(This post was written for The Glosse Posse.)
One of the main reasons I don’t care for winter is that it makes my skin very dry. If I forget to put on hand lotion, I will end up with several paper cuts. My elbows and knees look like elephant skin. When I lived in Ontario and had to deal with -20C winters, I couldn’t leave the house without applying body lotion and face cream. I have come up with a list of some body lotions that I feel are winter-approved skin protectors. Take a look at the list and see if there’s one that you might like to try. 🙂
- Cetaphil DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion
I discovered this lotion when I was desperate to find a soothing ‘after-shave’ lotion for my sensitive legs. This is the only lotion that can calm my skin and keep my legs smooth and moisturised – throughout the day! It’s not greasy and there’s no fragrance, so this is an excellent choice for those of you who need fragrance-free lotions for sensitive skin. An alternative to Cetaphil is Gold Bond Ultimate lotions. Cetaphil lotions range from around $8-14.
- Vaseline Total Moisture Lotion
This is the lotion that most of my Canadian friends and acquaintances (mostly from Ontario) swear by. I seem to see a Vaseline lotion in every bathroom. Total Moisture is the most common one I see though other types are also popular, including the Original Petroleum Jelly. These lotions range from $3-6. No wonder they’re so popular – affordable, moisturising, and multifunctional (the jelly can be used as eye make-up remover, as well as strengthen eyelashes).
- Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion
I had been using Aveeno Daily Moistursing Lotion for my hands from last winter to this summer (I ran out). I’ve tried many hand lotions and this is the only other lotion that keeps my hand silky smooth and hydrated the longest. (My other favourite is Premier Dead Sea Hand Lotion.) I have to point out, however, that I couldn’t use this lotion on my freshly-shaven legs for some reason because my skin would react to it. Maybe I should try the baby lotion as most products for babies are usually good for sensitive skin too. Otherwise, it does a fine job of getting rid of elephant skin. 🙂 Lotions range from $7-11.
- St Ives Body LotionWhen I lived in Ontario, I loved using Daily Hydrating Cucumber Melon Body Lotion. I just love the smell of cucumber melon because it’s such a fresh but sweet fragrance. A few years ago, I decided to mix the Cucumber Melon with the Replenishing Mineral Therapy Body Lotion for extra moisture. It’s great for winter but probably a bit heavy for summer. Lotions are around $4-5.
Do you have any body/hand lotions that work for you? 🙂 Don’t forget to drink plenty of water!