Don't get me wrong, I love winter. What's not to love about crisp mornings, fun holidays, and mugs of hot cocoa? But, I certainly do not love dry, itchy skin, cracked lips, and a red, patchy face. No, thank you very much. So, we at Delightfully Engaged have put together some of our favorite products that get us through the cold months and keep us from looking a mess.
The fact that mistletoe comes to us in winter is just plain cruel. Keep your lips smooth with lip balm. Budget favorite: Smith's Rosebud Salve. This also makes the perfect stocking stuffer! Splurge: LaMer's The Lip Balm. Okay, it sounds completely outrageous to spend $50 on lip balm, but this is seriously the best lip balm you will ever use. As it should be.
Before you can moisturize, you've got to get rid of all of the winter layer. Exfoliate your body with Malin + Goetz's Peppermint Scrub, in a lukewarm shower or bath (hot water can irritate dry skin). Need a facial exfoliant? Budget favorite: St. Ives Apricot Scrub. Splurge: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant--perfect for more sensitive skin types. If you prefer a masque to a scrub , Image Skincare's Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque exfoliates via enzymes.
So, once you are all ready to moisturize, treat your face to Clinque's Moisture Surge, which not only works like a dream but also smells lovely (clean and fresh--not overly perfumey). For daytime, finish off with Smashbox's Camera Ready BB Cream as a traditional foundation alternative. It hydrates your skin and even has SPF 35, because winter is no time to slack with sun protection, ladies!
For your hands and feet, some of the best moisturizers are also the most affordable. Try Eucerin lotion to keep dry skin at bay and Aquaphor to heal the already cracked and chapped areas. Need an extra moisture boost? Add Bio -Oil to your routine for a little extra softness!