Nip Winter Dry Skin in the Bud, Fast

dry skin solutionsI don’t know about you, but once the temperatures started slipping into the 30s, my skin started to get even drier than it already was. And it’s just going to get colder. We’ve already had weeks in single digits.

I’ve always had dry skin. Growing up I went to a dermatologist for eczema and I just know sometimes addressing the problems up front are more important than using smell good lotion and body wash.

Honestly, they just don’t cut it, as I was experiencing. My hands especially were itchy, red and irritated and then my skin all over was just itchy. I hate feeling itchy. So one day I just got back to my roots and picked up a few things I figured would work based on past experience. Sure enough, they did.

Top Three for Dry Skin

  1.  Dove’s Deep Moisture Body Wash
  2. Lubriderm’s Soothing Relief Daily Lotion
  3. Aveeno Eczema Therapy Hand Cream

Dove’s Deep Moisture Body Wash

The body wash is what I think of as a “step one.” If I use a body wash that dries out my skin, I feel like it’s an uphill battle to soothe my skin.

What I like about Dove’s Deep Moisture body wash is how thick it is. It lathers nicely and really gets things started for me.

Lubriderm’s Soothing Relief Daily Lotion

When I get out of the shower I do my face routine first, and then usually my shoulders, legs, hands, etc. My skin gets pretty itchy and that’s what I like about this lotion because the soothing relief part specializes in keeping my skin from being itchy. It really gets things better fast.

Aveeno’s Eczema Therapy Hand Cream

Most hand soaps in public sinks dry out my hands. So after I wash my hands for the first time after stepping out of the house, things start getting bad for me. Combine that with winter temperatures and just forget about it. Plus, when my hands are super dry, they get super itchy which makes it impossible to ignore.

Before I picked up these three items for my dry skin, my hands were bad. The area around my knuckles were very red, irritated, flaking skin and then my hands in general were itchy.

When I had eczema growing up I had painful red patches with flakes, and while I’m not sure if I had eczema on my hands, I had similar symptoms and figured it was okay to use something a little extreme if I was picking it up at a Walmart.

I will say: This lotion saved my hands.

dry skin solutionI should have done a before picture, I didn’t even think about it, but just imagine all of my knuckles as super red and the ones by my pinkie and index fingers having flaking skin. Then if you felt my hand the skin was very rough.


My hands are so soft and the knuckle area isn’t irritated anymore. If you feel my hands they aren’t oily but just very moisturized. I honestly can’t remember the last time my hands felt like this.

Does it smell good? ….it doesn’t really have a smell. It’s very subtle, like a light oatmeal smell. It’s not something that you’ll put on and everyone around you can smell, but you definitely can when you put it on. Any other fragrance you might wear (i.e. perfume) will definitely override it.

Final Thoughts

Just keep in mind when trying to tackle dry skin is that you probably aren’t going to find something that will be flowery or wowing to one’s sense of smell. But it doesn’t have to be bad either, you just have to make some compromises depending on where you buy a product and what your preferences are. But if you purchase items like the one’s have listed (you can find similar things with many brands), it will really make a difference for you.

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