Depending on where you live, winter weather can be harsh; very cold and dry. If your skin is already dry and/or eczema prone winter can be an uncomfortable season filled with itchy, inflammed skin. Like an effective skincare routine for the face, the same care must be given to the body. Ahead is an effective system that works to combat dry and flaky winter skin in four easy steps.
It may seem counter-intuitive but, dry skin needs exfoliation to remove those layers of skin cells and product buildup to improve the efficacy of your hydrating products because moisturizers don’t hydrate dead cells. The LuvScrub mesh body exfoliator is a great physical exfoliant when used in the shower with a gentle cleanser. (LuvScrub Mesh Body Exfoliator, $18) I've also really enjoyed the Shea Radiance Ayate Wash Cloth, $7. This one offers a more intense, deeper exfoliation that can be used to spot treat the usual rough spots (elbows, knees, feet) or all over the body.
Post-shower apply a gently exfoliating AHA lotion. Amlactin Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion, $16 offers a decent amount of lactic acid to help gently exfoliate. It's also a humectant, which means it will attract moisture to the skin. This is a great lotion for folks with keratosis pilaris or chicken skin (not nice, but that's what it's commonly referred to) because it helps exfoliate and hydrate without irritation. Think of this step as a treatment serum for your body. (You can also try REN AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum, $42).
After treatment lotion, apply a soothing blend of body oil. I know the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Baby Oil Rub, $11 is technically for babies, but we do want baby soft skin, right? I love this one because it has a super light fragrance with a blend of chamomile, shea butter and argan oil to moisturize, calm and sooth skin.
Whipped shea butter and/or Vaseline is a great last step in a winter body care regimen. Shea butter is an emollient that will soften and condition the skin while Vaseline is an effective occlusive that prevents moisture loss and protects skin from the elements. (Shea Radiance Whipped Shea Butter, $22)
Using the system detailed above will leave you with beautifully soft, smooth skin all year winter long. Let us know in the comments how you stay moisturized during the cooler months!