Winter Skincare Tips

#TBT to this delicious hot cocoa...Somehow I can always bear the cold when there's sweets involved! #TBT to this delicious hot cocoa…Somehow I can always bear the cold when there’s sweets involved!

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on the blog before, but every winter my family is fortunate enough to have the opportunity to get away from the cold for a few weeks. The destination is always changing (Mexico, Jamaica, Aruba, the DR, THIS year it’s St. Martin…), but I’ve always had the same skin troubles year after year.

I spend a lot of time outside when I’m in NY, especially now that I’ve got my horse Teddy to take care of (every day!). My skin gets SO dry with the cold weather.

Not cute.

And it only gets worse when I travel. You’d think the opposite would happen, since it’s always a warm/humid destination, but one day into the trip and my skin is fried. Tomato red. And of course, it’s even more dry than when I was whoopin’ it up in snowy New York.

Again, not cute.

So, this year I’m saying hell to the freakin’ no to dry skin. I’ve scoured the Web + experimented to see what works and what doesn’t, so you don’t have to. Here are a few tippity tips to help improve your winter skincare routine:

1. Hydrate

I know, this one’s a no-brainer. Right? Seriously though, you’d be amazed at how many people underestimate the value of a good moisturizer. I’m currently loving Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion for a few reasons:

1) It’s cheap AF ($4.99). It can also be bought practically anywhere (food, drug, and mass retail stores). Love it.

2) It contains healing micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly. How cool is that? Not to mention, I feel like the fact alone that it contains real Vaseline Jelly means that it’s the real deal when it comes to hydration.

3) It’s clinically proven to heal dry skin in five days. Impatient is practically my middle name, so this is a major YES.

2. Switch out your products

Set aside the tough toners and oil-fighting cleansers until spring. The seasons are changing, and the products you use should change right along with them, especially if you’re already notorious for having dry skin in general.

The nightstand :)  The nightstand 🙂

3. Amp up your diet

Think about incorporating foods such as coconuts, avocados, sweet potatoes, and oatmeal into your diet. Rich in healthy fats and vitamins, these snacks can seriously boost your glow in a non-greasy, but perfectly dewey way.

4. Cover up

Protect your skin from the cold, dry air with a cute snow bunny getup. My signature look includes this parka, these gloves, and a pair of furry boots.

What are your winter skincare hacks? Let me know in the comments!