover Girl Jumbo Gloss Balm or Rimmel Lasting Finish Color Rush Intense Color Balm – tinted moisturizing lip balms that help soothe my dry lips. Burt’s Bees also makes 100% natural tinted lip balms that I’ve used in the past.
Do you have any winter skin survival tips or product recommendations?
Drop me a line in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.