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

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.