Suddenly you see little white flakes (ugh, it’s dead skin!) all over your clothing.
And who hasn’t scratched an itch to go crazy as it gets worse as you try to make it go away?
Everyone can see your dry, dull skin unless you’re covered up from head to toe.
Now you have to get something to deal with it. But fear not!
For this review, I’ve gathered hydrating body products that are exciting and new, or really fun to use, and some that just work so well they deserve your attention. (Alison Blackman, Editor in Chief, advicesisters.com)
Be Delighted By Belif
It is the gentle, natural hydration in so many of the products that has made me such fan,including this amazing Belif body Bomba Body Lotion ($26.00 8.44 fl. oz.) . My sample arrived in uplifting Lemon Verbena, but it’s also in Ylang Ylang -and it also contains belief’s signature True Cream Aqua Bomb.
What is so special about this “bounce balm” is that it can moisturize up to 26 hours. The lightweight gel-cream formula that is truly hydrating but it’s not greasy. It doesn’t contain mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, synthetic dyes or synthetic preservatives. The key is belif’s “Napiers” aqua formula featuring the herb Ladies Mantle that gives skin an instant, intense moisture boost while it also protects and calms.
The lemon verbena has a significant lemony scent that gives you a bit of a lift. For Winter, it’s “the thing” to help relieve dry, flaky, itchy slom while reducing pore size and controlling shine –and it’s new and fun! .
belif skincare is exclusive to Sephora, visit Sephora or sephora.com or the Belief website http://www.belifcosmetic.com/
Sebamed Saves Sensiive Skin
SebaMed’s packaging is simple, but in those pure white containers are ingredients within are a godsend for skin that is compromised by environmental or other saboteurs and won’t further irritate your already itchy, dry, irritated or sensitive skin. Thse products work so well, you really have to consider them when your skin is screaming for help. Soap and cleansers with fragrance and harsh ingredients can make dry skin worse, so I’m suggesting two SebaMed cleansers that can help you get through Winter without additional issues: SebaMed Spa Shower and Seba Med Liquid Face and Body Wash for Sensitive Skin.
Both cleansers are 100% soap and alkali free, hypoallergenic and won’t clog your pores. Each has the same ph as healthy skin which is 5.5.
Sebamed Spa Shower ($15.49 6.8 fl. oz.) smells refreshing and uplifting with a water lily scent that’s light and makes you feel happy. Allantoin in the formula protects your skin against further dehydration, too.
The Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash ($19.95 13.5 fl. oz. or $41.99 for 33.8 FL. oz.) Is a family favorite (guys love it). The body wash comes in a pump bottle and is super gentle for use on both face and body. *I’m a fan of Sebamed Lip Defense SPF 30, too (see review sebamed lip defense advicesisters.com)
These products are also nearly 100% Biodegradable and cruelty-free. For lovers of affordable products that the entire family can enjoy, they’re some of the best out there. Find Sebamed in mass market retailers and drugstores but for more information visit: https://www.sebamedusa.com/
I’ve fondly taken to calling my 16.9 fl. oz. editor’s sample of Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion “Big Blue.”
The bottle looked so huge with an extra large pump top. But when you start to use this body lotion with almond oil and natural sea minerals and Vitamin for dry to very dry skin, you quickly realize you want to slather it on all those dry, flaky, itchy spots all the time. You can rally use up “big blue” pretty quickly.
The lotion is very very emollient but it absorbs quickly, leaving little more than a whiff of floral scent behind. You’ll see the immediate results, but over time it can actually help to turn back dryness and help improve the condition of your skin. Dermatologically tested and approved you can buy this big blue beauty for under $6.00 just about in any drugstore or mass-market retailer but for more information visit http://www.niveausa.com
Another super-hydrating super-sized product from Nivea that does a great job on your really dry skin is their Cocoa Butter Body Cream.
My generous 15.5 oz. jar looked like it would last for years, but having the luxury of an affordable and elegant body cream that you can slather with wild abandon and not worry about cost, is kind of nice.using it on dry, itchy skin this Winter, you’ll want more and more of it. It hydrates with cocoa butter and Vitamin E (among other things) for up to 48 hours yet it also absorbs very quickly., unusual for very emollient creams in a jar.
