How to Combat Dry, Winter Skin

It's officially that time of year when all of the reasons we looked forward to winter time - read: all things holiday related - have come to an end, and we all realize that cold weather actually sucks. Just me? I know some people favor the cold weather over the heat of summer, but I personally would rather the heat over the cold any day. Part of that is because of how much my skin dries out in the dead of winter! I have to put in work to keep my skin looking good this time of year. It's honestly exhausting (first world problems, I know).

Of course if you live in Mississippi, you're currently getting whiplash from the weather's constant back-and-forth between 40 degrees and 70 degrees. For me, the drying effects of the winter months seem to linger until spring.

I thought surely I'm not the only one with this problem, right?  Figured I'd do a round up of how and what I use to combat dry winter skin. Maybe this will help you out until spring weather is officially here to stay!

1. Exfoliate
This step is extra important when skin is dry - gotta remove all those dry flakes and dead skin cells! I like to exfoliate my face 2-3 times per week with a mild exfoliating cleanser.

A few of my faves:
Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub - Unscented, mild, and great for sensitive skin.
Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser - So refreshing and really brightens the skin.
Burt's Bees Conditioning Lip Scrub - Can't forget the lips, right? This is a newfound fave of mine.

If I want extra exfoliation for my facial skin, I love to use the L'Oreal Exfoliate and Refine Clay Mask. It's pretty intense so I don't use it on the regular, just when my skin needs something with a little more "umph" than my regular exfoliating cleansers. It leaves my skin super smooth and my pores visibly minimized!

I also exfoliate my body 2-3 times per week! Here are some of my fave body scrubs:
Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Hand and Body Scrub - This stuff smells ahhhh-mazing!
Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub - My go-to for getting off a spray tan :)
Dove Exfoliating Body Polish - More of a mild, creamy formula - great for everyday exfoliating.

2. Over Moisturize
Of course moisturizing the skin is always important, but when the air is cold and dry, you've gotta give your skin a little extra love. I usually use a heavier moisturizer during the winter time, or I'll add products into my daily beauty routine that offer extra hydration. One product I love is the Shea Moisture Daily Hydration Overnight Face Oil. It's basically a beauty oil that I apply at night right before I go in with my moisturizer. I also mix it in with my moisturizer and apply to my neck and decolletage area. Another product I use for every day moisture is a hydrating make up primer like the Two Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer.

Some of my favorite face moisturizers:
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream - I've raved about the Neutrogena Water Gel on a couple of previous blog posts, and this is basically the same thing in a thicker, cream formula - great for dryer skin during the winter time.
Mario Bedescu Hydro Moisturizer with Vitamin C - Great product if you want something lightweight that is still a bit more heavy duty than your average moisturizer. Plus it has a great brightening affect!

And some of my fave hand/body moisturizers:
Lush Sleepy Body Lotion - So soothing and relaxing, love to apply right before bed.
Loccitane Shea Butter Hand Cream - My hands would literally be a desert wasteland without this stuff.
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream - This stuff transforms dry skin - I use it on my legs almost every day!

3. Masks on masks on masks
Masks can be a great addition to your regular skincare routine for extra care in the specific area you need it - hydration, pore cleansing, brightening, etc. I like to use a mask about once per week, and this time of year I'm usually looking for masks that offer extra hydration. A few of my favorite hydrating masks:
Glam Glow Thirsty Mud Hydrating Treatment  - Yes it’s expensive, but it offers intense hydration that is oh so worth it!
Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Hydrating Mask - Love how refreshing and calming this one is.
Garnier Moisture Bomb Sheet Mask - Awesome hydrating sheet mask, one of the best I have used.
Earth Therapeutics Hydrogel Collagen Under Eye Patch - My favorite under eye mask for dryness and puffiness!

4. Have a Moisture-rich Diet
It's no secret that drinking lots of water is great for your skin, but did you know you can eat your hydration too? Lots of fresh fruits and veggies have a high moisture content so you're not only getting essential vitamins and minerals when you eat, you're also getting extra moisture for your skin. Foods with high moisture content include celery, cucumber, strawberries, spinach, oranges, lettuce, grapefruit, and peaches (there are many, many more but these are just a few of my faves for this time of year). You can snack on these guys, include them in meals, or sip on fruit infused water throughout the day. 


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