7 Ways to Avoid Dry Skin in Winter – Blogmas Day 19

I love almost everything about winter: Christmas, snow, the cozy vibes and warm-fuzzies that you get from sharing the holidays with friends and family…but there’s one thing I don’t like: dry skin.

Dry skin is the bane of my existence. In the winter my hands get dry so easily and I find myself struggling to keep them moisturized, soft, and free of hangnails. Over the years, I’ve found a couple of things that help me avoid those dreaded effects that are inevitable from the cold winter weather, and today I want to share them with you for Blogmas Day 19!

PROTECT YOUR MANI.

Nail polish remover can dry out the skin around the nail, making you more likely to get hangnails. Find a moisturizing nail polish remover and as soon as you take off your polish, wash your hands with soap and apply lotion afterwards. Doing this ensures that the chemicals from the nail polish remover won’t just be sitting on your cuticles drying them out. Plus, washing your hands right after takes away that super strong nail polish remover smell. Yuck.

MOISTURIZE.

Apply Lotion. All. The. Time. Moisturize any chance you get: when you’re sitting in traffic, listening to a lecture in class, etc., but especially after washing your hands. Hot water that feels so good during winter can wreak havoc on your skin, drying it out fast.

My favorite moisturizer at the moment: AmLactin Ultra Hydrating Body Cream.
It’s so buttery and moisturizing. I found out about this stuff through my December Lilee Box! (Unboxing coming soon!)

SKIP THE HEAT.

Hot showers feel amazing and do wonders for relaxing tense muscles, but hot water is not good for skin, especially during harsh winters! How do you avoid the heat? Heat up the bathroom first, then take a warm shower instead of a scorching hot one. Have your towels ready so when you’re done with your shower you can dry off immediately and change into warm clothes.

SLEEP ON IT.

Before you go to sleep, apply a liberal amount of lip balm and lotion, applying extra on dry areas like elbows and hands. If you need even more moisture, do a deep treatment. Apply a super-rich lotion before you go to sleep, and then put a soft pair of gloves over your hands. When you wake up, your hands will feel baby soft!

SWAP IT OUT.

Swap out your gel cleanser for a cream based cleanser. It’s gentler on your skin and will keep it soft. If you have oily skin like me, there are a lot of oil-free cream cleansers on the market.

TREAT YO’ SELF.

Take a moisturizing bubble bath. Again, go for warm water instead of hot. Use a moisturizing bath bomb and apply lotion right after you get out of the bath.

Bath Bomb Pick: Lush Stardust
It smells like vanilla, rosewood and bergamot…mmm!

PROTECT YOUR SKIN.

Protect yourself from the elements! Wear gloves, and keep lotion and lip balm in your bag with you at all times. Being diligent about these two things will make a huge difference in your skin’s health!

These tips will have you on your way to moisturized, happy skin in no time.

Today’s Blogmas Question of the Day:

What’s Your Favorite Cold Weather Beauty Tip?

Share all your secrets with me down below! Missed yesterday’s post? Read Five Ways to Make the Most of Winter Break.

I’ll see you back here again tomorrow for Day 20 of Blogmas!

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