I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
Happy spring? We'd put an exclamation point at the end of that sentence, but there's snow slush on the ground. Snow means cold; cold means dry skin.
See, we love what most people hate about summer: humidity.
Besides shmelting makeup (shmelting is like melting, but shmushier), the grease factor isn't too much of a concern for us. The heat makes our skin glow, which we think may be due to the fact that it traces back to a hot climate, somewhere on the other side of the world.
On our trip to India late last year, it became apparent that Mumbai’s high-80s in December is basically perfect for our complexions. Maybe that's the reason crocodiles are prevalent in India--because it makes their scaly skin feel better.
But throughout fall, winter and even spring in New York, one of the flip-floppiest of climates, we start feeling like we’re part crocodile ourselves.
Our skin is like "Water. Waaaater. Gasp. Is that a genie over by that oasis?” etc. (Our skin is really melodramatic... and into metaphors.) Ru downs, like, like twelve glasses of water a day, while Pia ODs on body lotion.
But it's even worse for the body parts that are regularly exposed to the elements, like our faces and feet. (Yes, our feet. We don't wear socks with strappy heels.)
Our bathroom is filled with all kinds of moisturizers, oils and scrubs that we've experimented with. And while it's taken some time to perfect our cold-weather routines, we've finally figured out how to help our faces and feet look and feel less reptilian.
Nothing's worse than curling up next to your S.O. on the couch and hearing a yelp at the feeling of your dry feet. OK, a lot is worse than that, but suspend your disbelief.
When you're in the shower, grab a palmful of body scrub. We like Bliss Hot Salt Scrub because it warms up by itself when you rub it in to help soften skin--kind of freaky, but it feels SO good. Go at your feet with it, rubbing all the rough spots.
When you get out, slather on a super-thick lotion that’s made with glycerin, like Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Foot Cream, to lock in moisture. Before you go to bed, give your feet another rubdown and sleep in socks to prevent the lotion from rubbing off.
Need to soften up in a pinch? Butter London’s Stiletto Stick comes in roll-on form so you can apply it anywhere.
You know how they say that the average woman eats nine pounds of lipstick in a lifetime? For us, add on a couple pounds of lip balm. We’re addicts, mostly because we both suffer from flaky lips that make wearing matte lipsticks nearly impossible for half the year. Pia even attempted to exfoliate her lips with a toothbrush once, which didn't turn out so well (we'll save you the gory details).
After going through more than our fair share of sticks and tins, we’ve come up with the right combination of products and techniques that actually get us through cold months without scarves across our mouths.
First, rub a gentle lip scrub like Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub onto your lips in circular motions to get rid of flakes and boost circulation (it’ll enhance your lips’ natural color, too). Don’t use a toothbrush--as Pia has learned from experience, it just hurts like balls.
Follow up with a super-hydrating balm. Our favorite: Nivea Lip Butter.
Smooth on your lipstick and tap your lips with a tissue to create a stain--too thick and it’ll build up in the dry, flaky, stubborn spots. Top it off with a dab of lip balm to lock in moisture.
Reapply balm throughout the day to keep lips looking soft. The stain acts as an anchor to keep your lip balm in place. If you just slather lipstick over lip balm, it’ll all smear off leaving your poor lips vulnerable to the cold.
THE REST OF YOUR FACE
Both of us have gone through bottles and bottles of face lotions and creams, trying to find the one that does it all: hydrate enough to repair our dry skin while not clogging our pores. Ultimately, we feel that the simpler the ingredient list, the better.
Stay away from products with fragrances that can dry out skin, and look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, which helps attract moisture and keep it in skin.
Also, chill with the face scrubs in the winter time. Ru's a serial exfoliator (she used to use to do it twice a day), but overdoing it can actually make dry skin worse and cause breakouts, which she learned the hard way. (Also, don't exfoliate your face with a toothbrush.)
What’s your favorite cold-weather moisturizing product?