Dry skin, chapped lips and dull hair—be gone! Dr. Marnie Nussbaum, dermatologist and chief medical spokesperson for Sebamed and Aviva, gives us the scoop on what ingredients to look for in a good winter moisturizer.
Key ingredients: Alphahydroxyacids, hyaluronic acid, glycerin.
Why they're important: When looking for a hydrating body lotion, you need to look for two things: a humectant, which draws moisture in, and an occlusive, which seals in the moisture and prevents it from leaving. During winter, your skin loses water to radiator heat, dry air and hot water all day long, so you'll want to replenish and balance its moisture content after every shower. To seal in hydration, pat dry (don’t rub!) your skin with a soft towel, and apply a pH balanced moisturizer.
Try: Sebamed Moisturizing Body Lotion, $17; at Walgreens. Its glycerin component makes it ideal for those with sensitive skin, and it will prevent skin dryness and evaporation.