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I Apply Heavy Cream Daily, So Why Is My Skin Still Dry?

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You can apply lotion as much as you want, but without the right ingredients, you'll still have dry skin. Our expert tells you how to pick the best lotion.

Q. I apply heavy cream morning and night, but I'm still dry from head to toe. What's the deal?

A. Frosting-thick moisturizer may seem like the creme de la creme, but its texture can prevent softening ingredients from penetrating. (Who knew?) Instead, try a lighter lotion with dimethicone. "It creates a glove-like layer that locks in your natural moisture as well as hydrating ingredients in the formula," says New York City dermatologist Macrene Alexiades, MD. The barrier is also water-resistant -- perfect in winter, when you're washing your hands more often. I scoured some of the newest lotions and discovered that 24-hour formulas (check the label) usually contain the ingredient.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, February 2009.


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mhamilton43 wrote:

Aveeno. I use the Aveeno with the green label because I'm sensitive to fragrances. When I go to the store or send someone else to buy it I just say, "Aveeno in the greeno". Just a silly way to remind them which one to buy.

1/22/2010 10:01:17 AM Report Abuse
wildcatskr wrote:

I have this problem so I found lotions for extra dry skin. I've tried "Aveeno Skin Relief" and "Vaseline intensive rescue clinical therapy" and both work wonders for my skin. I also have REALLY sensitive skin and neither of these products bother me at all.

1/21/2010 04:32:53 PM Report Abuse
sunshine8644902 wrote:

I have really dry skin on my face, especially around my mouth and nose, in the winter time. Is there a certain lotion I should use?

1/21/2010 10:36:41 AM Report Abuse
essentialfitness wrote:

Curel has dimethicone. I've been using it after I shower for years. A little pricey but worth it.

1/21/2010 09:41:01 AM Report Abuse
peeblesf wrote:

eucerin intensive dry does the trick everytime.

1/20/2010 05:08:13 PM Report Abuse

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