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Sunday, November 25, 2018


WOW-- I think as I've gotten older, my skin has become way more sensitive to cold weather. I have reoccurring patches of irritated skin on my hands which become just awful in cold, dry air. Constant lotion helps, but I actually have an ointment to take care of that. As for other parts of my body, like hands, nails, and lips, I have a whole fleet of products to keep me from turning into a real life raisin. Keep reading to see all of my favorites!

I hate to be annoying (and I've mentioned this in other hydration-related posts), but drinking enough water really does help keep your body hydrated and regulated. Of course, there are environmental causes (dry air, wind) that require external products. One thing I can't stand is the sight of dry, white flaky skin... and so over the years I've been finding products that help me maintain my usual healthy self. Here are my favorites:


Bliss Lemon & Sage Body Moisturizing Body Butter ($12): I received this sample size from the Her Campus Influencer Essentials Kit over the summer. This body butter smells great, the lemon makes it feel very fresh. The consistency is thick and I put it on all over the second I step out of the shower. I appreciate the heavy fragrance, since I love strong smelling stuff, and even though my skin's sensitive it doesn't irritate it. One thing I will mention is that I find I need to reapply on dryer parts of my body throughout the day, like ankles and elbows.


St. Ives Oatmeal Scrub + Mask ($4): Back in the day, when I was a teen, I used to use St. Ives' Apricot Scrub. At that time, it was a hot product in the beauty blogging scene. Turns out it's actually quite an abrasive scrub, and so I dropped it. This is a newer scrub from the brand, and I use it about twice a week. I apply it and wear it as a mask when I first get in the shower, and after washing it off my skin feels like a dream. This is not abrasive at all and gently gets rid of any dry/scaly skin.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater ($12): I feel like this spray does add something to my face. At first I was convinced this was nothing but a gimmick, but now I admit that when sprayed, it kind of gets absorbed into my face and does make it feel better. Kind of like a little nighttime luxury for me is spraying this on a clean face before lotion.

Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion ($14): Again, pictured is a travel size version of this product. I love this lotion so much, delivers the perfect amount of hydration to my face and it's great for sensitive skin. This never makes me breakout and it's not too greasy for my combo skin, just perfect!

Bio-Oil ($9): Most of the time I use this as a spot treatment for acne scars on my face. When my skin is really smooth though and I'm not experiencing any acne flare ups, I will take a couple drops of this and smooth it over my whole face. I love how it makes my skin feel so soft! If you have a lot of acne though, I wouldn't recommend using it all over because it might make breakouts worse.


OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum ($8): The ends of my hair are like straw... it's so bad. Whenever I wash my hair, after blowdrying, I use a pump of this and massage it into the damp ends. This helps SO much with dry hair/split ends. It's really affordable and lasts a long time.


Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream ($6): This is another product that lasts forever. I am cursed, especially in the colder weather, with horrible chapped cuticles. I massage this onto my nails and the area around them every night and it totally revives my cuticles. I really couldn't live without this, my nails would be a disaster!


Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub ($11): This is actually my little sister's, but lately I've been stealing little bits away since she doesn't use it! When my lips are dry to the point of flaking, and there is no way to revive them with just lip balm, I will use this. I wet my lips and apply some of this scrub to them. After some exfoliating (this is the worst flavor, btw), I rinse it off and most of the dead skin will be gone too.

EOS Vanilla Bean Smooth Stick ($3): I received this from Her Campus' College Fashion Week event last month. I still like the traditional stick-form lip balm, and this formula is really nice. The scent is light and pleasant. I apply this as needed, but always after using the Lush scrub from above. This particular balm is also 95% organic and 100% natural.