Well now. Ma Nature has apparently remembered that it’s supposed to be winter, and is working overtime to catch up. It is cold, dry, and windy…which makes for chapped, dry, and itchy skin.
We all know the traditional advice offered: Drink plenty of water, use a thick lotion, take lukewarm showers, blah, blah, blah.
Yeah – that’s not happening here. Water? That just makes me cold from the inside out. Give me a hot coffee/tea/cocoa…whatever. Just make it hot. Lotion? Let’s be honest…who has the time every.single.morning to put on lotion and wait for it to soak in? Not to mention being naked and losing all that precious, precious body heat while you wait. Lukewarm showers? Ummm…NO. I will revel in a hot, steamy shower and enjoy the temporary feeling of being warm. It’s winter, people. I’m cold!
So what does a (freezing, busy, impatient) girl do?
She figures out how to make real life work for her. The keys to great winter skin are actually quite simple. Hydrate, exfoliate, and seal in moisture. The trick is being able to do that easily and quickly.
Let’s start with hydration. There’s no way around it…you have to drink water in some form for great skin. Fortunately, tea, coffee, and lemon/lime/orange water can be had as hot beverages, are quick and easy to make, and will both help keep you warm and give your skin the moisture it needs. Pro tip – a large insulated mug makes it easy to keep warm beverages at your side for sipping through the day and help make sure you drink enough. Just go easy on the caffeinated varieties. Too much caffeine has the potential to dehydrate you. Not what we’re going for.
Exfoliating and sealing in moisture can be a little trickier. Life is busy. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time for a leisurely morning routine. It’s get clean, get dressed, and get on with the day. There’s no time to exfoliate with a scrub that leaves behind an unpleasantly heavy layer of oil, which then needs to be soaped off, which results in drying out your skin, which means you need to put on lotion. It’s vicious cycle that takes a lot of time. I, and I imagine most of you, wind up skipping it and just deal with itchy skin. Fortunately, (and here comes a shameless product plug – but hey, it really is great!) I make a sugar scrub that combines those three steps into one. (you don’t have to use mine, but make sure to use an emulsified version of a scrub.) So now I can step out of the shower with clean, exfoliated, and lotioned skin in the same amount of time it took to use plain soap. My dry, itchy skin is gone, I’m not adding time to my morning routine, and – bonus! – I feel like I’ve indulged in a mini spa. Good for the skin and the soul.
Now, that’s not to say that you never need to use an extra moisturizer. You should still use a body butter once or twice a week during the winter. Apply a generous amount before bed to help soothe and nourish any chapped hands or cracked heels – or in my case dragon-like shins. It’ll work it’s magic overnight and you’ll have soft, supple skin when you wake up.
And that’s it. Great winter skin doesn’t have to be time consuming or hard. Carry around an insulated mug of some warm, water based drink, use an emulsified scrub in the shower, and use a rich body butter once or twice a week before bed.
What do you do to help combat winter skin? Any amazing tips or tricks? Share them in the comments below!