There is something about the winter...brisk weather, snow days, hot chocolate and all the fun things you look forward to, and then there are the things you don't... dry skin. There is some sort of
magical evil combination of cold air and dampness that causes my skin to get dry, rough and worst of all, crack.
There are a variety of treatments and products I try to incorporate into my routine in order to keep the dryness to a minimum. I don't use all these products every day, but these are products I have used and loved and worked for me.
The single worst part of winter is when my hands get so dry, they crack and bleed (sorry TMI?). The strange thing is they don't feel super dry, but it happens anyways. When I am diligent with moisturizer it doesn't happen.
My favorite quick fix for dry hands is the Mary Kay Satin Hands set. I never knew about this until a friend of mine started selling Mary Kay and made me try it, since then I have been obsessed. I use it about every two weeks in the winter, or when my hands are feeling particularly scaly. It is a 3 step system that involves putting on a thick vaseline type cream, scrubbing your hands with an exfoliant, then finishing up by moisturizing. I feel like I am in a nail salon getting pampered, my hands really thank me afterwards.
During the times in between using the Satin Hands set, I like to stay moisturized. I keep a variety of different moisturizers around to use throughout the day when I am feeling tight or dry. I keep a small Jergens Ultra Healing in my purse and at my desk, I find it is thick and moisturizing but also sinks in quickly. I have a bottle of the Avalon Organics Lavender moisturizer on my vanity, this is one of my all time favorites because I feel like it leaves me moisturized all day long without having to reapply. Finally I also keep a super thick, slow to sink in moisturizer, like the Avon Moisture Therapy by my bed at night to use with moisture gloves as an overnight treatment.
Not only do my hands get super dry in the winter, my legs do too. I try to compensate this by using a moisturizing body wash, as well as exfoliating once a week, or more as need be. I have been loving the Tree Hut Sugar Scrubs, the coconut lime scent is my favorite. After my shower I follow up with a moisturizer, I have a multitude of favorites including a variety of body butters. My favorite moisturizer of all time is the Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, it is perfect for sensitive skin, it is thick and unscented. I also have another favorite that I never thought I would love as much as I do. I think I have a problem (like I want to use this all day every day, mostly because of the scent), but I am OBSESSED (as of the last 2 weeks) with Lush's Sympathy for the Skin. It is slightly thinner then I am used to with moisturizer, but it definitely does well with moisturizing, plus the bonus is that you get to smell like delicious vanilla ice cream. (PS. I am so obsessed with it, and it does cost an arm and a leg, that I have decided to limit myself to only use it on days I work out. Hopefully that will get me to go to the gym more often).
What are your favorite products that you use to remedy dry skin?