Even with the mild winter we had, dry skin can be an issue. Contributors can include harsh soap, the absence of humidity, and even hot showers!
Dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Buzney is Director of Phototherapy at Brigham & Women's Hospital and instructor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School. Buzney suggests that you should "take lukewarm showers and pat yourself semi-dry. Apply lotion while skin is still damp. For the body, use as much lotion as you're comfortable with; the greasier and thicker the better. Eucerin, Vaseline, Hydrolatum and Aveno are all very effective. Also, olive or coconut oil are used around the world and are excellent moisturizers. (Just let them sink in.) For your face, look for products specifically suited for your skin type. Avoid anything too greasy that may clog pores. Cetaphil and Clinique are non-greasy and noncomedogenic."
There are a lot of new options out there!
For the face:
- NEOVA DNA + Copper Combination Therapy Day Therapy SPF 30 protects skin from environmental damage.
- Marula Omega Rich Pure Marula Oil is a non-greasy, fast-absorbing facial oil.
- Farmhouse Fresh Fluffy Bunny Shea Butter Hand Cream has a yummy lavender-mint julep scent.
- eos Berry Blossom Hand Lotion is packed with shea butter, aloe and oat extract.
For the body:
- Lubriderm Soothing Relief Daily Lotion assists with dry, itchy skin.
- Champneys Spa Indulgence Exotic Retreat Body Cream softens with almond oil and vitamin E.
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