Flaky, crepey and achy. Red, rough and raw. Yes, dry skin can be all that and more.
Dry skin happens, especially when the outdoor humidity levels drop, and the indoor heat sucks every last drop of moisture from it. And as we age, we lose oil glands (and you thought all we lost were our glasses and keys), which can worsen dry skin.
Dry skin can hurt. It can itch, crack and resemble the thin, wrinkled surface of crepe paper. Save that wonderfully wrinkly crepe paper for crafting projects and gift bags, and gift your skin with these lubricating and plumping products.
1. For when you really want that mousse, but your diet won't allow it
Let your skin lap it up instead. Smooth this on and see hungry skin transform into well-fed skin. Just about instantly. Farmhouse Fresh's Moon Dip Back to Youth Ageless Body Mousse is a true hydrating indulgence from head to toe. Its powdery-soft texture is boosted by vitamin-rich emollient oils that glide over your body effortlessly. Dreamy silky skin, hello. Dry skin, bye-bye.
Tip: To gain the most benefit and for maximum absorption, apply immediately after bathing or after washing your hands.
Learn more about How to Treat Your Aging Skin.
2. For when you want an on-the-go spritz
Unlike the trendy Aperol Spritz, this one doesn't involve liquor—just good-for-you humectants like cucumber extract, red seaweed and glycerin. Whip out this handy mist by Jordan Samuel Skin to soothe your thirsty face. And drink up.
Tip: It's especially handy during airline travel, when dry air is inescapable (but be sure to put some in an approved bottle size for carry-ons).
3. For when your lips crack you up
Dry, cracked lips are not funny and are a common fallout of wintertime for so many. While some ingredients—like camphor, eucalyptus and menthol—can irritate already-hurting lips, others can soothe. Frownies Soft Skin Serum contains lots of those, including sea buckthorn oil, macadamia nut oil and hemp seed oil. An added bonus? It's safe to use as an eyelid treatment, too. Read more about Why Your Lips Are Chapped (and How to Help Them).
Tip: Although licking your lips can feel like you're helping by moistening them, it's just temporary and actually dries them out more.
4. For when the words "sandpaper" and "hands" are interchangeable
Our hands are usually the first sign of wintertime, as they're the most exposed part of our bodies and get repeated exposure to chemicals and soaps. In addition to protecting them with gloves, keep this Bert's Bees hand salve handy to use throughout the day when dryness strikes. Filled with botanical oils, herbs and beeswax, it makes a good bedtime companion, too: lather it on your hands and cover them with cotton gloves before you turn in. Nighty night.
Tip: When the sun is strong, protect your hands with a good sunblock, which will help them from drying out later on.
5. For when you want to get to the root of the problem
Get missing moisture back into the air with a humidifier like this one by Honeywell. This HCM-350 Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier is quiet and durable, giving you the added convenience of easy cleaning. Your sinuses will join your skin in thanking you, too. Breathe easy.
Tip: Cleaning is necessary to fight the buildup of mold and potentially harmful bacteria.