Favorites: Dry Skin Helpers
We already battled dry hair, now it’s time to attack dry skin… as in, your body (dry face will come soon). While the harsh winter climate tends to leave my skin chapped, dehydrated and, at times, in serious discomfort, there are certain products that can help add a boost of hydration. My favorite dry skin savers are rich in antioxidants, emollients and moisturizing agents so that parched skin is left moisturized, smooth and soft. There isn’t much we can do about the weather, but we can invest in key products to keep our skin looking its best.
Here are a few of my favorite dry skin helpers:
La Prairie Cellular Mineral Body Exfoliator ($125) – Before hydrating your skin it’s important to get remove the flakes. That’s where an exfoliator comes into play. This luxurious gel-scrub is non-abrasive while still sloughing off dead skin. Mineral-rich gem powders, Rosa Centifola, and Smithsonite Extract leave skin soft, smooth and ready to absorb your favorite moisturizer.
Mario Badescu Apricot Super Rich Body Lotion ($22) – This medium-textured body cream gives big results. Apricot kernel oil combine with vitamins A and E to leave severely dry skin smooth and moisturized, while helping to retain skin suppleness and elasticity. I love the subtle apricot fragrance, too!
Bliss High Intensity 24-Heaven Healing Body Balm ($35) – Dry, itchy and irritated skin no more. This body balm heals and protects with lactic acid and oatmeal for soft, smooth and hydrated skin.
Miracle Skin Transformer Heal Everything Balm ($26) – While you can use this on your face, I prefer it as a spot treatment for highly dry areas of the body, like feet, hand, elbows and knees. It contains a blend of over 30 moisturizing ingredients including Manuka Honey, Japanese Licorice Root Extract, Tamanu Oil and Evening Primrose that protect against environmental stresses like wind and climate change. It’s small enough to carry around in your purse, too!
My Body Probiotic Body Lotion ($55) – A light weight lotion that combines probiotics to stimulate repair and vitamins A and E to regenerate and protect. The paraben-free formula has a faint citrus-coconut scent that will remind you of warmer days on a tropical island.
Bioelements Rich Intensity Body Creme ($54) – A serious, no frills cream containing 10 botanical oils that smooth, moisturize and firm dry skin. Voted best body cream by Allure Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards.
Opale Expert Moisturizing Body Cream (59 Euros) – I have an affinity for creams that dispense through pumps – like this one. The mineral, silicon and paraben-free formula contains jojoba and lemon essential oils for a deep, citrus hydration.