Wednesday, February 3, 2016

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: My Winter Skin and Haircare Essentials

Happy Wednesday! 

Even though we enjoyed well above-average temperatures for this time of the year over the past week, the bottom has officially dropped and we're back to cold {for us Texans} winter temperatures. And let me tell you what, my skin and hair have definitely taken notice…and I've been back to using my tried-and-true winter skin and haircare essentials. 

I have very fine, thin hair and combination skin that can never decide if it wants to be oily {in my T-Zone} or dry and flaky on the surface. Here are some products that really seem to work for my hair and skin in the winter: 

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I have used a Clarisonic since college, but Brandon got me a new one for Christmas and I can't quit singing its praises! My skin is so soft and it really helps slough off rough, dry patches that winter can cause, and it also helps control my breakouts, too. {Especially during this pregnancy.} I can most definitely tell a difference when I use it and don't, too! I use mine in the evening with a salicylic acid face wash, and in the morning with a gentle moisturizing one. 

Since my hair is so fine and thin, the dry winter air really causes me to have static…even when it's not that cold outside. So, I try to use this hair mask once a week or so to help deeply moisturize my hair. It does weigh it down some {but really, what doesn't on my fine hair?}, so I try to do it on the weekends when I know I don't have to fix my hair to go somewhere. I feel like it really helps to keep my hair moisturized, split ends managed and static under control. 

I am not in love with the smell of this oil {or any of the Palmer's Cocoa Butter-related items}, but this oil WORKS WONDERS. I mainly use it for my growing, itchy skin because of this pregnancy, but it moisturizes my dry winter skin wonderfully and absorbs almost instantly. I will most definitely continue using this post-baby! 

Ahhh, Vaseline. How I love thee, let me count the ways. First of all, this is a multi-use product and its uses are immeasurable. {Seriously, this is just a sampling!} I use it as a hand lotion year-round, but especially in the winter. Not only are my hands dry from the season, I also wash them 5,001 times a day because I have a toddler and change diapers all day long. Recently, my hands were so dry that they were cracking and bleeding. Ouch! Brandon pulled our tub of Vaseline out and I have been using it non-stop for nearly a month on my hands {and elbows and knees and heels…} and I've most definitely noticed a difference. Not only are my hands repaired, but they're softer and smoother. 

Brandon actually got this lip balm as a free sample at Nordstrom one time, and I stole it from him and loved it so much that I buy it on Amazon all the time now! Ha! It's smooth, non-greasy and lasts for a long time. I love the peppermint "flavor" and tingle it gives my lips. 

And finally, Cetaphil is seriously the only moisturizer that works for me during the months of December-March. It's thick enough to deeply moisturize my dry winter skin, but also light and non-greasy enough that it doesn't make me look like an oil slick by the end of the day. I use this all over my face and neck both morning and night during the winter and can definitely tell a difference than with other moisturizers! 

So what about you? What are your winter hair and skincare essentials? 

Linking up with Jessi and Jenn


  1. Clarisonic is a MUST have right? It's not cheap but it's 100% worth the price and as adults it's time to invest in our skin. Vaseline is a must have this time of year!

  2. All great things to survive the winter cold and dryness!
    Thanks for linking up with us!! :)

  3. I definitely need to try that hair mask out! My hair is so bad for getting staticky in the winter time. Thanks for the recommendation :)

  4. I'm so with you on vaseline - it is about the only thing that works on my dry lips!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  5. I love my clarisonic!! It really makes a difference. Oh I like that lipstuff, love the little tingle it gives. lol

  6. Okay, I am loving this post because I have been looking for something to help me with this crazy dry winter skin I have going on! I will have to stop at Costco and pick up some Cetaphil. Have you tried the generic version? Just curious if it works as well or if I am better off to stick with Cetaphil itself.

  7. I cannot say enough great things about the Clarisonic! It has been a game changer for my skin!

  8. My skin has taken a beating this winter! I need to get it back into shape, it's terrible. Vaseline makes a deep moisture hand lotion that I love - not quite as intense as true Vaseline, but really rich! I'm definitely trying that Cetaphil - I think I got a sample in a Voxbox recently, actually. Thanks for your tips!

  9. This are always my fav posts! I so need a deep hair mask treatment and I'm going to snag that one! Thanks for sharing! (I need to use Vaseline more too, I've heard so many uses for it!)

  10. I love that cetaphil lotion! I get so many dry itchy spots on my legs in the winter I had to ask the dermatologist for help and that's what she recommended - it's the best!

  11. Don't you just love the smell of that hair mask?!?! I need to try the cetaphil lotion too. I have actually started mixing the Honest Company Body Oil in with my moisturizer for my body and face and it makes a huge difference too!