The holiday season is all about giving, but have you thought about giving back…to your skin? It works hard to protect your body all year, and the late fall and winter months can be especially brutal. If you’re remembering to moisturize most days, that’s great! Want to take it even further than usual and really treat your skin? Keep reading for these 5 products to nourish dry skin.
This product is a lifesaver for those of us who aren’t morning people and don’t usually have time to moisturize post-shower in the mornings, much less let it sink in before getting dressed. It’s a better-than-nothing product that you can slap on in under a minute while you’re still standing in the shower. When you get out, just pat your skin dry, and you’re ready to get dressed. Your skin may not feel as hydrated as it does after you use your favorite thick, creamy body butter, but you’ll be adding coconut, acai, or monoi oil (there are three formulations and scents) for moisture and it’s fast. Get it for about $6.99 at Target or any drugstore.
This mask is designed to balance moisture levels in the skin, and it’s designed to work for all skin types. Sea algae extracts and ylang-ylang oil hydrate the skin, while bentonite clay draws out impurities without drying out the skin. Your face is left soft and moisturized. It’s available for $22.00 from ShopBeachBabe.com’s beauty section.
You may already have this in your kitchen in one form or another. Coconut oil (especially unrefined, if you don’t mind the scent) can be used just like lotion all over your body. You can even remove your makeup with it by massaging it all over your face and then holding a very warm washcloth over your skin for 30-60 seconds. Wipe the oil and makeup away, then rinse if you’d like. You can use more as your nighttime moisturizer (it may be too oily for daytime if you’re wearing makeup).
If your underarms are dry, you can use coconut oil to make your own deodorant, which may work better for you than store-bought tubes. Simply mix 6 Tbsp. of it with 2 Tbsp. each of baking soda and cornstarch. You can mix a few drops of essential oils in, as well. Try lavender, rosemary, or grapefruit. Your homemade deodorant can be stored in any small container you feel comfortable keeping in your bathroom, or even an old deodorant tube. Apply a small amount under each arm with your fingertips.
Hyaluronic acid has been referred to as a “moisture magnet,” which means it’s perfect for those nights your skin feels parched. This night cream has vitamins A and E, plus macadamia oil, in addition to the hyaluronic acid that can retain up to 1000 times its own weight in water (Ulta, $25.99).
Sometimes, it’s not all about the moisture you add to your skin, but the moisture you don’t remove during cleansing. Some shower gels can strip the moisture from your skin. Pair that with the hot water from the shower, and you get a recipe for an itchy skin disaster. This shower gel has almond oil and other nourishing lipids to help keep your skin hydrated. Give it a try for $9.50 (for a 2.5 oz bottle) at Sephora. The larger 8.4 oz bottles are $25.00. Bonus Tip: If you want to give back to your hair while you’re sporting a mask for the ultimate at-home spa day, check out the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque ($16.90, Drugstore.com). It contains Omegas 3, 5, and 7 and can help make your dry, stressed tresses shiny and bouncy again.
Even if you’re all wrapped up in the holiday chaos, a few minutes with a nourishing skin product can work wonders on your skin. Whether you’re taking special care to simply remove your makeup with something that won’t strip the oils from your skin or you’re going all out with a mask, little changes here and there can go a long way.