Winter skin is no joke! It seems immediate in how skin reacts to dry air and hot showers: tight, itchy, sometimes painful. Hair staticky, floating around sticking to everything. I don’t know about y’all but I’m terrible for waiting until I’ve scratched my legs until they’re a mess…. then apply lotion and immediately regret my life choices.
For the longest time I used Dove, the “good stuff”, and every winter found scaly, red patches on my skin until I switched to an all-natural body cleanser [weird skin issues completely disappeared, btw]. I began shopping at Whole Foods and actually saved money on personal care items…. all-natural doesn’t always mean more expensive, FYI. Alba or Soap for Everyone are my top choices.
Think about your hand soap, too. If your hands are chronically dry from washing them 1) use gloves when cleaning, and 2) switch to an all natural soap. Mrs. Meyers smells SO damn good. Use her, your skin will love you for it.
Regular exfoliation is major! Although if you shave you can count that as exfoliating. No matter what part of the body we’re talking about if you don’t remove dead skin all that goodness you’re putting on top won’t penetrate. If you don’t exfoliate your other products are being wasted.
My absolute fave dry oil for face, body, and hair is Nuxe Oil Huile Prodigieuse. I add a few drops to moisturizers, layer under facial masks, or apply directly to skin. The aroma is heavenly with a blend of Macadamia, Hazelnut, Borage, Sweet Almond, Camellia and St. John’s Wort oils. Indulge. Seriously.
Finally… moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. You may find upgrading your moisturizer to something a little more rich is necessary this time of year, this applies to face and body.
What changes do you make to fight dry winter skin?