We have been having a little cold weather on PEI lately and lots of snow...that is pretty rough on the moisture level of you skin.
I was asked by a follower of my blog what she could do with her skin. She lives in Ottawa and nothing she does improves the dryness level of her skin.
My suggestion is a 3 part answer of sorts.
1. You need to exfoliate your skin, not just in the summer but in the winter as well. If you have a layer of dry skin cells on your body, this will act as a barrier to any moisture that you put on it. In order for the moisture to penetrate beyond the outer layer, you must remove the dry skin. My favorite exfoliate is not a scrub....but a glove...the Renaissance Exfoliating Glove.
It is a 2 part package that you can find at most salons. It now comes with a facial pad too. All you need is your skin moist and the glove wet, and working in circular motion it will get off the dead skin. It will hurt a little at first but your skin will get used to it. I love this glove, I've had one for about 4 years..you can throw it in with your towels, and let it air dry...so easy!
2. The next part is not groundbreaking by any means, but it works! Baby Oil, yuppers good old baby oil. Now the key to this is when you are finished of your shower/bath, before you dry yourself, grab the baby oil. Apply the baby oil all over your body (if your chest or back has issues with acne or breakouts, avoid these areas). You should now be dripping with oil, take your towel and pat yourself dry. No rubbing you want to help push the moisture into the skin. Your skin will feel super smooth and moisturized. It doesn't matter what kind of baby oil (ie, the smells) what ever you prefer, I like the Lavender :)
3. A good moisturizer, which is easier said then done. I have a few that I continuously go back to. Now if you have one that you prefer that's totally ok. Hempz Cream is wonderful, you can always count on it to do the job well. It is a little more expensive but I love them. Next is the Nivea Smooth Body Lotion or Dry or Extra Dry Skin, the key to this one is its a lotion not a cream, it will sink into your skin more, but it doesn't disappear it gives you a soft silky feeling. The texture of it takes a while to get used to but by the end of the day my skin isn't dry. The last one is Johnson Baby Lotion, I know some people will not like this, but I love it. First of the smell is wonderful, you know it won't bother your skin, and with the different ones, there is sure to be one that you'd like. Its not super super moisturizing but I always have one in the cupboard, because it is soo soothing!
So I hope that this helps you battle the winter dryness, and if you have any additional tips, leave them in the comments!