Silence Your Winter Skin Blues With These Body Moisturizers
Yesterday, we covered a range of products to keep your complexion looking radiant and enhance your comfort level during this relentlessly cold weather. On today’s agenda: discussing some quality goodies to moisturize and soothe every area of your body. Give some of these products a whirl. and your skin will feel soft enough for some serious cuddling action underneath your cozy down comforter or yummy blanket.
Check out these skin savers!
SHOWING OFF YOUR BODY OF WORK
Jo Malone Vitamin E Body Balm, $75. Visit NeimanMarcus.com
If I could, I would swim in a pool of Jo Malone’s Vitamin E Body Balm, dipping every inch of my body in the buttery waters. Though we tend to think of balms as having as having a really thick consistency, Jo Malone’s Vitamin E Body Balm has a deliciously pleasant custard-like texture, like lightweight butterscotch pudding, and the very act of applying it feels somehow sensual and indulgent. The balm is easily absorbed by the skin and leaves it feeling Gerber baby soft thanks to ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter, wheat protein, coconut oil, and Vitamin E (which is rich in antioxidants and functions as a powerful skin conditioner).
Tammy Fender Bulgarian Lavender Body Oil, $65. Visit TammyFender.com
I can’t lie: I expected to loathe this product so much that I actually cringed as I pressed down on the pump and watched the oil droplets fall into the palm of my hand. Why? Because I’m one of those rare people who avidly dislikes the scent of lavender. For some reason, the smell makes me think of dusty nursery homes with country kitsch decor. Yuck. To my surprise though, I not only liked but actually adored Tammy Fender’s Bulgarian Lavender Body Oil. The smell of the Bulgarian lavender extract is actually way more sophisticated and elegant, and way more gentle and subtle, than the lavender scent we typically find in skincare products. Plus the oil works wonders on the skin — two or three dime-sized droplets is enough to canvas a large surface area (like arms or legs), and it softens and soothes the skin, helps to heal wounds and diminish the appearance of scars, and promotes cellular turnover. Plus, if you’re into holistic medicine, you’ll appreciate the fact that Bulgarian lavender oil is said to promote a sense of calm and balance throughout your entire being.
Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Body Lotion, $22. Visit Sephora.com
This lotion’s scent alone makes it a treat, and the fact that it manages to leave your skin soft and smooth thanks to ingredients like shea butter, chamomile extract, sweet almond oil, and safflower oil, is all the more reason to live “under the Tuscan sun.”
Korres Jasmine Body Butter, $29. Visit Sephora.com
Korres is one of those brands that makes my heart go pitter-patter, and their body butters are simply superb. The Guava Body Butter was my Korres product of choice for over two years, but once I tried the Jasmine Body Butter, I had to add it to my moisturizer rotation. The floral scent is pretty and feminine without being overwhelming, and the texture is rich yet somewhat fluffy, which makes it all the more delightful to smooth onto skin. And, once it’s absorbed, your skin feels soft and smells like a flowerbed. Yum!
Jergens Sensitive Skin Relief Unscented Daily Moisturizer, $6.49. Visit Drugstore.com
This has been crowned my favorite Jergens lotion to date thanks to its ultra gentle, easily absorbed formula. Hypoallergenic and fragrance free, the lotion has done wonders to soothe my irritation-prone skin, even helping to diminish the appearance of the tiny red bumps on my arms (I’ve had keratosis pilaris since I was a kid, but it’s manageable with the right moisturizers and treatments). Even better, it’s delicate enough for me to use on my toddler son, which means less money spent on multiple moisturizers — and that’s always a plus, okay?
Aveda Replenishing Body Moisturizer, $23. Visit Aveda.com
When you smooth this moisturizer on, you’ll feel a nice cooling sensation and a slight tingle, akin to what you experience when you apply aloe gel onto sunburned skin. The vital ingredient is meadowfoam seed oil, a stable oil with a long shelf life that contains 98% of fatty acids — it not only hydrates, but it creates a moisture barrier that helps the skin retain its moisture levels. Other ingredients include chamomile and lavender, both vital skin soothing agents, and glycerin, a natural humectant. There’s a reason why this is one of Aveda’s best-sellers, gals: it’s a winning ticket.
Pur Minerals Pur Body Butter, $23. Visit PurMinerals.com
Want to find a mineral-based skincare product that actually yields results? Check out Pur Minerals’ Pur Body Butter, which relies on organic sunflower oil, a natural substance rich in fatty acids that help kill bacteria on the skin, vitamin D that helps to prevent the emergence of outbreaks such as acne, and antioxidant-rich vitamins E and C, which also boast restorative properties. The lemon and sage scent, meanwhile, gives the body butter a nice, invigorating kick.
