Dry Skin Savers

Winter can be brutal here in MN. The low temperatures are reaching single digits. Here's a run down of what I use to keep my skin hydrated. You can kiss kick dry skin good bye!
From left to right:
1. L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil $25 
This oil can be in addition to or in replace of your body wash. I use it in addition to my body wash when in the shower. This shower oil changes on contact with water into a kind of emulsion (?) that leaves your skin feeling soft and silky. The website says it turns into a foam, but I don't find that an accurate description. Regardless, you just have to try it to know what I mean- trust me, you'll love it. (Everyone I've ever gifted this to has loved it.) It also has really subtle and lovely almond scent. It's an easy way to make your shower time more luxurious. Another bonus is that you can use in replace of shaving cream too.

2. Trader Joe's Coconut Oil $10 
People are crazy about Trader Joe's Coconut Oil. Don't be surprised if you find it out of stock. If you haven't heard people are really into all the different uses for coconut oil these days. I haven't used coconut oil in cooking yet, but that's because I prefer to use it as moisturizer. Coconut oil is a great natural and cheap way to hydrate your skin. You take a small chunk of it, warm it up in your palms so it turns oily, and then just slather it on. The coconut scent won't last too long and neither will the greasy feeling once the product is absorbed. I only use coconut oil after I shower, and sometimes I'll use it as an eye makeup remover. Some people say that it works wonders as a hair mask, but it did not give great results on my hair. It made my hair incredibly greasy and weighed it down- so I cannot recommend that despite all of the internet buzz.

3. Neutrogena Body Oil $10
I use this post-shower (when I'm not using coconut oil) once I've lightly towel dried my skin. My mother has used this product for a long time, so I would say that young and mature skin can benefit from it. Sometimes post-shower certain lotions aren't very fast absorbing, so this oil is great because it's so light and absorbs quickly. Your skin just soaks it up and I use this product year round. 

4. Vaseline Intensive Care Essential Healing Lotion $3.49
I'm very picky when it comes to lotions, especially drugstore lotions. Many drugstore lotions are either too greasy, so light that they don't add enough moisture, they smell, are too creamy (they just sit on top of your skin), or aren't long lasting. However, I've been pretty happy with this lotion by Vaseline because it does it's job and I don't find myself having to reapply and reapply throughout the day once I've used it. If you aren't into body oils I would definitely recommend this. 

5. The Body Shop Shea Body Butter $20
This is the heavy hitter of the bunch. It's rich and creamy, and melts into your skin. A little goes a long way too. I haven't bought any body butters for myself for a while, so I'm happy to have them back this winter. It works great on dry elbows, dry feet... all over. The scent is also subtle and slightly nutty. It's a best seller and The Body Shop does a nice job at having sales throughout the year, so finding a deal and stocking up is easy. Today it was buy 3 get 3 on select products, and I'm sure that The Body Shop will have more deals for the holidays.