Hi!! Welcome to Blogmas day 11, are you caught up on Vlogmas? I got a couple of texts from friends yesterday, guys and girls, saying they were thrilled with the winter skin advice (for face). I figured, why not take this a step further and talk about what you can do for all of your winter skin? Chances are, if you’re suffering from dry skin on your face, your body is suffering too. Not only does cold weather do a number on the skin, but so does indoor heating blasting everywhere you go!
You want to know what the best part is? Aside from one brand, (two products) the rest of my winter skin routine is cruelty free/not tested on animals (there is a difference here, but I’m doing what I can). And all the kitties everywhere said, ‘Amen.’
We’ll just get those two products out of the way first. I don’t turn to these products daily, but the gross truth is that sometimes my hands and shins (weird, I know) get so dry that they crack and bleed. In those times, I turn to Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion for daytime, and Aveeno Skin Relief Overnight Cream for nighttime. These products can turn your dry skin around with just a day or two of use. I don’t want to totally throw them under the bus, because Aveeno’s website does elaborate that they only conduct animal testing when legally obligated to do so… I have no idea what that entails, but anyway…
Every morning, I shower using a loofa, (this is essential for exfoliating dry skin; a washcloth will not do the trick) with Zest Fruitboost Strawberry Kiwi Shower Gel. I don’t find this soap to be particularly drying or moisturizing, but it’s incredibly cheap and it smells so good.
Out of the shower, dried off, I spray Lush’s Tea Tree Water on my legs. For seemingly no reason, over the past two years, my legs have disagreed with everything. They hate shaving cream, soap, most detergents, anything artificially scented, etc. Spritzing my legs with the tea tree water every morning calms the dry, itchy madness. This spray is also great for your face as a toner. Because they’ve diluted the tea tree oil, this product is super gentle.
After spritzing, assuming i’ve been blessed with a day that doesn’t require Aveeno, I use Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion on my arms, shoulders, hands, and lower legs. If you’re into coconut scented things, this is a dream!
For my upper legs, (or literally anywhere on your body that could use some toning/firming) I use Palmer’s Firming Butter. I read a really good article about this product a few years ago, while I was searching for a miracle to combat cellulite that didn’t cost a million dollars. It has rave reviews. While I can’t claim that it’s done anything magical for me, I can confirm that it smells wonderful and is very hydrating.
Because I moisturize religiously, (you will not regret forming this habit) my nighttime moisturizing routine is short and sweet. I usually use the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion, but I’ve recently found a new favorite as well.
In walks The Body Shop’s Almond Milk & Honey Body Butter. I’ve used The Body Shop products here and there over the years, but this is the first body butter I’ve owned and I have to say, it’s worth the price tag. If I put this on at night, my legs still have a sheeny glow in the morning. Bonus, there are a ton of great and subtle scents to choose from.
I have two favorites, and my best advice is to apply a hand cream every time you wash your hands to avoid dry, cracking knuckles. First, is Hempz Original Herbal Moisturizer, and for really dry hands, I love Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hand Cream.
Winter is tough on feet, but I do have good advice. Invest in an Amope Pedi Perfect. Use it once a week, and immediately following, apply Aveeno Skin Relief Overnight cream liberally to your feet, like don’t even rub it in, then put on socks and sleep with them on. It’s not the nicest feeling, but you’ll wake up with feet so smooth that you don’t even recognize them.
Elbows and Knees
I couldn’t dare leave these out, as they’re some of the driest parts of our skin year round. I’m sorry this post is so Palmer’s heavy, but I hope it really just drives home how much I trust these products. What’s the best cure for dry elbows and knees? Well, it’s my tried and true holy grail favorite, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Swivel Stick. I know I mentioned this yesterday for your lips. It’s great for both! I do suggest that if you intend to multitask this product, grab two (they’re extremely affordable) and label one ‘Body,’ and the other ‘Face.’ If you have a roommate, label them both ‘NOT A GLUE STICK,’ because all my coworkers confuse mine for one, haha. Just massage some of this product onto your super dry skin and go about your day!
What are your favorite body moisturizers?
xoxo Palmer’s advocate