With my (not so) recent move to Colorado from New York my skin has been drier than ever. There is literally NO humidity here. I've had to majorly switch up my skin, lip and body care. I've put together some of my favorite products to get me through. Enjoy!
Everyone is different here, but you have to keep in mind that even if you have oily skin you need to keep your skin from becoming dehydrated. An easy way to tell if you're dehydrated is simply by lightly pinching your forehead or cheek skin; if your skin "crepes", you're dehydrated. A common misconception is that if you're skin is dehydrated, you aren't drinking enough water. Where this is true it's not all you need to do!
As mentioned in my "Products I Use" blog post, I recommend hylauronic acid for everyone, no matter their skin type. A lot of brands carry it and they should be all the same as long as it's pure hyaluronic acid. This is a light gel like product that soaks right in and works by binding water to the skin.
This is a great drugstore find. This product contains hyaluronic acid which if you read from the last product binds moisture from the air to your skin. It's a little more expensive (I think this runs about $20) but it's definitely worth it. Also, great for sensitive skin.
You have to be careful what you're using on your lips, a lot of drug store products can be addictive and not hydrating. I used to use Chapstick brand lip balm and was constantly applying, blog post to come about the research I've done!
This is THE BOMB. Kiehl's just came out with this lip balm with and without SPF and it also comes tinted. I recommend the stick with the SPF (obvi). I wear this under and on top of lipstick.
A nice creamy lip balm. Ormedic lip balm contains polypeptides which refine and retexture your lips. It also contains Vitamin E, an antioxidant which protects you from free radicals. This balm plumps up you lips and helps healing after lip injections!
As I'm sure you know, you can't moisturize dry, dead skin. We all get cracked, dry lips that peel and quite frankly look gross. A fun way to get rid of that is a lip scrub. "The lip scrub" comes in all different tasty flavors! I sometimes make my own lip scrub using one part coconut oil and one part sugar.
Hands & FEet
Don't forget about your hands and feet this winter! It's a great time to hydrate extra because your hands and feet will most likely be in socks a gloves a good amount.
KIEHL'S ULTIMATE STRENGTH HAND SALVE
This has always been a favorite of mine. It is super thick and kind of greasy but it's the price I'll pay to have soft smooth hands. This past Christmas they had limited addition scents that were AMAZING, I've noticed them still lingering on the Kiehl's website.
I put this on my feet every night before bed, then put socks on for as long as I can stand it (I hate socks in bed). My feet wake up feeling so soft every morning! I do use a pummus stone regularly as well to get rid of dry cracked heels.
I put lotion on my body as soon as I get out of the shower, I can't live without it. I am not a fan of fragranced lotions, I'm so sensitive it makes my skin itch so the following products don't have heavy scents but they keep my skin hydrated all day long.
KIEHL'S CREME DE CORPS BODY MOISTURIZER
This is the best body lotion I have ever used, and (I'm pretty sure) the most expensive single product I have ever purchased. Creme de corps has hyaluronic acid in it which binds moisture to the skin and helps your skin retain moisture.
So this lotion is about 1/8th of the price of the last one and is a favorite drug store find. It has a nice light fragrance and a creamy texture. I apply at around 730am and feel hydrated when I get home at 10pm!
Yes. Yes. Yes. BODY OIL. Holy crap I love this product. It smells like heaven and is so silky soft. This is definitely a treat for me, body oil is especially meant to be put on right after the shower when your skin is still a little damp. This helps the penetration of the oils and keeps you soft all day long.
Thanks for reading!