These Ultra-Hydrating Lotions Will Soothe Your Dry Skin This Winter
As winter rolls in, so too does everyone's worst enemy: dry skin. The cooler temperatures can leave your face and body feeling raw, cracked, and inflamed, but the right lotion can help stave off this inconvenience entirely. "During colder months, your skin is more susceptible to becoming dry and dull-looking due to the dehydrating effects of the winter," explains Dr. Stacy Chimento, a board certified dermatologist at Miami's Riverchase Dermatology. "When it gets cold, our pores tend to shrink, which causes heat to accumulate, resulting in oily skin. It can also become prone to acne breakouts, rashes and infections." There are a few ways dermatologists recommend combatting dry skin—shower with lukewarm water, avoid scrubbing, invest in a humidifier. But perhaps the most effective way to prevent dry skin is to moisturize your face and body regularly.
While there are plenty of face and body lotions to choose from, it's important to understand what makes a quality moisturizer. "People with dry skin should consider a lotion that is a little heavier and contains ingredients like hyaluronic acid and dimethicone, which helps hydrate the skin," says Dr. Chimento. She also notes that facial lotions should be non-comedogenic and have a lighter consistency than body lotion because the skin is thinner, oilier, and therefore more sensitive. Now that you know the basics, let's dive into the best dermatologist-recommended moisturizers for dry skin.