These long, dry winters really do a number on my skin. I'm always on the lookout for products that really hold in the moisture and that last for a good, long time. I look for natural ingredients that really absorb into your skin, not petroleum-derived mineral oil that does create a barrier to dry skin, but in a gross, greasy, unhealthy kinda way. Last year's winner in my annual, unauthorized ranking was...Pre-de-Provence 100% pure Shea Butter...an ultra-rich skin balm that I still use, even on my kids.
This year I discovered something new - Skin Food by Weleda. It's actually not new at all, but I finally picked it up at my local co-op. It is fabulous and it's definitely my top skin care pick of the winter! I love the way it goes on so smooth and rich, yet not greasy at all. The very light, citrusy scent keeps me bringing my hands up to my nose to get another whiff. I keep it in my office, next to my computer at all times! I bought mine on sale, but the regular price for a 2.5 oz tube is in the $12 - $15 range. Not cheap, but it's very rich so you don't use much at a time.
Another old fave worth mentioning is Alba Very Emollient Body Lotion. It is a medium weight, all-over body lotion that is great for slathering on after the shower. Funny thing though...I looked it up on Skin Deep and they gave it a moderate hazard rating of 5 because they said it contained parabens and fragrance. But Alba's website says it is paraben-free so apparently it has been reformulated. Just a reminder that as great as the Skin Deep resource is...it is not always current...so it pays to do some double-checking. And I happen to love the product's very light, floral fragrance and it's my (non-expert) opinion that a wee bit of fragrance here and there is OK.
Speaking of parabens, I've been a fan of Nature's Gate lotions in the past (the classic formulas like Skin Therapy and Herbal Moisturizing), but just discovered that they do contain parabens. Did a bit more research and learned that the newish Nature's Gate Rainwater Organics lotions and the Organic Baby lotions are paraben-free. Keep an eye out...I'm hoping they'll reformulate their classic line too.
One product that I'd have to put in the DUD category is 365 brand body lotion from Whole Foods. It sure was cheap and I'm a sucker for that sometimes...but the product was waxy and not really rich enough for my thirsty skin.
That's all from the dry skin front. Anyone else have any winter skin care faves?