I’ve spent 32 winters in Illinois, with dry dry skin. Growing up, lotion was a necessity after every.single.shower.
After I had my daughter, the constant dishwashing and handwashing after diaper changes destroyed my hands. I started seeing cracked cuticles and tiny cuts on my knuckles. Ouch! So I figured out a few ways to avoid having fifty-year-old hands at thirty.
My tools of combat:
clockwise from the top
CG Smoothers BB Cream
I discovered this cream this past summer, when I wanted something lighter than foundation. Awesome stuff. Blends well, stays put.
I’ve continued to use it as foundation (on top of my usual face moisturizer), because I like the natural look and doubling up on lotion helps my dry skin. I used to get dry patches on my nose every year, and that hasn’t happened yet. Score!
Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil
I also use this year-round. It’s made a huge difference to my cuticles, which get the you-know-what kicked out of them on a daily basis. I paint my nails at home all the time, and this good stuff makes it look more professional. It’s also fun to brush on and watch it soak in.
Ok, so gloves are kind of a “duh” suggestion, but I get so lazy about putting them on…and then my hands suffer. I’m trying to get better about this– instead of just shoving my hands in my pockets–because it makes a big difference.
Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash
(Oil of Olay also works)
During the winter, I have to use a moisturizing body wash or my skin gets dry and tight. It’s as uncomfortable as it sounds. This body wash has been my stand-by for years.
L’Oreal Infallible Lip Gloss
This has been my favorite lip product for a long time. It can subtle or bold, depending on the color, and doesn’t budge. Dulce de Leche is the color I buy over and over again. I’ve noticed that lip glosses protect my lips a lot better when they are a bit “goopier” (not stickier). This one is thick enough to keep my lips softer than using chapstick. Yes.
Essie nail polish
My nails are a sorry sight. They fall apart all the time. Sometimes taking calcium helps a little, but they’re just not as strong as other people’s. If I keep nail polish on them, it’s a different story. It works as a barrier. I usually pick a neutral shade so chips aren’t as obvious.
My mom once told me to wear gloves while cleaning. She regretted not doing it herself, because all the work had aged her hands. I’m not particularly vain about my hands, but these gloves really help to protect your dry skin and your manicure. It saves you from applying hand cream every hour.
Speaking of…. Hand Cream
My ultimate favorite is this kind, but I think any lotion from Vaseline brand would do the trick. Thick, absorbs fast, no residue, no scent. Perfect to keep in the kitchen.
L’Oreal Everstrong Hydrate Shampoo/Conditioner
I was a die-hard volumizing shampoo girl until I grew my hair out this fall. I reached back one day and found a nest of tangles behind my head. Static and fine hair? Baaad combination. So I switched to a moisturizing shampoo and let the conditioner soak in my hair for a few minutes in shower. Much more manageable. I add body back to my hair by using velcro rollers after blowdrying. Side note-I’ve also heard that Aveda Rosemary Mint shampoo does wonders for fine, dry hair.
Any dry weather tips to share?? I’m always eager to learn more… since we’re never ever moving somewhere warm. *grumble*