Winter Woe No. 2: “Eww, my skin is flaking everywhere.”
Solution: “Dry skin is caused by a lack of moisture in the air as well as low temps,” says Dr. David Colbert, a NYC dermatologist. Playing sports can worsen the problem because sweat causes the skin to lose moisture. Keep showers short and use a mild cleanser containing glycerin, such as Dove VisibleCare Softening Crème Body Wash ($5), which hydrates the skin. Dry off completely and apply a lightly or non-scented moisturizer like Lubriderm Intense Skin Repair Calming Relief Lotion ($8) or Trilipiderm All-Body Natural Moisturizing Créme ($24.95). Get rid of any lingering flakiness with a gentle exfoliant like Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub ($6). “Use it a few times per week, but never daily,” warns Dr. Colbert. “Over-exfoliating can dry out your skin by breaking through the protective layer that traps water.” Treat super-dry patches with a petrolatum-containing ointment like Aquaphor ($5.99).
Winter Woe No. 3 : “My lips are always chapped, especially when I train outside.”
Solution: Licking your lips won’t help. Instead lightly swipe Vaseline Petroleum Jelly on your kisser ($3.39). If you’re exercising outdoors, a lip balm with sunscreen is essential, says Dr. Colbert. Pucker up with Aloe Gator Cherry Lip Balm with 30 SPF, a fave among surfers and swimmers because it’s waterproof for eight hours ($3). Avoid lipsticks and glosses, which aren’t as moisturizing and can plug pores, leading to breakouts.