So today’s Friday favorites is going to be less picture heavy because a lot of these products are gross looking from being used religiously. I will have some links to the products on Amazon and those links may be affiliate links. Most of these products can be found in drugstores though, so you’re under no obligation to click the links!
With the seasons starting to change, the air also starts to change and it gets dry. Also, if you’re running heat in your home without using a humidifier, you’re getting even more
dry air, and that leads to dry skin and chapped lips.
The obvious answer would be to get a humidifier, but that doesn’t fix everything. There are some products that do however!
Let’s start with the lips.
I get chapped lips easy and I have a few products I reach for depending on how bad it’s gotten.
If my lips are cracked, sore, and on the verge of bleeding, I will always reach for Qtica Intense Overnight Lip Repair Balm. This balm is 12 dollars and is only sold online, unless you have a salon near you that stocks Qtica/Zoya products. The thing with this stuff is that a little goes a long way and you only need to use it a few times to fix your issues. This is one of those products I keep around for when things get bad.
My every day balm just to keep things nice and soft is Burt’s Bees lip balm with mango butter. You can get a 2 pack on Amazon for less than 5 dollars, which is great because you can get one for at home and one for your purse. I like this balm over others like Eos and Chapstick because it doesn’t feel super slippy on my lips, but it’s also not super waxy. You obviously don’t need the mango butter version, but I like mangos.
My last one is my nighttime lip treatment. I like to put Vaseline lip therapy on my lips before bed. I’ll often put it over the Burt’s Bees product or the Qtica so that those products can really sink in. It’s usually about 2 dollars at Walmart, so it’s inexpensive. If I can’t find my tube, I will stick regular Vaseline on instead. It works pretty much the same way.
So that’s pretty much it for my lips. Let’s talk hair!
My hair likes to start drying out about this time of the year, so I like to make two simple changes.
The first is using a hair oil after I shower. You don’t need much, and a little goes a very long way. I prefer OGX Healing + Vitamin E Oil. It’s cheap, easy to find in drugstores and that small bottle will last a very long time. All I do is let a little bit drip into the palm of my hand, rub my hands together and run them through my wet hair. I try to avoid my roots because those get greasy on their own. It can also be used on dry hair to tame some flyaways.
The other change is my conditioner. I go for one that adds hydration to my hair. Currently my favorite hydrating conditioner is Aussie Moist. It’s a nice thick conditioner and keeps everything hydrated and soft. It also smells like coconuts. I use it like any other conditioner in the shower and that’s about it.
Hair is easy to hydrate for me, but skin, that’s where I have a lot of products.
For my face, my holy grail moisturizer is Cerave in the tub. This stuff is thick, amazing, and perfect for my eczema prone skin. I’ve also used it on really dry spots on my body and had great results. For washing my face, I use Cerave Hydrating Cleanser. Again, this is another product perfect for me because I have eczema. It’s worth noting that this cleanser does not foam or suds up. If that’s your thing, skip this product.
If I have a particularly dry spot on my face, I’ll apply some Cerave to the area, and then top it with Vaseline. It traps the product and helps with moisturizing. I do this at night while I sleep, or if I have zero plans of going anywhere and I’m just bumming around my apartment.
For my actual skin, I have recently enjoyed using Lush’s Dream Cream lotion.I like how it moisturizes my skin, what I don’t like is the price and smell. It’s an expensive product, especially if you have to use a ton of it to stay super soft. My other lotion of choice is Olay Quench. They have a shimmer option, a firming option, and a sensitive option. I get the sensitive version because it’s fragrance free. This is cheaper, comes with a pump, and works wonderfully.
As for shower, I use either Olay or Dove Sensitive body wash. Both are a white cream that does a great job of moisturizing. The Olay version doesn’t have a smell or use dyes, while the Dove version doesn’t use dyes either….but smells like an old school Dove soap bar. It’s not a horrible smell, but it’s there.
The last bit I’m going to suggest is pretty simple, and can be potentially free.
Drink more water. Hydration comes from the inside as well as the outside. If you’re properly hydrated, you’ll see an improvement in your skin.
If you live in an area where the tap water isn’t the greatest, I highly suggest using a filter. I live in an area where there is a high level of iron in the water, and I swear by this mounted filter from Pur. If you can’t go that route, a filtered pitcher or water bottle are good options. The water bottle can be a problem if you like using flavoring packets or Mio, but if you’re into clean water, they’re cheap and will work. Just do whatever you need to do to get drinking more water. It’s potentially free and will help you the most.
That’s it folks! I hope you enjoyed these favorites. I tried to stick to easily accessible products, perfect for hydration.