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How to Keep Your Skin Healthy & Beautiful in Winter

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Commenter Jess made a great point in the comments section of this recent post:

College is hard on us… and what is an outfit without a face to go with it? Could you guys make a post on how to make skin survive and stay pretty through winter?

And she’s totally right! It’s tough to feel your best when your skin isn’t healthy – and college can be really hard on our skin. We are constantly stressed about papers, exams, and presentations, and most of us don’t necessarily eat as well as we should. And that’s on top of already drying winter weather! Really, it’s no wonder so many of us face skin problems this time of year.

So how can we, as college students, keep our skin looking healthy and beautiful, especially in winter? Here are a few tips!

For Face

Facial skincare products

Product Information: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer, Olay Complete with SPF 30.

For the worst dry days of winter, my favorite moisturizers are Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion and Olay Complete with SPF 30.  Clinique works great at night and Olay works great during the day – both leave my skin feeling soft and not greasy at all!

For days when my skin feels sensitive and irritated, I love Aveeno. Their Clear Complexion Moisturizer is one of my favorites when I am breaking out because it contains acne-fighting ingredients and doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy.

Of course, my picks won’t necessarily be the best choices for you – everyone’s skin is different and part of the secret to finding a great moisturizer is knowing your skin type. Do you have combination, dry, or oily skin? My skin leans more towards combination. If you aren’t sure what moisturizer would be best for your skin type, I highly recommend visiting a dermatologist: he or she will be able to tell you the best moisturizer and SPF for your skin type and texture!

For Lips

Moisturizing lip products

Product Information: Green by Nature Lip Butter, Chapstick Medicated, Carmex.

With all the lip color trends lately (I love, love raspberry lipstick), moisturized lips are a must!

My favorite brand for keeping my lips smooth is Carmex – it is a classic and it also has SPF, which protects your skin as well! For sensitive skin, Green by Nature (available at Target) is a great brand.

I know sometimes Carmex can irritate my lips, so I like to have alternatives, too. Chapstick is the classic – I like their Medicated and Original versions best. For extremely chapped lips, I love Neutrogena Lip Moisturizer with SPF 15.

For Feet, Hands, and Body

Body skincare products

Product Information: Vaseline Cocoa Butter with Vitamin E, Eucerin Calming Cream, Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Hand Cream.

Eucerin is my favorite brand of body moisturizer ever – I used the Original Moisturizing Creme almost every day during the winter last year! Whenever I get a dry patch of skin – elbows, knees, and ankles, especially – I use Eucerin.

I also love their Intensive Repair Hand Creme. When I moved to Idaho from Oregon two years ago, the first winter was the worst because I had never had such dry skin before … my knuckles ended up cracking and getting infected. Gross, I know! Ever since then, I have been diligent with hand cream and Eucerin is my favorite brand! While Eucerin lotions do tend to feel a little greasy at first, they absorb relatively quickly!

This summer, I discovered Vaseline Deep Conditioning Cocoa Butter and now it is my favorite daily lotion! It smells really good and absorbs quickly (unlike most cocoa butters), and it leaves my skin feeling soft all day long, even if I spend all day outside in the cold!

I like to mix all of these products with a little bit of my favorite scented lotion (Butterfly Flower by Bath and Body Works is my new obsession!) This increases the number of uses you get out of your scented lotions and saves you money, which I think all college students can appreciate.

