2015's Dry Skin Survival Guide

No matter your skin type, whether oily or atopic, sensitive or normal, winter weather can wreak havoc on your complexion. From the dry, hot air created by spewing radiators or the wind-whipped chill outside, dry, flaky patches - murr... - are bound to happen but luckily, we here at OSB are all about skincare and DIY prevention. Here is our 2015 roundup of winter dry skin tips.

Image via @bonnielipbalm

Image via @bonnielipbalm

Chapped Lips + Cucumber Remedy

Image via BLDG 25

Image via BLDG 25

Lips are most sensitive this time of year. With the constant change from hot to cold, lips are incredibly susceptible to the winter dry-out. For added hydration, cut a few slices off the end of a cucumber and place on your lips for twenty minutes to soak up the cooling, calming goodness. Toss a slice over each eye for additional soothing effects and dream the chilly, cold season away.

Homemade Cuticle Butter

One painful yet often overlooked winter ailment is cracked cuticles. Though your digits may be bundled up in wool gloves for most of Chicago's cooler months, the biting chill in the air is sure to make nail care - and the skin around your no-chip manicure - all the more important. Be sure to grab a hand salve or make an at-home cuticle butter á la One Good Thing by Jillee to calm those pesky cuticle tears.

Chamomile Tea Bath

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As a lifetime eczema sufferer, relief from the itch has been hard to come by, especially when the weather changes and dry skin becomes all the more prevalent. One way I personally have found relief is with chamomile tea baths. Just take five chamomile tea packets, boil two teapots worth of tea, toss in a full bath and voila, you have an inexpensive at-home remedy which not only calms unhappy, itchy skin but is also the perfect pre-bedtime activity. This recipe from A Delightful Home also utilizes rose petals but I always recommend a spot test first, especially with sensitive skin. Not everything works for everyone unfortunately!

Dry Scalp

Image via The Everygirl

Image via The Everygirl

One of our favorite sites for beauty go-tos, The Everygirl, breaks down everything you need to know on how to handle dry scalp. Scalp massages and eliminating parabens from your shampoo and conditioner are no-brainers - pun intended! - but the section on solving the problem from the inside out is also super beneficial. These dietary mentions i.e. drinking more water and adding fatty acids to your daily routine is sure to help alleviate skin ailments as well.

OSB's Winter Skin Savers from Bonnie!

Nourishing Ultra Shine Lip Gloss

This shiny lip gloss - in Antique Rose - is just the ticket to nourish chapped lips without leaving a sticky coating. We love the rich hue and soft, hydrated lips this lipstick creates with one quick swipe.

A few additional quickie tips:

1. Stay hydrated - water is key to hydration and happy skin.

2. Get enough sleep! Who doesn't need an excuse to stay in bed longer?

3. Pay attention to the fabrics in your sweaters. Some are more sensitive to wool and cashmere than others or unnatural fabrics may be giving your skin the mean reds so pay attention to labels if you start to have an unexplainable reaction.

4. Use fragrance free soaps and laundry detergent to cut down on any unwanted sensitivity.

5. Chill out - stress, whether holiday or work induced always takes skin on a roller coaster so yoga, mediation and stress-free activities are a must!

Superbalm

We are huge fans of Bonnie Superbalm to help with dry skin needs. A local Chi-town product, this salve is jam-packed with nutrients and calming benefits to help take the itch and flake out of winter. Try all three types: Tangerine Lavender, Cashmere Sweater and Original to see which superbalm works best for you!

Image via @bonnielipbalm

Image via @bonnielipbalm

'Til next time!

- KCH