Winter Skin Care

‘I’m a Dermatologist, And This is the $11 Lotion I *Always* Recommend for People With The Driest Skin’

Zoe Weiner

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While your go-to body lotion may have spent most of the summer untouched at the back of your beauty cabinet, now that the temperatures have started to drop, it’s officially time to re-introduce head-to-toe hydrators into your routine. As any derm will tell you, autumn’s dry air can be the kiss of death for well-functioning skin, which means you’ll want to ensure you’re slathering on lotion and keeping your barrier intact ask the cooler months roll in. The good news? According to Caren Campbell, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in San Francisco, the only product you’ll need to keep it quenched through spring—even if you’re dealing with hardcore dryness or eczema—costs $11.

Cetaphil Pro Dry Skin Eczema Soothing Body Moisturizer ($11) is one of the few dry skin and eczema-friendly products that comes out of a pump, yet offers the same level of moisture that you’d usually get from a tub (without, ya know, having to stick your hands into a tub). “It’s got ceramides, which are proteins that act as the building blocks of your skin that help lock moisture in and keep the external environment from sucking it out,” says Dr. Campbell.

While many moisturizing products are made with ceramides, what makes this lotion special is that it’s also formulated with the brand’s proprietary filaggrin technology. According to Dr. Campbell, this tech acts in a similar way to topical ceramides in sealing moisture into the skin, essentially giving you a two-for-one special of skin barrier protection.

Aside from its hydrating properties—which, in addition to the ceramides and filaggrin tech, come by way of 15 other hydrators and vitamin E—the lotion is also made with 1 percent colloidal oatmeal, which has long been lauded for its ability to soothe eczema. In fact, the lotion is so effective in calming the condition, it’s received a seal of acceptance from the National Eczema Association.

No matter how thirsty (or itchy) your skin is in these first few weeks of fall and beyond, its discomfort is no match for this derm-approved pick.

Cetaphil Pro Dry Skin Eczema Soothing Body Moisturizer, $11

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Shop now: Cetaphil Pro Dry Skin Eczema Soothing Body Moisturizer, $11

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