First on the list is to drink plenty of water. Our body needs water for digestion of food, absorption of nutrients, circulation of blood and fluid and excretion of toxins and other waste products. Drinking large quantities of water especially through the colder season will keep the skin hydrated and prevent the skin from drying. With the skin adequately hydrated, it maintains its elasticity and suppleness that leaves our skin free from wrinkles and is healthy and radiant looking.
Remember to always bring a bottle of water with you wherever you go. I never leave the house without a small bottle of water in my bag. I never know when I might get thirsty!
Exfoliate at least once a week to remove dry, flaky skin and dead skin cells. Although we hydrate ourselves with a lot of water, sometimes the harsh weather will still dry us out and so exfoliating will help us get rid of that unwanted dry and dead skin especially on our lips. Store bought facial cleansers, even the mild ones, can also dry us out so going organic and homemade will be the best for our skin. Even if I love my Clinique Liquid Facial Soap and Neutrogena Facial Cleansers, desperate times calls for organic measures!
Try Bubzbeauty's Oatmeal Facial Cleanser and Homemade Green Tea Facial Scrub and Toner. Both had always worked great for me. Since the start of the fall season I've religiously used oatmeal as my night time facial cleanser and I exfoliate using the green tea scrub at least once a week. This really does wonders to the skin. Using both lessens break out, evens and lightens skin color, and leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth.
Toners, I believe, is essential to balance the skin's pH after cleansing as well as to clean up makeup that your cleanser might have missed. They are best suited for oily and acne-prone skin but anyone can use this. Going natural and organic is again my best advice. To prevent skin dryness, choose a toner that has no alcohol content. I have already raved about my fave toner two weeks ago which is Lush Breath of Fresh Air.
Moisturize! This step is as important as the first two above. They do not only prevent dry skin but they help protect the skin and even out skin tone.
Choose a lotion and moisturizer that is best for your skin type.
For body lotion, I suggest getting a lotion that has shea butter and or oatmeal. This is best for dry skin but even for other skin types this would not go wrong because no one likes dry skin. I personally love St. Ives Naturally Soothing Oatmeal and Shea Butter.
For moisturizer, well, this one is the tricky part. It is especially hard to find a moisturizer that works and feel perfectly well. It takes a bit of buying and trying out products to find the perfect face moisturizer for your skin type. I have a dry to combination skin that leans toward the dry due to the colder weather and I've tried a bit of moisturizers and I always go back to the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. It is lightweight and non-greasy and just feels so good when applied.
Hand creams are also a must especially for those people who wash their hands often like I do (it has been drilled to my mind to always wash my hands, perks of being a nursing grad). My favorite would be Bath and Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Shea Cashmere Hand Cream.
Balm it up! After exfoliating you lips, a lip balm really helps prevent and soothe dry and chapped lips. My number one lip balm is Carmex Original both in the stick and tube form. Second one is Blistex Medicated Lip Balm and Berry Balm. And lastly, EOS lip balms.
Last but not the least, add life to your hair that can be dull and dry too with the weather with nourishing oils. Lately the beauty community has been bombarded with the appearance of nourishing oils for the hair and skin. The crowd's favorite seem to be the Morrocan Oil and the Argan Oil but for beauties who are in a budget pinch Johnson's Baby Oil could do the trick too! ;) Just a drop of oil in your palm, heat it up by rubbing both palms together and run it through the ends of your hair and it will give it instant life and shine. It also leaves the hair soft and silky. Believe it or not, it also made my hair grow faster too. Just don't put too much oil in your hair particularly near or on your roots, that will make you look and feel greasy and that is just yuck.
Hope you find this post helpful and interesting. :)