If you love the smell of cocoa, the light scent will please you.
I’m not a fan of products in screw-top jars or tubs, this one is too thick and rich to be pumped out of a tube, so I totally understand!
Natural, Affordable Scented Body Products
Do you need natural products? Then you’re in luck because these from the Éclair Naturals collection are made with food grade ingredients that are also: GMO free, gluten free, soy free, cruelty -free and vegan. And they are so affordable you can imagine you’ve paid a lot more, and enjoy the lovely fragrances. My personal favorites from the line are the Liquid Hand Soap ($7.99) and Shower Gel ($8.99) .
The Éclair Naturals Shower Gel cleanses skin, while botanical extracts replenish essential nutrients for a silky, healthy looking.The scent of vanilla & sweet orange offers an aromatherapy boost that’s welcome during the dreary Winter mornings when we have to get up (but really don’t want to). Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and a Vegetable Glycerin base condition skin, provide antioxidant protection and soften skin.
The Liquid Hand Soap in a plastic pump bottle is available in a variety of scents, including the lovely vanilla & sweet orange. A gentle blend of vegetable-derived glycerin and botanical extracts cleanses and nourishes your skin without drying it out. You might just get the kids to wash their hands more often with these because they’re pleasant to use.
There’s also an All Over Lotion in a flip top tube ($8.99 8 oz.) that also comes in an unscented and Sea Breeze scent as well as the other fragrances of Creamy Coconut, French Lavender, Grapefruit, and Shea Butter + Oatmeal.
You can get Eclair Naturals at Rite Aid stores and on the Éclair Naturals website.
Try a Trio of Treats for Dry, Itchy Skin
Curel is loved for affordable and effective body care and products that multi-task and are easy to use. But one collection in particular, is a godsend for dry itchy skin woes called: Curel Itch Defense.”
Begin your day with Curel® Itch Defense® Body Wash (srp. $6.99 10 fl. oz.) that helps stops the itching even before it begins. A soap-free formula soothes even eczema. The nicely lathering formula in a flip top bottle soothes skin as it cleanses right in the shower. With the coordinating Itch Defense Instant Soothing Moisturizing Spray and Lotion your really dry, itchy skin will quickly feel normal again.
There is no added fragrance these products, but they do have jojoba and olive oils to hydrate and soothe. I have tried these and they make an immediate difference. They might not be fancy, but they work and they do it well.
However, one of these products is fun to use. It’s theCurel Moisturizing Spray (srp. $8.99 6 fl. oz.) that you spritz directly on your skin, and then just smooth it in. A proprietary Cooling Complex literally starts soothing on contact! It’s cool, literally, and figuratively! The lotion (srp. $9.99 13 fl. oz.) in a pump bottle is safe enough for a baby’s skin, so it’ll be fine for yours no matter what shape it’s in. I just loved spraying it!
You can find Curel products easily in drugstores and mass market retailers nationwide. For more information visit http://www.curel.com/
Don’t Forget About Your Decollete!
Don’t forget about your decollete during these dry, itchy winter months.
The skin there is delicate, and if you don’t protect it you will find it ages quickly. While you can use a HALO laser to mitigate some of the damage (read my HALO Laser Decollete review article) it can be costly.
A new product from VIE called Mesopeptide Decollete Replenishing Cream ($120 1.6 fl. oz.) is actually inspired by mesotherapy and laser treatments. It is a smoothing, redensifying and toning gel that helps trigger (what Vie claims is a “massive’) production of collagen to start improving the skin in this area.
Key ingredients include peptides, encapsulated High Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid (to add volume and fill deep wrinkles), Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid (to help your skin retain moisture) and Vitamin C, to help eliminate dark spots and free radicals.
The idea is that if you apply it morning and evening to your entire neck and decollete (the hydrating effect will last up to six hours) you can keep this area hydrated, plump and youthful.
I really enjoyed using this product. The light, pleasant cream feels refreshing and hopefully, but the time the tube is empty, your decollete will be improved and refreshed, too!
Get Vie at Lespausa.com and select spas.