3 Essential Products to Fix Dry Winter Skin

I dread winter. I really do. The days are short, there’s no fun holidays after Christmas, and I always suffer from horrible dry winter skin. No matter how hard I try, my face, lips, and hands are always left chapped and red by the cold winter air.

One time during finals week at school my knuckles were so dry I accidentally(?) started bleeding onto my physics exam. Sorry (or not) Professor Karmgard!

3 Essential Products to Fix Dry Winter Skin

I’ve tried TONS of products over the years to help combat my dry winter skin, and I think I’ve found three holy-grail products that keep my skin hydrated and healthy!

For your face…

I struggle the most with my face in the winter because my sensitive skin does not react well to thick creams being slathered on it. My pores like freak out and suddenly I have dry skin and a bout of acne. Not a good look.

Luckily I read an article (or, let’s be honest, my mom read an article) that said you shouldn’t change your typical moisturizer in the winter. Say what?? Yep, all you need to do is add a little *somethin’-somethin’* to your normal moisturizer to make it extra hydrating in the winter.

That’s where this fab serum from Paula’s Choice comes into play. I just add two drops to my normal moisturizer every morning and night and voila! No more dry winter skin. And no more skin freak-outs. It’s a win-win.

For your lips…

Now, I love my little blue tube of Chapstick. But let’s be honest that Chapstick does not cut it in the winter, especially overnight. I always used a dab of Vaseline on my lips, which worked well. But Vaseline is kind of blah, ya know?

Enter Rosebud Salve.

I picked up this cute little tin (seen in the featured image of this post!) on a whim at Anthropologie one afternoon with Gabby, and I’ve never looked back.

It’s the same texture as Vaseline, but it smells lightly of roses petals and it’s tinted a beautiful shade of pink. I love that it gives my lips a little something extra. A little dab on my lips before I go to bed and before I head out to class leaves my lips beautifully moisturized and lightly tinted all day and night. I seriously need to purchase like 3 more tins to stash in my purse/backpack/makeup bag.

For your hands…

I’ve really tried every lotion and cream for my hands, and nothing seemed to keep my knuckles from cracking and bleeding. I was always super embarrassed to type on my computer because of how terrible my hands looked!

Thank goodness a good friend recommended Bag Balm to me over the summer. Disclaimer that Bag Balm doesn’t smell all that great, but the scent can easily be covered up by another lotion over it. I slather this stuff all over my hands before I go to bed, along with a little dab of whatever random Bath and Body Works lotion I have lying around (c’mon, we all do). When I wake up, my hands are baby-smooth and free of cracks!

The best part about Bag Balm is that it’s like $8 at Walgreens. Can’t beat an inexpensive product that works (basically) miracles!

So there are my choices for products to combat your dry winter skin! Is there a product you think I should try? Do you live in a warm place where you never experience dry skin? Leave a comment down below!

  • The winter murders my lips! I am going to try Rosebud Salve! Thanks for the suggestion!

    • It’s my favorite lip balm EVER! Your lips will thank you 🙂

  • mckenna bleu

    I am always looking for new products to use for dry skin! It is the worst!

    • It really is! It just makes me so self-conscious so I always try to be proactive about keeping my skin moisturized!

  • I would’ve never thought to put rosebud salve on my elbows, but now I’m going to have to try it! You’ll be so amazed at how well bag balm works!

  • I swear by Aquaphor for my dry lips!

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlifeblog.com

    • I have a big tub of Aquaphor in my room at home that I love! Rosebud salve is my favorite because it’s like scented Aquaphor.

  • I’ve found that putting on a pore minimizer over my facial moisturizer does WONDERS for my dry skin in the winter!

    • I’ve never heard of a pore minimizer but I’m really interested now!

  • Sydney Power

    These are great Hannah! I suffer badly from dry skin in the winter!

    • Thank you so much! I did too until I found these awesome products 🙂

  • Katie Runyan

    Thank you for sharing these products! We sell the rosebud salve where I work so I may have to make use of my employee discount! 😛

    • 100%! It will change your life, seriously 🙂

  • Amy

    My skin is always super dry in the winter! I need to check these out!


    Amy | Pastel N Pink

    • Mine too and I get super self-concious about it! These products make my skin feel so good 🙂

  • mQs

    I’ve been moisturizing my face twice a day, which has been making a big difference!

    • That helps me a ton too! I hate having dry cheeks!

  • Elly Leavitt

    so many people have been recommending rosebud salve, i need to check it out! x

    • Let me know if you end up trying it! It’s an awesome product.

  • YESSS rosebud salve is my holy grail lipbalm, can’t recommend it more!! This year my mom got me the tube version from ULTA instead of the tin and I love it!!

    • I think I’m going to try the tube next, because I’m always slightly weirded out about sticking my finger in the tin every day!

  • Michelle mink

    y face really freaks out in the winter too. I just try to keep it moisturized and well maintained.

    • Same! I hate putting makeup on top of dry skin.

  • Great suggestions! I love your idea for the rosebud salve, I might have to try it!

    • Definitely go for it! You’ll be so amazed!

  • I’ve actually never used rosebud salve, but I have heard amazing things about it! I love the spa line from Bath and Body works, the super thick lotions always do wonders for me!

  • We need products to cling to in the winter months when things get too dry to handle, love this post!

  • I have this 3-step Mary Kay kit called “satin hands” and I use it often in the winter! It makes my dry skin literally disappear. I love it.

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

  • I swear by that rosebud salve!

  • Hannah Madison

    the rosebud salve sounds very cool!! 🙂


    Hannah from HMS Jewels