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3 Essential Steps to Winter-Proof Your Skin

Tired of itchy, flaky, and super dry skin? Don’t miss these three essential winter skin care tips to lock in moisture and stay healthy during the coldest months of the year.

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Every Winter my skin is always super dry and flaky! These tips are exactly what I need to take care of my skin during the coldest months of the year. And I'm guessing if my skin feels better, I'm going to feel a lot better too! #winterproofskin #mousterizer #winterskin

Many people ask me why we relocated from Upstate NY to The Sunshine State. And you know what my #1 answer is?

The weather. 

Winters up North are downright COLD. Every day I felt like I would never warm up. My toes froze in the thickest of socks, my nose gave Rudolph a run for his money, and my skin was so dry it looked like someone sprinkled dandruff all over the furniture.

SO gross!

Thankfully, it’s much better now {although the constant air conditioning is a whole other story}, but I know not everyone has the luxury of sunshine and warm temps all year. That’s why I’m sharing three essential tricks to keep your skin looking healthy and lush during those long Winter months, no matter where you are.

I use these tips any time I head back to NY for Thanksgiving or Christmas, and yes, I even use them in the South. Because 60 degrees is no joke when you’re a Floridian! 😉

1. Use Lip Balm That Actually Works

Have you ever used chapstick that felt more like a sticky layer of….nothing? Oh sure, it smell’s like strawberry and leaves a touch of color for 5 minutes, but it’s probably not the best option when you’re trying to avoid those “lip flakes” that are super tempting to pick off.

You know what I’m talking about right? I’m such a picker, and of course, I’ve had my fair share of bleeding lips because I can’t leave well enough alone!

If you want to avoid scratchy lips, pick a product that’s more medicinal in nature. I’m a big fan right now of Vaseline Lip Therapy because it’s like heaven in a tub. Slather it on and protect your lips from the harsher elements.

2. Exfoliate The Sluffies

“Sluffies” is the term I made up for dead flaky skin. Don’t ask me why—I’m convinced I need my own dictionary.

Anyway, while it seems like you shouldn’t mess with your skin in this harsh way, it’s actually a good thing. For moisturizer to work as effectively as the bottle claims, you have to remove all those dead skin cells first. Dead skin blocks moisture from coming through and essentially, you’re just rubbing around white flecks without getting to the healthy layer underneath.

So go ahead and use a gentle exfoliant in the shower. Just don’t scrub too hard!

winter skin care tips | Brushes

3. Moisturize…Everywhere

After you get out of the shower, pat yourself with a towel to dry off {avoid rubbing}, and slather on a really good moisturizer while your skin is still damp. I personally recommend you avoid the overly scented stuff. They don’t always do a great job at moisturizing, and to be honest—kind of give me a headache!

Instead, I use Vaseline’s Advanced Repair Lotion because I have very sensitive skin, and it’s the only lotion that doesn’t irritate it. My legs get most of the cream, but I made sure to do my elbow patches and hands too.

You should also keep a thick hand cream near your sink. Get into the habit of moisturizing every time you wash your hands {or do the dishes}, and you’ll have soft, glowing skin instead of cracked fingers.

Follow these 3 simple steps and you’ll be well on your way to healthy skin during the Winter months. No more grossness when the temperature drops!

If you liked this post, I have even more ways to stay healthy this Winter:

What are your favorite tips to get rid of dry skin?

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6 Comments

  1. I read this as I am rubbing dead skin flakes off my (normally more on the oily side) face–gross! Do you have any awesome facial moisturizers you recommend? I feel like I am constantly on the hunt for the perfect one.

  2. I struggle with the cracked lips as well. Why are they so tempting! I can never stay warm either and we live in NC.

  3. These are great tips! A good part of the UK is set to be covered by a blanket of snow this weekend, so I will need to enhance my skin care protection. 🙂 -Stella

  4. Kalyn,

    If you read the ingredients label on Vaseline products, you will see that they all have petroleum in them. And as most of us already know, petroleum is a very bad and toxic ingredient not to be added to the biggest organ of our bodies, i.e. our skin where it’s immediately taken to our bloodstream! Check all the labels of the things you ingest and apply to your skin for these no-no ingredients, too: Petrolatum (AKA petroleum jelly, mineral oil) Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) Parabens (Propylparaben Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, and other ingredients ending in –paraben) Fragrance and/or Flavour.

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