How To Make Winter Your Best Skin Season Yet (Yes, Really!)

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This post was created in partnership with Dove. As always, all opinions expressed here are 100% my own. Thank you Dove for sponsoring Lace and Sparkles!

Hello, beauties!

How is this winter treating you so far? We had one real snow here in Arkansas on Christmas Eve (hello White Christmas!) and earlier this week! It’s been way too cold and last week there was a sudden temperature drop with freezing rain, and I found myself in a bit of a slip and slide situation leaving my favorite coffee shop (you should’ve seen my husband’s face...and my ankle!).  Needless to say, I hope you’re having much better luck staying warm and safe so far this season!

Being born in the South (like basically next to the beach) I’ve had to learn how to embrace winter while also taking care of the first thing that feels the harsh effects of the cold...my skin! I usually have my skincare routine nailed down for the warmer months (I’ve got that glowing, dewy look down pat!). However, as soon as the temperature starts to drop and the air gets icy, my skin gets so dry and patchy it hurts! And my chapped lips? That is a whole different (painful) story!

I’ve compiled some of the best winter skincare tips (and even enlisted the help of a well-known skin guru!) to help you achieve your best skin yet, even despite the bitter cold. Read on, beauties!

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The Bare Skin Basics

Between all the crazy weather variations this season throws our way, it’s important to take extra great care of your skin’s health so you look and feel your best! Today I’m sharing some simple yet amazing tips from Dove dermatologist Dr. Alicia Barba that will help you protect your skin even when it’s sub-zero outside.

Snow days, hot cocoa, and festive scarves aside, the worst of winter really sets in when your skin gets that terrible dry itch! Scaly, itchy skin can transcend past annoying and become damaging if left untreated...think eczema or psoriasis (yikes). Start your mornings off right with a hydrating cleanser to help you remove excess oils and dead cells while maintaining the right moisture balance in your skin.

Unless you have very oily skin, your skin deserves more attention than usual this time of year. It’s a good idea to use a heavier moisturizer during this season and treat your face to a nice mask once a week. For your nighttime routine, Dr. Barba suggests washing your face, applying a retinol cream, and following up with moisturizer. Finally, don’t forget about the rest of your body and moisturize all those covered areas that are usually neglected, such as your neck, chest and hands.

Another fantastic skin-saving piece of advice is to consider investing in a humidifier for your bedroom (or space where you spend the most time). They are great for keeping moisture in the air and soothe your dry skin all year round. Dewey past December? You bet!

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Cold Weather Really Is The Pits

Speaking of neglected areas, did you know that underarm skin is ultra sensitive and often overlooked? According to Dr. Barba, textures and fabrics in sweaters, undergarments and t-shirts can also irritate the skin so you need a product that can keep you hydrated and protected underneath all those layers.

Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant provides 48-hour odor and wetness protection, plus added skin care benefits for softer, smoother underarms. I’ve personally been using it since it was first released because I couldn’t find anything good enough for my sensitive skin and let me tell you, it’s everything you could ever want from an antiperspirant! I love its fresh scent and how light it feels on my skin. Just a quick swipe and Dove Advanced Care moisturizes my underarm skin and keeps sweat at bay, all day. Thumbs up in my book.

Make Chapped Lips a Thing of the Past

If you guys are anything like me, nothing ruins my day like dry, cracking lips. This is super common during this time of year, and while it obviously doesn’t look great and feels awful, many people don’t treat it right away. They suffer through it, or apply useless gloss or balms that offer just minutes of relief without actually fixing the issue.

Chronic chapped lips through the season can cause cracking, bleeding, and peeling...none of which are cute or comfortable. If you want smooth and soft lips, applying a lip mask at night and continuously through the day using an ultra-moisturizing repair balm made to treat damaged, chapped lips can do wonders for you! Try using balms that actually cure dry, cracked lips with seriously soothing ingredients.

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Don’t Toss Your Sunscreen Out Just Because It’s Below Freezing

We might not be on a beach basking in the warm sun (ugh, I wish, right!), but that doesn’t mean you should toss your SPF in the back of the cabinet. Winter sun and snow glare can be a terrible combination for your skin. Even if you spend most of your day indoors, remember that UV rays are not properly filtered by windows and you can still get sun damage if you’re sitting for prolonged periods in direct sunlight.

