Wintertime is tough on your skin: the cold air rushing against it, pulling it tight, losing moisture easily and making you look weathered and older. This can easily be fixed with the proper hydration, yet not all products are created equally. Here’s my roundup of the best products to winter-proof your skin, from lotions and creams to gels and masks!
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel is one of those revolutionary products that seems so simple, yet packs a powerful hydration kick. It’s a refreshing, lightweight water gel that not only hydrates skin upon use, but continuously throughout the day/night as you use it. Best of all, it’s not thick, greasy or oily- it’s a sure winner for battling winter skin.
Balm it up with a thick, smoothing lip balm or salve, such as Rosebud Perfume Co. Smith’s Strawberry Lip Balm Tin. While I normally reach for a classic lip balm stick, many of them are just not as hydrating as I’d like, and force me to to keep reapplying it for results when the temperature drops. This natural beeswax balm is thick enough to withstand drying out and also smells like delicious strawberry shortcake. P.S. you can often use these balms or salves on dry cuticles, elbows and other rough spots.
Avoid stripping the natural oils and moisture out of your skin when washing your face and body by using a cream-based cleanser instead of a rough scrub, foaming cleanser or gel based cleanser. OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Hibiscus Creamy Body Wash is an intensely smoothing body wash with an exclusive Moisture Lock System made of an ultra-rich blend of hydrating coconut milk proteins to soften and hydrate skin. For your face, opt for a cleanser such as Murad Renewing Cleansing Cream. This ultramoisturizing, pearlized wash gently exfoliates to restore radiance while also protecting skin’s natural moisture and hydration.
I love tossing on a show, applying a face mask and relaxing while it does its job. Plus, it gets even better when they smell amazing too, like this LUSH Oatifix Fresh Face Mask. This soothing banana, oat and almond-based face mask is ideal for dry or flaky skin, and sensitive enough for all skin types.
If you’re able to sit back and relax, take a luscious bubble bath with this LUSH Milky Bath Bubble Bar, which is a soothing cream-based bubble bar. Not only does it look like an adorable milk bottle, but it is comprised of moisturizing cocoa butter, milk and olive oil for supremely soft skin, and the delicate scent of orange oil to soothe your mind and let your troubles float away. Just be sure to follow up with body lotion after you rinse off as hot water can remove skins natural oils.