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SOS: Save Our {Dry} Skin


We are at that time in the year that everything just feels... blah.  We are sick of the weather and spring feels so far away, we're bored with our winter coats and missing our bright summer clothes, and our skin is protesting all the dry air blowing at it 24/7.  I've dealt with dry skin for the last few years and in the winter it is especially bad.  While I still haven't figured out the solution to perfectly moisturized winter skin, I have learned a few tips and tricks along the way that might help perk up your complexion!

{Only wash your face once a day}  Cleansing your face removes your skins natural oils, no matter how hydrating the cleanser, so it's best to only wash your face when absolutely necessary.  I wash my face each night and then in the morning, just splash some water on my face to help wake me up.

{Switch to a hydrating cleanser}  I started using CeraVe's Hydrating Cleanser this winter and I've noticed a big improvement in my dry skin.  You can find it at any drugstore - as if you need another reason to swing by Target!


{Exfoliate} I know exfoliating seems like the opposite of what you should be doing for your dry skin but you really want to make it a weekly routine to get rid of all that dead skin on your face!  I use my Clarisonic about 5 times a week for mild exfoliation and then use Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Gentle Treatment once a week.  Exfoliating really helps brighten the skin and gives it a chance to breathe.
 

{Every other night}  If you use harsh skin treatments that can dry out your skin, such as a retin A product, start using it every other night instead of each night.  It will give your dry skin time to recover in between days.

{Avoid alcohol}  Do you really think I would tell you to not drink?  Yeah right!  Although, it probably would help with the dry skin issue as I always feel my skin tightening up once I've had a few drinks but that is probably a whole other story... What I mean is to avoid any skin care products containing alcohol as it is an ingredient specifically TO dry out the skin.  I've been using Clinique toner for years but this winter I realized it contained alcohol so I switched to an alcohol-free Aloe Vera toner by Mario Badescu.  I'm not sure the extent to which it helped but every little bit will help save your skin!


{Night time slather}  Going to bed is not the time to look cute - it's the time to pull out all the stops to prevent dry skin.  Lauren Conrad swears by Egyptian Magic so I had to pick up a jar for myself.  You rub it in your hands and it turns to oil and then you slather it all over your face.  It is gross but it helps so much!  You don't have to use Egyptian Magic but make sure to find a night time moisturizer that is oil based, as the oil layer helps the moisturizer from drying out in the air and really allows it to sink into your skin.



{The eyes}  I don't know about you but my eyes especially dry out this time of year.  I started using Clinique's All About Eyes Rich this winter and it has made the biggest difference.  My eyes are hydrated, less puffy and I swear my dark circles are slowly vanishing.  Make sure to find an eye treatment that works for you and your skin will thank you for it!


{Out and about}  My skin can feel moisturized after I slather all of this stuff on but after I've been out and about for a few hours, I tend to feel the dryness creeping back in.  I can't believe I never tried facial sprays until this year - I was really missing out!  You lightly mist your face and instantly feel refreshed.  My two favorites are Caudalie Beauty Elixir and Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rosewater (only $7!).


{The usual} As always, the typical dry skin tips are to drink water, avoid long hot showers/baths, use a humidifier in your home, and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

What's your tips or tricks for beating dry winter skin?

24 comments

  1. I've never heard of the Egyptian magic!! That just sounds like it would have great results!! I live by Origins Highly Hydrating body lotion with White Tea - it works wonders and a little goes a long way!! Also, anything by aveeno and i'm sold!! We're almost done though...just a few more weeks!

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  2. Love all the tips! This winter has been BRUTAL for dry skin.

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  3. Wow these products all seem intense for dry skin..! I have dry skin, on my face, body and scalp..! It is a huge bummer!! I have just learned to deal with it.. I agree about the face, I only wash it in the shower at night and in the morning shower I just splash water on it..! Thanks for all of your tips!! My only tip is to lather hydrating creams!! Ahhhh

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    1. Try Dermarest Medicated Shampoo for your dry scalp! You can get it at any Walgreens for around $8 - it's a life saver in the winter!!

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  4. I LOVE lathering my skin at night this time of year, the dryness sucks! So my mom just bought a jar of that Egyptian Magic and I'd never heard of it until then, now I want some!

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  5. I have dry skin TERRRRRIBLY. It's awful. I have even seen a dermatologist for it. Thanks for sharing your tips. I will try these.

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  6. I've been wanting one of those Clarisonic thingies... my skin needs a huge amount of attention!

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  7. haha that ecard is perfect! though I might be semi-excited that we might get a snow day (the snow day more than the snow...), I am aching for warm weather!
    xo!

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  8. I 100% agree with the Clairsonic. I use it everyday to get all the dry skin off otherwise I would never be able to put on makeup....I am so ready for spring!

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  9. A dab of baby oil mixed with my body lotion, Chapstick stashed everywhere, and hand lotion nonstop are definitely lifesavers right about now!

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  10. what a helpful article! love it. thanks so much for sharing.
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    happy tuesday!
    Maren Anita

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  11. I don't know if it's because the hydrating cleanser is one of the first cleansers I've ever used that isn't for oily skin but it feels SO SOFT on the face, I can't even get over how nice it feels! Great recommendation! I also started using an aveeno moisturizer for dry skin and redness and it helped a lot, but it's way too thick to wear under my makeup, so I'm still trying to find something light for the daytime.

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  12. I have GOT to get a clarisonic! For real!

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  13. Dang girl thanks for the bible of all things dry skin! I have picked up this new habit where I HAVE to put lotion on my hands after I wash them, otherwise they feel like sandpaper to me (probably mental). And this STATIC! It's out of control. I may have to try out that $7 facial spray, I'm all for anything that's easy on the wallet.

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  15. I need that clinque for my eyes! They are so puffy and the circles are getting a bit ridiculous!

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  16. I have heard REALLY good things about Egyptian magic and I am trying that pixi glow tonic i told you about
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    1. The Egyptian Magic has been awesome! My husband hates the "grease" but I love it :)

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  17. Well, since So Cal is going to be in the low 80's in the next few days, I think I'm okay on the dry skin.
    Btw, I'm really bitter about this weather. Can we swap cities?

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  18. I have SUCH dry skin and I hate it! I try to skip an am face wash to help with it, but I definitely need to try the Egyptian Magic asap! I always, always use a serum or Vitamin E oil before lotion to help add moisture and fight aging too! I love your picks!

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  19. I've been thinking about getting a humidifier for our house, my hair and skin is so dry this winter! I definitely want to try that Clinique eye stuff! Let me know if you have any tips for staticky hair throughout the day. It's the worst! xo, Brittany @ Perpetually Daydreaming

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    1. I need to get out our humidifier! I don't know why I haven't yet. My two staticky hair tricks are to run a dryer sheet over your hair (I know, so weird but it works!) and spray a light layer of hair spray all over and then brush through it. Hope those help!!

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  20. I can completely relate! We started up the humidifier at home and have cut back on the face washing to help out my dry skin. I find myself triple moisturizing and going through hand lotion like it's my job :)

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