Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Winter Survival: Dryness

There is no question about it, the winter weather is here and not going anywhere soon.
I adore snow.
One of my favorite things is strolling through the wonderland
created from a snowfall on my ordinary surroundings.
There is something so magical about it.
Despite my enchantment with this season, there are some drawbacks. 
I am surrounded by moisture and yet my skin and hair become quite the opposite.
Here are my five favorites to beat the winter dryness.
Vaseline Lip Therapy
Vaseline Lip Therapy Original
My lips have a tendency to chap, but this winter was the first time it ever led to bleeding.
My mom recommended Vaseline Lip Therapy to me and boy was she right
(of course, she is a mom, I should never have doubted).
The tiny tub it comes in is also adorable and doubles as a great conversation starter ;)
Cetaphil Store
This is a two for one.
I have super sensitive and troubled skin and have tried a lot of products
that make my skin break out, dry, and/or oily.
I have been very happy with Cetaphil's Daily Facial Cleanser. It is gentle while not drying.
I use it in the shower after allowing the steam to open up my pores for a deeper clean feel.
I also love the gentle hydration of Cetaphil's Moisturizing Cream.
You can feel the moisture in it.
My skin absorbs it quickly without leaving me with the feeling
 like I have to wait half an hour before I touch anything or get dressed.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer
Dramatically Different <BR>Moisturizing Lotion+
Ladies that shop Clinique you are probably very familiar with this moisturizer. It comes in almost every single gift. When I was younger (and didn't think I needed the extra help), I would purchase my foundation or mascara at gift time and use every other product, but this one. I sing to a different tune these days and rejoice that this bonus can last me at least 3 months. It provides moisture without oil and my face feels soft and smooth.
Neutrogena Triple Moisture
Triple Moisture Cream Lather Shampoo
I started using this shampoo and conditioner a couple months ago and have been very pleased with the results. It isn't one of those moisturizing shampoos that only makes your hair lovely for a day. I tend to shampoo every 2-3 days and was worried at first that this shampoo may call for a shorter duration between washings. When I was sick last week I went 4 days and honestly it was only because I needed to wash the sickness out of me.
Boar Bristle Brush
Wigo Cushion Boar Bristle Wood Brush
You don't have to brush your hair 100 strokes a day, but daily brushing is important. When I was noticing the dryness of my hair, I went back to my grandmother's words of wisdom and bought myself a boar bristle brush. The natural fibers of the brush help distribute your natural oils throughout your hair. This aids in the health of your hair as well as protecting it from the environment.  Following Grandmother's advice, I brush my hair before bed and in the morning. The shine of my hair improved instantly.
Have you tried any of these before?
What are your tips for beating winter dryness?
Make sure to visit Jenna and the rest for more favorites.


  1. Hmm. Maybe I need to invest in a boar hair brush myself...

    1. So my initial reaction was, "You can borrow mine..." and then I realized that even though I love you, I think that might be a little gross...

  2. I love the Neutrogena shampoo and conditioner, too. I have long hair and it keeps my locks healthy through the dry, cold winter months.

    1. Glad to hear it works for you too! I've been very happy with it and am glad I decided to give it a try.

  3. I love Cetaphil! Mike isn't a fan because it doesn't make his face feel like it has been stripped of every last bit of oil and skin...weirdo!

  4. I learned the benefit of frequent brushing just this year. I've lived in Austin for long enough now that I am mentally used to it, but my body is just now adjusting. My scalp was so horribly dry right when it first cooled down (after Halloween). I used to just leave my part in the same place between washings, but I tried brushing it out so I could moisturize better. It was like magic! I also like to brush my hair out when I get home from work. The mini scalp massage signals that I'm transitioning to a new part of the day.

    1. I love the idea of brushing your hair after work to help with the transition. I think I will have to try that!


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