So I thought I knew what dry winter skin and hair felt like. Ehh, not so much. The cold temps on the east coast have really proven what dry skin and hair feels (and looks) like. It’s been a constant battle to keep my skin — especially on my legs, for some odd reason — from drying out. And the ends of my hair? I’d almost given up on them. Almost. I’ve been experimenting with some different products to see what works in this weather, and have found a few promising solutions. And, as it happens, I was really inspired by Nichole’s post on things that are drying out your skin, so I decided I’d share my favorite products as of late (I’m guessing if she and I are battling dryness, we’re not the only ones!). Here’s what I’ve been using recently:
1. Weleda Skin Food. I know I’ve discussed this miracle cream before, but I can’t stop and won’t stop. I use it year round at night as my evening cream, but in the winter, I’ll sometimes dab a little bit on the extra dry spots on my face. It’s also great on hands. This stuff is SUPER thick — like, spackle, almost — but I swear by it. It leaves your skin wonderfully moisturized. I wake up in the mornings with smooth, supple skin that never feels taut or dry. I even got Joe using it!
2. Borage Therapy Dry Skin Lotion. I used to find this at the Whole Foods by me in SF, though I’m having a harder time with it here in NY. However, this body lotion is great in winter — it works on a cellular level, and seems to dramatically change the texture of dry skin. Use it for a week, and you’ll see incredible results. Not completely natural, but if you’re desperate (as I sometimes can be with winter skin), it really works. Until I find some or order it, I’ve been layering Tata Harper’s body oil with another lotion; it works well, but it’s still a constant battle.
3. Bumble + Bumble Quenching Complex. Okay y’all. So I’d tried everything on the ends of my hair. Oil treatments, conditioning treatments, not washing my hair, brushing more to distribute natural oils. Nothing was working. So I broke down and bought a (not natural) salon hair treatment. It is literally the only thing that has kept my hair moisturized, especially if I blow it out at home (which is usually only once a week). I use a quarter sized dollop of this and run it through my ends, then either let it air dry or blow dry. It actually seems to weigh my thick, very wavy hair down a little more, and keeps the ends from looking completely fried. Highly recommended if you have thick, dry hair like me!
4. Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation. I’m a huge proponent of using a cream based foundation in winter. Even if you’re not a foundation person (I’m not), powder always makes me extra dry. A cream foundation (and for that matter, concealer or blush too) blends so much better, and if you get a natural one like this, there are lots of oils in the base that will help moisturize and protect your skin throughout the day! This one is another good option if you want super light coverage, and just want to dot on some color.
5. Tata Harper Be True Lip Treatment. I keep a tube of this lip treatment on my nightstand, and every evening before hopping into bed, I slather this all over my lips. It’s 100% non-toxic and natural, with too many organic oils to count — and I wake up in the morning with soft, chap-free lips.
So now I wanna know — what do you swear by to battle dry skin and hair in the winter months?
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Image Credits: Isabel Membrado via Flickr; Tec Petaja; print by Jason Brooks