Lotions/Creams for Sensitive, Dry Skin

Recently, one of my friends asked me to do a post on lotions for dry, sensitive skin.  She has mild eczema, and came to me seeking recommendations.

Personally, I have very oily skin, but I have become well-acquainted with heavier creams due to dry hands and legs during the wintertime.

After reading many beauty and skincare posts and reviews, I choose my lotions based on their ingredients.  Ceramides and hyaluronic acid are two particularly important and basic ingredients.

Hyaluronic  acid:  

  • naturally occurs in skin
  • draws moisture from air into skin
  • is said to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water

Some recommended lotions:

  • CeraVe Moisturizing Cream:  This is hands-down one of the most basic and effective creams.  It immediately sinks into my skin and leaves no residue or greasy feeling. And it works. IT WORKS.
  • Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 Advaned Anti-Aging Body Lotion:  I used this for the first time last winter, and it’s amazing. I read the ingredients list in curiousity and found that niacinamide (vitamin B3) helps the skin to create an effective barrier against pollutants and irritants and to produce natural emollients to stay hydrated.  Read more about it here!
  • First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream:  I have not personally tried this cream, but I am planning on buying a jar very soon because of the consistently wonderful reviews on Sephora, Amazon, MUA, and on personal beauty blogs. It contains oatmeal as the top ingredient, which helps with inflammation (redness) and irritation issues.
  • Aveeno skincare creams and lotions in general:  My entire family uses Aveeno, so this is a tried-and-true brand we trust.
  • Eucerin:  I recently started using Eucerin’s facial lotion with spf, and keeps my oily skin from feeling too greasy and from breaking out. In fact, after watching FromHeadtoToe on Youtube rave about Eucerin, I have to agree.  I think this lotion has even helped my skin stay breakout free. 

I also stay away from lotions with mineral oil, but it is known to clog pores and cause acne.  And just a heads up, in skincare ingredients lists, the ingredients at the top are present in the largest amounts in the product.  Sometimes, advertisements rave about certain advanced chemicals in their products, but when you go to read the ingredients list, it’s at the very bottom. Which means that there’s really not much there.  Heh.

-Christine

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