Skin Deep: Intense moisturizing lotions
I road-tested a few to find out exactly how well they stood up to their smooth-skin claims. And if you're a moisturizing maniac to begin with, like me, you might want to hang onto these loaded lotions year-round.
Most of these options are fragrance-free, which is nice if you already have enough scents going on - or for guys fighting dry skin who still want to maintain their masculinity.
True Blue Spa Lay It On Thick
4 of 5 stars
Claim: Shea butter and macadamia nut oil hydrate skin. Especially recommended for use after exfoliating.
Pros:Long-lasting moisture is thick and creamy. Not something you'd want to rub all over your body, but great for hands.
Cons:It's a bit greasy feeling and doesn't rub in as quickly as the others. Good if you want moisture, bad if you want to shake someone's hand.
Available atBath & Body Works, $15
Borage Dry Skin Therapy
2 of 5 stars
Claim: "Borage" is an oil that relieves dryness in skin cells. Recommended for use on hands, elbows, knees and feet.
Pros:It's non-greasy, rubs in fast and lasts. The tiny tube is great for travel.
Cons:Although labeled "fragrance free," its inherent scent smells a bit like glue.
Available atWhole Foods, $6
DermaQuest Revive Rich
3 of 5 stars
Claim: In addition to intense hydration, beeswax protects against future moisture loss and allantoin is anti-inflammatory. Use fingertips to massage into skin.
Pros:Creamy, but not heavy. Hydrated-skin feeling lasts hours, and it's completely scent-free.
Cons:Does a good job moisturizing, but perhaps not a $72-a-tube good job.
Available at Mukha Medi-Spa and Bijou Esthetic Studio, $72
Jergens Shea Butter moisturizer
4 of 5 stars
Claim: Jergens' most nourishing lotion heals and moisturizes for 24 hours, and it's infused with pure shea, cocoa and mango butters.
Pros: Light formula rubs in fast and has a slightly fruity scent. Its consistency (and pump bottle) is great for all-over use.
Cons: After a few hours, you're reaching to reapply again (luckily, with this price tag, that's not cost-prohibitive).
Available at drug stores, $7