What’s a girl to do? It’s winter, and with the cold and wind and snow comes ashy,pale, dry, scaly winter skin. If you moisturize too much, you risk acne and product build-up. If you don’t moisturize enough, you have dry, itchy skin by the end of the day. No worries! Here’s my list of the ten best skin-care products for winter, so you can have soft,glowing skin all winter long!
1. Burt’s Bees Peach and Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub
Price: $8 at burtsbees.com
Get rid of that top layer of dry, flaky skin and reveal your inner glow, even in the dead of winter! Use this scrub daily to gently exfoliate away dull, dead skin cells and follow with a gentle moisturizer (see items 2 and 3). This scrub contains finely ground peach pits (for scrubbing), and willowbark and golden seal (to refresh and revitalize skin). It’s also almost 99% all-natural, which means there’s nothing nasty or damaging to your delicate skin. It also smells peachy, which will give you a little boost in the morning! What a great way to start your day!
2. Burt’s Bees Marshmallow Vanishing Cream
Price: $18 at burtsbees.com
Did you know marshmallows aren’t just that light, sugary treat? They can also be perennial flowering plants whose extracts work like magic to soothe and protect irritated winter skin. This moisturizer, rich in marshmallow extract, is so light and silky it disappears into your skin in seconds, leaving it soft, supple, and silky-smooth! It also contains mango seed butter, grape seed oil, and rosehip seed extract, all of which will help protect your skin from the wintery elements.
3. Burt’s Bees Radiance Day Lotion with SPF 15
Price: $18 at burtsbees.com
Even winter sun can be harmful to your skin, so protect it each day with this rich moisturizer with SPF 15. It’s formulated with royal jelly, a mysterious substance made of nectar, pollen, flower parts, vitamins, and minerals, made by worker bees for their queen bee. Give your skin the royal treatment! Enhance and renew your skin’s own natural radiance, and protect it from the harsh wind, sun, and cold this winter!
4. Philosophy Hope in a Jar
Price: $28 at philosophy.com
Get gentle exfoliating and lush moisturizing in one simple step. This non-oily moisturizer also gently exfoliates dry, dull winter skin, giving you a natural, healthy glow. It can even help treat sun-damaged skin! It’s so wonderful, Sephora chose it as a 2008 “Best of Sephora” product! I love how light and airy it is, and how quickly it absorbs into my skin.
5. MAC Strobe Cream
Price: $29.50 at maccosmetics.com
Did you stay up too late, smooching under the mistletoe or dancing the night away? You can’t face the world with tired, dull skin! Try this! It’s the ultimate quick-fix for your winter-dry or sleep-deprived skin! It’s packed with vitamins and antioxidant-rich green tea extract. It also contains tiny iridescent particles that will give you a subtle shine whether you’re under the office fluorescents, snowy sunshine, or club strobe lights!
6. Aveda Enbrightenment Brightening Correcting Lotion
Price: $50 at aveda.com
Our days may be merry and bright, but our skin is dull and flat! Perk it up with this 100% all-natural brightening cream. It doesn’t just brighten sallow, tired skin, it even helps fade dark spots and discolorations, too! It contains mulberry root and grape extracts, along with antioxidants like Rosemary and Vitamin E. Protect your skin from harsh winter weather and other environmental damage (like smoke or pollution). Lightweight, so it absorbs fast, and made with a soothing aroma of lavender.
7. Aveda Lip Saver
Price: $8.50 at aveda.com
Hey, don’t forget to protect your pucker from nasty winter weather! If you’re going to be smooching under mistletoe, or just looking smashing while sipping cocoa, you can’t have chapped lips, can you? Nurture your kissable lips with cinnamon leaf and anise and clove oils, and with natural wax to seal in the moisture and keep out the water, snow, and harsh environmental damage. It even has SPF 15 to protect your delicate kisses from sun damage!
8. Aveda Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Lotion
Price: $32 at aveda.com
One of Aveda’s top sellers, and no wonder why! It’s rich in emollients like coconut and jojoba, to soothe and protect even the driest, dullest skin. It’s great for all skin types, even sensitive or acne-prone, and is gentle enough to use every day. It also contains chamomile and lavender to calm irritated skin, which is bound to happen at least once or twice this winter. A very little bit goes a very long way — all you need is a pea-sized drop to smooth over your entire pretty face!
9. The Body Shop Aloe Gentle Exfoliator
Price: $14.50 at thebodyshop-usa.com
Gently exfoliate away dry skin cells and other impurities, like make-up, and soothe it at the same time. It’s fragrance and dye-free, and contains natural round jojoba beads to very gently scrub away anything that ought not be on your skin. Aloe helps soothe and protect irritated winter-dry skin. It’s been tested by dermatologists and proven to be gentle enough for even the most delicate, sensitive skin. Perfect for giving you a rosy glow!
10. The Body Shop Vitamin E SPF 15 Moisture Lotion
Price: $18 at thebodyshop-usa.com
This moisturizer is full of antioxidants like Vitamin E and wheat germ oil to protect your skin from nasty winter weather and even premature aging. It also protects you from sun damage with SPF 15. So this moisturizer is a little bit of everything you need, right? Take it with you wherever you go, so you can reapply when you feel a little dry. There’s also an entire range of Vitamin E-rich products, including a scrub. Perfect!
See? It’s possible to have soft,glowing skin all winter long! Just use one of these products, or a combination of them, for beautiful skin no matter what the winter weather brings. Which of these products do you love best? Or is there another one I didn’t mention that’s worthy of a try? Please let me know… thanks!
Photo Credit: _Jaydee