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Today for Top 10 Tuesday, we’re talking about our favorite ways to deal with the cold, dry air of winter and all of its effects on your skin. Everyone hates winter skin. You know what I’m talking about, the dry, tight and flakies that are so uncomfortable and make you want to just scratch all day? There are some tricks to deal with it, but really I start adjusting my skin care routine now, before the weather is super cold. It is much easier to prevent winter skin than to try and fix it! Here are my favorite products to keep my skin well moisturized and my eczema under control!
1. My first essential product is a humidifier! I like a cool mist humidifier (my fave is this Crane Cool Mist Drop Humidifier). And I know that they’re ugly, but if you don’t want one in the middle of your family room then you should hide it in the room you spend the most time in anyways, your bedroom. Humidity is the best way to fight winter skin, and you’ll notice a big difference if you’re using one! Alternatives include a central humidifier on your furnace (which is what I mostly use, but we have supplemental humidifiers in our bedrooms at my house), if you have radiators you can put a pot of water on the radiator to evaporate. Or, at least consider leaving the bathroom door open during a shower, let the steam escape to up the humidity throughout the rest of your house.
2. and 3. I’m all about gentle face wash year round, but it is especially important during the winter! You want something that will remove all of your makeup and dirt, but without stripping your face. I’ve been using the Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser for the last few months, I use it with my Clarisonic Plus (which is no longer available, but the Mia3 is closest).
4. Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense (my Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense review): Winter is a great time for sun exposure, even when you’re in a grey and perpetually cloudy like Michigan. The snow reflects sunlight around that would usually be absorbed, so you actually get quite a bit more exposure than you think you’re getting. Protect yourself with a good sunscreen!
5. Derma-e Skin, Hair and Nail Oil (my Derma-e Oil review): I really like all of the Derma-e Oils, though over time this one has become my favorite. I’m currently keeping this in my nightstand, and every night I’m applying a small amount first to my cuticles and then to my entire hand. Serious, even more love for this oil. It is super hydrating and sinks in quickly, I know I’ll be using this all winter.
6. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate (my Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery review): Are you tired of me talking about this stuff yet? I refuse to travel without it. Any time I’m dry, a few drops on my skin at night and I’m back to my usual glow! This is a must have for the winter.
7. I haven’t written about the L’Oreal Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil yet, but it’s basically the L’Oreal version of the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery. The oils are different, and the L’Oreal feels a bit heavier (and takes a little longer to sink in to the skin), but it does the same thing. So, if you can’t get your hands on the Kiehl’s, pick up the L’Oreal at your drugstore. I think they’re likely so close because L’Oreal is the parent company for Kiehl’s.
8. Osmia Organics Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair: This stuff was formulated by Osmia Organics founder Sarah Villafranco (an ER Physician) to help treat perioral dermatitis and it is serious. I’ve only used it during the summer so far, but any time anything has come up with my lips or that general area, Lip Repair has fixed it within a day. I can’t wait to see how well it works in a Michigan winter!
9. Cetaphil Cream (my Cetaphil Cream review) and 10. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream (my First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream review) are my favorite go-to products for moisturizing my body in the winter. I have eczema, and I need to be super hydrated to fend off flares. If I could afford it, I’d slather myself in the First Aid Beauty every day, but that just isn’t feasible. So, I use mostly Cetaphil (I buy a couple at a time from my Sam’s Club), apply it right after your shower, the goal should be within 3 minutes of turning off the water to help seal in moisture. I put the Ultra Repair Cream on to any problem areas and it helps a lot.