Products To Combat Dry Skin

Guys, it snowed last night!! FINALLY! I fully admit to being the jerk who is happy when it’s cold and snows (for now, at least…though I do stay like this significantly longer than most people). One thing I’m not a fan of, though, is the dry skin that inevitably arrives this time of year. Because peeling in the winter doesn’t show off your recent beach vacation like it does over the summer!

This post may sound familiar if you’ve been a longtime reader because I’ve mentioned these some of these products several times in regards to how they’re part of my weekly beauty routine. If you’re curious, here’s last year’s post and here’s one from 2013…Cake & Lilies was under a different name and had about 10 posts total – this was one of three posts I did my entire senior year, I didn’t know own Photoshop and was arbitrarily dropping screenshots of products into the post on (bloggers will know how wrong this is), and was freezing my ass off in my apartment living room in college with my roommates helping me pick out what items to highlight. How times have changed!

So here we are – six of my tried and true dry skin combatants i.e. things to have on hand for days like this:

Nivea Creme: Goes on thick and is a little hefty – it is a cream after all–but you can tell it’s working. I’ll use this before bed since it lingers a bit and can make your hands feel a bit greasy. I love the tin the little one comes in (it’s less than $1!) and think it would be a great on-the-go cuticle cream or thicker alternative to lotion.

Pond’s Dry Skin Cream: I’ve been using Pond’s cold cream for as long as I can remember and have the cutest little bottles from my childhood to prove it. The brand is pretty big in India and my parents know to bring me back a couple jars whenever they visit! This goes on a little lighter than the Nivea Creme and is really, really gentle. I’d recommend if you have sensitive skin, as it’s unscented. They also make a cleansing cream that allegedly removes makeup well.

Cloverine Salve: I mentioned this almost exactly a year ago to date, as I picked it up during my trip to Chicago last January. It’s super multipurpose…the front literally lists out what it helps prevent: chapped hands, minor burns, windburn, chafing, and more. It’s pretty balmy but one of the more effective all-purpose items of its kind that I’ve tried. Bonus points for the super cute packaging!

Smith’s Rosebud Salve: Was anyone else huge on this stuff in middle school/~15 years ago? It was one of those impulse Sephora purchases (everyone in school had a tin) and I’ve continued to buy it since. I tend to use it less than other products – I think it’s because I prefer to keep tins at home instead of carry them in a purse, and haven’t bought the tube version of this yet – but like that it has multiple uses, is balmy but can easily be rubbed in, and has a subtle rosy scent + shine.

Trader Joe’s Jojoba Oil: This stuff has taught me to never underestimate the Trader Joe’s beauty section. One of my friends (a guy, so this product is totally gender neutral) recommended it for dry skin and it 100% delivers. I’ve used it in the shower to shave my legs, will put it on my lips before when they’re especially dry, use a cotton ball to apply it to my neck once a week in the winter, and have been using a tiny bit of it in conjunction with my moisturizer while I’m on a new prescription topical gel that’s majorly drying out my face. If you live near a TJs, I believe it’s only about $7 there! Also available on Amazon, though.

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream: Definitely sound like a broken record on this one, but this cream is by far the best moisturizer I’ve ever used. I use a tiny dab morning + night in the late spring and summer and a little less than a dime-sized amount morning + night in the fall and winter. I will say that another Dr. Jart+ item, the liquid ceramidin, actually made me break out, so if you have sensitive skin I’d recommend stopping into a store like Sephora for a sample.

In addition, I also have a huge bottle of Nivea or Vaseline lotion for post-shower moisturizing and at my desk at work.

How do you combat your dry skin? And has anyone with sensitive skin tried Murad or Dermalogica? Those are two lines I’d love to experiment with but am always nervous to try something new! Any tips + recs welcome, as I’m sure we’re all on the same page this winter! Stay warm out there :)




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  1. Debbie wrote:

    I bought and use the Dr. Jart cream because of your recommendation and it’s fantastic! I’m almost done with my first tube but will keep repurchasing. I layer it over the liquid which works well for my parched skin. Thank you for the recommendation!

    Posted 1.21.16 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      Hi Debbie! It makes me so happy to hear that the cream worked out so well for you!! Hope you’re staying warm this weekend :)

      Posted 1.23.16 Reply
  2. Lauren wrote:

    I just discovered Rosebud salve last year, and it’s the only thing I use on my chapped lips now. I love it!

    Posted 1.21.16 Reply