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Help for Winter Skin and Hair

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Happy Wednesday, My Lovelies!

Today I want to share with you a few of my favorite products for combatting winter dryness.
Our skin and hair put up with a LOT during winter.  Heating systems dry out our hair and skin, and blowdryers compound the damage we do to our hair because we tend to use more heat on our hair in winter than in summer.  It's so important to protect our skin because it's the largest organ in our bodies!  Plus it's our first line of defense against illnesses.

These are my personal favorite products, and my daughters have introduced me to a few of them.  Many come in travel sizes so you can try them without spending tons of money.  


I've tried many moisturizing conditioner, but either they really aren't that moisturizing, or they make my baby fine hair too limp.  R+Co's Atlantis Moisturizing Conditioner  ($29.00 for 8 ounces) is the best I've ever tried.  Leave it in your hair for 10 minutes for extra conditioning, plus it smells heavenly with bergamot, wild fig, and cyclamen. (Available in travel size)

Some days I need even more moisture, so I use Aveda's Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil ($31.00 for 1 ounce).  Just three or four drops for longer hair is all that's needed.  It also helps with flyaways.  I can either use it on wet hair before styling or dry hair when needed.  It's also a multi-purpose product because it's great on dry elbows, knees and cuticles.


Lush's Scrubee ($7.95 for 3.1 ounces) is one of my favorites.  Introduced in 2017 for their Mother's Day line, Lush has kept it because it's so popular.  You can see it in the lower left corner, above.  The Scrubee is made with shea butter and honey to moisturize and almonds and coconut shells to exfoliate.  Some folks shy away from exfoliating during winter, but this is a mistake!  The way you use it in the shower:  Rub the bar over wet skin and massage the rich butters and exfoliants into skin.  Rinse, and pat dry with a towel.  Easy peasy!

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream (not shown; $10.99 for 16 ounces) Is one of the best body moisturizers on the market.  I love it for my heels, especially.  (Available in travel size)


L'Occitane Gommage Mains One-Minute Hand Scrub (now made with shea butter and sold in a tube, $24.00 for 2.5 ounces) is quick and works wonders for dry hands.  I also like all of their hand creams, especially their Shea Butter Hand Cream (not shown, $29.00 for 5.2 ounces, available in travel size).

Aveda's Hand Relief Moisturizing Cream ($24.00 for 4.2 ounces) is my very favorite hand cream.  It only takes a little, and it's is very emollient.  My mom bought me one for Christmas!  (Available in travel size)


Lush Lip Scrubs (10.95 for 0.8 ounces) should seriously be illegal.  It's my guilty pleasure of the moment, and the flavors include: chocolate, honey, cherry bubblegum, and "mint julips."  I have the chocolate, of course!  They also make the lip balms to match, and with instructions like this: "Take a pea-sized amount and scrub your lips soft, then lick off the excess," need I say more?

Fresh's Sugar Lip Treatment ($24.00 for 4.3 grams) is the smoothest lip balm ever.  It's proven to keep lips moist for at least 6 hours, and it has an SPF 15 protection.  


Clinique's Moisture Surge Overnight Mask ($35.00 for 3.4 ounces) helps prevent moisture loss while you sleep because everyone loses moisture overnight.  I've always loved moisture surge, so when Clinique came out with the overnight mask, I had to try it.  I love that it literally stays put on my face and doesn't get into my eyes overnight like many serums tend to do.  In the morning, your skin will look rested and moisturized.  (Available in travel size)

What are your go-to products to combat winter dryness?  Please let me know in the comments section below!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. I am using Whish vanilla lip scrub.. love it.
    Great tips, thank you.

  2. You will laugh but I actually use coconut oil (not the butter) for moisturizing. I use the 007 serum & lotion on my face. I also like Burt's Bees products for the lips. I switch from hand cream to hand cream and haven't settled on one I love. Loved this post- xo Diana

  3. These are all wonderful. My dermatologist told me about a year ago to get Cera Ve moisturizer it is the best thing for your skin and she was so right. You can buy it at Target, Walmart. It is a little more expensive than a lot of reg. moisturizers but I have to say especially with our winter weather this stuff keeps your skin feeling and looking so wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Looks like some wonderful products, Ricki Jill. I love trying new stuff! Have a great week!

  5. Thanks for the recommendations! I love lip scrubs, and I bet chocolate is divine. My hands suffer the most in winter. I've been using Yves Rocher Ultra-Nourishing Hand Cream, and they also have a hand exfoliating oil which is lovely!

  6. I use a neutrogena moisturizer with sunscreen for my face and also when I shower, either Olay in-shower moisturizer and will also do hair conditioner on my face. Hands -- a natural lotion a friend of mine makes; lips -- aquaphor (now they have a version with sunscreen)and a good old pumice stone for feet!

  7. thank you, I need all the help I can get in the winter!


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