Winter Skincare with Dove - Lace and Sparkles

Applying sunscreen every single day and even switching to a moisturizing sunscreen in the cold months will be greatly appreciated by your skin (and dermatologist). In addition to that, always remember to check the weather forecast before leaving home and dress appropriately because windburn is real, ladies! Layers, fleece, scarves, and hats will be your best friend this season (merino wool, anyone?).

Just Keep Drinking (H2O, that is!)

Guys, this is the fundamental KEY to maintaining healthy skin year-round. Trust me, I know drinking water is the last thing you think about when choosing a beverage in this cold weather. It is way more tempting to keep a hot coffee or mug of cocoa by your side than a tall glass of agua. However, not drinking enough water can dry your skin even more and we don’t want that, do we? So chug, chug!

Winter Skincare with Dove - Lace and SparklesI always keep my BPA-free water bottles within reach and in view so I don’t forget about them. You can even download one of those apps for your smartphone/smartwatch to track your water intake and make reaching your hydration goals even easier!

Remember, You’re Not in Hibernation

Finally, while I know that cuddling up with your pups and watching movies bundled up on the couch sounds way more appealing than working out, you should definitely make an effort to exercise during the coldest months too. It will help you get rid of toxins and get that glowy skin that we all love! Plus, there are so many online videos and routines you can follow at home with minimal equipment so no excuses!

Remember that skin care continues post workout, too. Take it down a notch and avoid super hot water when taking a shower. I know this is tough when it’s freezing outside, but the heat from your shower water will only strip away your skin’s natural oils. Stick to warm or lukewarm water and make your showers no longer than five minutes.

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Wrapping It Up Like Your Favorite Cozy Scarf

Taking care of your skin is really important all year, but winter is the best time to repair damage from the summer months, so take advantage of this opportunity to pamper yourself! Simple actions such as moisturizing, wearing SPF every day, and drinking enough water can positively impact your body and your skin. Furthermore, you shouldn’t forget to care for your underarms in order to prevent irritation and dark marks! Check out Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant online here.

Winter Skincare with Dove - Lace and Sparkles

If you’re anything like me and have skin that’s in need of some serious TLC this winter, follow these tips and let me know what else would you add. I’d love to hear everyone’s favorite skin care tips that they can’t live without!

Happy Tuesday, gorgeous ladies!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant. As always, all opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

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87 Comments

  1. January 17, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    Ooh love dove products!

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  2. January 17, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    Our skin gets so dry in the winter months. We like Dove products and use many different ones for our skin and other health benefits.

  3. January 17, 2018 / 6:14 pm

    Thanks for all the skincare tips! My feet need some TLC right now actually! Great Post, love dove products ❤️

  4. January 17, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    I love Dove – their shower gels are always so moisturising. The best tip I’ve heard of for chapped lips is to apply a cream product to sink in and moisturise the lips then a balm over the top to lock in the cream and protect against environmental factors. Since I started double lip products, I haven’t had chapped lips!

  5. January 17, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    I love Dove products, and lip balm is my go-to every night before bed or else I wake up with cracked lips!

  6. January 17, 2018 / 7:47 pm

    I wish I was in hibernation!!! I do need the extra moisture for my skin in the winter months. We do have the humidifier going but my body needs more.

    • January 18, 2018 / 2:27 am

      Yes, me too haha! And definitely look for a heavy moisturizer this season, specially if you have combination or dry skin. Stay warm, Rose!

  7. January 17, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    I already change my shower bar soap to a moisturizing soap, but I had not considered an entire suite of products for the season. Thank you for getting me considering a bigger change.

    • January 17, 2018 / 10:50 pm

      I used to be like “yeah, it’s not THAT cold” years ago, until I saw my irritated and super sensitive skin and decided that I really needed to take special care of it during this freezing season. Stay warm, Penny!

  8. January 17, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    Great tips for winter! I’m experience my first “real” winter, and will definitely utilize some of these 🙂

    • January 17, 2018 / 10:48 pm

      I know the feeling and I’m glad that you found these tips useful! Stay warm, Lauren!

