So, you absolutely love hot chocolate, oversized sweaters, and your cute pair of brown boots. But along with your favorite winter items comes the dreaded DRY SKIN. I’m with you there.
Unfortunately, I inherited my grandmothers terribly dry skin and the cold, dry, Winter air shows no mercy on my scalp, face, and hands. Recently, I decided enough was enough! I had to do something about my peeling nose and flaky scalp.
Below you can find a list of problems and solutions to anything and everything dry skin to make your winter go a little smoother!
1. Flaking or Peeling Skin around Nose / Face
Since my teenage years began, I’ve had to deal with a dry nose and a very dry face in general. I started solving this problem by applying Aquaphor to my face every night. It’s a thick vaseline and feels pretty gross at times but when trying several alternatives I discovered nothing helped like it did. But, after I washed off the aquaphor in the morning, I noticed the dryness would return throughout the day. That’s when I found this amazing little blue container of lotion that I’ve bought about 10 boxes of: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream (for extra dry skin). I started applying this lotion before putting on makeup, and then used CoverGirl CG Smoothers All Day Hydrating Makeup as my concealer. Between the Aquaphor at night, Neutrogena before makeup, and CoverGirl as my concealer, my dry face rarely returns.
2. Dry and Flaky Scalp
I’ve heard of this problem continuing to the point of a burning or itching scalp. Fortunately my situation isn’t to that point, but I’ve heard this remedy can still help the extremes! I would recommend buying organic virgin coconut oil. Take about a spoonful of this and pop it in the microwave until it turns to a liquid. Next, use your fingers to apply the oil to your scalp. It is best to leave the oil in overnight and either wash it out the next morning or following evening. I’ve used this trick on all of my hair and this is certainly an option to help out dry, split ends. Here’s the catch, coconut oil is stubborn and sticks around for a couple of days. It’s going to take a couple of washes to get all of it out. During this time, I find it easiest to comb my hair back into a high ponytail to avoid greasy looking hair and give the appearance that the slick look was on purpose.
3. Red or White Bumps on Back of Thighs
Those annoying reddish white bumps on the back of your thighs that you just assume are from ingrown hairs and shaving? Solved by applying coconut oil and lotion twice a day. When I did this, the appearance of the annoying bumps diminished in just two days. When looking to buy lotion, avoid scent-focused formulas such as those from Bath & Body works. Instead go for lotions that are made with salicylic acid (removes excess skin such as calluses and warts and helps unclog pores), ceramides, and hyaluronic acid (keeps skin hydrated through out the day). The exfoliating lotion I use that is pictured above is CeraVe Renewing SA Lotion “for extremely dry, rough, and bumpy skin”.
4. Cracked or Bleeding Knuckles/Ears/Etc
As Winter rolls around, you may find that odd places such as where your ear lobe meets your jawline will often be cracked, dry, and even bleeding. As with my face, I find applying Aquaphor solves the problem within a week. Remember it is always important to keep these areas clean and leave the scabs alone as they are trying to heal.