Winter and Fall can leave skin feeling dry, chapped, and parched for moisture. And we don’t always have the time to devote to truly hydrated skin. We’ve all had that moment of horror when we realize a patch of dry skin on the leg or a cracked looking elbow. And what is worse than chapped lips? Here are a few easy tricks to keep moisturized through the cold months even if you don’t have the time.

shower.jpg1. Skip the lotion and use a moisturizing body wash. I often find myself scrambling in the morning to get ready after the shower. Any easy and quick way to stay moisturized is to simply use a moisturizing soap or body wash. This way your skin stays soft and hydrated, without all the hassle and time spent applying body lotion.

Try: Kiehl’s Creme De Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream which contains Jojoba Butter and Shea Butter or for a less expensive alternative try Alba Organics Cream Body Wash available in Coconut Milk and Papaya Mango.

smooth_legs.jpg2. Manicures and Pedicures are important in the winter months. But let’s admit, we tend to forget about pedicures when sandals are obsolete. Any easy way to keep your cuticles from looking cracked and dry is to use a cuticle cream. This is one quick step that you can do when you don’t have time for a full nail treatment. Simply apply a bit on the cuticles daily to keep the soft.

Try: Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme which locks in moisture with a beeswax formula or L’Occitane Shea Butter Nail and Cuticle Cream.

moisturizing_face_cream.jpg3. Use a hydrating night cream. One important step to keeping moisturized through the winter is to have a super hydrating moisturizer. Let a deep hydrating cream penetrate dry skin when you sleep, and wake up to soft, supple skin. Find a cream that contains ingredients with hydrating properties such as hyaluronic acid which holds in the skin’s natural moisture.

Try: Mario Badescu Cream X which is a thick cream that is great for sensitive skin or Dermalogica Super Rich Repair.

soft_hair.jpg4. Use a multipurpose hair product. Instead of using multiple hair products, use one. Find a styling product that moisturizes as well as gives the hair hold. This will skip the extra step of leave-in conditioner. Plenty of styling products on the market today offer moisturizing ingredients.

Try: Bed Head Small Talk by Tigi. It is used as a body building styler that also moisturizes and it smells like Bubble Yum Bubble Gum! Or try Bumble and bumble Styling Lotion.

soft_lips.jpg5. Keep a lip moisturizer by your side at all times. It is great to have a chap stick in your purse for emergencies, but a moisturizing lipstick is a great staple as well. You can have both moisturizer and color in one by buying a hydrating lipstick. Find a color that works well with your winter and fall wardrobe and also contains a softening ingredient like Vitamin E.

Try: Nars Lipstick. They have a great selection of sheer colors and they keep lips creamy and moist. Or try Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick.

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