This winter seems to be pretty dry compared to previous winters and my skin is absolutely hating it!
I have eczema and a thyroid condition that makes my skin dry and my nails brittle. And with all this cold and dry air, my skin and nails are really taking a hit. However, I’ve been living with eczema for the 30 years I’ve been alive, and my thyroid condition for a little over 3 years. I’d like to think I have a handle on skin conditions at this point.
So I’m rounding up all my favorite skin care and nail care products that will help you stay hydrated and your skin won’t hate you for this winter.
If you want to find out what they are, you’ll have to keep reading!
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2019 Winter Skin Care Favorites Round Up
I’m going to start out this round up with cleansers, move over to toners, then serums. Then any lotions and creams, and finally any oils.
Related: Skin Guide for Colder Weather
I had used oil cleansers in the past. Actually, I was a huge fan of the Trader Joe’s oil cleanser because of the price point. But while I did see some improvement with my skin (my acne has been acting up since I got an IUD put in over a year ago) I wasn’t so much of an improvement.
However, I recently switched over to the Burt’s Bee’s oil cleanser and OH. MY. GOSH! I haven’t seen this much of an improvement in quite some time! I have sensitive combination skin (my temples are like an oil rig, while my forehead is a flaky mess) and this has worked so well for me. I’m a huge fan of double cleansing (which has also helped) but on days when it feels too dry to add a second cleanser, I’ll just do the oil cleanser and things work wonderfully.
My go-to regular hydrating cleanser is the Lacura Face Care Hydrating Facial Cleanser courtesy of my local Aldi. It’s very affordable and does pretty well. It doesn’t cause my skin any problems and that’s a huge plus for me. It doesn’t overly hydrate my skin, and paired with the oil cleanser, is a perfect combination for me.
I picked up a non-beaded exfoliating cleanser at Target not that long ago from ELF. I keep reading about how the beaded or scrub exfoliating cleansers are too harsh for your skin, and since my skin is very sensitive, I figured I would give something else a try.
Insert the ELF Gentle Peeling Exfoliant. I was honestly skeptical of it at first, because it feels like it’s just balling up on your skin and not actually exfoliating, but I tried rubbing it on my hands and I wasn’t getting the same effect, so it’s clearly doing something!
I only use this once to twice a week at most because again, sensitive skin and exfoliating too much is a bad idea.
It’s recommended that you use a toner, but I’ve found that most contain some kind of alcohol in it which is naturally drying. However, I have two different toners that work well.
ELF Keep Your Balance Hydrating Toner
This is what I was using most recently. But again, it has alcohol in it which is naturally drying, so I’m skipping out on the toner for a while to see if it makes much of a difference with my skin. The last thing I need is something that’s more drying than everything else.
Dickinson’s Enhanced Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Hydrating Toner with Rosewater
Again, this is alcohol free and has rosewater, something that’s supposed to help with all my skin conditions. I ran out of this and switched to the ELF version, so that’s what I currently have in stock, and I really don’t like to have multiples of the same product even if they are different brands. I don’t have a lot of room to keep these things, so I’m working on using up the ELF one before giving this a try during the winter.
Hyaluronic Acid Serum
I had been using the CeraVe Hylauronic Acid Serum for a while, but I never really saw much of a difference. However, I’m adding this to my list because it was once a decent staple during the summer because it’s more light weight than some of the heavier creams I use now.
And if you don’t have dry, sensitive skin like me and are looking for something more light weight, this stuff is great. It’s a bit pricey for my taste, but it’s a very good brand and an important part of a skin care routine.
Daily Face Cream
Because my skin is so dry due to my various issues, I actually use something designated as a night cream during the day and night. I love, love, love the Skin Nourishment Night Cream (with royal jelly) from Burt’s Bee’s. I can’t remember when I actually picked it up for the first time, I think it was a few years ago when a co-worker mentioned how fantastic royal jelly is for skin.
I actually notice it make a difference if I haven’t used it in a while or my skin has encountered something harsh during the day/night. I can actually feel it working. It’s definitely my absolute favorite product on this list.
There’s also a plus that I’ve been able to find this product at a discount at TJ Maxx!
I’m currently using the store brand version of the CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM SPF 30 because SPF isn’t just to prevent sun burn! If you’re from a colder area with high winds, you’ll be more than familiar with wind burns.
