Tuesday, December 17, 2013

This winter, I'm fighting back

Every winter, without fail, it's like all the moisture in my body suddenly evacuates. My skin is dry, my hair is dry, my throat is parched... every drop of water is gone! This winter, I've been trying my best to fight back. It's hard for me to find products that moisturize without feeling greasy or wet, and I have sensitive skin and thin hair, so I need products that won't worsen the issues, but will provide some relief. I've rounded up a few of my favorites, and maybe you will see something here that will help you battle winter dryness!

battle winter dryness

Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask // I've been using this mask for several years now, and it's one of the only things I've found that doesn't make my hair greasy and weighed down, and actually does add moisture. I use it once a week or so - schmear it on, leave for a few minutes, comb through, and rinse. And it smells nice, too!

Aveeno Skin Relief Overnight Cream // This lotion is intensely thick and rich. It smells kind of oatmeal-y, but it doesn't bother me. I'm not sure what it is about using it overnight that helps, but I put it on right before I go to bed and the moisture usually holds through the next day

Aveeno Skin Relief Shower & Bath Oil // I just found this product this year, and I love it so far. You use it at the very end of your shower, and it locks in the moisture. It's only of the only things I've found that helps me not feel like my skin is on fire the minute I step out of the shower. Plus, it hasn't left my shower super greasy and slippery, the way other similar products have in the past.

Eos Vanilla Bliss Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream // This is another product I just found this year, and I'm really happy with it. Usually, when I use shaving cream to shave, even if it's a "deep moisture" or "dry skin" version, I can practically feel it drying my skin as I go. Not with this! It's more like a lotion than a shaving cream, and it actually moisturizes while you shave. I'm not sure I agree with the "24 hour" claim on the bottle, but as long as I use this and lotion afterwards, my legs feel alright.

Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly // Perhaps the least glamorous product on the list, petroleum jelly is what I use when nothing else is working. It is rather greasy, so I try to use it before bed or when I don't have to go anywhere for a bit. However, it's one of the only things that helps when my hands get cracked and dry, and it works wonders for knees and elbows, too. Better than any hand cream I've tried, and cheaper, too!

What products do you use to survive the winter? Any secret weapons? The worse my skin gets, the more I consider migrating somewhere warm this time of year!


lifeofdi.com said...

I will definitely be checking some of these things out. I have such terrible, dry skin and hair in the winter and it can honestly be quite painful. Do you ever get those little cracks in your cuticles or tip of finger? UGH they seriously hurt. Thanks for this list! :)

Lindsay @ Typically Late said...

UGH yes I definitely get those little cracks - they hurt so bad! Everything hurts! Hope you find a product you like - I know I'm always on the lookout for things that are easy to use but actually make a difference!

The Lady Okie said...

This is great! I love Aveeno stuff. I have some pomegranate lotion that I love. Darn you, winter, making my hands so dry!

Stephanie @ My Freckled Life said...

I. LOVE. THIS. Once again, we are total twinsies, because I have super thin hair and super sensitive skin too! I actually haven't tried ANY of these products, so I'm going to have to get on that immediately. Currently I've been using the Simple brand night "rich" moisturizer on my face at night, which seems to be one of the few thick moisturizers that doesnt break my face out (as a whole, I love the Simple brand, and use most of their products year round as a basic routine). I also have a hand cream that I LOVE from Lush, but I'm nearly out so I'll probably be picking up a new one from Ladyburg in Fburg (PS - have you been to this place yet? It is amazing.)

Lisa said...

I seriously bought a humidifier. I feel like I'm somewhere between a piece of sand paper and alligator skin most days. Why so dry?