Good Riddance to You, Dry Sensitive Skin

Seksak Kerdkanno /

Crisp clean air, pumpkin spice and mulled wine, jackets and boots. These are some of our favorite things when it comes to fall and winter. However, with the temperature starting to dip down into the 30s and below, an unwelcomed guest in the name of dry skin is just waiting around the corner to ruin your holiday festivities. 

Keeping your skin fresh and hydrated becomes more of a struggle especially true for those with sensitive skin. Faced with the daunting task of finding the right products that are deeply moisturizing but also acceptable for your skin, it is a daily battle for many of us. The good news is that there are so many beauty products out on the market. Well, the bad news is that there are way too many options with super expensive price tags.

Below are some basic skin essentials that we have in our bathroom cabinet to keep our skin in top shape for everything the season brings like Christmas card photos and New Years Eve parties that won’t break your bank. 


1. Baking Soda
I have ultra sensitive skin, where I can’t even use one of those exfoliators with ingredients as mundane as rice and green tea labeled for sensitive skin. Even the much cult favorite St. Ives Apricot Scrub can make my skin excessively dry (I use it as a body exfoliator instead). And then with the power of the Internet, I discovered baking soda. Who knew? All you need to do is mix baking soda with some water to make it a paste. I don’t even have to exfoliate for too long. A couple of seconds will do. And to top it off, it’s cheap. 

2. Bag Balm or Etude House Genie Multi Balm

If you want to add to your petroleum jelly collection other than vaseline, here are some options. 

Bag Balm was originally invented to protect farmer’s hands from harsh Vermont weather. It’s much thicker than vaseline, but it definitely does it job to seal in moisture. So dab this on the persistently dry nose, lips, around your mouth and chin area. A tin bag balm can go a long way.

You can also shell out a little more to buy the Genie Multi Balm by Etude House, which works in a similar way. 

3. MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Sleeping Mask 

I’m a lazy person when it comes to skincare routine in general, and although sheet masks are cheaper, I prefer the wash-off mask method that you can wear overnight (Amazon sells it at a lower price). After trial and error, my face did not swell up with this product. Just put this on your face and neck avoiding your eyes and mouth area before you go to sleep and wash it off in the morning.

4. COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch and Visine Original Redness Relief

For any trouble spots, put these circular patches. I try to put them on overnight, and the patches make the spots less visible without drying them out too much. Also, eye drop solution can get rid of redness resulting from inflammation. 

5. MISSHA Super Aqua Pore Kling Toner

Another MISSHA product in my collection. I was never really into using toner until recently. It really does make a difference after washing. As a bonus, it’s supposed to make your pores smaller, though I have to admit, I have not really paid too much attention to the size of my pores.

6. Caudalie Grape Water

This is a perfect face mist that not only sets your makeup but also keeps your face hydrated on the go. There’s also a handy-dandy travel size version! You can tell it’s pretty popular considering it’s out of stock at Sephora. 


1. Cerave Moisturizing Cream
This is my year-round night moisturizer, but in the winter I use it in the morning too. It is thick, so I have to move it up in my morning routine to let it set before I put on my sunscreen.

2.  Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
My hands get so dry in the winter from the cold air and excess hand washing that they often crack and bleed. I love receiving fancy hand cream for Christmas, but when I’m buying for myself, I like this cheaper option. I buy one for my bedside table and another to stick in my handbag.

3. Lush Sleepy Body Lotion
I bought this for the first time a few weeks ago and I’m in love with the smell. I’m not sure that it puts me to sleep any faster than usual, but there are tons of rave reviews on Lush’s site that swear by it.

4. Lansinoh
Putting nipple cream for new mothers on your lips may seem pretty weird, but it’s a lifesaver if your lips are seriously chapped. The only drawback is that it is too thick to wear during the day, and it makes me break out if I fall asleep with it on. But if you’re ever snowed in or spending the day inside for some other reason, put some of this on and you’ll have super soft lips in no time.

5. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm
I don’t recommend color lip products on chapped lips but opt for this balm if you’re desperate for a bit of color. It’s pretty moisturizing and much more flattering on chapped lips than lipstick. My favorite shade is Red Dahlia.

6. Green Tea
While it’s not a beauty product, I’ve found the best way to keep chapped lips at bay is drinking green tea. The tannins in the tea will help any pain you feel and help to moisturize the skin. If you want an extra boost, rub the tea bag across your lips after you prepare your tea.

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