Yeah, if the air is cold enough and windy enough, you can get a burn on your skin. And your face is pretty delicate and pretty exposed compared to the rest of your body. Adding SPF to your daily routine is a wonderful and very helpful product to have. It will help with aging and overall keeping your skin healthy. So if you don’t use an SPF lotion daily, I highly recommend it!
Because I’m 30 and anti-aging is totally something I should have started about 5 years ago, I’m using the CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream on top of my Burt’s Bee’s night cream for my night routine.
Not only does it have hyaluronic acid it has calming niacinamide and barrier-replenishing ceramides, which helps with the anti-aging process.
I’ve also had the fortune of being able to find this at TJ Maxx as well, being able to find this at about half the price. And CeraVe is my “expensive” brand.
Face and Nail Oils
This is something I found out about via Simply Nailogical in a nail video on how to grow your nails/ keep them strong. She talked about Jojoba oil and how it’s the closest oil to the oil our skin naturally produces, so it’s what she uses as a nail oil.
She orders the nail oil brushes from Amazon (I found them titled Twist Pen with Brush) and fills them with Jojoba oil from a more bulk container. And that’s exactly what I’ve done as well!
I ordered a 5 pack so I can have one at work, one in my purse, on at my desk, one in my nail kit, and one extra in case anything happens to one of them.
But that’s not all!
If the oil is good for your nails, it’s also good for your face! I’ve been using this on some of my more dry patches on my face (I have a current small cysteine pimple between my chin and lips that’s dried out by my RX retinol product) and it’s been incredibly helpful!
I recently picked this up again after not really liking that much a few years ago.
I was at Mohegan Sun Casino and stopped off at the Sephora there to get a small tube of mascara and ended up getting multiple other products as well. I picked up the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream in a 2oz tube. It’s been fantastic for both my hands and that dry skin patch on my face due to my acne.
Now that we’ve mentioned Simply Nailogical, there’s another product that she recommended in one of her videos is the Healthy Hoof Cream. I massage this into my cuticles every night right before bed. Cristine of Simply Nailogical uses gloves to keep the moisture locked in without it rubbing off all over your bed, but I can’t sleep with gloves on my hands. It’s terrible for keeping my eczema in check, but it makes me overheat too much.
Even with my thyroid issues and eczema, this has been a huge help in getting my nails to a durable strength! I highly recommend this for anyone with weak nails.
Unfortunately it’s been too dry of a time for lotions this time, but I normally go with an Aveeno product or the store brand version of it. Due to my eczema, I like to go with the eczema cream version if possible.
Right now I’m using the store brand version of the Eucerin Original Healing Cream. It’s heavy enough for me and keeps me hydrated throughout the night.
I’m so happy various brands have expanded into spray lotions and ointments because I don’t know about you, but getting lotions or creams onto my back is incredibly hard!
Thankfully, Aquaphor Ointment Body Spray has been a life saver for me! I use it nightly and put my PJ shirt on. It helps lock in the little moisture my skin retains, and it’s perfect for after the shower!
There are a few more products I’ve been wanting to try and if you want, I can do a post or two on them as well!
Related: My Daily Daytime Skin Care Routine
Skin Care Extra
This isn’t a lotion, cream, or anything you put on your body. This is something to help if you, like me, have found that the air around you has become far too drying for you.
I bought one a few years ago before I discovered that a salt lamp is a terrible idea for someone with dry skin (it pulls the moisture out of the air… which I failed to realize) and it’s been incredibly helpful for me. I no long wake up with my skin in literal pain from being so dry. I have no preferred brands or anything, just find one that fits the room you’re looking to improve.
- Burt’s Bee’s oil cleanser
- ELF Gentle Peeling Exfoliant
- ELF Keep Your Balance Hydrating Toner
- Dickinson’s Enhanced Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Hydrating Toner with Rosewater
- CeraVe Hylauronic Acid Serum
- Burt’s Bee’s Skin Nourishment Night Cream (with royal jelly)
- CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM SPF 30 (or store brand)
- CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream
- Jojoba oil
- First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
- Healthy Hoof Cream
- Eucerin Original Healing Cream (or store brand)
What do you think about my winter skin care round up? What is your favorite product of the bunch? Let me know in the comments below!