It has been getting darker early and the cold days are starting to creep in. During winter, the humidity in the outside air plunges. Inside, things are even drier, thanks to indoor heating. So if your hands, nose, ears and lips are beginning to shows signs of the dry fall and chilly winter months, you’re not alone.
Most of us are good at keeping our skin moisturized, but we often forget target areas, which can lead to bleeding knuckles and flaky patches of skin – all things you want to get rid of before slipping on a cozy sweater or enjoying outdoor walks.
Thankfully, Aquaphor is here to prep your skin to fight against those winter beauty woes! Trusted by dermatologists, Aquaphor Healing Ointment provides the effective care that your very dry, chapped, or irritated skin needs. It has been a long-time winter staple in my household (both for me and my daughter) to combat dry, flaky skin. As the formula is free of any fragrance, dyes or preservatives, it’s gentle enough even for sensitive skin types.
I’ve teamed up with Aquaphor to share some cold weather skincare tips to beat the winter blues, plus give you a chance to win an Aquaphor gift pack and a $50 Visa gift card!
1. If you’re washing your hands frequently to avoid catching a cold or the flu, it could sap the natural oils in your skin thus leaving your hands so dehydrated that they can crack or peel. Be sure to choose a mild soap, use warm not hot water, pat your hands dry and apply a hand cream right away. If you’ve already got severely dry hands or you have to wash your hands a dozen or more times a day, substitute a hand-sanitizing gel for some of the soap-and-water sessions.
2. Invest in a great moisturizer for your face and slather it on in the morning and every night. For extra dry skin, choose an emollient, rich moisturizer with ingredients like cocoa or shea butter, beeswax, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, sorbitol, or lactic acid. Along with keeping a tube of your favorite moisturizer in your bathroom, stow smaller sizes in your purse and on your desk so application becomes a habit.
3. For intensive hydration, Aquaphor is always a reliable standby! Slather on at bedtime, slip on a pair of cotton gloves or socks, and keep on overnight for hydrated, happy feet and hands!
4. To avoid the ruddiness that often comes with cooler temperatures, exfoliation is the key. Just don’t over-exfoliate. Stick to about twice a week to slough away dead skin cells, flakes or whatever else is stealing your glow. Too much in the way of exfoliation can irritate your skin.
Enter to win the Aquaphor Healing Ointment prize pack, similar to what I received above, AND a $50 Visa Gift Card. The giveaway is only open to US Residents who are 18 years of age or older. Ends Nov 28th, 2013. Good luck!