Tips for Winter Skin Care

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Tips for winter skin care

It’s been a long winter already and it’s only January!  I woke up one day a few weeks ago (it was another snow day–not that I’m complaining), put my hand to my cheek, and realized that things were feeling pretty rough on my face–like sandpaper, only warmer.

That’s not a surprise in the winter; it’s common knowledge that when the heat is on inside the house, the humidity level drops.  The atmosphere is literally sucking moisture out of our skin!

Because one of the goals I’m working on this year is taking better care of myself, I decided to employ some skin care first aid to combat the dryness issue.  Two weeks later, I’m already seeing great results, so I thought I’d share my plan.

Chris and Christy

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Yep, it’s a no-brainer, but you have to up your water intake to replace what’s getting sucked out of you and into the ether.  A few weeks ago, I shared {this} water bottle that has time markings on it. If you’re the kind of person who suddenly realizes it’s 10pm and you’ve only had 8 oz of H2O, this will keep you on track!

water bottle with hourly measurement

We have quite a collection of water bottles at our house, and I used to faithfully carry my Swell bottle around everywhere I went:

Swell Sparkling Champagne Water Bottle

| Gold Swell Bottle |

BUT, once I finally took the plunge and bought a YETI, I have used it nonstop and absolutely love it!  I have a 20 ounce with the lid and I have to remind myself to wash it because I always–always–have it with me, and it’s always full of water. Ice water, because the ice never melts.  The Swell bottle is the same way, but I like drinking out of a cup more for some reason.

YETI Seafoam Tumbler; 20 oz with lid

| YETI Tumbler with lid, 20 oz, Seafoam |

I also drink a cup of hot water at bedtime every night with a half a lemon squeezed into it and plenty of decaffeinated herbal tea during the day.  I figure the extra water balances out the slight diuretic effect that tea is said to have.

My mug is oversized–18 oz–and that adds up throughout the day.

A Day in the Life | Christy

| Spode Blue Italian 18 oz coffee mug |

Last but not least, we drink tons of unsweetened sparkling water in our house (Lacroix and similar brands), so when my friend Carolyn found me a SodaStream at the thrift shop for $8, I knew we’d get our money’s worth in NO time.


| SodaStream |

We don’t drink much soda at our house–sometimes I’ll buy a case when my son’s having friends over, but that’s about it–so we don’t ever use their soda flavors, but we carbonate the heck out of some water!  We just add a twist of lemon or lime, and that’s it.

I’m also not drinking any alcohol this month because I’m doing a Whole30 to get back into my skinny jeans (more on that soon), and that makes a huge difference in my hydration level as well.

The next step is increasing the humidity in your home’s air.  I use this little cool-mist humidifier in my bedroom and love it:

MistAire Cool Mist Humidifier

| Humidifier |

I found it at HomeGoods for just $24.99 (steal!!).  Their version that humidifies a larger space is {here}, but I like this one because it’s small enough to be portable if you want to take your humidifier with you when you travel.

When I run a humidifier in my bedroom during the winter, I’m less like to wake up with a headache or a nosebleed, or with a dry mouth.  Obviously, my skin is less dry, too.

I’ve had a Clarisonic for over a year now, and for some reason I stopped using it last spring.  When I had the skin wake-up call earlier this month, I realized that my face was really rough, so I pulled out my Clarisonic and fired it up.  Within two evenings, I was back to “smooth as a baby’s bottom” skin and I won’t fall off the wagon again!

Clarisonic Facial Tool

| Clarisonic Mia 2 |

The Clarisonic is price-fixed and if you find a low price online, beware of counterfeits.  ULTA offers free shipping {here}.  I usually use the delicate, sensitive, or cashmere hydrating brushes. Also, you can easily share with others in your household if everyone has their own brush.  I do think the Clarisonic is worth the money; read some of the online reviews and make up your own mind, though.

A gentle cream exfoliator can work if the Clarisonic is out of your budget–this one by BeautyCounter is a favorite of mine.


OK, the best deep moisturizer that I’ve ever used, hands-down, is this:

BeautyCounter Cleansing Balm

| Cleansing Balm |

I use it with my Clarisonic at night to remove makeup (it is, after all, cleansing balm), and then I’ll put a thin layer on my skin so it can soak in while I sleep on the nights that I don’t use Retin-A (usually every other during the winter).  It’s pricey, but lasts about three months, and the ingredients are so safe that even Amy can use it, and that’s saying a lot with all of the sensitivities she has from her Lyme disease.

Another alternative is this cream by 100% Pure.

Y’all, skin care is EXPENSIVE, and night creams are usually the most expensive of the bunch!  If you have a less expensive option that’s made without lots of chemicals, I’d love to hear it in the comments below.

Aveda Lip Saver

In the morning, I mix a few drops of facial oil (I use this one) into my regular moisturizer for extra hydration.  And for dry lips, I recommend Aveda Lip Saver and BeautyCounter’s Calendula Lip Conditioner.

Then it’s time to start drinking water again!

Stay moisturized, my friends, and thanks for stopping by.


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  1. Thanks for the tips! I love your site.

    This diy cream that I found last year on the site below is my favorite. It feels so good, has no chemicals, and you can quickly make it from Amazon ingredients, except for the frankincense. Even if you left that out, it would still be really hydrating.
    I’ve surged on all kinds of crazy expensive creams over the years, and this is by far my favorite and a tiny fraction of the cost.

    • That looks like a great recipe – – I’m going to try it! I’ve had good luck in the past making my own hand cream, and I love being able to pronounce all of the ingredients. I don’t have frankincense oil on hand right now, but I know a friend I can borrow a few drops from.

      Nice to see that she uses all the same brands that I do, too— 100% Pure, BeautyCounter, and Tarte. Validation!!????
      Thanks so much for sharing the link! Christy

  2. Hi there! I love your blog. My sister
    Is great friends with Amy. Anyway, here are my tips for dry skin… coconut oil! I use it daily on my face as well as all over. It’s a perfect, inexpensive moisturizer. Mix a little coconut oil with an essential oil like lavender to put on your bikini area after shaving or as a body lotion. Also, olive oil!! This is a fantastic lip moisturizer. Brush your lips with a toothbrush to exfoliate then put olive oil on them. I grab it right out of the kitchen cabinet and rub it on my lips when they feel dry. Here’s to healthy happy skin!

    • Hey, Laura–
      Thanks so much for commenting! I agree on the oils–great idea! I use fractionated coconut oil on my body when I get out of the shower and it works great. I’ll have to expand to olive oil, too!

  3. Great tips Christy. Yes, this harsh weather we’ve had lately has really done a number on my skin as well. I love my Beauty Counter products. I too am a fan of coconut oil. My naturopath recommended 100% fragrance Free Shea Butter for my dry skin last year. I purchased the Nourish brand from Whole Foods, but Target carries now as well. It works really well on dry patches, such as elbows and knees. A little goes a long way. I really need to make a more conscious effort to drink more water.

  4. I must dig out my cool mist humidifier. But would keeping my window open (german windows that tilt) be a problem? Also, I love the coconut oil and olive oil ideas.

    • I don’t think an open window would be a problem! Obviously some of the humidity would escape outside if it was less humid outdoors, but sleeping cool is really good for you, too.
      I hope you’re loving Germany! (slightly jealous)

  5. Love these tips! These tips are very helpful to the caring your skin in winters. I really like your article so much. Thanks for sharing.

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