If you’ve been following any facet of The Everygirl, you may have come to the overwhelming conclusion that we are absolutely obsessed with the holiday season. The days of snuggling up with hot cocoa and watching Hallmark movies are in full swing, and as the last month of the year approaches, we welcome twinkling lights, cozy home decor, and Christmas cookies with open arms.
In my daydreams of December, I’ve romanticized what winter looks like and I’ve forgotten to factor in one unfavorable downfall of crisp air and cool temperatures: dry skin season is upon us, and this year, we simply aren’t letting a dehydrated, itchy exterior ruin our winter.
Whether you’re like me and are already in the woes of seasonal dryness or simply want to stop dry skin in its tracks, it’s important to stock up on all types of moisturizers for the cold, harsh days ahead. I’ve tried approximately one million different products (give or take) that have claimed to lock in moisture to foster soft, glowing skin. After years of seasonally struggling with eczema, chapped lips, a peeling nose, and dry hair, I’ve built up quite the army of moisturizers to treat the most stubborn dry, rough, and dull skin in the game.
Check out these 12 holy grail products that have my back when my skin is *itching* for attention:
Time and time again, I try new face washes and walk-of-shame back to this hydrating facial cleanser. The only downside to this guy is that it doesn't lather up (sigh), BUT I continue to use it because it's the only face wash that doesn't leave me feeling like Spongebob in the beloved "Sandy, I need water" scene.
OK, I'm not usually one to splurge on beauty products; however, this is my one and only exception because 1) I'm absolutely obsessed, and 2) I find that a little bit of this product goes a long way. I started using this face oil last year, and now I will never use anything else. I use this after my toner/before my moisturizer and I look forward to using it. It smells amazing and leaves my face and neck glowing and so unbelievably smooth.
I reach for this healing and soothing mask 2-3 times a week whenever my skin is looking dull and needs a pick-me-up. After cleansing, I apply this to my face, leave it on for 20 minutes, and dab off the excess if any remains. This stuff works really well on other areas of the body so when my eczema decides to show up uninvited, I'll use Like Butter on my dry spots as well.
Dry hands, be gone! In addition to dry skin season, we're also approaching the dreaded cold and flu season. That means we'll be washing our hands even more frequently (yay!) and simultaneously drying them out (boo). This Mrs. Meyer's lavender hand balm smells incredible, is soothing, and is conveniently portable.
Speaking of products that follow me wherever I go, this Aquaphor lip repair is the lip ointment I'm currently using. By currently using, I mean actually using, right now, at this very moment. This powerful little tube will keep you from looking in the mirror and questioning "Did I black out while applying a mid-day, hot pink lip stain or are my lips just dry, red, and irritated?"