Beauty, Skincare

Dealing with dry, dull winter skin

To me, winter means chapped lips, cracked hands, and getting a shock every time I touch something. Here’s how I deal…

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish | I’m sure those of you who have tried this are with me – it works so well and tastes even better! I use this when my lips are so dry, the skin is literally peeling off (it happens to you too, don’t lie). I rub it on, smack my lips together a bit, rinse it off, and voila, lips are good as new.

Smith’s Rosebud Salve | I have a whole post dedicated to this product. I try to slather it on every night, but I will always use this following the Fresh scrub. It’s great for cuticles and for any dry patches you might be struggling with.

Vaseline | A classic for so many reasons. I have used this on my lips, my cuticles, and even all over my face on top of moisturizer. Yes, you will feel like a slug, but at least you won’t have dry skin.

Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask | You can either leave this on for 20 minutes and rinse off or use it as an overnight treatment. Personally, I don’t see how a hydrating mask can be effective if you rinse it off after 20 minutes, so I always leave this on overnight. I struggle with dry skin around my mouth and nose year-round, and it gets quite a bit worse in winter. I find when I use this overnight, the next day I’m not quite as scaly. I’ve really been liking this product the last month or so.

L’Oreal Magic Lumi Primer | This doesn’t really help with dry skin, but it does give dull, winter skin its glow back. I’ve been using this under my foundation and/or bb cream daily for a couple weeks now, and it gives a really nice luminous look to the skin.

Humidifier | Without a doubt, the best thing I ever did for my skin and general well-being in winter was get a humidifier. Gone are the days of getting electrocuted with every touch of a door knob. Back when I lived in a tiny studio apartment, my husband and I got this one from Crane. Now we use it in our bedroom and we have a big, heavy duty one for the rest of the apartment. When I was younger and lived in Wisconsin, my skin would literally crack and bleed from how dry it got in winter, but now, there’s really no difference in the amount of moisturizer I need in summer vs. winter because we try to keep the humidity level in our place near 50%.

What products do you use during winter to combat dry skin? I’d love any recommendations!

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  • Reply Melissa December 8, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I love Vaseline too! It’s a staple. I haven’t seen a humidifier in years, are the vapors cool or warm. I have a vague memory of them being cool for some reason, but that does seem right?

    • Reply Caila December 8, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      The vapors on the one I have are cool, but warm ones do exist. I don’t mind using the cool one in winter because we can’t control the heat in our place, and it’s always blasting!

  • Reply tomboyprincesscharm December 9, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I just got a humidifier last week and it’s already worked wonders for me, The Boy and even our furbaby Delima! xo

    • Reply Caila December 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      It’s something a lot of people don’t think of, but it’s so effective!

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