If you’re anything like me, the chilly winter months bring more than just yuletide cheer and hot cocoa — they bring dry skin and chapped lips. Not fun!
So, going along with my theme of wintry posts so far this week, I thought I’d devote this Toast of Tuesday to skincare and beauty finds perfect for harsh winter weather. Starting around December of each year, it gets so cold and dry outside that I feel like even washing my hands leaves them yearning for gobs of lotion. My eczema will flare up as my skin thirsts for moisture, as if all the natural oils just decide to play hooky all winter.
So, today I’ve rounded up my current favorite skincare and lip care products for enduring the gorgeous but harsh winter weather comfortably.
*Note: Unlike “real” beauty/fashion bloggers, I most certainly do not get any money by expressing my opinions on these products, nor have I received any products for free. All opinions expressed are my own. That said, if any beauty company execs are reading this and would like to send me free products to try, by all means go right ahead! 😉
First up, dry skin. Here are my faves right now.
Product: Aveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream (~$7, sold at most drugstores)
- Mild eczema (Disclaimer: Not a professional medical opinion)
- All skin areas, including face
- After showering moisturizer
- Reasonable price point, especially compared to prescription eczema cream costs
- Fragrance free
- Not too oily/heavy
- Does not contain any sun protection factor, so additional sun screen is required
Product: Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom body lotion ($5 for the travel size, perfect for slipping in even the smallest of handbags)
- Dry hands
- Reasonable price point
- Scent pairs well with many perfumes (I currently wear Hermés Eau des Merveilles and they actually go quite well together)
- Not advisable for areas other than hands or feet for anyone with sensitive skin (Disclaimer: Not a professional opinion – just my personal opinion as someone with eczema and rosacea. I would never dare put anything scented on my face.)
- Water based, so you’ll go through a bottle pretty quickly as it continues to dry out
Product: Alexandria Professional Phenomen-all: ($58.50 per 2oz. bottle)
- Dry hands, particularly when your skin gets so dry that it cracks and flakes (gross, I know!)
- Post-waxing sensitivity (again, gross, sorry!)
- Cuticle treatment
- A tiny drop goes a long, long way
- Multi-useful, for dry skin and sensitive waxing areas
- Not water based, so a single application lasts a long time
- Expensive as heck
- Smells kind of bitter and might overpower your perfume
- Not water based, so it feels kind of oily
Next up, dry lips. I cannot.stand.chapped.lips. Like, to give you an idea of how badly I loathe having chapped lips, I will often wake up in the middle of the night just to reapply lip balm. Pathetic, I know. My boss says I’m addicted to EOS.
Anyway, in addition to hating dry lips, I also prefer wearing semi-matte lipsticks, which I find can further dry out my lips, especially in cold, windy conditions.
So, my current solution is to use two products together:
First thing after brushing my teeth in the morning, I moisturize my lips by liberally applying the ubiquitous EOS egg-shaped balm (not pictured). After that, I carefully apply a coat of my favorite semi-matte lipstick, Schiap by NARS Cosmetics. Letting that settle in for a minute, I then top it with a generous coating of the moisturizing balm half of a Maybelline Stay 24 gloss.
I should warn anyone looking to try the Maybelline Stay 24 glosses, I find the coloring gloss itself to be quite poor. At least when I’ve used it, it most certainly does not last a full 24 hours as advertised. And on top of that, ended up looking rather like a clown. Which, by the way, you should know that I have a deathly fear of clowns, so that just wouldn’t do.
But, the good news is that the top coat lip gloss that comes with it really does do an excellent job sealing in my NARS semi-matte and keeping it from flaking and smudging!
Tell me, how do you handle dry wintry conditions? Do you have a favorite moisturizer or lip balm you recommend? Especially if you have eczema I’d love to hear from you.