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