"In general, it is not a good idea to use the same for the face and the body because they tend to have different surfactants and moisture content, and the skin on the face has more oil glands than the skin on the body," says Angela J. Lamb, MD, an associate professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. But unlike your usual drugstore body wash, which is likely made with soaps that are too harsh to lather on your face, this one is specifically designed with ingredients that work on every inch of your skin.
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"It's formulated with lipid replenishing ingredients, such as glycerin and shea butter, which helps strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier and alleviate dryness," says Dr. Lamb. It's also got skin-soothing niacinimide and antioxidant-packed prebiotic thermal water, plus a patented natural extract that works to strengthen the skin's barrier function. This ingredient blend works wonders on extra-dry skin (it's even been accepted by the National Eczema Association), and will provide a deep clean without stripping away its natural moisture. It also helps protect your skin from the drying effects of hot water, which makes it an A+ pick for washing your face in the shower.
To maximize your moisture all day long, follow up with a ceramide-infused lotion—like Cetaphil Pro Dry Skin Eczema Soothing Body Moisturizer ($11)—which will help seal in hydration and prevent it from escaping out into the dry, winter air. Et voila: Your entire dry skin-saving winter routine will cost you less than a boutique fitness class. And better yet? Forget having a shower that's overflowing with dozens of skin and body-care products—this is the only one you'll need.
Here's how to deal with dry skin:
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