How to Keep Your Hair and Skin Moisturized This Winter

Beauty & Style 25

'Tis the season to be dry and scaly ... but you don't want to look like this poor woman, do you?

Usually when cold weather comes around, my skin gets painfully dry, and my hair gets so staticky that I look like a walking science experiment.

This winter, though, everything's different.

Read on to see the simple steps I'm taking to stay moisturized this winter -- and share your own moisturizing secrets in the comments!

I never have much time to myself, but I am taking time to do a few things for myself during the winter months -- and my extra care is paying off!

For one thing, your legs may be covered up, but I still think it's a good idea to shave them every two or three days. Stubbly legs mean itchy legs in winter, and not only is it uncomfortable, but scratching your legs all day makes them dry and awful looking.

Keri Shea ButterBuy yourself a big bottle of body lotion if you haven't already, and slather some on yourself right after you shower each day. I'm partial to Keri Shea Butter (, $7.46) right now, myself. But I buy any intensive moisturizer that's on sale.


CarmexI also keep an extra-strength hand cream in my kitchen all winter long and use it a few times a day. If you're like me, you're constantly washing your hands from all the cooking, cleaning, and child wrangling, and you need hand cream to keep your hands from getting dry and cracked. I'm using Carmex Healing Cream (Walgreens, $5.99) right now and it works great.

Nu SkinI'm a little bit obsessed with keeping my face moisturized right now. I've been using ageLOC Radiant Day (Nu Skin, $67.50) in the morning and ageLOC Transforming Night (Nu Skin, $78.50) in the evening, along with eye cream, and I'm very happy with the smoothness of my skin. Smooth, hydrated skin makes your makeup go on better in winter, too, so no matter what your budget, I'd recommend daytime and nighttime lotion and a good eye cream in the winter.


MoroccanoilI have raved about Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream (Amazon, $23.61) before on this blog, but I like it even more (if that's even possible!) now that it's winter. It keeps my hair hydrated and static-free without making it greasy. Plus, I have used a squirt every day. you haven't already heard, dryer sheets like these from Bounce (Amazon, $10.25) can be your best friend in the wintertime. When things get too staticky, I wrap dryer sheets around my combs and brushes when they're not in use. I also run them down my hair when it gets static in it, although with the Moroccanoil cream, I haven't had static yet this season -- YAY.

That's the extent of my moisturizing regimen. I'm busy, so I don't have a lot of time to "hydrate" my skin, but I find all of these elements to be do-able.

What are your moisturizing secrets? Tell me in the comments!


Images (top to bottom): Katie Tegtmeyer/Flickr,, Walgreens, Nu Skin, Nu Skin, Amazon



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tazdvl tazdvl

Did I miss something for the lips? I need something for my lips. I bought a bodywash with moisture in it this year and so far my legs aren't dry like they usually are.

Marsh... MarshaCWP

I keep a small humidifier running at night in my bedroom.  It helps keep my skin from drying out.

Linds... LindsayFerrier

tazdvl, Carmex always works well for me when my lips get very chapped- I like the stick Carmex chapstick better than the pots- It seems more sanitary.

Honestly, my lips don't get chapped because my regular lip color is lip stain followed by lip gloss once or twice a day. The lip gloss seems to keep my lips from ever geting chapped.

PonyC... PonyChaser

Tazdvl... I have ridiculously dry lips - they flake off if I don't keep after them.  I keep them protected with two different products: "A&D Original Ointment" (it's in a white tube with a brown/yellow label.  I don't like store brands because they tend to have a weirder taste than the regular stuff).  You can also use just plain vaseline.  I apply this nightly, just before going to bed.

During the day, I'm slavishly devoted to Burt's Bees Honey Beeswax Lipbalm.  It goes on smooth, forms that barrier, but doesn't have flavor, which often causes me to lick, exacerbating the problem.

Finally... PLENTY of water for overall hydration.  In winter, you tend to drink less, and when you DO drink, it's often something hot that involves caffeine, which is a diuretic, sapping the body of moisture.  I notice that everything gets drier when I'm not drinking enough water...

PonyC... PonyChaser

Oh, yeah, I was going to mention Carmex, except that I respectively disagree with Lindsay.  Perhaps it's just me, and I'm willing to cop to that, but there's that menthol stuff in Carmex that seems to make my lips drier after a while.  I put it on, and short-term, it's ok, but I find myself using more and more and more.  It's a vicious cycle.  I avoid Blistex for the same reason.

kiwords kiwords

Never do the dishes.That's why God made husbands and/or children. At least, that's how it works in my house.

PonyC... PonyChaser

LOL Kiwords!!  Sometimes we could use a "like" button on this board!

(and while they're doing the dishes, we should be soaking in an oatmeal bath, right?)

PonyC... PonyChaser

Sorry... just re-read my second comment.  I meant "respectFULLY", not "respectively".  Dang, I really should proofread.

Linds... LindsayFerrier

The whole menthol thing is interesting- about ten years ago everyone said medicated lipbalms were addictive and then that was disproven. I don't use medicated chapstick regularly, so I wouldn't know, I guess.

I TOTALLY agree with drinking lots of water though. I drink water all day long and that's probably another reason why I haven't had a lot of trouble with chapped lips. My hands, though, are a HUGE problem. I have eczema and ever since I've had kids and started washing my hands ALL THE TIME, it shows up on my fingers every winter and never really permanently goes away.  :(

Em Rohrer

My absolute favorite lip balm is Nivea's Hydtrating Lip Care.  I have such dry lips and this stuff works wonders!  I do have a question - I'm 27 and really need to start moisturizing my face well, but I also break out, I use an anti-acne face wash from Neutrogena and am afraid if I use creams I'll just break out more.  Any suggestions?

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