Now that we are in January, it seems winter has made itself known. I hate the cold and how much moisture is sucked out of my life from it. I know I shouldn’t complain, because I choose to live where I do. So, in order to get through the winter, I have a few key products to keep my skin moisturized, my hair happy and my lips from adding years to my face. These are of course in addition to my normal skin care routine and other products I use all year-long, like lotions and body butters.
For my lips, I like to use a balm that is extra hydrating and heals my lips when they get chapped. Year round, I will use something like the C.O. Bigelow Lemon Lip Balm, but for a heavy-duty balm, I turn to the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment or the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask. Every morning (usually before I put on my makeup, or anytime if I’m not wearing any) and evening, I will put on a layer (or two) and my lips will be super soft for the entire day, or when I wake up, and there will be no cracks to be found.
In the winter, my hands have it the worst. Usually when November rolls around, I start to notice a change in my hands. They can become extra dry to the point of it being painful, and I try to combat it with extra layers of lotion, but there are only a few out there that can actually heal my hands and prevent further dryness and damage. My favourite for a while has been the Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve. The first time I used this hand cream, I was amazed by the results. Obviously, if your hands are extremely dry and cracked, it will take a few applications to really help, but once I was using it regularly, my hands never had a problem again. At the moment, I am trying out the L’Occitane Shea Butter Dry Skin Hand Cream and I’m loving it. I would say it’s just as good as the Kiehl’s hand cream (and the packaging makes it easier to get product out). Along with my dry hands, I can also get dry cuticles, so I like using a great cuticle oil or cream like the Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil or Burt Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme.
My skin isn’t the only thing that has a hard time in the winter. My hair also suffers a lot. My hair is typically on the dry side most of the year, but I’ve noticed it getting worse in the last few months. I don’t air dry my hair very often in the winter, and I also use more dry shampoo, which will lead to more dryness. I use a moisturizing conditioner regularly, but I still like to use a deep conditioning treatment every week or at least bi-weekly. The best hair mask I’ve ever tried has to be the Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Masque (which is sadly no longer available), but I recently tried the Amika Nourishing Mask and I love it. For drugstore deep conditioners, I love everything from L’Oreal, especially the EverCrème Deep Nourishing Masque.
What beauty products are essential for you to get through the winter months?
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