I am really hating dry, winter skin right now. My legs, arms, nails, fingers, lips and hair feels brittle and rough. I've mostly been noticing it in my lips and nail beds. I have a dream product that I swear by to alleviate dry skin. Allow me to introduce Smith's Rosebud Salve. Does anyone use this gem?
A little back story on dry lips. When I was a kid, I hated using chap stick and so my lips would become horribly dry and cracked. My mom would often wait until I had fallen asleep and then carefully rub Vaseline or Carmex on my lips. I would wake up so upset because I hated the smell and the feeling of Vaseline/Carmex. I'm not sure why I hated smooth lips.
When I got into high school, I would get really embarrassed when my lips would be so dry and cracked, so I started carrying around Lip Smackers wherever I went. Seriously, I thought Lip Smackers were chap stick. My favorite flavor was pink lemonade. Once I realized that Lip Smackers did very little to heal chapped lips, I started using the Bath and Body Works chap stick. It was probably only marginally better, but it felt good and smelled even better.
I'm not sure when, but at some point I read an article about Anne Hathaway's favorite beauty products and she mentioned Smith's Rosebud Salve for amazingly smooth lips. I decided to try it out. My life changed.
I always carry at least two tins of the salve on my person at ALL TIMES. Why two, you ask? Well, there have been times when one of the tins has been taken out at work and left there or in the opposite taken out at home and left there and if I keep at least two in my bag, then I'm always guaranteed to have one when I'm out and about.
This stuff is the best. If my lips are feeling the slightest bit chapped, I put a little of this on and within minutes everything is smooth and hydrated for hours. During the driest parts of the year, I re-apply maybe once every few hours. It always leaves my lips feeling soft and well-cared for. It also smells faintly flowery and gives a little pinkish tint to your lips. Nothing overpowering, just a little subtle something.
As if that wasn't enough, the salve can be applied to any area of your body affected by dry skin. I've found that it works especially well on dry cuticle beds, hang nails and paper cuts. When my nails are at their best, it is because I have been applying this salve to my nail beds once or twice a day. Sometimes, if I'm in a dry-hand jam (does that sound dirty to anyone?), and don't have any lotion (okay, yes, it sounds dirty), I apply this to the affected area and it works okay. Not as good as lotion, though. The tin also says that it works for diaper rash.
One major downside is that if you are outside in the heat, the salve will melt in the tins and become a gooey mess. This is why I also love the little tube for the summer. No muss, no fuss. Although, I don't like the quality of the salve in the tube as much as in the tins. In the tube, you tend to get too much on your lips at one time.
Have I sold you on my favorite winter savior?