Cold weather kills. Skin, that is. Dry, dead cells can pile up in winter if steps aren’t taken to keep skin safe and smooth.It’s tempting to turn up the heat in winter but hot water actually strips the skin of natural oils and leaves it dehydrated and often itchy. Switch it up and use warm water to wash your face and body and save the higher temperatures for lotion itself. Before hopping in the shower, fill the sink with hot water and submerge a lotion bottle like St. Ives Naturally Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Lotion. Heating boosts the absorption of its hydrating moisturizers of shea butter and coconut milk and holds it in your skin longer.
Be gentle and use mild products like St. Ives Scrub-Free Exfoliating Pads which boast 100% Natural Lactic Acid to smooth and condition skin. This alpha-hydroxy acid removes the dead skin cells without over-sensitizing skin. Carry it through to the tub with St. Ives Smoothing Apricot Exfoliating Body Wash that features jojoba beads to clean off lingering dead skin cells without damaging the fresh ones underneath.
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Before hitting the sack, protect skin with lotions rich in shea butter and natural oils to last the whole night through. For extra care for dry feet this winter, apply St. Ives Deep Restoring 24-Hour Moisture Body Lotion to damp skin. Put on cotton socks to trap the moisturizer, give it time to penetrate the skin, and block the lotion’s evaporation overnight.