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Drugstore Fix: 5 Skincare Solutions for Dry Winter Skin

Relief is only as far as the corner

by: Zeba Khan

I'm not sure what it is about this winter, but it's definitely done a number on my family's skin. Dry flaky patches, red itchy bumps...despite using a humidifier every night, we've definitely had more skin issues than usual this year! Luckily, through internet-research and word-of-mouth recommendations, we've been able to overcome a lot of our issues - so I thought I'd share some of my favorite product recommendations here:

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The Problem: Dry Hands

The Solution: Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream

My experience: Inspired by products used by Norwegian fisherman, this glycerin-based hand cream is a cult-classic (and a bargain). You just need a dab of this balm to cover your hands and protect them from drying out - it's especially good at preventing the chalky patches I sometimes develop between my thumb and pointer finger. I find this cream works best if you apply it straight after washing your hands, as the glycerin works with the water to lock moisture in.

The Problem: Itchy, Red Patches

The Solution: Aveeno Eczema Care Moisturizing Cream

My Experience: This cream is a COMPLETE life-saver! I've been using the Aveeno Eczema cream on my son since he was a baby, but this winter the adults needed this too. We developed red bumpy skin around our hairline - it felt so dry and irritated. After three days of applying this in the morning and evening - our red patches were completely gone! Proven to be clinically effective, this cream is steroid-free and fragrance-free, it uses Colloidal Oatmeal to soothe mild to moderate eczema - it's definitely worth keeping a bottle of this in the house!

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The Problem: Tight Face


The Solution: Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa

My Experience: Have you ever applied night cream, only to find your face feeling extremely tight and dry in the morning? This cream combines Hyalauronic Acid with Vichy Thermal water to lock in moisture and leave your skin feeling supple and hydrated. This can be used several times a week as an overnight moisture mask, but I prefer to use this as a daily treatment, focusing on my neck and hands. It smells gorgeous and feels tingly when I apply it on my skin - and when I wake up in the morning, everything looks hydrated and fresh.

The Problem: Peeling Cuticles/Hangnails


The Solution: Vitamin E Oil

My Experience: I've tried a LOT of cuticle creams: LUSH, Burts Bees, CND Solar Oil, Avoplex, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil - you name it, I've used it! But I've found that pure Vitamin E oil is the only thing that keeps my cuticles from peeling. I think it's because it's so rich and thick - but be sure to apply it on dry skin as it absorbs better that way. The brand doesn't matter - just check that you're buying pure Vitamin E - they usually cost under $15 and last FOREVER.

The Problem: Chapped Lips


The Solution: Burt's Bees Honey Lip Balm

My Experience: When it comes to lip products - especially ones I apply on my children, I prefer natural ingredients, as undoubtedly there will be some ingestion. However, some natural products are not that effective. Luckily, this lip balm is 100% natural AND works wonders. This lightweight balm combines Honey and Vitamin E to treat chapped lips. It absorbs easily without leaving behind a waxy barrier. When applied twice a day (and I'll admit - it can be hard to get the kids to remember to reapply - they don't love skincare products as much as their mommy!) it leaves lips smooth and soft.

Do you have any tried and tested Winter skincare solutions? Please share them in the comment section below!

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