You're walking down the street; it's freezing and the wind is whipping towards you. You finally get to your destination and the heat is blasting; it feels great to warm up but boy, is the air dry! Winter for a lot of us means cracked lips, flaky skin, and a general feeling of tightness and irritation. Cold temperatures and dry air can lead to compromised skin through a process called trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL to us skincare nerds), but it's totally combat-able if you have the right products!
Here are my 5 favorite products to save your skin this winter:
1. Citrus Mint Hydrating Lip Butter from The Sunday Standard
Made with soothing coconut oil and ultra-hydrating shea butter, this creamy formula glides over lips and keeps them soft and supple. At $9.00, you can afford to keep one in your purse, one in your coat pocket, and one on your nightstand.
2. Night Body Oil by Osmia Organics
Oils create an occlusive barrier on the skin, making them superior to lotions at preventing trans-epidermal water loss. This nourishing oil by Osmia is so easy to use - it comes in a pump top container and absorbs quickly. To get the most out of body oil, be sure to apply it directly to dry skin right after showering (really - resist the urge to towel off before smoothing on a body oil; it makes a huge difference).
3. Tulsi Luminous Scrub by Apoterra
Exfoliation is a key part of keeping skin healthy, soft, and supple. This gorgeous pink-hued scrub by Apoterra features Himalayan pink sea salt and tulsi essential oil, a plant that looks similar to common basil, but has an intoxicating aroma that resembles a blend of cinnamon, peppermint, clove, basil, and licorice. It is considered to be a balancing and grounding herb.
You can also make your own simple body scrub using ingredients that you likely have around the house. Make a weekly batch on Sunday and store in a cool, dry place when not in use. As this product is not preserved, it is recommended that you treat it as you would a food; it will last about 1 week if properly stored.