If I requested, by show of hands, “who loves dry, itchy, winter, skin”..that there would be masses of you, jumping up, screaming “I do, I do”. Is it going from our warm, cozy homes out into the harsh and icy air that turns our skin into an itchy, dry mess? Is it the layer upon layer of clothing keeping our skin out of sight, out of mind, that sucks the supple softness from our summer kissed skin? I don’t know, I don’t care to ponder that and waste time on the details. What we need to do is focus on getting that moisture back in, and banishing the flaky, ashy dryness to never never again land.
I know a hot shower feels incredible after coming in from a long, chilly day, but it does a number on your skin. The heat dries out your skin tremendously and makes it turn flaky and itchy. So the first thing you can do to give your skin a break is turn down the heat a bit. And why wait till after your shower to moisturize when you can get a head start while you’re in there. Always reach for a cleanser with moisturizing abilities, and then following up with a little in shower oil up. Fill a small spray bottle with a skin oil of your choice. Jojoba, which is readily available now is a perfect partner in the fight against dry winter skin. Spritz it across freshly cleansed skin while you’re still in the shower and watch the water bead up on your skin as it creates a barrier and locks in moisture.
So slap some conditioner in your hair and while that’s working it’s magic on your locks spray away.
Once you pop out of the shower, be gently on your skin and don’t rub! Always gently pat skin dry and while you’re at it moisturize some more. Just because you oiled up in the shower doesn’t mean you should skip this step now. You’re at war and you’re gaining ground! Pick moisturizers that don’t have alcohol in them, this will just sap out all the steps you’ve already taken towards soft, sexy skin. Many fragranced lotions are loaded with alcohol so check that label out before you apply. Keep lotion in easy to pump out bottles throughout your home, it will encourage you to apply it more often if it’s not hidden in a tube in the closet. Place the pump bottles next to all the sinks, your bed and your dressing area wherever that may be. And pick out lotion that you love the scent of, it just adds to the encouragement when you’re scented with something beautiful!
In cold climates you can shield most of your skin from the elements. But your face is always left out there braving away at the icy wind. Don’t skimp or skip the moisturizer thinking you can get away with it due to lack of heat. And while the sun might not be as warming as it is mid-summer, it can still cause skin damage. Use a sun block, and protect your eyes and the skin that surround them with some sunglasses. Squinting causes wrinkles and the bright sun can be harsh on your eyes, especially when snow plays a factor.
Lips count too! Keep them slick with a sun blocking gloss, but if they get chapped fret not and don’t pick! Slather them in Vaseline and using a toothbrush made for infants (they’re extra soft and work fantastic for lips) very, very gently brush your lips. Follow up with more balm, gloss or Vaseline and repeat daily till they healed. Another great way to soften your lips is to treat them sweet! Mix a teaspoon of olive oil with a teaspoon of brown sugar and using that handy dandy baby brush gently work it into your lips. Don’t have a baby toothbrush on hand is no excuse to skip this yummy treat, just use the edge of a washcloth. Slather on your favorite lip balm afterwards and you have super soft, kissable lips. Scarves are super sexy and versatile, therefore well worth a little splurging on. Treat yourself to one that delights you and pull it up around your mouth and skin while braving the winter weather.
Our poor feet go through the numbers throughout the winter. Give yourself a special pampering and soak them in warm water with few drops of lavender essential oil and a tablespoon of oil. Olive oil, baby oil, sunflower, monoi, jojoba are just a few. Grab your pumice and rub off dry spots and slather them in a thick cream before pulling on some cotton socks. Your feet will look fabulous throughout the winter and your pedicurist won’t turn and scream in horror when you reveal them for a painting next spring.
Pick up some cotton gloves and cream up those hands before bed. It will knock out the dry, ashy color and leave your hands looking lovely. Added bonus? Studies have shown that people with warm hands, i.e. those that might wear gloves to bed, fall asleep faster. Sweet winter hibernation at its best! Don’t leave your hands hanging out in the cold either. Bundle them up in warm gloves or mittens and keep a small tube of your favorite hand lotion on hand throughout the winter. Whenever you wash pop the top and apply a bit. No need to put so much on that you can’t open the door to get out of the washroom. A little, several times a day will go a long way in keeping your hands in tip top shape through winter.
By working these easy tips into your beauty routine can help you skip the winter skin blahs and keep it glowing right along with the season. Plus you’ll have a jump start when the warmer weather rolls around and it’s time to reveal it to the world again.