Brrrr…Baby it’s cold out there! And while winter might be a great time to cozy up to the fire, snuggle your babies, pet a purring kitty, or wear your favorite warm sweater, winter is not great for your skin. As the humidity leaves, so does our natural ability to maintain moisture.

Dry skin can be uncomfortable, itchy, and even leave us feeling self-conscious if we’re a little flaky. Luckily, there are a lot of great products out there to help us feel better about the chill.

Let’s start with your poor, chapped face. My two favorite products for protecting and revitalizing dry facial skin are Avon’s ANEW Ultimate Supreme Performance Crème ($50) and Our fabulous ANEW Clinical Overnight Hydration Mask ($30). I use both at bedtime and sometimes even in the morning if I’m feeling particularly dry. The Supreme Performance Crème is a lovely, light-weight cream with an awesome scent (my mom is constantly asking when we’ll be coming out with the matching fragrance, lol!) It costs just $50 but packs a punch as powerful as the $350 luxury department store crème. In fact, it may be far MORE hydrating than many department store luxury creams.

The Overnight Hydration Mask is also light-weight and non-greasy, but helps skin repair and heal overnight. I love to slather this amazing stuff all over my face, neck, and décolletage every night. It never fails, I always wake up with refreshed skin!

Another victim of winter’s brutality can be your hands. My poor dad gets cracks in his thumbs and fingers from the lack of moisture. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and keep lots of hand creams around—like, one in every bathroom, one in your bedroom, one in your office, and one in your purse. It may sound silly, but try to moisturize those poor mitts every time you think about it. I generally will apply lotions about six times a day for unbelievably soft and comfortable hands. My personal favorite cream is Skin So Soft in the Soft and Sensual flavor ($4) (I know, silly to call it Skin So Soft Soft And Sensual! But hey, the stuff is amazing!). My husband gets very dry, itchy skin on his hands in winter and has been using Moisture Relief Calming Relief Hand Lotion. ($5) It doesn’t have any scent to it and contains actual oatmeal for soothing the itch. It’s wonderful and also comes as a body lotion and a spray. The entire Moisture Therapy line is suitable for sensitive skin, sensitive noses, and sensitive kids!

Let’s talk about that pucker, shall we? I hate hate hate that famous brand of lip balm that everyone thinks of when they get chapped lips. Not gonna name names, but it starts with Chap. Yuck! Talk about icky, waxy, sticky goo! But the good news is, Avon has a version that goes on silky smooth and it tastes great too! My 11-year-old son asked for a couple of tubes for Christmas! Ya, it’s that great. The Flavor Savers Lip Balm normally sells for $2, but can frequently be found on sale for $1.50 or less (as I write this it’s on sale for a buck!).

And how about those flaky, itchy elbows and knees? I don’t know about you, but shaving my legs in the winter time leaves me completely dry if I don’t moisturize. Take care of the skin you’re in by first washing it with a creamy body wash such as Skin So Soft Body Wash  ($8 for a huge bottle) and then either spritzing on some Skin So Soft Body Oil ($12) or massaging in a creamy lotion such as Moisture Therapy Intensive Healing & Repair Body Lotion ($13), depending on how dry your skin is and whether you want your lotion to have fragrance (the Moisture Therapy line has no scent).

Hey, I get it. You’re busy. You’re taking care of everyone else and there’s just so much to do today. But I’m urging you to put a little pampering in your day. Taking care of your skin isn’t vain or a waste of time or money. Taking care of YOU should be a priority! It’s why they tell you to put the oxygen mask on yourself before you help others—so you don’t pass out! If you’re not taken care of, trust me, it’s an uphill battle to take care of those around you. So take a little time today to care for yourself and your skin. You’ll be happy you did, I promise.

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