Other Tips to Save Winter Skin

  • Stay hydrated! Keeping your body from being thirsty is the best way to good skin. Drink lots of water and avoid caffeinated products like soda and coffee. (Okay, only splurge once a day or so!)
  • Get your vitamins! Taking a vitamin supplement in the morning is definitely a step in the right direction, but to make sure your body is working properly and your skin is looking its best, you should try to eat 3-5 servings of veggies a day and 3-4 servings of fruit a day. Your body absorbs the nutrients from food better than it can absorb them from a pill! Also, making sure to eat enough protein and iron is another great way to keep your body healthy and happy.
  • Get enough sleep. We hear it all the time, but adequate sleep really does make your skin beautiful! Take a break from homework tonight and go to bed before midnight – tomorrow morning you will feel so much better!
  • Cover up! Scarves, hats, and gloves can protect your most sensitive skin from the wind and the cold when you venture outside in the winter.
  • Know your skin type. You don’t have to spend a fortune on moisturizers to keep your skin healthy, beautiful, and moisturized – you just have to know which products are best for you! See a dermatologist if you’re unsure.
  • If you live in an especially cold and dry climate, you should look into a humidifier! Target has a great selection of cold water humidifiers, which don’t get warm (so no risk of burning yourself or starting a fire!) This one is shaped like a cow – so cute! – but they have a great selection of other cute shapes and designs too. My panda-shaped humidifier has saved my life for the past two-and-a-half years in Idaho!

What do you think?

These are just some of my tips on how to keep skin moisturized and healthy – but I want to know: how do you like to keep your skin healthy during the winter? Are there any tips or products I missed? Let me know in the comments.

Posted on on November 26, 2009 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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10 Responses to “How to Keep Your Skin Healthy & Beautiful in Winter”

  1. 1
    November 26th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Thank you soooo much for the post! I definitely have to comment on the get enough sleep and drink water part – they make suuuuch a difference!
    What I’ve been using right now is the dual action moisturizer from clean & clear, it moisturizes skin and helps prevent breakouts at the same time, and even though it may sound crazy boooy does it work! My skin feels super soft and I have 0 zits at the momment, so I totally recommend it. My best tip for lips is to use to slip a cream called Bepanthen…it’s normally used for sunburn, minor burns and bruises… but it’s the best thing for lips, any cracked lip will awake super soft the next morning. It’s sort of a mess to sleep with and very thick, but it absorbs sort of quick and it’s so worth it the next morning!
    For chapstick, Burt’s Bees soothing, cooling and refreshing.

    =))

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    November 26th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Great post.
    I also love the body shop moisturizers…. coco butter for the summer, and the yummy special edition christmas scents they come out with every year are to die for.

  3. 3
    November 26th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    definitely need to keep skin hydrated and healthy, starting when we are young to prevent wrinkles and keep ourselves healthy!

  4. 4
    November 26th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Probably the best body moisturizer I know of is baby lotion. It gets rid of my dry patches immediately, it smells great, and it’s no problem for sensitive skin.

  5. 5
    November 26th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    I live in Florida so it’s never too cold or dry, but my lips do get chapped easily. I use Burt’s Bees chapstick in passion fruit w/ SPF, love it!

  6. 6
    November 26th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Great post! I absolutely agree with you on the Eucerin and Vaseline lotion. My mother has been using it for ages, and her skin looks so young (Eucerin)! I also put the petroleum jelly Vaseline on my lips and it helps!

  7. 7
    November 27th, 2009 at 1:57 am

    Great post!! I love alveeno’s body lotion :) I know there are a ton of bloggers who discuss skin care, but If possible, can you please do a blog on skin care items.. Like make up removers or facial cleansers/scrubs? College students know how to party, and sometimes tAking care of their face is the last thing on their mind:) thank you!!

  8. 8
    December 2nd, 2009 at 1:35 am

    IMPORTANT: some chapsticks (including all made by the Chapstick brand) stop your lips from producing natural moisture. I’m a trumpet player and I constantly have to worry about my lips so I’m all too familiar with the problem. If a chapstick has Phenol in it, don’t get it! You’ll pretty much become “addicted” to it and need to apply it more than you should.

    Some great options: Nivea “moisture stick” and Burt’s Bee’s anything

  9. 9
    December 23rd, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    I love this site! Thanks so much for this! I live in Philly and am going to Northeastern University up in Boston next year, so basically the winter is and will be overruling my life.

    I have awfully dry skin and I SWEAR by Cetaphil. My dermatologist recommended it to me a few years back and I have no stopped using it since. It feels a bit oily at first but after a few minutes, your skin feels fabulous! For a small tub, it’s $8. Definately worth every cent!

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