Friday, January 25, 2013

5 Friday Faves...Beauty Winter Edition

 Essentials for Winter Hydration Edition

I have super dry skin and I am prone to eczema.  I try to stay on top of it too keep everything hydrated, I don't always succeed being the busy mom that I am.  But these are some of the products I use time and time again during the cold  winter months to keep everything hydrated.
The unsung hero of the group of course being good old H20...When I don't hydrate on the inside, it shows on the outside!

#1 Hand/Nails

This is a creamy, thicker formula.  I wouldn't recommend it for right before you have to open a jar or a door but after the shower or before bed I slather this all over my hands and feet and it helps keep them soft and supple.
I got mine at my local drugstore. 


My home remedy for dry hair is a mixture of coconut oil and shea butter melted together. 
(there's no real science to this one, I took a big clump of each and threw them in Tupperware and let them melt by the heat of my shower)
I try to slather this mixture on my hair at least 2 X a week (and would most likely do it more often if I had time)  I put it on about 20 min before I shower.  I really work it through my hair, making sure I massage it into my scalp and then clip my hair on top of my head in a bun.
Once I get in the shower I try to keep my head out from under the water and let the heat of the shower open up my hair cuticles and really let the mixture seep in.   Then I shampoo and condition as normal.  I find I don't have to use any anti frizz products
 on the days I do this. 
I purchased the shea butter on Amazon, and I get the coconut oil at my local grocery store.

#3 Skin-Body

I have been faithful (mostly) to this lotion for about 15 years.  Every time I stray I am disappointed...and flaky.
I find with my sensitive skin I have no reactions to this formula and it just leaves my skin so soft.  I  slather my whole body (minus my face) completely with this immediately beyond exiting the shower, cover up in a robe and let it really soak in.

#4 Skin-Face


This one is tough.  I have gone back and forth between a few different products over the years but recently I have settled on this Burt's Bees Intense Hydration.
You don't need to use much.  Just a tiny pump and your whole face is covered.  I also use under my chin and neck.  I've been using this for about 2 months and it seems to be working great.
I got mine directly from the Burt's Bees website because I had an awesome coupon code from Martha Stewart before Christmas.  
 But you can find it in drug stores

#5 Lips

Burt's Bees...I don't discriminate with these gems
Rejuvenating with Acai Berry
Refreshing with Grapefruit
Replenishing with Pomegranate
Island with Passionfruit
Nourishing with Mango
I'm not wild about the Honey but that is just a personal issue I have with the smell.
I have them next to my bed, in my purse, in my car and often in the pockets of my winter coats.
I get these wherever I can, everytime they are on sale (heck even when they're not on sale.)
  Or online at Burt's Bees where they
 often run specials.

What essentials do you use to keep the harsh effects of Winter at Bay?




  1. I love Burt's Bees! I have a seemingly never-ending supply of the Rejuvenating Acai Berry at all times. I also use their sensitive skin cleansing facial wipes, and I love them. I really do need to find something good for my sensitive skin though.

    1. I really do love Aveeno....just the plain daily moisturizing though! Sometimes they have smaller sizes you could test it!

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  2. I love your go-to beauty products! Coconut oil is one of my most favorite things ever, so I will have to try your recipe to help combat dry hair :)

    1. Thanks Lindsay, I usually divide my jar up right off the bat so I have one for cooking etc.. and one for beauty!

  3. I do that too with my coconut oil ..1/2 Cooking and 1/2 hands, hair. Im loving your posts!

  4. Thanks! You should get the credit for getting me hooked on Coconut oil LOL!