I had to fight this a little bit in the South when it would get below 30 degrees, but living in New York has changed the behavior of my skin completely. And I’m not built to fight this kind of winter weather! I’m used to heat and humidity, you guys. Fortunately, I have some beauty tricks up my sleeve to combat this arctic skin monster.
Here are my 12 favorite cheap fixes for dry skin (and lips too!)
This is my absolute favorite beauty product in the history of beauty products. I've gone through tubs of it because it's so amazing. Aquaphor is like Vaseline, but better and less greasy. Rub this on your elbows, knees, hands, feet, lips or wherever you need to hydrate. I slather this stuff on at night and wake up perfectly moisturized. Also, carry some mini tubes around in case of a dry skin emergency.
Alba Sea Salt Body Scrub
You definitely need an exfoliating scrub during the winter to slough off that dead skin. This Alba scrub is one of my personal favorites because it's decently priced and smells great! If you don't want to buy a scrub, you can make one: grab some sea salt, olive oil and vanilla extract, mix in a bowl and scrub away!
Aveeno Hydrating Fig Body Wash
Yes, taking hot showers feels amazing when i'ts cold. But super hot water sucks the moisture right out of your skin so using a hydrating body wash will help keep your skin from drying out. This one really works and smells divine!
Aveeno Naturals Skin Relief Overnight Cream, Intense Moisture
Can you tell I love Aveeno? This Intense Moisture Overnight Cream is the best thing since sliced bread. I use this at night before I go to bed (then Aquaphor on my hands, feet and lips) to keep me from getting dry and flaky.
Johnson's Body Care 24-Hour Lotion
This is definitely my favorite body lotion. I've been using it for years, and it has never failed me. I recommend using a 24-hour lotion in the morning and more intensive lotion at night. Works like a charm!
Eucerin Intensive Repair Foot Cream
When Aquaphor doesn't cut it on my feet, I use this magical concoction. You can use various lotions on your feet, but foot cream is made to penetrate the tough layers of skin on your heels. My tip: heat up a pair of socks in the microwave for 30 seconds to put on over your feet after you apply the lotion and go to bed.
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
Similar to foot cream, hand creams are designed specifically for your hands. This is one of my favorites for day-time and doesn't leave a greasy film after you use it.
Neosporin is surprisingly helpful in the fight against dry skin. If your skin gets too dry, it can crack and bleed. Obviously, that's not good. I use Neosporin on my knuckles when they crack. It's also great to use on your lips if they get horribly chapped and split.
Vitamin E Oil
Any brand will do, and you can find it in your local drug store! I actually take Vitamin E in pill forms as well to hydrate from the inside out. If you have any super dry patches on your face or body, this is a great solution. I recommend using it at night though because it's pretty oily and not great for daytime wear.
LUSH Breath Of Fresh Air Toner
A lot of people think toners are just for oily skin. That couldn't be more false! There are also hydrating toners like this one from LUSH. The small bottle has lasted me 4 months. I use it twice a day and still have a good bit left. Use under your moisturizer and spritz over your makeup to keep your face hydrated all day.
Cetaphil Moisturizing Face Lotion
This is a pretty heavy face moisturizer, and it really knocks out dryness. I have oily skin, so I use this at night and a lighter face lotion in the morning. If your skin doesn't get too greasy, you can probably use this during the day too!
Smith's Rosebud Salve
I go through tins of this stuff like it's water! I'm currently using the mint version. I usually just use it as lip balm, but it's so hydrating that it's perfect for rubbing on your elbows or random dry patches. My eyebrows get really dry for some reason so I rub some of this on in the mornings.
What products do you use to fight dry skin? Have you tried any of these? Tell me in the comments!