February 1, 2014

Dry Skin Remedies

You probably haven't heard about this, but it's been crazy cold all across the country lately (what's a polar vortex??). Now, I live in Florida, so I feel kind of pathetic for complaining about this but it's been crazy cold here too! Because of this, my skin has kind of been freaking out on me. When you're used to 90 degrees and 100% humidity, any deviation from this can send your skin into complete panic mode. For me, that means extremely dry skin. Not just a few dry patches here and there but full on cracked, peeling, disgusting snake skin. You're welcome for that visual. So since I'm sure most of you are braving much more frigid temperatures than I am, I thought I'd share some of my best dry skin saving tips/products.

1. Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask
I was hesitant to try this product because something about leaving a mask on overnight scared me a bit. My skin is super sensitive and leaving products on for too long usually is a recipe for breakouts. This one from Clinique though is amazing for mega dry skin. It's not too thick so it doesn't feel nasty on your face and it gives your skin that loooooooong drink of moisture it's so desperate for this time of year. You slap in on at night and viola! you have soft, supple skin in the morning. It really is magic. Seriously.

2. Homemade Avocado Face Mask
If overnight masks aren't really you're style, give this homemade avocado one a try! I was skeptical about this too (I'm a skeptic) because natural remedies don't always work for me. This one, however, was great! this recipe calls for an avocado, honey and apple cider vinegar (read about the magical powers of that stuff here). This didn't break me out and because of the vinegar, I feel like it actually helped clear my skin a bit, so that's always a plus! Also, avocados are delicious to eat so you eat as many as possible too. They're high in healthy fats so eating one can actually give you gorgeous skin from the inside out!

3. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
This cleanser is probably my favorite cleanser of all time. Of all time. Really, it's absolutely perfect! It works great with my Clarisonic (we'll talk about my obsession with that later) and works wonders on my dry skin this time of year. It's really gentle on my sensitive skin and gives me moisture without making me greasy which is the most important thing for me in a cleanser. I HATE the feeling of greasy skin! If you haven't tried it yet I highly recommend! It's a 'cult' favorite for a reason!

4. Origins GinZing Moisturizer
I'm a huge fan of Origins products. I'm not sure what it is about them but they always work great with my skin! This has been my go-to moisturizer for a long time and it's worked really well through the cold this winter. Although it's not marketed as a mega-moisturizing cream (it's supposed to be energizing, whatever that means) I've found it's really kept my skin in check. It just gives me a healthy 'glow' that I feel like I naturally lose in the winter because the weather is so miserable (yes, even in Florida!). It's also really lightweight and, because it's from Origins, it's sulfate and paraben free.

5. Water
DRINK WATER! Just do it! There's really no better cure to dry skin. I know, I know, you've heard this a billion times and I'm being completely unoriginal and wasting everyone's time just by mentioning it. But really, you need to start drinking more water. I have to force myself (literally) to drink enough water during the day and honestly, sometimes I'm lazy and don't do it. When I do drink enough, though, I definitely notice a difference in my skin. So if you want gorgeous skin, start drinking water. Who knew something that sounds so easy could be so dang annoying and difficult?

6. Josie Maran Argan Oil
This product is for really desperate times. I usually avoid oils altogether because they always break me out. It's annoying because everyone seems to talk about how great they are, but I've just never found them to be useful for me. I use this on my body and my hair when I really need some good moisture. I've never tried this on my face (i'm too afraid) so I can't speak about it as a face moisturizer but it works great on my body! It's light (for an oil) and smells pretty good. Sometimes I get lazy (OK, most of the time) and don't use, but my skin is definitely worse when I skimp on it. Note to self: stop being so lazy.

7. Weleda Skin Food
If you suffer from really rough and dry hands, elbows, knees or feet like me you need this product in your life. It's extremely thick and greasy so I wouldn't dare use it on my face, but for those really stubborn dry areas it's perfection. It's an all natural product so it has a very 'earthy' smell if you know what I mean. That's not my favorite, but it does a great job at getting rid of my disgusting dry elephant skin on my elbows so I forgive it. You can find it at Target  or Whole Foods, and definitely pick up a tube if you see it! There's nothing that bothers me more than dry hands so this product has been a lifesaver lately!

8. Burt's Bees Lip Balm
I said earlier there's nothing that bothers me more than dry hands. This was actually a lie. There's nothing that bothers me more than dry LIPS. Seriously, I can't function if my lips are dry. I bite my lips as a nervous habit (weird, I know) so they can easily get dry, cracked and start to bleed. I have to have lip balm on me at all times and I've been loving Burt's Bees lately. It's natural but still does the job.

9. Clarisonic Mia Cleansing Brush
I've saved the best product for last. Really, I don't know where I would be without this in my life! I use my Clarisonic religiously every night and my skin has never been better. If you haven't tried this yet, definitely consider investing in one. I've had mine for a little over 2 years now and it's still one of the best beauty purchases I've made. I like the new Luxe Facial Brush Head they released recently because it's extra gentle on my skin. This brush has been really helpful at getting off all those nasty flakes on my face without scrubbing my skin raw and making it even more angry. Really, I could ramble forever on how much I love this brush so just go try it!

So that's all from my dry skin favorites but I'd love to know what do you use to combat the nasty weather? Also, tell me how much of a wimp I am for thinking anything below 60 is freezing! (I'm a Florida girl, what can I say?)

Hope you're having a fabulous weekend!

xo Sydney

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