Dry skin? Cracked lips? Looking like the Lizard of Winter? The winds may blow and the snow might fly, but you can look as though you just stepped off the beach in Belize with the help of the moisturizers and lip balms weâ€™ve rounded up for you.
Even if you canâ€™t get away to the tropics, you can keep your delicate skin from drying out with these tips from Dr. Ligaya Buchbinder, a dermatologist from Boca Raton, Fla.
- Donâ€™t shower more than once a day and never in very hot water.
- Avoid the over-use of soap.
- Apply moisturizing cream while skin is still damp to lock in moisture.
And remember the best way to maintain supple winter skin is to place a protective layer between you and the elements. Luckily there are plenty of beauty products to help you moisturize and hydrate. Following are a few of our faves.
REPAIR & REPLENISH TRESSES
Be good to your hair with Davines NOUNOU Repairing Mask, a complete treatment that gives your brittle hair just what it needs: nourishment, moisture and protection. Leaves hair silky, shiny and soft, the way nature intended. This unique product also counteracts static electricity that causes fly-away hair, so itâ€™s easier to brush and control. $25.20 at www.davines.com/.
Atopalm Intensive Moisturizing Cream is made especially for dry and sensitive skin. This paraben-free formula helps the skin seal in moisture to prevent dehydration. The non-greasy formula is easily absorbed and also aids the skin after microdermabrasion treatments. $32 at www.atopalm.com/.
HANDS DOWN, THE BEST
If your hands are chapped beyond belief, try All About Hands Avocado Anti-Aging Night Cream. This super rich cream from Upper Canada Soap company delivers intense moisture to maximize cell renewal. Use overnight with cotton gloves to promote effective penetration during sleep. Whitonyl, along with fruit acids, vitamins A & C and natural oils, unifies skin tone and promotes moisture retention for younger looking hands. $22 at www.uppercanadasoap.com.
FIGHT SIGNS OF AGING
Anyone with combo skin will benefit from Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer that minimizes blemishes and reduces oil production. This highly rated product fights signs of aging before they start and contains SPF 20 to add a protective layer between your delicate skin and the harsh elements. It keeps skin looking healthy and radiant without any harsh chemicals. $46 at www.murad.com.
Estee Lauder Nutritious Vita-Mineral Moisture CrÃ¨me gets high marks from those who use it. With a name you can trust, this face cream absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling soft. It smells great and makes a lovely gift. $38 at Nordstrom.
DONâ€™T FORGET THE NECK
Itâ€™s easy to forget that your neck needs to be moisturized as well. Clarins Advanced Extra-Firming Neck Cream keeps the delicate skin of this highly fragile area looking younger by protecting it against the elements. Itâ€™s especially important if you donâ€™t wear a scarf in chilly weather. The feather light silky texture leaves skin smooth and firm. $81 at www.sephora.com.
BODY BLISSÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Naturally rich and deeply penetrating, Out Of Africa Organic Shea Butter Body Oil provides relief from dry itchy winter skin and eczema. The combination of oils and vitamins protects skin all summer and winter. The hint of lavender in this product also helps you get a good nightâ€™s sleep. $20 at www.drugstore.com.
BE GOOD TO YOURSELF
Ole Henriksen Nurture Me is a soothing crÃ¨me that calms, hydrates and protects sensitive skin with a cream that literally melts into your epidermis. Nourishing oils guard the skin from environmental aggression by strengthening the skinâ€™s natural defenses. $40 at www.dermdoctor.com.
CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN THE AIR
Get a hint of spring with Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Triple Moisture Body Cream. Fortified with conditioning proteins, hydrating rice bran oil and protective acai berry extract. This exotic blend provides deep 24-hour relief for the driest skin. The fragrance alone will make you feel warm and fuzzy! $12.50 at B&BW nationwide.
Bliss Foot Patrol exfoliates and protects with peppermint-packed goodness. This hydrating cream not only smoothes and softens, it exfoliates as well. Stimulates tired tootsies with peppermint oil to leave them fresh, hydrated and feeling like you can dance the night away. $18 at www.sephora.com.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
One more product for your cold weary feet is Podiatristâ€™s Secret Total Foot Recovery Cream. Made with tea tree oil and a combination of all-natural and diabetic-friendly ingredients, this rich cream is a powerful antidote to the havoc winter can wreak on your frozen feet. $11 at www.footsmart.com.