I meant to write this one before winter began, so I’m a little late on this one. Hopefully there are a few products here that make the rest of the dry winter months a little more tolerable. After all, you can only drink so much water in a 24 hour period to try to keep you hydrated! Moisturizers are great, but exfoliating allows moisturizers to do their thing, so I’ve thrown a few of my favorites in as well. Let me know what some of your favorites are!
Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish
We’ll start with a great body scrub. I’ve tried numerous body scrubs from those with crushed walnut shells, salt scrubs (yeah… don’t use those if you plan on shaving… you know, the phrase “don’t rub salt into the wound” should tell you why this is a bad idea…), and scrubs that I have no clue what they contain. This one is hands down my favorite. Actually, I’m not sure I’ve ever tried anything by Soap & Glory I didn’t love. This scrub contains moisturizing shea butter, sugar, and peach seed powder to naturally exfoliate. The scent of this scrub can’t even be described-one of my favs!
PMD Beauty Personal Microderm & PMD Clean
Alright. Another Facebook ad made me do it. I had seen ads for Personal Microderm for what seemed like months and as my skin ages and becomes dryer, uneven toned, and hyper-pigmented in areas, I decided to check out the reviews, which surprisingly were mostly positive. I’ll spare you the details and I’ll post an entire review of the system after I’ve been using it a little longer than four weeks. I will say in the short term I’ve loved the system as an exfoliator and my skin has never been this smooth and even after using the microderm every week the PMD Clean twice daily when cleansing. All products seem to absorb much better because of this system.
e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator
Cheap. Effective. Look no further. Seriously! That’s about it for this one. This exfoliator is a little more coarse than most I’ve tried, but it’s by far my favorite. It absorbs well, exfoliates well, and the sugar crystals dissolve well. Perfect for matte liquid lipstick obsessions.
Dr. Pedicure Foot Exfoliation Peeling Mask
This one is by far the strangest in my lineup. It’s a mask… for your feet. Not kidding. The package contains a set of plastic booties you put on your feet, secure them with tape so they don’t leak, let the chemicals do their thing, and in about a week or so all of the dead skin on your feet peels continually until it’s completely removed. Disgusting? Yes. Effective? Also yes. Soo… whatevs. If it works it works. And it does work. I don’t think any pedicure could’ve given me softer feet than this did. Now I just do maintenance by using a natural pumice stone. If my feet ever are in dire need again, I’ll definitely be grabbing another pack of these babies.
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter
Probably my favorite on this list. Your skin will thank you every time you use this magical body butter. I’m not exaggerating. I have yet to find something more moisturizing and longer lasting than this stuff. Amazing.
Soap & Glory Heel Genius
Yep. Another Soap & Glory product. I’m telling you… they’re so effective, have such an amazing scent, and are so long lasting that I have yet to find anything that tops their products. I’m able to maintain well manicured feet with this product alone as long as I apply it every night in the winter months and after showering in the summer months.
LilyAna Naturals Eye Cream Moisturizer
I know this isn’t necessarily a full moisturizer, but it’s awesome if my skin needs a little more moisture on dry days. I use it as an eye cream twice a day, then on other areas of the face as needed and it does the job.
Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has always been suggested to me for dry skin, but alas, I can’t handle the greasiness that comes along with it. So, I did what I usually do: search Amazon for a solution. What I found was fractionated coconut oil that isn’t “greasy”, but is definitely oily (it’s an oil… so, duh). In the winter months I put this on my hands, rub it in as much as possible, then apply O’Keefe’s Working Hands afterward, which seems to seal the moisture in.
O’Keefe’s Working Hands
I use this during the day when my hands become really dry because it’s not greasy, absorbs well, and keeps moisture in for a long time. As I said before, this works great after applying fractionated coconut oil before bed to lock in the moisture.