Skin Deep: Intense moisturizing lotions

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

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