Winter is a challenging time. It’s cold, for starters. Like Antarctica, I-still-can’t-feel-my-toes-even-with-four-pairs-of-socks-on cold. Then there’s the fact that it gets dark some time around 11:30 a.m. Add to that the stress that comes along with finding a mate for cuffing season and it’s easy to find yourself in the midst of a full-blown winter depression.
All of those factors can wreak havoc on your skin. The dry air and harsh winds beat the crap out of your body’s outer layer. But you don’t have to look like Ashy Larry. By following this winter skin care routine you can keep your epidermis healthy, which could in turn help you find that mate for cuffing season.
As an extremity, your hands are one of the parts of your body that gets cold first. They’re also exposed a lot during the winter, so they need to be well-moisturized. Portland General Store’s Wood Super Thick Hand Cream ($14, portlandgeneralstore.com) will keep your mitts covered. It is thick enough that you won’t have to apply it constantly like some old grandmother and has pleasing scents of cedar and vanilla. Don’t be shy about applying it to your feet as well.
The mantra of winter skin care, regardless of body part, is “Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.” Unionmade CNG Bar Soap ($20, baxterofcalifornia.com) gets the drill. The result of a collaboration with Baxter of California, the oversized bar comes in a season-appropriate gunmetal grey color and will keep your skin healthy and smelling nice. And using a bar of soap is much more manly than some body wash that you have to squirt. After your shower, apply Cetaphil DailyAdvance Lotion ($13.79, cetaphil.com). It will keep your skin well moisturized for 24 hours but isn’t so thick that you’ll feel like you got slimed at the Kids’ Choice Awards.
It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s very important to exfoliate and remove dead skin even during the colder months. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub ($26, kiehls.com) gently scrubs away the skin cells and leaves your face feeling smooth. To give your face a coat of armor before heading out into the elements, Ursa Major Fortifying Face Balm** ($36, ursmajorvt.com) is a great solution. Even though it hydrates deep into your skin, it goes on light. All of the ingredients in the moisturizer are natural and 82% of them are organic.
The only thing that gets more chapped on your body than your hands are your lips. Jack Black Intensive Therapy Lip Balm ($7.50, getjackblack.com) goes deeper than your typical waxy stick to really relieve dry lips.