Heal and hydrate: Lotions for the roughest, most sensitive skin
There are endless skin-care products on the shelves that claim to soothe and moisturize, but finding lotions and creams that heal skin without leaving it feeling greasy can be difficult.
Fortunately, Dr. Jordana Gilman, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a private practice dermatologist in New York City, has a few products in mind.
Gilman recommends looking for products with lactic acid, which will help attract and hold water to keep the skin well-hydrated. As a bonus, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a good moisturizer. Here are a few of her suggestions:
Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Hand Cream
Description: This Eucerin product is something that you can always have on hand for your hands. It’s fragrance-free, non-irritating and is quickly absorbed by your skin.
The doctor says: “I like that it’s not greasy,” Gilman says. “It hydrates well, and it has lactic acid, which helps hydration and helps treat dry skin.”
Bottom line: Dry, cracked hands can be a thing of the past this winter. This product will exfoliate your skin, trap moisture and leave your hands feeling smooth.
Cost/where to buy: A 3-ounce tube costs about $6 at most drugstores.
Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion
Description: From Cetaphil’s line of moisturizers, this product is a full-body lotion made for extra-dry, sensitive skin. It’s a non-greasy, fragrance-free product.
The doctor says: Gilman says she really likes Cetaphil’s line of products. “They have cream for face and body, and I think in general their products are good all around.”
Bottom line: If your skin is especially dry or sensitive, this product will replenish it without leaving it feeling sticky or staining your clothes. According to the Cetaphil Web site, the lotion will hydrate your skin for a full day and replenish lipids, which help retain moisture.
Cost/where to buy: Depending on the size of the bottle, the lotion costs between $10 and $20 at most drugstores.
Vaseline Intensive Rescue Line
Description: The Intensive Rescue products are a fairly new line from Vaseline, and in addition to body lotion, include a foot cream and a balm that can help those dry skin flare-ups that occur in areas such as the elbows.
The doctor says: “I think it’s more effective for drier skin without being greasy,” Gilman says. “That’s the biggest complaint people have when you’re talking about moisturizers, they don’t want to be greasy.”
Bottom line: With a number of moisturizers that target specific areas of the body or skin issues, even the most sensitive areas on your body can feel some relief. A healing foot cream can repair roughness, and the prescription-strength clinical therapy lotion will repair other areas that need it the most.
Cost/where to buy: Many of the Intensive Rescue products range from $5 to $10 at most drugstores.