Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sloughing Off Dry Winter Skin

How is your skin handling the frigid winter weather?  

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Not as well?  We find our skin and lips have been drying up too (see photo taken recently below).  

Dry skin makes Lo cranky.  (Image origin unknown.)
We have exactly zero experience in dermatology and are in no way qualified to dispense information on keeping skin moisturized.  In fact, at one point this winter, Liz's lips could sand wood.  But we have sampled our fair share of products (okay, more like we're obsessed and should own stock in CVS and Sephora), and our friends often ask how our skin stays so soft despite the winter chill.  Since our car thermometer read -4* this morning (that's Fahrenheit friends, not Celsius!), we thought it an appropriate time to share our top 10 favorite tips and tricks for staying supple all winter long:

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1.  Stop bathing!  No, don't.  You'll stink.  But rinse wisely.  We know it feels so good to soak in a hot tub (especially in the aforementioned -4*F weather!), but the water actually has the inverse effect of what you would think and dries out your skin.  

2. We have tried every face lotion, but Murad's Skin Perfecting Lotion really is worth the splurge.  It keeps us moisturized without giving us breakouts.  

3. Liz has been using Vaseline Intensive Rescue Moisturizing Lotion (in the white bottle, not the other colors!) for years.  She finds it's the thickest of the lesser-expensive lotions.  Added bonus: put it on after every shower when your pores are open.  And as our Great Aunt Lucy used to say: "Don't forget the elbows!"  

4. Since our faces get scaly from harsher cleansers this time of year, we like Burt's Bees Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin.  And don't wash too often!  

5. Recently, Liz has been loving on LipLux to help with her aforementioned (how many times can we write aforementioned in one post?) sandpaper lips.  Except when she left it in her car, and it froze.  

6.  Our #1 softness secret: Vaseline Petroleum Jelly.  You read correctly.  Our skin secret costs less than $5 at the drug store. After putting lotion on our hands before bed, we rub a little of this on the extra dry spots (read: knuckles, knees, and elbows).  And smearing a little on your eyelashes helps protect them too!  

7. Get a humidifier.  Or at least leave a bowl of water by the heater to evaporate into the air (that eco-tip is from The Suz!).  The air is so dry from indoor heaters; your skin will welcome the extra moisture.  

8. Feeling pasty?  Lo swears by Jergins Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer.  It won't turn you orange, but it does have a very particular smell, so use sparingly.  

9. Hand Therapy: This is a Liz-original our friends love.  Do you run outside?  Well, you know when you're getting a manicure or facial, and they lather up your hands with lotion and then stick them in those heater mitts?  Same idea.  Before leaving on your morning jog, generously apply lotion and petroleum jelly to your hands, and then stick them in your gloves or mittens.  Not only are you now in shape, but the heat from running helps your skin absorb the moisture! Double win.  

10.  Take a vacay to a super-humid climate.  (We wish, but girls can dream!)


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing your tips! Ive never tried the Murad products before, Ill have to look in to them.


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