Feb 16, 2010

Favorite Winter Moisturizers for Dry Skin (Fall/Winter)

A lot of people love summers, but for me fall-winter months are my favorite. There's nothing I love more than snuggling up with a cozy blanket and a good book, and while I love the cooler temperatures, I have to admit, I do end up cranking up the heater quite a bit too!  I already have pretty dry skin, and the low humidity (thanks to the heater) combined with my love long hot water baths just adds to my dry skin issues.  No surprises then that I stock pile moisturizers and body butters like there is no tomorrow!  Here's a look at 3 of my favorite heavy-duty moisturizers for dry skin, especially during the colder/dryer winter months.

Best Moisturizer for Dry Skin - Fall Winter - Lush Sympathy for the Skin - The Body Shop Body Butter Mango - Nivea Creme Cream
My favorite moisturizers for dry skin in the winters
Lush Sympathy for the Skin - Body Shop Body Butter (in the pic - Mango) - Nivea Creme

Lush Sympathy for the Skin is a light moisturizer which I find more suitable for the summers, but I do have quite dry skin.  Normal people would find this a great day-time moisturizer for cooler/dryer months.  Apart from the fact that this lotion uses natural oils and butters (almond oil, cocoa butter, etc.) for hydrating the skin, it also has an amazing scent to it - a creamy mix of banana and vanilla.  Tip:  Exchange 5 empty Lush tubs at a Lush store for a free face mask of your choice.

TBS Mango Body butter smells just like a mango - hmm, do I notice a trend here??!! - and can be a bit of a bother to people who don't like food-like smells in their skincare, but honestly, I just think this is a refreshing tropical smell and I love it.   This body butter is a bit more heavy-duty than the Lush lotion I mentioned earlier, and it can get a bit greasy.  I prefer to apply this in the night, right after a shower and when my skin is still a little damp.  Massaging in this body butter helps it absorb into the skin better, and it leaves me feeling relaxed and ready for bed.  For me, this is a must-have for the winters, especially for my feet and hands (and elbows and knees 😛).  This particular body butter - TBS Mango - contains an added ingredient of mango seed oil, but most Body Shop body butters always contain some serious moisturizing ingredient like Shea/cocoa butter, olive/coconut/almond oil, etc., and are in my opinion some of the best dry skin moisturizers out there.  Pick them up during one of Body Shop's many sales and you can get quite a bit of value for your money too.

The last one on the list is an oldie but a good - Nivea cream - specifically, the one that comes in a blue tin/tub.  My mom loves the white one - Nivea Soft - which has an amazing soft scent, but I do find it a bit lighter than the regular Nivea cream.  Nivea cream is my go-to cream for use on my hands and feet.  It's always in my kitchen because the water and dishwashing soap combo isn't really the best.  It also doesn't hurt that it is quite an inexpensive cream that's quite easily available just about everywhere.

So those are my current 3 favorite moisturizers for dry skin during the fall-winter months.  Do you have a moisturizer that you love - do share!


  1. hey rad..thank you so much for wishing ...blue or white nivya creme is my all time fav.

  2. I just love the smell of vanilla - makes me go Gaga. Now only if this lush thingie were cheaper. :)

  3. Hi Tanveer..you did drop by..Thank you :-) Ya Lush is expensive and what's worse is they are constantly hiking the prices. Try the Bodyshop nutmeg and vanilla range - you might like that - wait for their sales and it will be much cheaper too.

  4. This was so helpful. I am currently using Palmer's Cocoa butter which doesn't smell that great. I think I will switch to Nivea. My girlfriend had bad exema and this was all she used and it worked.

  5. Hi Antonette..have read Palmer's Cocoa butter doesn't smell that great but is supposed to be pretty effective. I haven't seen it here in India though or would have tried it :-) I have really dry skin too (tho my face is oily!!) and have hard water at our place.

  6. I have panic attacks if i don't have Blue Nvea in my closet.... It's just perfect...

  7. Hehehe..am so used to calling it Blue Nivea and White Nivea..I created utter confusion over at Rati's foot cream poll. I remember reading you use it as a face pack kind sometimes; I get pimples with just my hand touching my face after I use it as a hand cream! I still love it though :-)

  8. Hi
    Greetings of the day!
    First of all many congratulations for maintaining such a fabulous blog.
    Thanks for your time



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