If you're anything like me, winter means cozy socks, fleece-lined leggings and spending basically all your time indoors where there's heat. And as grateful as I am for the overzealous heating poles in my apartment, I also know alllllll that heat is also contributing to my winter enemy — dry skin. Luckily, the one step to get softer skin is super easy and won't take you long at all.
If you're dealing with dry winter skin, you've probably been slathering on lotion in an attempt to hydrate your skin so much it can't possibly get dry. Well, I'm here to tell you that that's simply not going to work. Yes, lotion will make your skin feel softer. But truly dry winter skin needs to be taken care of in a different way. When your skin is dry, it gets flaky on the surface. In order to truly get softer skin, you need to get rid of those flakes. So what do you need? An exfoliating scrub with moisturizers.
What exactly does that mean? Exfoliators come in all shapes in sizes, but the ones that will make your skin softer aren't too harsh, and despite their scrubbing elements, they also have a moisturizing element, like an oil, that will hydrate your skin.
Here are a few of my favorites:
1. Yes To Coconut Polishing Body Scrub
Yes To Coconut Polishing Scrub, $6.79, target.com
If you're a coconut oil addict, this scrub is for you. It promises to "hydrate and restore."
2. Tata Harper Smoothing Body Scrub
Tata Harper Smoothing Body Scrub, $68, tataharperskincare.com
Tata Harper is kind of a skincare goddess, so despite that price tag, I have a feeling this scrub is phenomenal.
3. Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Scrub
Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Scrub, $38, usa.loccitane.com
Nothing is more hydrating than shea butter, and L'Occitane does it better than anyone.
4. Apotheke Smoothing Body Polish
Apotheke Smoothing Body Polish, $8.99, target.com
This mid-price point scrub from Apotheke comes in a blackcurrant fig scent that is to die for.
5. Vitabath Fresh Citrus Twist Sugar Scrub
Vitabath Fresh Citrus Twist Sugar Scrub, $18, amazon.com
I love citrus-scented bath products, so this fresh citrus scrub sounds amazing.
6. SheaMoisture Intensive Hydration Hand & Body Scrub
SheaMoisture Intensive Hydration Hand & Body Scrub, $10.99, bedbathandbeyond.com
My hands are often the victim of dry winter skin more than any part of my body, so I love that this scrub is formulated for them as well.
With all these choices, you'll definitely find the product that's right for you. In no time, you'll have baby-soft skin and flakes will be a thing of the past.
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