Hi Guys. Is anyone else suffering with extreme skin and nail dryness and hair breakage due to winter? I am. Big time.
I have Hashimoto’s Disease, which is basically hypothyroidism that never goes away. I also have PCOS so these things affect my skin and hair along with my age (40). I take my heath super seriously and am really proactive, if not over functioning, on finding solutions for what my body needs to whether in winter.
I start suffering as soon as we turn the heat on in the house and my skin respondes with – what the heck is happening?! I’ve found some products and a system that works for me. These products are inexpensive and effective.
Humidifier. The first thing I do in early October is put a cold mist humidifier in my kitchen and in my bedroom next to where I sleep. I use one like this that you can find at your local CVS or drugstore. This one does not have a filter so I don’t have to worry about changing that or having it get moldy on me. I have them running all day long.
Oil Diffuser. If I am sick or feeling run down, I add essential oils to it and use my diffuser. I use this one from Goop (it is now sold in many places like Nordstrom). I swear by it and use it almost every night. It’s also really pretty.
Body Wash & Oils. I switch to a moisturizing body wash in winter. I use Nivea Cream Body Moisture every day. After rinsing I use a body oil like Cetafil Body Oil or Eucerin Body Oil found on Amazon or CVS. The oils lather and you can feel a difference after getting out of the shower.
Cetaphil In Shower Moisturizing Oil
Then I get out of the shower, barely towel off and with semi-wet skin I lather Eucerin Intensive Care all over. I buy this every winter.
Lips Moisture. Before bed I put on the Eucerin again all over. I also use a medicated lip balm or Aquafor on my lips. Sometimes I find that I can get addicted to chapstick and it takes the moisture out of my lips. I read that using a tub of Aquafor or Vasaline works for chapped lips and you can use it all day long.
Hands and Nails. The skin around my nails is constantly cracking and bleeding in the Virginia winters. I like to use a thick wax like Burt’s Bees Hand Wax or Weleda Skin Food (I read in InStyle that Victoria Beckam uses this and it’s super thick). Weleda does not smell flowery as I wish it did, but it is thick and literally feels like food for your hands.
Face. These products above are for the body. I have a regimin for my face, but most importantly is to moisturize morning and night. This is my favorite moisturizer right now. It has a fresh, citrus smell and is really thick.
Lastly, twice a week I use a mask to lock in moisture. I use it all year round in fact. I use Erborian Bamboo Waterlock.
These products have really helped me this winter. Let’s talk hair tomorrow!