Winter Skin Woes

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We’ve been so incredibly lucky in the weather department so far in Chicago, but I’m still dreading the next few months ahead. When it comes to winter, I want to be excited about the holidays, spending time with family, twinkling lights, the peaceful snowfalls, and festive frocks and fetes. However, when I think of winter, my thoughts usually go to one of a few places that aren’t so pleasant – the thought of being clenched up and absolutely freezing for months on end, dry air that makes it harder to breathe, and itchy, dry skin. This year, I’m doing everything I can to try to fight the signs of winter, both mentally and physically!

I got a heavy-duty humidifier a few weeks ago to start pumping some moisture into the air in my apartment. I’ve noticed such a difference between the air in my apartment and inside other places in the city. I seriously breathe so much easier at home! I’ve even noticed a shortness of breath when working out that’s made me feel like I’m really out of shape. I never realized how much more dry Chicago is compared to New York, but my skin has been taking a toll, too. I’ve been drinking as much water as possible throughout the day to try and stay hydrated from the inside out, but it just doesn’t seem to be enough.

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AVEENO® sent me their Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Body Wash and Body Lotion to try out and it’s definitely helping in the healthy skin department! I’ve been using AVEENO® face and body products since high school. The oatmeal bath soaks are my go-to for seriously itchy, dry skin! For the past few years, I’ve been using AVEENO® body lotion when I’m showering at SoulCycle, too, because most locations keep it stocked in the locker rooms. When it comes to hydrating winter products, I always think of extra thick creams that smell like petroleum jelly. I get weary of scents when my skin is extra dry in the colder months, but the AVEENO® Gentle Scent products are anything but irritating and sticky. I’ve been testing out both the Coconut and the Oat & Chamomile scents, and I really like them both. The Coconut scent is stronger than the Oat & Chamomile, but it instantly transports you to a beautiful beach in a tropical locale. At least mentally, anyway! If you’re looking for something a bit more subdued, the Oat & Chamomile fits the bill perfectly. It’s subtly sweet and smells oh-so-spa-like. I love using the body wash and body lotion before bed to relax a bit before hitting the sheets. The natural ingredients of oatmeal, coconut, chamomile, and soy have been doing wonders both my skin and mind.

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It always takes me a few weeks to figure out my new skincare regime when the seasons change so abruptly. I tend to swap out my moisturizers, masks, and nighttime oils for products that cater more towards moisture versus detoxifying. In the summer months, I wear sunscreen on top of my usual moisturizer, but it’s still so important to incorporate SPF into your routine in the winter months, too. When you’re looking for a new winter moisturizer, make sure you’re choosing one with SPF to make it easy to remember to wear it! I like to opt for a 2-in-1 product to make it easy. I’ve been testing out the POSITIVELY RADIANT® Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 and have been really pleased! It’s oil free, which is a must have in my book. Even though my skin gets so dry, my face starts to look way too shiny when I’m not using oil-free products during the day. My skin starts to look pretty dull after a few weeks of winter, so I’m excited to have POSTIVELY RADIANT® Daily Moisturizer in my bathroom cabinet. It’s actually clinically shown to improve the tone and texture of your skin, as well as improve brown spots and blotchiness. Sign me up!

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You can find each one of these AVEENO® products at Walmart!

AVEENO® Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Body Wash / Nourishing Coconut
AVEENO® Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Body Wash / Soothing Oat & Chamomile
AVEENO® Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Lotion / Nourishing Coconut
AVEENO® Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Lotion / Soothing Oat & Chamomile

I’d love hear if you’ve tried any of these AVEENO® products and what you thought! If not, what are some of your healthy winter skin go-tos?

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  1. 12.8.15

    Aveeno really is amazing!

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  2. 12.8.15
    Megan said:

    Yes, I love Aveeno! Their products do wonders for my dry sensitive skin

    Happy Tuesday //

  3. 12.8.15
    Jamie said:

    I love Aveeno products because my skin is so dry and sensitive. Living in the desert doesn’t help haha so a good moisturizer is a must.


  4. 12.8.15

    I love Aveeno products! I always use their stress relief body wash in the shower, it smells so good!

    Laura | Laura Aime Vous

  5. 12.8.15
    Lucy O'Connor said:

    These products are great, I’ve tried them too! They’re so nourishing in the cooler months!

  6. 12.8.15
    Stacie said:

    I live in Colorado so my skin is always dry! I have tried so many products, expensive and affordable, but nothing has given me what I need. I’m going to give Aveeno a try and I will let you know what I think in a few weeks! Wish me luck! Any tips for dry hair?

  7. 12.31.15
    Sarah Gifford said:

    Aveeno is without my go-to brand for any/all things skincare. I keep a bottle of Positively Radiant Moisturizer in my makeup bag and at home, and I keep a bottle of Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion by my bed. I also travel with a smaller bottle of Daily Moisturizing Lotion, because I really can’t go anywhere without it! Looks like I need to try their body washes as well!