Spa Week’s official rule book for surviving the cold—and coming out on the other side with skin worth bragging about. 


On last week’s episode of GIRLS Hannah asks her boyfriend Adam, “I’m like unrelentingly itchy. Is that a road trip thing?” Of that one Hannah, we’re not so sure—but it most definitely is a “winter in most of the US thing.” In order to beat the incessant itch that comes with horribly dry skin—and prevent what’s worse, chapping—we’ve come up with five must-follow rules to keep your skin smooth as a baby’s bottom until the first buds begin to blossom. Especially with Polar Vortex II blasting its frosty magic over half the country right now, we figured this was as good a time as any to let you in on some of our winter skincare secrets.

Rule 1: Show Your Face Extra Love


Sure, you have your favorite gentle, year-round moisturizer that you can count on to keep irritation at bay. But in the midst of extra-frigid temps, Cetaphil just won’t cut it my friends. You’re going to need to go for something more serious to protect your skin from the brutal elements. For day, we’d recommend something like Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment, which is formulated with antioxidants and anti-irritants, plus 5% AHA which will gently exfoliate dead skin. For night, try Clinique Repairwear Intensive Night Cream Very Dry Skin Formula, a potent formula with overnight healing properties. Beauty Expert Bryan Barron at Paula’s Choice also recommends Aquaphor Healing Ointment for an extra eye-boost in the really cold weather. He says to put if over your eye cream before bed for perfectly moisturized skin the morning.

Rule 2: Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate! 


Out with the old, in with the new! Layers of skin, we mean. When dry, dead cells build up on the body it makes it harder for fresh skin to regenerate. Make sure to give your body a good scrub down at least twice a week. The Earth Therapeutics Exfoliating Hydro Towel makes it easy to buff hard to reach places, like your back, all by yourself! Bodycology Sugar Scrub makes for a thick, rich exfoliating experience—with avocado oil and shea butter to moisturize skin at the same time!

Rule 3: Shower Better


As appealing as it sounds to wind down after work with a long, steaming hot shower—for your skin’s health, steer clear. Warm is the hottest your water temperature should go during the winter to avoid dehydration. Do your best to keep it brief, too! While in the shower, a body wash infused with oils like Elemental Herbology Neroli and Rose Body Wash will help lock moisture into the skin. Another longtime favorite is LUSH Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner, which you apply at the very end of your shower and then rinse to reveal your softest skin ever! For the scalp, we prefer a pre-shower treatment like Aubrey Organics White Camellia Oil. You just warm it up, rub onto the scalp, and wash it out 20 minutes later for smoother skin!

Rule 4: Perfect Your Post-Shower Ritual


And of course…don’t forget the post-shower slathering! Upon stepping out of the shower, pat skin dry. Then immediately apply lotion to damp skin to seal in skin’s natural moisture. We like thicker products in the winter like The Body Shop Blueberry Body Butter (available to consumers January 27th!). This Special Edition flavor is rich with blueberry seed oil and Vitamin E to nourish skin. Looking for something a little different? Try Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Ultra-Hydrating Body Butter, which is still ultra-moisturizing but has a lighter feel due to the whipped texture.

Rule 5: Don’t Forget Your Hands!


We all know that our hands are one of the first places women show age. They are especially vulnerable during these colder months. Keep a special hand moisturizer on you at all times to reapply constantly throughout the day! Earth Therapeutics Hand Remedy Protective Conditioner really feels like just that—conditioner for your hands! It’s creamy texture goes on like silk and keeps hands smooth for hours. Kora Organics Daily Hand Cream is a smaller option easy to throw in your purse, enriched with avocado and olive oil to keep hands hydrated.

Bonus Pro Tip: Humidfy

Run a humidifier in your bedroom at night. Dry indoor air means low humidity, so adding humidity back means dry skin becomes smoother and more comfortable, says Paula’s Choice Beauty Expert Bryan Barron.

Good luck in your quest for smooth skin, Spa Weekers! Comment below, we’d love to hear how you’re doing.

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.


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