There is nothing I love more in this world than getting out of the shower, smelling like a million bucks, slathering on various oils and lotions, putting on a robe, and relaxing at the end of a long day (or honestly, any time of the day). And this routine is even better in the wintertime, when I can put on my warm PJs, a lush robe, fuzzy socks, drink some mulled wine, and binge-watch Love Island.
Winter body care is my favorite—there’s no debate! Even though winter weather is notoriously bad for our skin, it doesn’t have to be. You can combine the power of winter body care and self-care to create the perfect stay-at-home body care routine. Want to know my tips? Read on!
1. Invest in a Body Cream
I already have dry body skin, but it’s a whole other thing in the winter. The combination of dry winter cold outdoors and dry winter heat indoors sets me up for unsightly eczema flare-ups and cracked skin. But thankfully, I already keep ultra hydrating body creams on deck to combat dry skin.
To get the most hydrating bang for your buck, apply your body cream when your skin is still damp from the shower. This will trap in the water (aka hydration), plus provide a barrier so that hydration can’t escape. The Bioderma Atoderm Ultra-Nourishing Cream is an amazing winter body cream choice. It’s formulated with skin-nourishing ingredients that prevent moisture loss and keep your skin soft and silky.
2. Think About Using a Body Serum
If you really want to take your body care to the next level, think about treating it like your face and investing in a body serum. This product is applied directly out of the shower while your skin is still wet, and then topped with your body cream of choice. I love to use a body serum after I shave my legs or do any sort of body exfoliation so I can protect my skin from irritation. I’m absolutely obsessed with Necessaire’s The Body Serum, formulated with hyaluronic acid for an extra dose of hydration and ceramides to lock in moisture.
3. Dry Oils Will Be Your New Best Friend
The pièce de résistance of your winter body care routine is falling in love with a dry oil. A dry oil is any oil that dries down and absorbs into your skin quickly, instead of sitting on the surface of your skin. Dry oils are incredibly beneficial for your skin. They increase collagen production, which decreases inflammation. In a 2013 study on rats, avocado oil was found to possibly increase the production of collagen. Research has also shown that oils high in linoleic acid, like sunflower oil, can help to repair your moisture barrier, which is super important during the winter.
Just like your face, your dry oil is applied at the very end of your body care routine. Allow it to dry, and then get dressed in your favorite cozy PJs. I currently have two bottles of Glossier’s new Body Hero Dry Touch Oil in a cart right now. It’s made with sunflower seed oil, grapeseed oil, and oats to nourish the skin and seal in moisture. I also love that it comes in a spray bottle, so it’s mess-free!
What do you add to your winter body care routine every year?