  9. Delia
    January 17, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    Love Dove products! That’s all I use!!!

  10. January 17, 2018 / 10:56 pm

    Love all these tips! I have been trying to drink more water.. i dont know hwy its so hard for me! ugh. I will be testing out the rest of these tips 🙂 I cant wait for summer

    • January 18, 2018 / 2:07 pm

      Girl, I feel ya! I really need to remind myself to drink more water during winter because all I want is coffee and hot cocoa 😂

  11. January 18, 2018 / 2:44 am

    Great tips!
    I’ve just moved to the UK from Northern Australia (think hot and high humidty) and my skin is taking a beating. To the point that my shins are so dry they’re cracking. Definitely should have started doing somthing before i got to that point. But I didn’t even know that was a thing!? Crazy.
    Anyway, I am definitely going to take these tips on board.
    Thanks for a great article.

    Mardi

    • January 18, 2018 / 2:06 pm

      Oh dear! I can only imagined what an impact that weather change made to your skin, specially during winter. Definitely treat right away before it gets worse!

  12. January 18, 2018 / 3:02 am

    I’ve been taking extra steps to take better care of my skin, and it’s such a great feeling! My skin is so happy, which makes me happy! 🙂

    • January 18, 2018 / 2:05 pm

      Definitely! It’s so important to take good care of our skin, specially this season!

  13. January 18, 2018 / 6:06 am

    Great tips girl and I Love Dove products, they work really well with my skin! I’ll have to pick these ones up!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    • January 18, 2018 / 2:04 pm

      Thanks, Kileen! I’ve been using Dove products ever since I can remember and love them!

  14. Nataly
    January 18, 2018 / 6:57 am

    Great tips for the cold weather! I love Dove products too!

  15. January 18, 2018 / 6:59 am

    I moved from AZ to Indiana, ( don’t ask me what I was thinking lol) but yes my skin is sooo dry! We just bought a humidifier and it’s definitely helped. You made a lot of great points in here!

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    • January 18, 2018 / 2:00 pm

      Oh I can only imagine!! I used to have more of a combination skin type but now it’s just dry and during winter it gets even worse if I don’t treat it right away! Using a humidifier along with my oil diffuser has ben a life changer!

  16. January 18, 2018 / 10:22 am

    these are great tips! i love dove!

  17. Rosie
    January 18, 2018 / 11:20 am

    Love this post and Dove!! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Your blog is beautiful!

  18. Stephanie
    January 18, 2018 / 3:28 pm

    These are fantastic tips! I’ve been a huge fan of Dove products for years, and definitely agree that they keep my skin in tip-top shape. Here’s to the best winter skin!

  19. brittany
    January 18, 2018 / 3:32 pm

    Wonderful post! I was born and raised in NW Arkansas. Small world! I’ll be honest, I don’t really think of Dove as my go to product but after reading this I just may give it a shot! Thanks for sharing!

    • January 18, 2018 / 5:05 pm

      No way, small world indeed! We moved to Bentonville 3 years ago and still not used to this bipolar weather haha
      I’m glad that you liked my post and that you’re considering trying Dove now! I’m sure you’d love it as much as I do 🙂

  20. January 18, 2018 / 3:45 pm

    Love your photos! And dove is s great product, I keep a small tube in my purse as well!

  21. January 18, 2018 / 3:48 pm

    I haven’t tried the lip balm but do like the soap. In these cold months I noticed I don’t like to drink the cold water. I look for warm drinks instead. Need to switch when I warm up!

    • January 18, 2018 / 5:01 pm

      I totally understand! All I want to drink now is hot cocoa and coffee so I set reminders to drink more water throughout the day haha

  22. January 18, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    I opened your post as I was glopping lotion onto my arms and hands, haha. Minnesota has been terribly cold and my skin hates me right now. You have some good tips here. We just bought a humidifier for our bedroom and it’s been so helpful!

    • January 18, 2018 / 4:57 pm

      Hahaha perfect timing!! I’m freezing here in Arkansas so I can only imagine how cold it is in Minnesota 😐!
      You’re already doing great with all the lotion and the humidifier! I need to wear extra thick gloves even when taking my dogs out to potty 😂

  23. January 18, 2018 / 6:36 pm

    I’m a firm believer in lots of water. I also love the Dove Cream Oil lotion. It’s like silk, especially after the bath. Thanks for the tips!

