Top 5 Winter Skincare Essentials

As much as I’ve been pining for summer, there’s no denying that we’re deep into the winter season. Gone are the days of hoping for some sun or bearable temperatures – at least if you’re living in the North, like me. Regardless of where you’re living, this time of year usually brings about a dip in temperature and colder air. With that often comes changes not only changes in our routine, but our skin as well.

Welcome to the world of dry skin, chapped lips, and cracked knuckles. Yikes.

Rather that suffer through these dry months dealing with flakiness and itchiness, there are some solid skincare products that can help your skin stay hydrated and healthy all winter long.

Here are my top 5 winter skincare essentials:

A good lip balm
I cannot stress how important this is!! If you’re anything like me, dry lips are not a problem exclusive to the wintertime. At this point in my life, I feel like I have been though most of the lip balms in the drugstore. Many leave a waxy feeling on my lips and only sit on the surface – most do nothing to penetrate deeper into the skin to actually hydrate and repair. Also, as an added downside, I’m allergic to most lip balms. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something in their ingredients that makes my lips peel and break out in hives. It’s not a cute look, trust me.

So where to look for an affordable and effective lip hydrator? Look no further than Vaseline Lip Therapy. This is by far the best lip balm I’ve ever tried and truly the only product that hydrates my lips. Unlike the feel of ordinary petroleum jelly, this formula is thicker and can last for hours on my lips, even through eating and drinking. It’s incredible hydrating eliminates dry lips fast.

Bonus: The Vaseline Lip Therapy’s also come in a pink color which gives your lips the perfect rosy flush while staying staying hydrated. Win-win!

A hydrating body wash
As someone who has always suffered from terribly dry body skin in the wintertime, a creamy, hydrating boydy wash is necessary. Since I can remember, my legs have always been itchy and dry, but it’s especially exacerbated in the colder months. Lately, I’ve been using regular old body wash; while it smells amazing, it’s doing nothing for my skin.

Therefore, I made the switch back to my trusty favorite – Dove body wash. This formula is super thick for a body wash, and therefore works to provide a lot of moisture to the skin. Since I’ve switched back to this, I’ve seen a noticeable difference in my legs; they’re less itchy and feel much more moisturized once I’m out of the shower.

A hydrating eye cream
Are you pick up on the theme here? During the winter, I am d r y . While my facial skin type remains normal, certain areas (like my legs, for instance) can get unbearably dry. One of those areas is my undereyes. I notice that if I’m not taking the time to apply a hydrating eye cream, my undereyes get suuuuuper dry. One that I’ve been liking a lot this winter is the SheaMoisture Kukui Nut and Grapeseed Oils Youth-Infusing Eye Cream. Not only is this eye cream very affordable, but it’s one of the most hydrating I’ve tried. It’s a much thicker formula than I’m used to. I’d say it’s almost more of a balm-like texture than a cream. It takes a little effort to fully pat into the skin, but my undereyes have been thanking me for it!

Facial oils
A good facial oil is something I reach for regardless of the weather. I usually mix a few drops into my moisturizer at night and find that it really helps with keeping my skin hydrated and nourished. During the winter months, however, I’ll sneak a few extra drops in.

The oil I usually use is rosehip oil. Rosehip oil has a wide range of skin benefits, but I’ve been using it for it’s skin-brightening properties. I’m currently dealing with leftover acne marks and rosehip oil is known to work quite well on fading them faster. I do think it’s made a difference over time, I plan on continuing to use it!

The other oil I’ve been liking is the Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Oil. I received this oil as a sample from Sephora and it’s been a great addition to my routine. This is a thicker oil than my rosehip oil, but it feels lightweight at the same time. I also notice that this absorbs into my skin more quickly.

Body lotion
Last on my list is a good body lotion. While I love the fun and versatile body lotions from Bath and Body Works, when it comes down to it I need something that focuses on hydration rather than scent. Cetaphil makes a great, very thick cream that’s been helping keep my body hydrated. I’ve also been using the Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Lotion for Extra Dry Skin and I find that for a lighter lotion texture, it’s been working very well at keeping me moisturized.

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