How to Battle Dry Skin, and Hair According to Beauty Experts
Proper Exfoliation, Quality Multitasking Products and Skin Tools
As opposed to thinking that exfoliation will ‘over-dry’ your skin, think of it as a way for your epidermis to be prepped for deeper product penetration. This is especially important during the winter months.
Quality products are key when you are exfoliating and I’m a huge fan of those that multitask. Bradley Beauty’s Buff-N-Stuff is a wonderful face and body scrub. The combination of fresh lemon enzyme with organic honey and sugar beads is the perfect solution for head-to-toe exfoliation. Furtuna Skin's Porte per la Vitalita Face and Eye serum is another favorite. Their ingredients are sourced from a farm in Sicily and are clean beauty verified. They use a sound bath extraction process for their active ingredients, which is groundbreaking.
Skin tools can also be effective for the body to help with managing dry winter skin. Esker Beauty, which has high-quality body washes and oils, recently launched a Body Plane tool that provides gentle exfoliation without damaging or irritating the skin’s moisture barrier.
If you prefer to exfoliate in the bath or shower, exfoliating gloves work great to slough off dead skin. Pro tip: If you’re storing the gloves in the shower, make sure to change them regularly, just like you would your kitchen sponge.
Lastly, your feet. I use traditional tools like Deborah Lippmann’s Soul Survivor on my feet. It’s usually my last step to give that skin a bit more time to heat up, allowing for an easier scrub down. I keep lotion in my night-stand table and apply right when I get into bed and cover them with thin socks. Here is another cool little trick: add some Aquaphor to the most stubborn areas. If you’re a dedicated bath taker in the winter months, adding one cup of powdered milk will add the exfoliating benefits of lactic acid and provide additional moisturizing relief.
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Article by Maryam Lieberman
Photograph by Karim Sadli; Styled by Max Pearmain.