Even in the cold winter months, we tend to spend plenty of time outdoors. I continue my running, my husband cycles and chops wood, and the boys do what boys do when you live on an acreage with plenty of room to roam. Between the dryness of our wood stove and the time spent outside in the wind and cold, our skin takes a beating. I've had eczema patches behind my knees for the first time ever this winter, and Cort struggles with it every winter, often waking up in the middle of the night crying over painful and itchy patches of skin.
Vaseline sent us some of their Intensive Care Advanced Repair lotion to try. I was thrilled to see it was fragrance free, since Cort has asthma and is sensitive to fragrances. This lotion goes beyond basic hydration. It deeply moisturizes and is clinically proven to heal dry skin in just 5 days. The formula combines humectants (to draw water into the skin) and healing micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly (to lock moisture in).
When it is cold, the boys often complain about their hands hurting. I've noticed their skin has become rough and dry after playtime outside this winter.
On this day, no one complained about their hands hurting. I think the Vaseline really offered a nice layer of protection. After checking out the dock, we went for a hike along the water, through the woods. It was so nice to get some fresh air.
The boys were full of smiles. I'm thankful we live in Virginia, where taking appropriate steps before going outside can protect you from the elements for most days of the year.
After our hike, the boys weren't tired or too cold at all. They were all ready to check out the playground.
There was a good breeze blowing, so I do feel like there was plenty of wind exposure going on during the time we spent outside.
Yet the boys didn't complain. Here, Pierce tries out one of those voice amplifiers, which transmit to another one across the playground.
Reid drives the slide.
It wasn't until the boys got hungry that they were finally ready to go. When we arrived home, I was so pleased to see that their skin had held the moisture well, despite our extended stay outside.
Readers, do you struggle with dry skin in the winter months?