Even though we are hopefully on the downhill slide of winter, I want to share with you my favorite winter skin products. In fact, I use these products all year round but they are especially important in the winter when my skin is much dryer than normal. Most of them work lovely with sensitive skin, such as mine, and help me to avoid that dry, flaky skin look that I have struggled with most of my life. If you haven’t tried these products, give them a try. They just might be the answer to one of your dry skin issues.
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1. Cetaphil Daily Cleanser
After trying so many different kinds of cleansers through the years I am seriously impressed with this one. It is gentle enough to not dry my skin out but strong enough to take off most of my makeup. I still use a makeup remover for eye makeup but I have to do that with pretty much any cleanser. The best part about this stuff? It costs like $11 and lasts for a really long time.
2. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
My skin is really weird and one day it seems super greasy while the next day it’s dry as a bone and flaky. I used to use an acne preventing moisturizer but realized it was really drying my skin out in the winter. So I switched to a super moisturizing night cream at night but used it during the day too because it kept my face so moisturized. Well, at $15 for a small bottle I was going through it really fast. I picked this up since I was such a fan of the cleanser and it was EXACTLY what I was looking for. A huge bottle that I use morning and night and it is seriously dirt cheap. $11 for a huge bottle that lasts forever. I’ve had mine for over two months and haven’t used even a quarter of it.
3. St. Ives Lotion
I am really picky about lotion because I hate the kind that is super greasy and doesn’t absorb but then there are also the ones that feel like they evaporate on your skin and leave it feeling dryer. This one seems to be an affordable medium ground. I use it all over my body everyday after showering and it keeps my skin smooth and moisturized. It’s only about $4 for a big bottle and smells delicious!
4. Body Shop Body Butter
I have a ritual when I get into bed. I ALWAYS put some kind of lotion on my feet to avoid cracking soles and heels. When I can afford it, I love Body Shop Body Butters. They are silky smooth, smell amazing, and a little goes a long way. This container is about $14 but I am yet to find a body butter that absorbs like these ones. If you know of a less expensive option that works great, let me know in the comments.
5. Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
Cracking cuticles are the bain of my existence. Maybe it’s partly because wearing gloves to do the dishes is kind of a pain in my butt. Sometimes it just doesn’t seem worth it but my cuticles always pay the price. This cuticle cream smells amazing and it feels so good to massage it into my nail beds at bedtime or after cleaning. At about $7 it seems pretty pricey but a little goes a long way.
6. Super Glue
Here is an extra little tip for bleeding, cracked cuticles and any dry cracks on your skin. I use super glue on those cracks until they heal up. It creates this waterproof barrier that allows the skin to heal and stops the constant pain every time you dip your hands in water or the freezing cold air hits them. I’m not kidding about this. My husband works outside with horses all day and his hands always have several cracks in them. Super glue is the holy grail of healing them.
7. Oil of Olay Pro-X Microdermabrasion
After seeing all the raving fans talk about their clarisonic I was itching to buy my own. But at $150 there was no way I could justify that kind of a purchase. So I started looking for a cheaper option and after reading the reviews for this Oil of Olay Pro-X Microdermabrasion kit I decided to take the splurge for less than $30. I love it! Now to be fair, I can’t compare it to the clarisonic because I’ve never owned one, but it seemed to do the job for me. It makes my skin super soft and even and everything I put on afterwards seems to absorb and blend flawlessly. I use it a couple of times a week and the microdermabrasion product only once a week. My makeup always looks amazing after I use it.
8. St. Ives Apricot Scrub
When my skin feels like it has some buildup and I just don’t want to take the time to use the Oil of Olay Pro-X, I default to my oldie but goodie apricot scrub. It’s a quick exfoliation that removes the gunk and reveals softer, smoother skin. If your skin is starting to flake from dryness in the winter, use this and then a good moisturizer (like the cetaphil) and it is usually enough to stop that before it gets out of hand. For like $3 I would say this is a steal!
9. Bath and Body Works Shea Cashmere Hand Cream
This is another one of those, when I can afford it I love this luxury. This hand cream really does feel like cashmere, or what I would imagine it to feel like. If you can’t tell by now, I’m a super cheap girl and cashmere has never been part of my wardrobe. However, this stuff is like liquid gold for your hands. It smells absolutely incredible and feels amazing when your hands are dry and cracked from the cold. At around $9 for a small bottle, it’s an investment.
10. Burts Bees Lip Balm
I use this stuff religiously. Ask anybody who knows me and they will tell you I carry chapstick with me absolutely everywhere. Even in high school my friends made fun of me because I always had to have my chapstick. In fact, I think I’m addicted to it. For real. When I don’t wear it my lips turn into lizard scales and crack and bleed. I’ve changed brands a lot throughout the years but I love Burt’s Bees, especially the pomegranate one. And since I can find this on Amazon subscribe and save in a 4-pack, I literally get it almost every month and put each one in a different location so I’m never without it. Kind of pathetic I know. Did you know there is a Lip Balm Anonymous website for people addicted to chapstick? I can’t tell if it’s supposed to be for real.
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Let me know in the comments below if you have tried any of these products and like them or if you have any other products you would recommend. We could all benefit from a little TLC this winter I think.