How I Battled Dry Skin This Winter

Like most people, my skin gets more dry in the cold air of winter. Usually, all it takes is a heavier, creamier moisturizer to tackle it. This winter? Oh, my skin was not going for just thicker moisturizers to make my skin look soft and hydrated. I had to try out more specific products and techniques for my dry skin this winter.

How I Battled Dry Skin This Winter | STAINED COUTURE

Although it took me some unexpected time and money, I know what to do next time my skin wants to act bougie when it’s a winter day and a slight draft. SIDENOTE: It hasn’t even been that cold compared to other years, but my skin wanted to flake up on a balmy 45 degree day. *insert eyeroll* Keep reading to see what products I loved to use to help me beat dry skin this winter.

Dry brushing is something I tried many moons ago. However, ya’ girl got lazy, forgetful, and never kept up with it. In case you haven’t heard of it before, dry brushing is using a body brush before or after you shower. You start at your feet and brush upwards towards your heart by using firm, small strokes. When you get to your arms, you start at your hands and work your way up your arms. On your stomach, brush in a clockwise direction before working your way to your chest and back.

If you prefer to dry brush before you shower, you can use the brush with no product, which is what I do. If you prefer to dry brush with a lotion or oil, do it after showering. Either way, the technique helps to buff off dry skin and oil your moisturizer to absorb into your skin easier. Also, it’s recommended by most to dry brush in the morning, because it helps to circulate the blood and energize the body.

I recently stopped using face scrubs, because of how harsh they can be on your face’s skin. However, I’ve been using and loving Tree Hut’s Shea Sugar Scrub in Moroccan Rose, which smells amazing. More on the scent later. The scrub itself gently exfoliates and moisturizes the skin, including dry, cracked heels. After using it, my skin felt smooth, soft, and smelled amazing!

Ah, yes, the scent. Moroccan Rose smells incredible! So, I’m not ashamed that I used this in the shower a couple of times just for the smell. What I am ashamed of is the fact that it took me so long to find out the scent is available in mist AND oil. Considered these already ordered.

A month ago, I noticed that my arms were getting irritated on colder days and when I wore heavier clothing. So, I decided to try out a moisturizer to help with eczema. Eczema is skin condition, which causes dry, itchy skin. No, I don’t have eczema, but I had the same symptoms. I bought Gold Bond Eczema Relief cream, because Gold Bond makes really good body lotions. This formula contains colloid oatmeal, which helps sooth the itchiness and dryness. Since I only have this irritation on my arms, I only use this on my arms. However, it’s safe and gentle enough to use all over, too.

How did you deal with dry skin this winter? Share below!

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