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The biggest difference moving from North Carolina to Maine has to be the weather. North Carolina does not have the same weather extremes that Maine has. There are snow piles so much taller than me, which isn’t hard to do, but there are piles everywhere. And all that cold and dry air affected my skin more than I expected! Here are some product essentials for dry winter skin.

I think I brought two bottles of lotion from NC to Maine, and those bottles weren’t even full size! I went through them so quickly and then didn’t feel like the need to really restock…until I was in pain and itchy. Granted, the pain wasn’t excruciating but, with all the dry air, you can feel your skin cracking and just hurting. After almost a week of putting up this, I finally caved and went to the store and got a bottle of lotion. Here are some of the products I got and what helped me most!

I didn’t really think about it much except for wanting this lotion to have shea butter, so I ended up grabbing a Nivea bottle of lotion. Surprising, it has been really, really good with hydration (I feel really silly writing that but IT’S TRUE). My skin immediately became so much more bearable, and I had to accept the idea that I would have to apply lotion more often than I was used to in North Carolina, which felt like such a chore.

After a few days of feeling so proud of myself for taking care of my skin and being so pampering with myself, my face starts flaking. Because that’s exactly what I need!  So I immediately start doing a charcoal mask and follow-up with some lotion for a few days. And nothing is working! I am so fed-up with this change because I have obviously been trying to deal with these weather and skin changes and it wasn’t working!

Interestingly, after one of these face sessions, I was listening to the news and they mentioned how the air in Augusta, Maine, had been really dry for the past few days, and things made sense. It was just an aha moment, realizing that my face had been really affected by this dry air.

So I went on a Target trip… because that’s the appropriate response.

And I am so glad I did. I’d previously read about face creams but I (naively) thought I would never need them since I had oily skin. I was so wrong. I ended up spending almost an hour in the skincare section, looking through ingredients and effects, and comparing items. I walked out with a face cream and a gel mask, and it has been such a change FOR THE BETTER.

The following products are ones I have made a part of my own product essentials for dry winter skin, especially for the face. I will definitely be making sure I have these every winter season!

After the Target trip, I immediately used that gel mask before going to bed. Sidenote: I ended up only using half of the little tub. It felt so weird because it is a gel mask; even though some of it does get absorbed into your skin, most of it stays on top of your skin and you do have the feeling of this gel mask being on your face. It’s definitely not as hard as a normal mask that dries (duh, gel mask) but it still does feel a bit restricting. The next morning, taking the gel mask off was the worst feeling! It feels so slimy! But the payoff was worth it because my face felt so good.

After the mask, I finished off with the face cream, and I realized why people use face creams and I felt stupid. Like, why has it taken me so long to use a face cream? Putting on some cream after washing my face feels heavenly. So so good.

I also came across and grabbed a small bottle of another lotion, one of the bottles that I had actually brought from North Carolina. I had used the bottle on my face and it actually kept my face flake-free for a while, but once I finished the bottle, I never bought it again and skin went downhill again. When I stopped by the store, I picked up a small bottle of this lotion as an “emergency” lotion. The creme is on the thicker side and is super hydrating, especially when you use it overnight.

I got the gel mask because I wanted something that would be more instant in hydrating my face because my skin was really really dry. I got the face cream because I liked that I could use it in the morning and before bed. I really wanted a cream that wasn’t expensive and that I could use without too much work. But what I really liked was that I could also use it as a mask! Which was perfect for me because I really wanted to have that option. The thicker cream lotion is helpful for targeting any extremely flaky or cracked areas, especially after I’ve been outside longer than usual or the air has been drier than usual.


After realizing that winter weather and dry air was heavily affecting my skin, especially my face, I finally caved and got appropriate tools to deal with the effects. I’ve been using these products for about a two weeks now and my face, and general skin, feels so much better. I’m so glad I finally got face cream; I’m #adulting now, right?

Do you have any favorite face creams or lotions?
Let me know in the comments below!

-Yasmin

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