7 Ways To Winter-Proof Your Skin

We’re officially in the thick of winter, which means cozy, cable-knit sweaters, oh-so-trendy tights, and plush, knitted mittens. But alas, icy temps can also mean uber dry skin, chapped lips, and raw hands n’ heels even Jack Frost would cringe at. 

Here are 7 products that will winter-proof your skin from head to toe, so the only flakes you’ll see are of the snow variety!

Body Beautiful: Investing in an intense body moisturizer is priority #1 during the winter season. Here’s the thing - any ‘ole moisturizer won’t do. Look for one that’s concentrated and designed to provide long-lasting hydration. Apply twice a day, post-shower and before bedtime. (One to try: Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter, $28)                         

Clean Slate: When the weather outside is frightful, it’s all too normal for your face to feel “crispy” and sensitive. To get it feeling delightful, use a gentle facial cleanser that won’t strip away your skin’s natural oils. (One to try: Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser, $6.49)

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Smooth Operator: Dry winter air causes your skin to retain less moisture, resulting in those pesky flakes that never seem to disappear. The right face oil or ultra-hydrating face cream will balance your skin’s pH, create a protective barrier against icy temps, and help smooth out rough spots. (One to try: Physician’s Formula Moisture Balance Ultra-Hydrating Day & Night Cream, $19.99)                                     

Wrinkle Eraser: Relax…you’re didn’t get more wrinkles overnight.  When your skin is zapped of moisture, it appears less “plumped” and fine lines become more visible. The good news? With the proper ultra-hydrating eye cream, you can send those fine lines packin’! (One to try: bareMinerals Renew & Hydrate Eye Cream, $32)                

                      

Lip Service: Avoid mineral oil or petroleum based lip balms. They coat your lips and seal in moisture, but don’t effectively treat dry/chapped spots. Basically, you need to keep re-applying these products in order to get the same effect. Instead, reach for a lip balm that uses natural ingredients, like shea butter, jojoba oil, and peppermint oil, to name a few. (One to try: L’Occitane Shea Butter Lip Balm Stick, $10)

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Hand Help: Dry, raw hands can be a total turn off, so much so that we understand why you won’t take off those reindeer mitts grandma knitted for you! Instead of hiding your hands this winter, slather ‘em in an intense hand cream that will leave your digits as smooth as a baby’s…well, you know. For an extra dose of hydration, apply your favorite cream liberally before bed, then throw some old socks on your paws. The next morning your hands will feel soft and velvety. (One to try: Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream, $18)

HEELing Therapy: Hands and lips aren’t the only body parts that need deep conditioning. Rough, cracked heels are famous for making a winter appearance, but an intense heel treatment can soften even the driest tootsies. A bonus? You can typically use a heel cream for elbows, knees, and other dry patches, too. (One to try: CND Cucumber Heel Therapy, $15)

Take that, winter! Now you can focus on the important things this season like building an award-winning snowman...or snowwomanl

What are your favorite winter skin savers, GalTimers? Share ‘em in the comments box below!

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