It’s that time of year, ladies. That dry heat coming off your in-room heater and chilly temps outside spell dry, flaky skin. I’m pretty obsessed with moisturizing and have suffered through my fair share of itchy, red and irritated skin. Yuck. To combat winter skin itch and dryness at this time of year, I become devoted to moisturizing, sometimes at least twice a day.
Over the years, I’ve tried a variety of both drugstore and more splurge-worthy moisturizers to soothe and hydrate my skin. My favourite picks below are rich, emollient and hydrating. They are also good for sensitive skin and are unscented or with a hint of light fragrance that doesn’t assault the nostrils or irritate the skin. And, lastly, don’t forget to check out my tips on how to prevent dry skin.
Here’s to happy, supple and smooth skin this season.
Curel Extreme Care Lotion, $3.99 CAD, London Drugs
Glysomed Body Lotion, $11.99 CAD, London Drugs
Eucerin Calming Itch Relief Lotion, $12.99 CAD, London Drugs
Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Butter Maximum Moisture Cream, $29 CAD, Sephora
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration, $37 CAD, Sephora
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps, $13 CAD, The Bay
How to Prevent Dry Skin
To keep the itchies and scratchies at bay, follow these tips to prevent dry skin during the colder months:
- Limit your shower to no longer than 10 minutes and try to take warm showers instead of hot, steamy ones (I know, it’s tough when you’re cold!)
- After showering, pat skin dry gently with a towel and apply moisturizer right away to seal in moisture to the skin
- Moisturize throughout the day as needed (especially your hands after countless washing) to keep skin soft and supple
- For extra dry areas like elbows, use a thicker skincare balm or salve (I like Vaseline) to really hydrate and cover those problem areas
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