There is no cure for dry skin but using the right products will help you fight the “dry skin” battle. Fall and and Winter especially, in Connecticut, can be brutal on your hands, skins and nails. As we age our skin get dryer and keeping it moisturized so it it won’t crack is sometimes a challenge. The skin around my nails is particularly troublesome so I have to work hard at keeping my nails looking good. Here are some of the products I use on a regular basis to help keep my nails looking good and my skin and lips much more able to weather the elements.
These beauty staples are things I use all year long though, not just during cold weather. Many are super affordable as well.
As we age our nails also get thin and tend to crack. Keep something on them whether it be a base coat, ridge filler or polish helps them from chipping and cracking.
OPI Nail Polish: I just love OPI nail polishes. The colors are great and after testing so many brands, I find OPI is the longest lasting polish I have used. For Fall I like the darker tones and right now I’m wearing Grand Canyon Sunset. Did you know that OPI has an app for your smartphone or tablet so you can view all of the colors? Check it out, it’s free!
CND Base Coat and Ridge Filler: This product is great because not only is it a base coat before you add your polish, it acts a ridge filler to even out cracks, lines and bumps on your nail. I often wear it alone without polish and it makes my nails stronger than if I didn’t wear anything. So far it is best product I have found to keep my nails from chipping and breaking.
CND Solar Cuticle Oil: I keep a tiny bottle in my purse, medium size in the car and large one on my desk and use it all day long. I even have a small bottle on my nightstand. I buy the larger refill bottle and just keep all of the bottles filled to make it much more affordable. The CND brand cuticle oil is a blend of almond, jojoba and vitamin E with a soft almond scent.
This Fall I was introduced to a new product from L’Occitane that I am going to give a try called Divine Youth Oil from their Divine anti-aging line. It is designed for the eye area but I also think it might help with my hands. The main ingredient is the Immortelle from Corsica, a bright yellow flower known as Helichrysum, Everlasting, or “golden sun” in Latin. I still have to do research to find out what attributes this flower contains and how it works to help your skin.
My hands are getting older-looking by the minute so I can use all of the help I can get. As you age your skin loosens and also gets super dry when humidity leaves the air. I find that by October my hands are drying out and the long Winter is still to come. I haven’t had much success with lotions but the products below are the ones that have worked great for me.
Here’s a tip: I find that if you wet your hands slightly, the shea butters and body butters go on easier and sink into your skin faster.
Cuticle Oil: see above. Yes, that’s right, I use cuticle oil on my hands and heels too. It sinks into my skin unlike lotion that sits on top of my skin.
L’Occitane en Provence Shea Butter Hand Cream: My favorite shea butter hand cream, which is heavier than a lotion, the L’Occitane en Provence original Shea Butter. It has very little fragrance so it’s not overpowering. This creamy balm has 20 percent shea butter, honey, almond extracts and coconut oil. They have other, similar products with a variety of fragrances but this is my favorite. Anything with Shea butter in it is great for your hands.
Lavender Fields Hand and Body Butter: I keep this in the kitchen to use after my hands have been in the sink water. It is a thick cream that is a bit heavier than the L’Occitane shea butter. It is infused with pure lavender essential oil so the smell is heavenly. I have had this jar for about a year and it still smells like it is brand new because the essential oils they use are pure.
Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm: Good ole’ Burts Bees lip balm is a staple in my handbag. It is lip care with naturally conditioning beeswax, vitamin E and a hint of peppermint oil.
Lebermuth Lip Stick: Lebermuth lip stick is something you might not have heard about. The Lebermuth company has been around a long time but is often known for their wholesale division and not their beauty products. The Lip Stick glides on easily and do not contains parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, nor mineral oil. I used it on my hands and lips.
I’m still searching for just the right lip color or stain that is also hydrating. So many of them are drying. Do you have a suggestion?
What are some of your favorite nail, lip and hand products?
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