Google Searches for Anti-Itch Lotions Are up 180%—Here Are Our Faves

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The natural progression of winter-skin woes goes something like this: First comes dry skin, then comes itching. So if the dropping temps have you digging your nails down your appendages, never fear: You're so not alone. Google searches for anti-itch lotions are up 180 percent, and New York City–based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, says a handful of skin-care ingredients are at your beauty-rescue disposal.

"Anti-itch lotions contain ingredients that either reduce inflammation, soothe the skin barrier, or mask the itch," he says. Look for over-the-counter products that include one percent hydrocortisone (he says most do). It's a topical steroid that the derm deems a "fire extinguisher" that puts out inflammation rather than flames. Translation: No. More. Itching. 

A couple of Dr. Zeichner's favorite anti-itch potions include Aveeno Cracked Skin Relief CICA Ointment for Dry Skin ($13), which contains colloidal oatmeal that soothes and protects the skin to combat the dryness that causes itch in the first place, and Sarna Sensitive Anti-Itch Lotion ($11), which has two cooling ingredients: camphor and menthol. And if you're looking for even more recs, check out a few Well+Good editors' favorite's below.

Keep reading to shop our editor-approved anti-itch lotions and potions

Apothecanna Extra Strength Relieving Spray, $38

"My skin really responds dramatically to insect bites, which I was reminded of two weeks ago on a cycling trip when a spider bit me on the leg. (Long story.) The area was cherry red and itchy as hell. I couldn’t stop wanting to scratch. I used the Apothecanna Relieving Body Spray that I had with me (predicting sore muscles), and it worked better for the itching than topical cortisone. I also used Cannuka CBD Calming Eye Balm over it, because it was in my travel bag. I think the duo saved me from 24/7 scratching." —Melisse Gelula, co-founder

CV Skinlabs Rescue & Relief Spray, $34

"Just a few spritzes of this magically calms my itchy skin woes, and it feels particularly moisturizing at the same time due to its milky consistency and aloe extract." —Rachel Lapidos, associate beauty editor

Ground Control Organic Body Oil, $38

"Basically, I hate moisturizing my body, but I just can’t leave my skin to become crocodile leather in the winter. The only body-care routine I’ve ever been able to enjoy and commit to is dry brushing. Post shower, I love working a body oil into my skin with this Artis brush. Any natural body oil will do, but I love this Ground Control one." —Tamim Alnuweiri, assistant editor

Skinfix Extra Strength Soothing Body Cream, $25

"There's no body cream like this one. It has the ability to help fortify the skin barrier with totally natural ingredients, and the time it takes to slide into skinny jeans is T-minus five minutes unlike other greasy options." —Ali Finney, senior editor

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