By Claire Franklin — One of many Hair and Skin blogs on SmartLivingNetwork.com
In cold weather especially, I suffer from chronically dry skin. My hands and legs are the worst; the skin near my fingernails will peal and crack until I’m left with scabs, and my calves get so tight it hurts to sit down sometimes. This year though, I'm determined not to let myself get to the point of no return as I’ve done in previous years. I decided to proactively use a few products intended to keep my skin moisturized.
The first of these is Norwegian Formula Hand Cream by Neutrogena. Fragrance free, this lotion is thick and rich and instantly calms my skin. Its consistency also acts as a barrier to protect my skin throughout the day, no matter how many times I wash and dry my hands. And the usual flaking that plagues me hasn’t been an issue at all this winter. My hands have never looked or felt better, and I’ll probably continue to use this Neutrogena hand cream throughout the year rather than saving it just for cold months.
In conjunction with the hand cream I’ve also been using a product called California Mango Mend. This balm is for excessively dry skin around the cuticles and nails, and despite the exotic name, I purchased this from my local Sally Beauty Supply store. It comes in a small tube that costs less than five dollars, although the benefits to regularly using this balm cannot be measured in terms of money. I probably don’t need to say this, but I am without the time and money to have a regular manicure, so I need to take care of my nails at home. The Mango Mend keeps my cuticles moisturized so I can push them back, and it helps the general health of my nails as well. The tropical smell is just an added benefit!
To keep my alligator skin at bay on the rest of my body, I’ve been using Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash. Now, I have to confess that I have probably used almost every single body wash that can be found in any retail store today. Not one of them has ever worked as well as this Dove. It comes out of the bottle in a thick stream and makes my skin feel delicious. I don’t use as much moisturizer after the shower, and my legs have no tight or dry patches. This soap also has a light, clean scent that pairs well with my body sprays. Anybody who has dry skin should consider using Dove. It’s around $7 for a 24-ounce bottle and can be purchased at any Target, Kmart or Wal-Mart store. Believe me, the money is well spent on this product!
And if you’re in the mood to splurge, I would suggest purchasing a tube of Elizabeth Arden High Shine Lip Gloss in golden pink. This shimmery gloss is the perfect note for an evening out or a day at the office. The cost is $15 for a .22-ounce tube, which is more than you would pay for a lip gloss from the drug store, but the color and feel are unbeatable. Moreover, lip gloss always helps me sweep away the winter blues, and this is a relatively inexpensive way to make yourself feel nice and feminine. The shade is likely to work well with any complexion, but Elizabeth Arden sells this product in a variety of colors to suit your mood.
PHOTO CREDIT: autumn_bliss, Juin Hoo
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