Wow, it’s been freezing here lately. I don’t know if it’s last year’s mild winter or my two-week stint in Florida, but I’m struggling with the cold. I gave up trying to put together even remotely cute outfits; I’m all about the fleece lined leggings, chunky sweaters, thick wool socks, and the puffiest puffer coats I can get my hands on.
Beyond just feeling chilly, though, the dry weather is affecting my skin. As I was going through my morning routine this weekend, I realized I should share some of my favorite moisturizers for my entire body.
Starting with regular water. The first step to beating the dryness is just generally staying hydrated. Normally I have to force myself to drink water throughout the day, but I’ve been so thirsty that I can’t go anywhere without a bottle of water and I have a glass of water next to me at all times. At home I have a Brita pitcher, and I refill it at least twice a day.
HANDS // The one place that I feel the worst is my hands. With dogs, I’m always washing my hands throughout the day. I have to use hand lotion all the time. I try to apply a ton right before I go to bed so it can sink in overnight (no idea the legitimacy of this, but mentally it works?). This is my absolute favorite hand cream. It’s thick, dries nicely (not greasy!!!!), and has a lovely light scent. I have a big tube on my nightstand that I use before bed and then smaller tubes in my car, in pockets, by the sinks, in my purses, etc. I can never have enough! If you need something extra strength, you should get this. My mom got me hooked on it while I was in Florida and man, it’s great.
HAIR // After my hands, the next place where I notice the dryness the most is my hair. Static. Electricity. It’s my worst nightmare in the winter months. (I keep a ponytail holder nearby all the time in case my hair starts standing on end.) I don’t have a perfect solution, but using a mask on my hair every week does make a difference. I use this one while I’m in the shower– the best part is that I smell like I went to Drybar! The key is to really let it set in; I normally take a bath before rinsing it out.
LEGS // Bahhhh! Is there anything worse than shaving legs that are extra dry? I cringe just typing that out. I find that regular shaving cream tends to dry out my skin, but in the winter I can’t shave without something. I cannot recommend this product enough. It will change your life if you don’t already use it. Unlike a shaving cream, it’s oil… but when you lather it up, it turns into a thin foam. Sometimes I skip it throughout the year, but I absolutely can’t go without in the wintertime.
LIPS // Burts Bees is my everyday go to lip balm. In the winter, though, I apply extra stuff to my lips to keep them from getting chapped. Vaseline is my favorite. It’s a classic. I don’t particularly love the way it feels on my lips (so thick), but they always feel the best when morning comes along. Kiehl’s has a great option too, and this eucalyptus treatment is amazing if you already have crossed into chapped lips territory!
FACE // I saved the best for last. I’ve been featuring this facial moisturizer on my blog for years. It is the best product that I have ever purchased. I’m obsessed and can’t go a day without using it. I actually discovered it when my face was literally raw from dry wind in NYC. I’ve never looked back. (Just an FYI: There’s an oil-free version, but the regular feels and works the best in my experience!)
Do you have a favorite?