For the majority of my life, I have suffered from dry skin primarily during the winter. When I say "suffer", I mean that my hands crack and bleed, my legs get scaly and chalky, and my lips get super chapped. One would think that due to this skin discomfort for the majority of the year, I would take steps to alleviate/help eliminate these issues. But, my hatred of oily, slimy skin outweighs the dryness and so it has been very challenging to get into the habit of moisturizing on a daily basis. Somehow in my mind band-aids on the hands > properly moisturizing my skin.
However, within the last year, my outlook has completely changed and I have become the moisturizing queen. I have adopted several habits. which, in turn, have made keeping my skin smooth and hydrated second nature. In case you are having a difficult time making time for properly moisturizing your skin, especially during these cold, dry months, I have shared with you my tips below.
1. Find products that work with your skin | One of the main reasons I was deterred from moisturizing my legs on a daily basis was the inevitably oiliness that went along with it. And no one likes putting their cold, slimy legs into pants. The best product I have found that does an amazing job at moisturizing my skin and immediately absorbs is Deep Steep's dry oil spray. When I have a little more time and want to really coat my body in moisturizer, I turn to Ellovi's body butter.
2. Moisturize your hands while you sleep | I will never be one of those people that applies hand cream throughout the day. Instead, I apply a thick layer of high quality body butter to my hands before bed every night. Ever since I made this routine a daily nighttime ritual, I never suffer from my super dry, cracked, bleeding hands and knuckles. My favorite body butter for this purpose is Booda Butter.
3. Make it convenient to constantly apply lip balm | I've always been fairly good at applying lip balm, but it can be easy to forget. When the weather gets cold, it seems that overnight my lips will become painfully chapped, and it is very difficult to regain healthy, moisturized lips. Within the last six months, I have placed lip balms in every room of my house. Every time I sit down in a room, or pass by one of the lip balms, I almost always apply some to my lips. Additionally, I always moisturize my lips before bed. My favorite lip balms are Booda Butter naked lip balm and Hurraw vanilla bean lip balm.
4. Have fun | I am always more inclined to use moisturizer/oil/body butter/lip balm/serum if it smells really good. I love the invigorating sensation that comes along with fresh, clean scents. My favorite scents are vanilla, citrus, and cocoa. It is also more fun for me to use different products for specific areas/purposes. For example, I love applying KINDri's beauty oil to my hips and lower stomach. There is no real reason, except that it makes my whole routine more well rounded and special.
Do you suffer from dry skin? Let me know your tips how to prevent dry skin in the comments below.