My skincare routine changes with the seasons. During the winter, it's important to get some extra moisture. Here are 4 things that I do that make a difference.
A humidifier running while you sleep not only makes breathing easier, helps when you're sick, makes the cold virus harder to spread, it also keeps your pets safe from electric shock and keeps the air from drying out skin.
I researched humidifiers for quite a bit before ending up with this Vicks small filter-free cool mist humidifier. Top reasons why I like this humidifier: no filter to replace, ease of use and functionality, quiet, auto turn off, and not HUGE like many humidifiers.
Lotions just don't cut it. I've tried SO MANY lotions for my arms and legs, and they never provide enough hydration during the winter months. For my body, I need oil to keep it from getting tight and itchy.
The coconut oil is slightly more thick and nourishing than the Neutrogena oil. I LOVE it. There are 2 things that may bother you. First, application is not as easy as the Neutrogena oil. I prefer using a spoon to distribute the product for hygienic reasons. Second, you will smell like a coconut cake for a few minutes. Some people hate coconut, but the smell disappears quickly.
The Neutrogena oil is faster and easier to apply than lotion or the coconut oil! But, it is not as thick as the coconut oil.
Either way, both oils are amazing, and I HIGHLY recommend them, especially if you have never tried a body oil before!
If you have especially dry skin or live in an arid place like Arizona, apply your favorite lotion on top of the body oil. If this doesn't fix dry skin, I don't know what will!
And, finally, these oils are not suited for the face.
My favorite face moisturizer is CeraVe moisturizing cream from the tub. This cream is the BEST, and it is surprisingly affordable.
Aside from CeraVe, I also depend on face masks heavily during this time of the year. I do 2 masks per week. It's so relaxing, and it's always fun to see the change. My favorite face masks are homemade (more info here), and Burt's Bees Intense Hydration mask.
Also, during the winter, exfoliating products and peels should be used more sparingly. For instance, my skin gets very irritated and bumpy when I use my prescription Retin-A cream every single night like I do in the summer, so it is applied only every other night.
Jojoba oil is just right to tame crazy frizz from cold dry weather. A little goes a long way, and it doesn't weigh down the hair. It's just right for hair!
Thanks so much for reading. I hope that these tips come in handy. :)