Target those stubborn dry skin areas!

Target those stubborn dry skin areas!
Target those stubborn dry skin areas!

Hey ladies, last week we looked at your overall winter skincare routine. This week, let’s focus on those cold weather problem areas — namely your eyes, lips, elbows, knees, and feet — where winter likes to set up a veritable flaky, dry skin factory.

Your eyes are a prime target simply due to the fact that the skin there contains fewer oil glands than the rest of the skin on your face, leaving it open to damage and… (dum-dum-DUM!)… wrinkles. Soothe and repair your gentle under eye skin by using a once-a-week moisturizing mask that contains hyaluronic acid, and don’t forget your daily appliqué of your favorite eye cream. Apply gently, the skin around your eyes is sensitive!

Chapped lips are another big winter “FAIL,” and often one that is difficult to conquer. The delicate skin on your lips lacks the hair follicles and oil glands that protect the rest of your dermis, making it easier for them to dry out when the weather turns chill. And licking, eating, drinking, and smiling doesn’t help — often leading to cracking, flaking and even bleeding. Look for lip balms with petroleum jelly or hyaluronic acid to help repair the damage, and stay away from waxy chapsticks that won’t provide the moisture necessary to healing the undersurface of the skin.

Moving south, it’s probably not lost on you that the skin on your elbows and knees is particularly dry and flaky… and heinous. A gentle scrub once a week paired with a generous slathering of a heavy-duty lotion or balm with antioxidant-rich shea butter and vitamin C on those particularly problematic areas should help eradicate that elephant skin look.

While you may keep your feet and toes sandal-worthy in the warmer months, the winter cocoon can lead to some unnecessary roughness (football metaphor – score!). Use a nice soak/scrub/moisture triumvirate on your poor tired, boot-enclosed winter feet to help keep them in tip-top shape. A recent article in Health magazine also suggests the lovely, relaxing solution of a once-a-week foot soak in warm water and Epson salts. Followed up with a foot scrub, massage, and rinse, a generous slathering of a shea butter moisturizer, and wrapping those tootsies up in your favorite cotton socks pre-bed should leave your feet baby-soft by the morning.

About the Author

Corrie Shenigo is obsessed. No seriously, she has a problem. Gleefully embracing all things even remotely related to being a modern woman, Ms. Shenigo dutifully reports her experiences and findings back to the fairer sexed masses – ‘cause gosh darn-it, they need to know. 

Yes, yes… she’s qualified. A former Editor at luxe mega-publisher Modern Luxury Media, Corrie has been published in Vogue, In-Style, Cosmopolitan, LemonTree and a whole slew of other print magazines, websites and beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogs, as well as her own blog A skilled copywriter, Corrie’s clients have included noted beauty brands like Smashbox, CrushCrush Couture and Market America. She’s been known to moonlight as a red-carpet reporter for various celebrity news sources and somewhere in her studio lives a shiny B.A. in Mass Media-Journalism and Public Relations. 

Covering lifestyle, beauty and fashion isn’t just her job… it’s an adventure. So consider her the Christopher Columbus of women’s media – exploring, taking notes and reporting directly back to the Queen… ahem… that would be you.