Cetaphil DailyAdvance Ultra Hydration Lotion, $10.79. Visit Drugstore.com
If you ask most dermatologists for a drugstore lotion that delivers the type of results you’d find from a prestigious (and pricey) brand, they’re bound to mention at least one Cetaphil product. When it comes to people with dry, sensitive skin, this is one of the best alternatives in the market. It even helps to diminish the appearance of eczema and other common skin conditions. The DailyAdvance Ultra Hydration Lotion is particularly effective, providing more long-lasting moisture to parched skin while remaining non-greasy and lightweight.
Curél Ultra Healing 24-Hour Daily Moisturizing Lotion, $6.39. Visit Drugstore.com
This is the Godzilla of Curél products — a corpulent moisturizer for those whose parched skin needs instant gratification. As soon as you apply on itchy, ashy, or dehydrated skin, you’ll breathe a sigh of relief as the moisturizing ingredients penetrate the epidermis. Oat extract calms any existing inflammation or irritation, shea butter softens and hydrates, and eucalyptus functions as a powerful antiseptic and antibacterial.
Liz Earle Superskin Body Cream, $24 for 1.6 fl. oz. tube and $55 for 6.7 fl. oz. tube. Visit Us.LizEarle.com
Always at the forefront of organic skincare products, Liz Earle recently added the Superskin Body Cream to her famed line of Superskin products. This earthy lotion features such botanicals as avocado oil (which is rich in vitamin E, magnesium, linoleic acid, and essential fatty acids), soothing chamomile extract, glycerin (a natural humectant), antioxidant-rich grapeseed extract and pomegranate extract, rosehip oil and cranberry seed oil (both rich in essential fatty acids), borage oil (which is rich in the essential fatty acid GLA, which helps to lock in moisture), vitamin E, and Neroli essential oil (which is derived from orange blossoms and, according to holistic medicine experts, can help uplift moods).
Aveeno Intense Relief Repair Cream, $14.99. Visit Drugstore.com
I remember getting chicken pox when I was about 12 years old, and the only things that saved me from scratching my skin right off were calamine lotion and Aveeno bath soaks. And if you’ve ever suffered from any skin irritation, then you know the home-y comforts of Aveeno’s product range. If your skin is flaky, itchy, or just painfully dry, it’s time to pull out the big guns: Aveeno’s Intense Relief Repair Cream. The hypoallergenic cream will make your skin feel leaps and bounds better in just a day’s time thanks to ingredients like: soothing colloidal oatmeal, pure oat essence to diminish redness, ceramides to restore the skin’s barrier (which will help it retain moisture), shea butter to moisturize and soften, and glycerin, a humectant that draw moisture to the skin. Let the repair process begin!
MAKE YOUR TEN FINGERS AN TEN TOES LOOK LIKE A PERFECT 10
The newest addition to Miss Oops’ fabulous line of problem-solvers, Butter Hands is a rich hand cream with SPF protection that features kokum butter, a substance packed with essential fatty acids and antioxidants, as well as Vitamin E (which protects skin from free radicals), and sesame oil, which is also rich in vitamin E and which is reputed to replenish moisture and relieve tension. Though I’m not as floored by Butter Hands as I am with Pedicure in a Bottle, I do very much enjoy how silky soft it leaves hands and how the texture is as lightweight as a dab of Country Crock.
Lubriderm Intense Skin Repair Ointment, $4.99. Visit Walgreens.com
It’s got a Vaseline-meets-Neosporin texture and when you apply this ointment to sensitive areas like cuticles, elbows, knuckles, or around the ridges of your nose, it provides a protective shield so that these zones won’t be further chafed or irritated.
I don’t know about you, but I can never seem to fall asleep if my feet are rough, dry, or ashy. I’ll literally feel so uncomfortable that I’ll toss and turn for hours, finally relenting, getting up from the bed and applying some much needed lotion. Once my feet are nice and smooth, I can lay back down and sleep like a baby. Go figure. Bur, of course, if your feet are extremely dry, they need an extra potent cream to get them back to a silky soft state. Enter Sally Hansen Salon Hydrating Foot Creme, a super-charged moisturizer that features shea butter, olive fruit oil, peach kernel oil, tea tree extract, aloe leaf gel, evening primrose oil, algae extract, ginseng root extract and peppermint oil — all of which help to make those feet of yours look and feel like you’ve spent all your days chilling on a hammock, legs propped up in utter relaxation, living a life of utter leisure.