Winter Must Haves

As the weather gets colder, here are a few things that are my must haves.

1. Bounce
Strange that this is #1 on my list, but I really don’t like having static in my hair. During the cold season, it’s inevitable to get static-y hair and shock yourself when you reach for door handles (Ugh). The obvious thing to do is spray static guard… but here’s another trick that works well without the icky static guard smell. I simply keep a dryer sheet in one of my pockets which helps eliminate static and keeps me smelling fresh.
(Note: the dryer sheet may leave white powder in your pocket, so be sure it’s something you can wash. Preferably not black)

2. Colder Showers
Yes, I said colder showers. While it’s tempting to take long hot showers when it’s cold out, this will actually dry out your hair (and skin) causing frizz and static.  Try taking shorter warm showers and rinsing your hair in cold water just before you step out of the shower. This will close and smooth out the cuticles of your hair leaving it shiny and with less frizz and static. Switching to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner may also help.

If all else fails… take a bounce dryer sheet and use it to tame the static. Running the sheet just on the outer strands should do the trick.  Then put the sheet in your pocket and you’re ready to go!

3.  Additional Moisture
The cold outside air provides no humidity (moisture) to your skin, and the heated indoor air basically sucks all the moisture out of your skin. Dry skin can make you look ashy and may also cause inflammation, redness, and wrinkles. So it’s super important to provide moisture back to the face, body AND lips during the cold weather.

  1. Best time to apply moisture is right out of the shower when your pores are clean and open.
  2. Consider switching from a lotion to a more moisturizing cream. Or couple your current moisturizer with Clinique’s Moisture Surge.
  3. I like to use Cetaphil Cream as a body cream and Vaseline on my lips. They’re fragrance free, provide a lot of moisture, good for sensitive skin, and cheap.
  4. The heel of my feet suffer the most during the cold season. I really like the Earth Therapeutics Soft Heel Gel Sleeves because it just covers the heel. You can lather on foot cream and not get your floor or bed greasy!

4. Exfoliation
With all the additional lotion and moisture applied to your face, body and lips… exfoliation becomes even more important. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells (which leaves skin looking dull) and helps your skin to better absorb moisture.

Things to consider:

  1. Exfoliate 1-2 times a week in the shower when pores are opened. (Over exfoliation will breakdown your natural skin’s barrier which may leave your skin dry and flaky)
  2.  Look for man-made round beads in your exfoliator. Natural grains can be abrasive and tear/rip your delicate skin.
  3. I recently purchased Bliss Pore Perfecting Face Polish for all skin types and would recommend it. It’s a cream exfoliator and the little round beads provide just enough exfoliation leaving my skin soft and clean.

5. UV protection
Even if it’s cloudy, rainy or snowy…  please remember that UV rays are still out and about. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

Hope this information is helpful. Please share some of your winter must haves!
Have a great week and stay warm everyone!~

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  1. Shawna
    October 19, 2012 / 5:56 am

    Such a great list! I also use Cetaphil moisturizer and Vaseline on my lips — both were doctor-recommended!

  2. Linda
    November 9, 2011 / 10:47 am

    I have to add TOE SOCKS to this list! Although it’s not a skincare product but it’s definitely a winter must have! 🙂

    • November 9, 2011 / 12:52 pm

      Nice! An added benefit besides just warmth is that toe socks actually help fight athlete’s foot! So double bonus!