With temperatures starting to drop, I thought I would update this post on products I use to combat dry skin and hair.
The older we get the less moisture our skin produces. Cuticles dry out, legs get scaley, hair splits, and lips get chapped. Dry skin can make our wrinkles look more pronounced than they really are and who wants that?
Here are some easy fixes that I found to make a difference.
Run a humidifier next to your side of the bed. I bought this one several years ago, which is very quiet. It hydrates skin and keeps your sinuses from drying out. If yours is old, check inside for mold and sterilize or replace so you’re not contaminating your lungs.
Winter doesn’t mean the sun won’t damage your complexion. And if there’s snow on the ground, the reflection intensifies the sun’s damaging effects. Higher altitudes during winter sports also mean thinner air and stronger exposure. Don’t forget your neck and backs of hands! This is my favorite for the neck and body.
When I had my last skin cancer check, my dermatologist looked at my legs and commented that I must use moisturizer. He said most women don’t.
I slather my entire body every morning, right after my shower. At night I apply it again on my lower legs, forearms, and feet. Consistency is key. I switched to this body lotion a few months ago and found it wasn’t strong enough so went back to their body butter. It’s important to pick a fragrance you love so you’ll do it every day! I go back and forth between their Rose and Lavender scents.
I tried this Amlactin last summer because it was doing such a great job on my husband’s feet. It is beyond amazing so this is what our whole family uses and swears by.
Use a Lip Moisturizer
Keep a lip moisturizer on your nightstand and apply it at bedtime. I’ve tried many stick types before I found this lip mask and I’m addicted to it! I sometimes wear the tinted version as lip gloss during the day. I won’t use Vaseline because it’s a by-product of petroleum refining. Who wants that on their body let alone their lips?
Drink More Water
Water helps lubricate your skin from the inside out. Furnaces blow warm dry air which can parch your skin. Add a few extra glasses to your routine during the cold weather. I’ve been carrying a Bobble for years and switch out the filter every few months.
Up Your Conditioner
Switch to a heavier hair conditioner or apply a touch of oil to the ends. A weekly hair mask adds extra moisture which cuts down on static electricity and split ends. I got a free sample of this one for my birthday at Sephora and really like it. Here are some other popular ones.
Do you have tips to share?