151 days until summer. We can do it.
Until then, let's talk about how to preserve your skin.
I am one of the laziest people when it comes to any sort of beauty routine (a fact that every dermatologist has lamented) but over the last two years I have realized that a few simple steps can prevent the dreaded winter dry skin.
The number one thing that has helped is getting a humidifier. It sounds like a hassle, but I promise it's worth it. This one is pretty enough to keep in your living room (because nobody likes having something that looks like it came from a hospital supply store).
For my face, I use Neutrogena Naturals moisturizer during the day and Neutrogena Naturals night cream before I go to bed. My acne medicines can make my skin extra dry and in winter it's a total nightmare. (One winter, my face was so dry that it looked like I was shedding all of my skin. I had to sleep with Vaseline on my face. It was as glamorous as it sounds). These lotions help prevent that, they're non-comedogenic, they smell great and you can get them at your local drugstore.
For my lips, I use Aquaphor at night and Blistex in the morning. I just started using Fresh sugar lipgloss for a little extra color throughout the day. They have a lot of fun hues and it makes putting on lip balm more fun.
I love a long-hot shower, but I try and cut back during the winter (the time and temperature, not showers in general). I use coconut oil instead of shaving cream. It's really moisturizing and it smells great. Be careful though! It can make the tub slippery.
When I get out, I slather on lotion from head to toe. Truthfully, I hate doing this. I'm cold when I towel off and standing there applying lotion is the last thing I want to do. However, it makes a big impact, so I bribe myself with fancy lotion. Right now I'm using Philosophy's grace however I also like Fresh.
Lastly, I try and drink lots of water.
And that's it. It's not rocket science but it makes a big difference in how my skin feels. I would love to hear what products you like!