Skincare Tips & Tricks on Surviving the Dry Winter

Hey, loves! Arizona is experiencing one of the driest and warmest winters we’ve had in years, with highs in certain parts of the state reaching 90 degrees! Did I mention that it’s February? Not only has it been warm, it’s also been extremely dry. I feel like it’s been ages since we’ve had any real moisture around here. This type of dry weather can be harsh on your skin, and especially awful if you have oily skin. I have very oily and shiny skin, and it’s been a challenge trying to find ways to keep my skin happy. My forehead and chin are oily and broken out, yet I am also experiencing dry patches on my forehead and nose. Skin on my nose is so dry it’s peeling. Okay, enough complaining, I think you guys get the point. Dry weather sucks. So, if you want to hear some of my tips, favorite products, and a DIY nourishing and moisturizing face mask, keep reading!

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When the colder months come around I like to switch  up a few things in my shower routine. First thing is a more moisturizing body wash. The Dove Winter Care is my favorite to use in the winter; it’s hydrating, has a fresh scent, and I see a big difference in the way my skin looks and feels, especially on my usually dry and red arms. The only con is it is  a seasonal product, which is a bummer since I’d love to use it year round! Second, I like to treat my hair to a hydrating treatment a few times a week. This winter I’ve been loving the Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Treatment. Argan oil has tons of benefits for your skin as well as your hair. Using an argan oil treatment/mask or even just pure argan oil can help tame frizz, keep the ends of your hair from getting dry, and give your hair that glamorous shine. Just apply it to your ends, put your hair up in a clip, let it sit for 3-5 minutes, and then thoroughly rinse it out.

Dealing with dry patches and peeling/flakey skin can be pretty tricky, especially if you have oily skin. To help get rid of some of the peeling skin I use the Clean & Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub around two times a week to clear my face of dead skin and to clear my pores. Because exfoliation can be harsh on the skin (especially when the weather is drier), applying a moisturizer after you use one is imperative. Try to find one that’s gentle and oil free!

I don’t know about you guys, but I cannot go a day without a using lip balm. My lips get chapped and dried up so fast and even faster in the winter months. It’s no secret that I’m addicted to the Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. I have one and home and in my purse. This is a great lip balm to have all year. It’s hydrating, healing, and makes your lips super soft. In addition to this, I also carry the Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm in my purse. Lips tend to be more prone to peeling in the winter and this lip balm is the perfect quick fix to renew the skin on your lips. Another lip favorite is the Lush Honey Trap lip balm. I already talked about this quite a bit in my January Favorites, so to sum it up, this makes your lips feel like heaven and like a soft pillow. I use this every morning and evening.

Here’s a quick DIY face mask that will leave your skin feeling soft, hydrated, and glowing. I love making DIY masks because they are natural, have no weird and unneeded chemicals in them, and I find they work better than most masks you can buy.

For this hydrating face mask you will need four ingredients that you probably have lying around the house: a banana, plain Greek yogurt, oats, and honey.

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Start off by slicing 1/2 of your banana and putting it in a small bowl. Then add two tablespoons of your Greek yogurt, and one teaspoon of honey. Mix these things together until the banana is almost entirely mashed and chunks are small. Then take one tablespoon of oats (I’m using steel-cut, but really any type of oats can work) and combine this with the banana-mixture. There you have it! A nourishing face mask in just minutes!

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Why these ingredients? Honey is wonderful for treating breakouts and smoothing and evening out your complexion. Greek Yogurt contains zinc, which also fights acne, and is packed with lactic acid that is good for moisturizing dry skin, and prevents wrinkles. Bananas are considered one of the super foods because they have countless health benefits. I used one in this mask because they contain large amounts of Vitamin A (repairs and hydrates dry skin), and Vitamins C and B6 (have a big role in maintaining the elasticity in your skin). Oats are also a natural moisturizer and work well to treat acne.

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I hope this post was helpful, and gave you some ideas for surviving the winter! Thanks for reading and let me know in the comments what you think! I hope everyone had a great long weekend, I know I did! I could get used to not having school on Mondays. xoxo

What are your winter essentials? Any recommendations for a moisturizer for oily skin? Let me know in the comments!

– Emma

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