How To Keep Winter Skin Moisturized On a Budget!

I love my luxury skin care products but one of my New Years resolutions was to save money this year. I failed at this last year and so I’ve put myself on a serious budget. I changed my satellite TV package, went to another cell phone carrier, quit getting weekly facials, and now I’m attacking my beauty budget. Lord knows it’s waaay above the national average! I’m looking at replacing some of my high-end products with more budget-friendly drugstore buys. The easiest place to start for me is winter skin care.

While snow and dry winter weather is great for skiers and snowboarders, those of us who are not snow bunnies get dry, itchy and flaky skin. Even though it’s cold outside my little dog Addy still needs her daily walk so I need a powerful winter skincare routine to keep my skin moisturized and smooth while spending hours in the cold.

My legs, hands and feet are extremely dry. My legs get so dry and ashy they leave white flake marks on my tights and leggings ewwww! Cold, wind, dry air and constant washing of my hands have made my skin as dry as a holiday fruitcake. It’s uncomfortable and not cute.

The first step to soft, smooth hydrated skin is to exfoliate. One of my exfoliating secrets is the Seaweed Soap from Reviva Labs. Instead of animal tallow (sodium tallowate), common to most soaps, Reviva Labs uses a pure vegetable base of palm and coconut oils. The soap has bits of seaweed in it to scrub and exfoliate dry, flaky skin. After rinsing the scrubbers, you are left with smooth, moisturized skin that smells heavenly–it will make your whole bathroom smell great. This is serious exfoliation beauties so don’t scrub hard. This wonder product is only $4 a bar at Whole Foods! Also available at some Ulta stores and tons of other health food stores. I’m addicted. You could stop there, but my ultra dry skin needs more.

My poor legs are so dry they look like alligator skin. After I exfoliate in the shower with Reviva Labs Seaweed Soap, I use Suave Professionals® Moroccan Infusion Body Lotion. It features authentic argan oil from Morocco, a lightweight miracle oil known to be rich in nutrients and antioxidants.

The body lotion absorbs exceptionally well and truly leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth without being the least bit greasy. With the argan oil in the formula, I was kind of expecting an oily, greasy residue but Suave did an excellent job creating this ultra hydrating formula. It relieves my severely dry skin even on tough areas like elbows and knees. My skin even felt moisturized the next day! I also really like the light, slightly tropical scent; it’s very pleasant but doesn’t interfere with my perfume. The value of this miracle worker—less than $5 for a huge 18 oz. bottle!

For hands, you can’t beat the original Neutrogena Norwegian Formula® Hand Cream ($5). The Norwegian Formula was developed in Norway over 35 years ago to protect against the harshest, coldest weather on earth. It wraps your skin in concentrated levels of unique glycerin complex and provides dry skin relief that lasts. It also helps heal dry nails and cuticles. One tube has over 200 applications!

My feet are even worse than my hands. After I use my Amope (reviewed here), I slather on Aquaphor Healing Ointment (8.99 3.5 oz) and cover with a pair light cotton socks overnight. Aquaphor is the #1 Dermatologist recommended for dry, cracked skin, and dry feet and heels. It is clinically proven to restore smooth, healthy skin and uniquely formulated with 41% Petrolatum to allow oxygen to flow and help heal the skin. Unlike the rest of my choices, this IS greasy, hence the socks. Wearing the socks over the ointment really provides deep conditioning. I promise after a week you won’t believe the difference!

These are my go-to budget-friendly drugstore buys. Do have any favorite products you use in the winter?

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  1. Allison @neversaydiebeauty says

    Always good to have affordable options. I was just thinking the other day how good my old standby Lubriderm body lotion was.

  2. I love his post. So important to remember sometimes we don’t have to spend a small fortune for results! We use the Aquaphor on my toddler, have since she was an infant and it’s a skin life saver!

  3. Thanks for sharing these picks!

  4. There are awesome drugstore products that can give expensive brands a run for their money. I love neutrogena, they work wonders for my skin!

  5. Travel Blogger says

    These are all great options for a budget. I love Suave Moroccan infusion and aquaphor does wonders for dry skin. Great list!

  6. Good choices. I always have Aveeno around since the price is so right. And Reviva Labs is a great choice.

  7. FabZilla_Kath says

    Great choices for affordable skincare

  8. Kelly Reci says

    we have the same brand! Suave works so fine with my family! Good choices of skin products¬

  9. I love the Aquaphor Healing Ointment for my feet!

  10. not just moisturized but hydrated skin during witner! the brands are all perfect!

    -Our Family World

  11. not just moisturized but hydrated skin during witner! the brands are all perfect!


  12. I love affordable products that work well. I have difficulty keeping my skin hydrated in the winter.

  13. I like affordable, effective products, so much. I have some faves that help to save my skin in the winter.

  14. Reviva has some great products! It’s been a while since I used them, but their masks were always impressive.

  15. I do have skin issues and I always look for natural products when it comes to Skin Care. The Seaweed Soap and that Aquaphor Healing Ointment is something I would like to give a try right away!

  16. I loveee your picks!!! Aquaphor is my #1 – I use it every night! I put it on my hands, face and lips and it works wonders. I also started using the Nivea in-shower body lotion and it makes a huge difference too!

  17. You know what I like better than aquaphor? It’s at Aldi and it’s from their baby line called “Little Journey” – it’s the healing balm. It’s about $4 a tube, and I think it works better than aquaphor for a lot less $$!

    I’ve been a lurker here for a long time, but finally decided to dive in a post something – since I have desert dry skin in the winter too, I thought I’d pass this along! 🙂