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Brrrr. It's cold outside.

Winter conditions can be harsh on the skin. What's worse than dry skin you ask? Dry, ashy skin. There are numerous available products, across a wide range of price points, designed to treat common drying effects of cold weather. When shopping around, keep in mind that as with other cosmetic products, higher cost does not necessarily guarantee greater effectiveness.

In terms of pure moisturizing power, Vaseline Deep Moisture works well. Vaseline is available at major drug stores for $4 (4.5 oz.). I prefer the texture of the creamy formula. Applying the lotion at night before bed effectively eliminates the necessity of reapplying lotion in the morning. Vaseline lives up
to its claim of 18 hour moisturization and particularly protects areas prone to dryness such as elbows and knees. This formulation also contains Vitamin E.

Although Vaseline is e
ffective as a hand lotion, I prefer to use True Blue Spa's look ma, new hands available at Bath and Body Works for $12 (2.5 fl oz.). I prefer this lotion for my hands as it has a super rich texture due to the paraffin in the formula. In addition to Vitamin E, "look ma, new hands" also contains olive, apricot and avocado oils. I recommend applying this lotion both at night and in the morning.

In the e
vent of extremely dry, chapped or cracked skin and lips, Aquaphor Healing Ointment is an extremely effective option. Aquaphor is also available in drug stores and costs $13 (3.5 oz.). The only drawback with this product is that it tends to leave a greasy film over protected areas. I recommend using this product before bed when any shininess would be less of a concern.


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