How to Combat Dry Skin

by Molly Scott

It’s here: the season where people with notoriously dry skin suffer the most. However, late fall and winter can wreck havoc on everybody’s skin, not just those who are particularly sensitive. Therefore, I’ve come up with some of the best products to keep your entire body feeling moisturized, smooth, and healthy this winter season. All prices are Google-based estimates, but we all know about Duane Reade’s ridiculous prices.

Hands

I notice my hands become chapped as soon as the temperature drops, and I know most of my friends are aware of it too. Excessive hand washing (guilty!) can also contribute to cracked skin on hands, especially when it’s cold outside.

Eucerin Daily Defense Moisturizing Hand Creme ($5.49)
This is a great option: it absorbs quickly and is long-lasting. It also has a nice, light scent to it. It comes in a smaller bottle, so it fits perfectly into your bag! It’s cheaper than bigger-size lotions at the drug store, which is fine because you only need to use a very small amount of it to see big results.

Vaseline Intensive Rescue Healing Hand Cream ($3.75)
This is what I personally use on my hands during the colder months. It is fragrance-free which is good for people with sensitive skin who may have adverse reactions to heavily scented products. I love it because it doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on my hands, but they still stay soft for a  long time. It also comes in a relatively small tube, which is good for travel and is cheaper than a huge bottle of lotion. Once again, you only need to use a really small amount each time your hands feel particularly dry.

Face

Pond’s Rich Hydrating Facial Moisturizer ($8.99)
I use this on my face every night before bed and it works like a charm. It goes on thick, but absorbs fairly quickly so it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a mask. When I wake up, my face is moisturized and is very smooth. It’s great for sensitive skin and it doesn’t clog pores. The label says it’s “Dry Skin Cream”, but I think it’s useful for people with all skin types. It also has a really light scent to it (not overpowering).

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer, SPF 15 or 30 ($15)
So many of my friends use and love this product, so I decided to do some research. It’s a bit pricier than other creams, but I think it’s worth it. You can get it in either SPF and it’s meant for daily wear, so you can apply it in the morning. It’s great for all skin types and because of its “Total Soy Complex” it also evens out skin tone.

Lips

Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm ($3)
After I tried my first tube of Burt’s Bees, I bought nothing else. Right now I’m using the original one with vitamin E and peppermint and I absolutely love it. The peppermint leaves lips feeling very fresh and cool. It stays on your lips for a long time too. I normally need a new tube every 2 months, especially during the winter. Other Burt’s Bees varieties I love: Medicated Lip Balm with Eucalyptus Oil, Nourishing Lip Balm with Mango Butter, and Island Lip Balm with Passion Fruit.

EOS Lip Balms ($4)
I’ve personally never tried these lip balms but many of my friends have used them for years and swear by them. They are 95% organic and 100% natural. It comes in a sphere-shaped container and rolls on clear and smooth. There are many varities to choose from: summer fruit, lemon drop spf15, strawberry sorbet, honeysuckle honeydew, medicated tangerine, sweet mint, and pomegranate raspberry.

Body

Vaseline Intensive Rescue Repairing Moisture Body Lotion ($8.60)
I use this product every single day during this time of year. There are parts of the body that can get dry and itchy from cold weather and I find that this lotion tackles all areas and leaves my entire body feeling very smooth for a long period of time. It’s fragrance-free and it is not greasy which is a total plus. It’s great for everyday use!

Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Body Lotion ($12.75)
Eucerin has undeniably great products that are effective and practical. This one is fragrance free and is meant for very dry, cracked skin. I think this lotion is good for areas that get very raw (elbows and knees) or for the whole body only when your skin is super dry.

Feet

Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream ($9)
This may be gross, but I think it’s a pretty common problem. My heels get completely cracked and sometimes even bleed, and it really hurts to walk often. Foot cream is my saving grace. This specific product is great because it smells amazing and you can apply it to the entire foot.

Eucerin Intensive Repair Extra-Enriched Foot Creme ($10.99)
This is what I use on my feet nightly. However, it is very effective so I recommend using only a small amount on the heels (or driest part of the foot). It is a great tool in combating cracked heels!

Try one of the many option listed here if you are plagued by dry skin. There is no reason to suffer through sensitive and cracked skin this fall and winter season!

Molly Scott is a sophomore at Barnard and Girl Talk Editor for The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Images courtesy of AmazonDrugstore PrincessVirtuous GirlhoodAllure, and Mama Must Haves.

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