As much as I’d love to say that we’re outta the woods with this whole snow thing, I feel like this past weekend has been a strong indication of what’s to come. A freaking ton of snow. Winter can, however, be a wonderful time for so many reasons (Christmas, hot chocolate w/ marshmallows, curling up in front of the fire with a good book, etc), but one thing I absolutely, positively, without a doubt, cannot stand is the dry skin that comes with it. Number one enemy. Thanks, but I’d rather not have the 2 inches of my exposed leg looking like scaly snakeskin. And that’s why I’m going to tell you how I (try to) avoid dry, flaky skin during the winter.
take warm showers
I said warm. Not hot. As good as the hot water feels (especially during the freezing cold), it’s really not so great for your skin. Using warm water instead of hot will ensure that you don’t have itchy, red, bumpy skin the minute you step out of the shower – which comes with the hot water.
exfoliate those lips
I’ve mentioned my relationship with this product in a skincare post; it’s quite the love story. I’ve been using the Mint Julips Lip Scrub for years and I’ve never once looked back. I don’t know about y’all, but my lips become ridiculously dry around this time of the year and your girl is not tryin’ to put her liquid lipstick on dry, chapped lips. I use this scrub as soon as I get up, and right before bed. Life saver.
get yourself a good scrub
Exfoliating your skin is the number one way to get rid of dryness. I like to use a scrub all over my face + body once or twice a week. One that I’ve been loving is this coffee scrub from Natural JOE, a Toronto based skincare company. They’re cruelty free, 100% natural and have sooo many skincare benefits. No more dryness – after my first use, my face felt incredibly smooth and soft, not unlike a baby’s behind. Plus, it exfoliated my skin and calmed my eczema, which flares up from time to time, especially in the winter. Not to mention that this scrub in particular has a ton of health perks: UV protection, it preserves skin cells, and promotes blood circulation. This scrub has quickly risen to the top of my favorites list and I don’t see that changing any time soon.
Stay hydrated friends. I have such a problem remembering to drink water, its sad. And water is so so so important for maintaining soft, hydrated skin. Any time I have a headache, or don’t feel 100%, the first question my boyfriend asks me is ‘Did you drink any water today?’ And more often then not, the answer is an embaressed ‘no’ or ‘a little’. Now I consciously try to drink the recommended 8 glasses a day.
As I sit here typing up this post, I can’t help but look down at my hands and wonder why they resemble alligator skin. Why? Because I forgot to moisturize them. I typically do this after a shower, but tend to forget moisturizing my actual hands. Stupid no? And not pretty either. Get that lotion out and do it! Your soft, supple hands will thank me later.
And those are all my tips to keep your skin soft and pretty and generally hand-holdable (a word that means: your hand feels nice when I hold it).