I’m one of those people who just dreads slathering on body lotion. I know, I know…it’s basically a sin in the beauty world but I hate feeling cold and sticky before getting dressed, especially in the winter. But when I first tried Dial 7-Day Moisturizing Skin Therapy Lotion for Extra Dry Skin ($5, drugstores) on my hands, it absorbed so quickly and didn’t leave behind an icky greasy feel, I decided it might just be exactly what I needed to add to my after-shower routine. Well, I was right! I quenched my flaky arms and legs with this lotion packed with super-hydrating shea butter and was ready to get dressed in just a few seconds. Plus, it moisturizes for up to seven days so even if I get a little lazy and skip a day, I don’t feel that bad.
Our hands carry tons of bacteria, which can easily can spread to places we don’t want—like our face! So we enlist hand sanitizer in the war against germs. Our latest find: Veripur Hand Sanitizer Moisturizer, a bacteria-killer in a bottle that has a fresh scent (for fragrance-phobes, it’s also available unscented) and can be found at your local drugstore.
While most hand purifiers are alcohol-based (read: drying to the skin) this product is quite the opposite—it contains hydrating jojoba, grape seed and avocado oils in a creamy base to nourish as it wards of germs. Instead of blasting bacteria with antiseptic alcohol, it contains benzethonium chloride suspended in a wax base that invisibly binds to skin, killing germs continuously for up to four hours without reapplication. How handy!
—By Maite Gonzalez, beauty intern