How to Save Winter Hands and Lips
Well, today the weather is suppose to warm up a ton here in Connecticut. We are in some crazy ying yang weather pattern this winter with extreme changes in temperature. I am not even wearing a coat today. My favorite fleece that I grabbed in the Fall layered with a tank, a pari of jeans and my LL Bean Rubber Mocs. Feels good not to have on a ton of layers!
I’ve been struggling with my lips this winter. They are always feeling dry because of the cold outside combined with the dry air from the heat in the house. I just don’t like that feeling when my lips are chapped or dry. I was finding my regular go-to’s for chapstick were just not cutting it! Frustrated and in pain I searched for some new tricks to help heal up my chapped lips once and for all. I want to get back to wearing my favorite glosses and lipsticks!
My hands are what get me a bit panicked. I feel that *they* say your hands and face are what show your age FIRST! Some days I take a quick glance at my hands and get worries they are looking older than I am! Poor hands always right there in the line of fire. Washing dishes, wiping bums, washing washing washing, then drying drying drying and over and over and over again! Especially in the winter months I feel like no sooner I slater on lotions (which I keep in like every room) I am getting my hands wet again!
EXFOLIATE // A gentle exfoliation of the lips is great for getting ride of any bits of dry skin. Take a warm facecloth and gently rub around your lips for a minute or two. You can also make a little scrub with equal parts olive oil or coconut oil and sugar. A teaspoon of each will do for this small area of your face. Put the mixture on your lips and let sit for a minute. This will get rid of dead cells and skin on the lips and leave them feeling soft and refreshed. You can do the same with your hands. A gently exfoliation of the skin to reveal the smooth skin below.
HYDRATE // Dry lips and hands can often be a sign of not enough water intake throughout your day. For me, it is a struggle to get water in during the colder months. One thing I do to help with hydration is to keep a large glass pitcher on the kitchen counter with a glass and straw. I fill the pitcher in the morning and can see how much I’ve drank over the day. I like the water to be room temp and keeping the pitcher on the counter is best. A straw for me makes water go down really easy too. If I have extra time I’ll flavor my water with fresh cut lemon, lime or orange. Even the skins from the fruit works fine. I have my eye on this water diffuser, but haven’t purchased it just yet. Do you have anything like this?
MY TRIED AND TRUE PRODUCTS // Ok, so now that you are hydrated and your lips and hands are exfoliated it is time to treat the skin. Personally I don’t like lip balms that are scented or flavored. I tend to lean toward a product that is long wearing, not sticky, and I can apply without using my fingers. I don’t mind having scents on my hands so long as they are mild or natural. When my skin is fragile and dry sometimes the addition of scents can really make them burn.
VASELINE – this is my last resort or something I would use overnight.
BURT’S BEES – I like this coverage, but don’t find it to last as long as I’d like. One drink of water and it needs to be reapplied. I do like that it is 100% natural.
LANOLIPS – A splurge item, but versatile too! he versatile, super dense balm has a range of 101 uses.;It can be used to treat extremely chapped lips, dry cuticles and itchy skin, or to moisturise dry nasal passages, brittle nails and insect bites.
LANOLIPS LANO ROSE HAND CREAM – Another splurge, but again, it is versatile and a little goes a long way. Doubles as a foot cream which is great for the summer when you are wearing all the cute candles and your feat are taking a beating. A rich silky texture the balm is fortified with antioxidant Rose Oil and comforting Shea Butter.
COCONUT OIL – This is great if you have no where to go. Applying it to your hands, feet, face, hair, or anywhere you have some serious dry skin will provide immediate results. If I apply the coconut oil I do it after my evening shower before bed. Then I can put socks on my feet to keep from spreading it all around (it is oil after all) and light cotton gloves on my hands. I find any brand will do and for me, the Trader Joe’s organic coconut oil is about $6 for 1 pint. I keep one jar for cooking and one for beauty.
COOLA – This all-in-one lip treatment, with delicious Peppermint Vanilla flavor, moisturizes and protects with SPF 30 broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. The vitamin and antioxidant enriched formula soothes and nourishes, while a unique blend of fruit butters like Raspberry and Avocado hydrate the delicate skin of the lips. Wear alone or apply over or even under your favorite lip color, transforming your signature shade into an antioxidant-powered UV protector.
My kids get the same dry hands and lips. I keep a small lip balm in each of their backpacks and a small tube of lotion too. That way they can apply it thought the day as they need at school.
Do you struggle with dry lips and dry hands?