We've been having some really nice, warmer, weather lately and it seems like we're finally (fingers crossed) getting to the end of winter. Although it is a little warmer it has still been ridiculously dry and my skin and hair has been suffering for it. I feel like I've just barely gotten to a point where my hair no longer feels like straw and my hands no longer feel like they're going to crack and start bleeding (ew) so after a lot of trial and error I thought I would share what worked to save me from this horrid dry climate.
The product that has probably made the biggest difference for me lately has been the Ultra Repair Concentrate from First Aid Beauty. This (very thick) cream can be used anywhere you have dry skin but I've been using it as a night cream for my face. I simply slather a bunch of it on my face, go to bed, and then I wake up with smoother, healthier looking skin. It hasn't caused me to break out at all I've actually been breaking out less and it healed up a pretty nasty acne scar almost overnight. It's a little bit too much for an all-over day cream but you could definitely use it just where you needed it if you had dry skin around your nose or something.
A body moisturizer fave is of course the body butters from The Body Shop. I do find them a little greasy so I don't reach for it all the time (although I have a bunch) but they are excellent for dry or scaly legs and feet. (Also if you can still manage to get your hands on a cranberry scented one I highly recommend it sooooo good)
Also at The Body Shop I picked up this mango scented Beautifying Oil. I originally got this with my hair in mind and it does a great job of making my ends look shiny and not dry and broken although I would be careful because if you have fine hair this might weigh it down and look greasy if you use too much. I've also used the oil on my body when I'm feeling lazy because it is much quicker to put all over than a body butter and because it's a dry oil it's not greasy and dries quite quickly (although not as moisturizing).
The Blistex Lip Medex is pure a simple a great lip balm. I've tried many other but nothing's as good as this; it works quickly and it works well and that's really all I could ask from it.
I don't know if it's because I wear gloves to skate all the time or if it's because I work in a coffee shop and wash my hands a lot but they are always, always extremely dry. The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector is not the most glamorous or nice smelling hand cream but it works extremely well. Instead of having to apply hand cream constantly I can use this once and my hands will be gross and scaly no more!
We're almost there guys, it's almost spring and then it will be summer, just a few more months. Let me know if you have any products that really work for you because I'll take all the help I can get when it comes to dry skin, I hate that feeling.
The last and most important competition of the season for me is this week so no matter what happens next weeks post will be the review of that (fingers crossed it's an upbeat post).