The best body lotions for dry skin
Soothe dry skin with these dermatologist-recommended body lotionsBy Diane Peters
Farah Mussa, a pharmacist in Calgary with London Drugs, recommends getting a doctor’s advice if you have tried treating your itching skin for two weeks with no relief. However, most of the time, a product at your local drugstore can do the job. Here’s what Mussa and Vender suggest.
Body lotions with glycerinExamples: Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion, Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, Lubriderm Intense Dry Skin Repair
How they work: Glycerin attracts water from under the surface of the skin and hydrates the top layer. Moisturized skin will itch less. Products with glycerin relieve dry skin on your face.
Extra tips: Avoid using soap to wash your face. You can use a milder cleanser such as Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, which contains no perfumes to irritate or further dry skin. Or, if you also want to tone and remove makeup, try Vichy Purete Thermale 3 in 1 Cleanser.
Body lotions with petrolatum, cocoa butter or mineral oilExamples: Base Glaxal (petrolatum), Eucerin Original Lotion (mineral oil), Vaseline Cocoa Butter
How they work: Oil in a lotion creates a barrier and prevents your skin from losing moisture. If you are prone to acne, you might want to avoid using oil-based moisturizers on your face, but they are perfect for deeply hydrating the rest of the body. Take time to really work them into the skin so they don’t rub off.
If you have concerns about using petroleum-based moisturizers (those containing petrolatum or mineral oil) because they’re derived from non-renewable resources, or worry that they might be unhealthy for you, consider trying natural-based products with soy or grapeseed oil instead.
Extra tips: Dry skin prevention is key: Take shorter showers with cooler water. Pat yourself dry—no rubbing—and apply moisturizer while you’re still damp to lock in water.
Body lotions with aloe or mentholExamples: Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion with Cooling Menthol, St. Ives Aloe & Chamomile
How they work: These natural ingredients cool and soothe irritated skin. The calming effect is short-term, so look for products that also contain a hydrating ingredient.
Extra tips: Regardless of which moisturizer you use, go easy on the bubble baths, which can strip moisture.
Remedies for eczema
Examples: Generic OTC hydrocortisone creams 0.5%
How they work: In addition to glycerin, these eczema creams contain cortisone, which calms inflammation and redness.
Extra tips: Eczema sometimes needs prescription-strength hydrocortisone (1% concentration or stronger). See your doctor if OTC creams don’t work within two weeks.