Save or splurge: Healing lotion
With so many daily skin care solutions in so many prices on the market, choosing the product that will best meet your needs can be difficult. Check out our super skin-savers and get the touchable skin you've always wanted.
If you suffer from severely dry skin during the chilly months, you can do a few things to help protect yourself from painful chapping. For example:
- Avoid harsh, scented soaps that dry out skin.
- Switch from scented laundry detergents to fragrance-free and hypoallergenic versions.
- Use a humidifier around the house.
- Drink lots of water.
- Exfoliate every day.
Most importantly, you must moisturize at least once a day. Depending on the condition of your skin, ingredients such as aloe, vitamin A and vitamin E are extremely helpful for soothing, healing and rebuilding skin elasticity. Choose a daily lotion with shea butter or oils for extremely dry skin.
Here are our picks for a splurge and a save to keep your skin smooth all fall and winter long.
This formulation is an ultra-hydrating and nourishing treatment for dry skin, and it is said to have a significant moisturizing effect in just 24 hours from the time of initial application. Ingredients include omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9, as well as vitamin E, apricot kernel seed oil, sea lavender and jojoba seed oil to help hydrate, nourish and calm skin, and to maintain the skin's elasticity and smoothness. Fresh uses a highly concentrated form of seaberry oil, cranberry seed oil and sal seed butter to help restore, protect and soften the skin. Intended for daily use, this is definitely a splurge product at $29 per 8.12 ounces.
Carmex Healing Lotion is a drugstore and supermarket super-find. Daily use of this lotion will soothe, heal, moisturize and protect skin. Ingredients such as aloe and vitamin E nourish skin for improved health, elasticity and texture. The process used to make this lotion was designed to ensure quick absorption without any greasy feel after application. Use after every shower and throughout the day, as needed. At $6 per 5.5-ounce container, this item heals skin without breaking the bank.