We've never taken organic chemistry. Heck, one of us – we won't say who (shh, don't tell them, Greg!) – only passed a college science class after giving the professor a Cold Stone Creamery gift card.
Yes, we're not doctors, but seekers of knowledge and truth – that is, when it comes to beauty products. So with the cold and dry months upon us, we're turning to our trusted expert, Jeff Brandt, M.D., to weigh in with some observations about staying properly moist during the fall and winter months.
Dr. Brandt told us that Eucerin, Cetaphil and Neutrogena products for the face and body are among the best as they're recommended by dermatologists. He also said those who suffer from psoriasis, eczema or other chronic skin conditions should intensely moisturize to prevent flare-ups.
Oh, and don't be fooled when the sun turns down the heat.
“It's important to keep in mind that protection from UV exposure is important even during the fall and winter seasons in order to reduce your risk of skin cancer,” he said.
Here are a few tried-and-true products we used that should bring some relief to you.
For chapped lips
For a drugstore pick, we're liking Chap Stick's Hydration Lock moisturizer ($2.49-$2.99). We've heard the benefits before: clinically proven to moisturize lips, locks in moisture, provides instant smoothness – yada, yada, yada – but what separates this from lip balms that taste better than they condition is that this lip lotion keeps the kisser feeling like buttah without leaving a gross residue. Here's the claim: Chap Stick's Hydration Lock keeps lips hydrated for eight hours. We don't know about that, but we like it.
No, it's not weird to dab sugar on lips to remove dry flakes. Fresh's Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy ($25) does it all. It's packed with sea fennel, an ingredient that helps to smooth fine lines, and orange extract, an antioxidant that protects the lips. The product says it enhances volume. We're not guaranteeing Angelina Jolie lips here, but we can tell you it creates a noticeably overall fuller and moistened look.
Face it, you need skin care
If you can't tell, we're a little obsessed with the beauty line and retailer Fresh, but if you've got a good product, flaunt it. Which brings us to Fresh's Sugar Face Polish ($55/4.4 oz), an exfoliant with ingredients we'd like to eat: brown sugar and strawberry seeds. Here's the deal about strawberries: They're full of vitamin C and they're good to brighten and soothe any face. And brown sugar? Despite tasting so good, it seals in moisture while buffing away dry and dead skin cells. For a smooth complexion, just massage a tablespoon of the mask on cleansed skin for about 10 minutes. We suggest applying three to four times a week to see the best difference.
Now for men, Greg is shouting that we include Kiehl's Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub($20/3.4 oz). His expert advice is to use the product a few days a week as it removes the bad and the ugly: impurities and dead skin cells. Men should know that because the product diminishes roughness, it helps break down facial hair for a better shave. And it's not just Greg in the newsroom who loves Kiehl's Facial Fuel line. Photographer Sam Gangwer, a man whose opinions are worth merit, praised the refreshing results and nice finish.
Oxygenetix is a skin care line that was designed to cover, heal and minimize procedural scars in aging or wounded skin. The Pro-healing Moisturizer (sold at dermatologists' offices; find a store location online at oxygenetix.com) is said to build collagen layers while reinforcing natural skin healing. It provides skin hydration and protection at the same time. Kind of like fresh air. Greg's a loyal user of it.
Food for your soles
Cold feet? We figured. Callused, cracked and abused, too? Sick. For help, consider Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Cream ($9/4.34 oz.), an instant moisturizer for alligator feet that will rejuvenate and heal. The simple remedy is to liberally smear the cream all over your neglected feet. Now pay attention to the heels, oh scaly one. You have two options: Soak in warm water for 10-15 minutes and massage your feet with a pumice stone, or cover your feet with cotton socks overnight to restore feet back to the good-old-softened days.
All of us, you and me, we're spending buckets of cash on anti-aging serums, hair tools and scrubs, but why not something for our hands? They need loving, too. The best lotion we've tried is L'Occitane en Provence's lavender hand cream ($22/ 2.6 oz). And no, we don't like it just because of its unpronounceable French name. Hand lotions tend to run more on the greasy than creamy side. This one doesn't. It's enriched with shea butter and lavender oil (from Haute-Provence, of course). It's pricey, but one dollop will suffice for the day.
It's all in the hair
It was an icy-cold, dark day and Greg looked in the mirror and gasped. His gold locks were dry, brittle, untouchable. “Get thee to hair care,” he weeped, in the second person (he's weird that way). His locks were improved once he washed with Aveda's Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo ($24). Here's why we see him smiling at work: The shampoo's pomegranate and palm conditioners leave hair shiny and moisturized. It's sulfate-free, too. “I no longer need a humidifier to survive this harsh climate,” Greg said. OK, he didn't say that. But he did say Fabio would be envious.
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