  24. Kristi
    January 18, 2018 / 6:47 pm

    Ugh…me and the cold don’t get along. I get such dry skin during winter months and it’s so hard to drink water when you’re freezing and don’t feel like you need to drink. Great tips!

  25. January 18, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    I love your tips. Living here in MA any winter tips are always needed!! Dove really is a great brand to use.

  26. January 18, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    I LOVE Dove deodorant! IT is so soft!

  27. Courtney
    January 18, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    I just love Dove products!!!! I’ve been a fan since I was a kid. There lotions work wonders on dry skin during the winter

  28. January 18, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    I am definitely a Dove girl! Love that their products are effective and affordable! Thanks for the tips. I need to work on my winter skin.

  29. January 18, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    Excellent tips and suggestions, and I so needed to read this since my skin is definitely in need of extra care at the moment. One thing that I discovered works really well for me is Hyaluronic Acid…anything with it. I have Hyaluronic Acid mist, which I follow with Hyaluronic Acid serum, followed by Hyaluronic Acid night cream or Sun screen. It retains moisture in your skin beautiful! What are your thoughts on that? Have you used Hyaluronic Acid products?
    Thanks for this great info!

  30. January 18, 2018 / 9:02 pm

    I agree, Dove products are amazing! Skin can get so dry in winter.

  31. January 18, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    My skin is so crazy right now. I need to purchase a humidifier. Great products make a world of a difference too.

  32. January 18, 2018 / 9:45 pm

    A timely post! It’s so cold – even here in FL. I wear sunscreen every day. I never knew Dove made sunscreen!

  33. Beola Lawal
    January 18, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    Thanks for all these great tips, Winter surely makes my skin dry out. I love dove products and water is my number one drink!

  34. January 18, 2018 / 11:10 pm

    Dove products are a true blessing when it comes to moisturizing. Their products are on the cheaper end of skin care but they don’t like when they say their soaps and lotion do in fact moisturize.

  35. January 19, 2018 / 12:32 am

    It’s wild and windy here on the south coast in the UK and keeping hydrated in and out is so important. I’m going to look out for Dove when I’m next at the shops.

    • January 24, 2018 / 5:19 pm

      Stay warm and hydrated, Elinor! Dove has so many great products for this cold season!

  36. January 19, 2018 / 1:02 am

    I would love to try this product. I heard that Dove is really moisturizing. Thank you for sharing this.

  37. Laura Belle
    January 19, 2018 / 6:02 am

    I love Dove. Great post.

  38. Heidi
    January 19, 2018 / 6:03 am

    I use to use Dove a lot in my early 20s. I am more into natural skin care now. 🙂

  39. January 19, 2018 / 7:58 am

    I have always loved Dove products! My skin, and hair always feels more hydrated after using products!

  40. January 19, 2018 / 9:55 am

    But I WANT to be in hibernation! LOL! Too much polar vortex for me! Thanks Dove for helpful products.

  41. January 19, 2018 / 1:46 pm

    I think this is great! We often forget just how dry we get in the winter months!! This is just what we need to take care of ourselves

    • January 23, 2018 / 10:22 pm

      So glad you liked these tips, Kara! It’s so important to take care of our skin before it’s too late!

  42. January 19, 2018 / 4:39 pm

    Great guide! I always make sure my skin care regimen is on it’s A game in the winter.

  43. January 19, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    I use Dove and I love it! Thanks for all the tips!

  44. January 20, 2018 / 12:22 pm

    Great tips! I struggle with dry skin year round but I live in Miami which doesn’t have winter so I don’t have to change my routine.

  45. January 20, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    Dove has so many amazing products. They’ve always been my favorite !!!

  46. January 20, 2018 / 6:20 pm

    These are great tips for the winter.I use Dove brand.Their products are great on me.

  47. January 22, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    My skin need Dove, I’m such a big fan of the brand. What a great post girl, thanks for sharing.

  48. January 24, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    what a great piece. I love Dove products. I use Dove soap and deodorant.

  49. January 25, 2018 / 10:48 pm

    I love Dove! 😃 Thank you for sharing these helpful skin care tips especially on cold weather.

  50. January 27, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    I am so bad at drinking water and I can tell when that happens with my skin

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