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Use Gentle Soap
When the middle of Fall gets here, my skin starts to get dry. And itchy. Right now, I am itching and I can’t help but scratch because it’s serious. My skin changes with the weather, so my skincare must, as well. The first thing I start to look at is what soaps I’m using. I prefer body washes over bar soap, and there are a lot of options. With my dry skin, I want to use something soothing, made for sensitive skin. This fragrance-free choice from Aveeno is great!
For some people, it’s hard to drink a lot of water. I love coffee, energy drinks, and juice. So I try to sneak in a few glasses of water per day. But in the cold seasons, if you want to keep your skin hydrated, it’s important to keep your body hydrated from the inside. This is something I’ve got to work on! Something that helps when I actually do it: I buy sugar-free flavored drink packs to add to individual bottles of water. They add the flavor without the sugar so that I actually want to drink the water. A great option is this variety pack from Crystal Light:
My youngest son got a cold a couple of weeks ago. And my oldest gets a bad cough each season change. So our humidifiers have been on for weeks. I just make sure that I keep filling it back up with water when it runs out. In addition to keeping your nasal passage from drying out, a humidifier will also keep your skin hydrated. So it’s great, overall! I use an inexpensive option: The Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier
In summer, I use body lotions, but not every day. I don’t have much problem with dry skin when it’s warm so I don’t use lotion as much because it gets so hot that it just mixes with my sweat and gets yucky. When Fall comes, I have to start slathering on the lotion and lip balm. I use Bath and Body Works lotions, but this season, I may go out and get something I can use on my body, hands, feet, and face. A multitasker is great because I get dry all over, and I’m sure many of you reading this do as well. Aquaphor Healing Ointment is a great option for this Winter. It’s a heavy, unscented cream that will moisturize the whole body. I’d even use it on the face, and just be a little less heavy-handed.
Another big problem I have when the weather gets cold is dry lips. I’ve got to be using lip balm several times per day. There’s a classic balm that I love and stopped using for a while because it was in a tin that was really hard to open. I checked and it’s also available in a tube. The Rosebud Salve by Rosebud Perfume Company.
The thick cream I mentioned you should be using can be used on the feet as well. I like to wash my feet before going to bed, using the cream, then wearing socks to bed. It really helps to keep my heels as soft as possible!
Pay attention to your hands
I can’t forget the hands! I don’t like having ashy hands when it gets cold outside. And they are if I don’t do something about it. I keep a small bottle of lotion in my purse so that I can apply lotion throughout the day. An option I love is the Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Balm in Lavender