Winter Skin Care

The Dermatologist-Recommended, $7 Hack for Dry Skin That the ‘Summer Fridays’ Co-Founder Swears By

Allie Flinn

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There are many elements this winter that can suck the moisture out of your skin, like the dry, cold air and the scorching shower you take to feel something. We’re already dealing with so much, there’s no need to add dry, irritated, flaky skin to the mix. One way to help re-hydrate skin is with oatmeal body products like Marianna Hewitt, Summer Fridays co-founder. (Summer Fridays makes the moisturizing, editor-approved, IG-famous Jet Lag Mask, $48.) She shared on her Instagram stories (saved in her “Beauty” highlight) the product that her dermatologist recommended for her dry skin: Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment, $7.

Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment, $7

Aveeno Oatmeal Bath
Photo: Aveeno

Shop now: Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment, $7

The box comes with eight single-use packets of 100 percent colloidal oatmeal. Colloidal oatmeal has been found to help reduce inflammation and itching, and can be used to help calm a variety of inflammatory skin conditions from eczema to bug bites. Many of our favorite derms have also sung the praises of this ingredient. Dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, previously told Well+Good that “oat extract forms a protective and hydrating seal over the surface of the skin and contains anti-inflammatory avenanthremides.” And dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, told us that oatmeal has “soothing effects.” (Please read both of those quotes in a movie trailer voice.) To reap the skin-soothing benefits, all you need to do is add a packet to your bathwater and soak for about 15-20 minutes.

Shop more colloidal oatmeal body products:

1. First Aid Beauty FAB Pharma Oat & Hemp Multi-Fix Salve, $34

First Aid Beauty Oat Balm
Photo: Dermstore

I have dry patches of skin underneath my eyebrow hair, which makes my at-home brow tinting endeavors tricky because the dye sticks more to the dry skin than the hair. This gentle balm contains colloidal oatmeal, plus other nourishing ingredients like avocado oil and hemp seed oil that help with flaky, dry skin.

Shop now: First Aid Beauty FAB Pharma Oat & Hemp Multi-Fix Salve, $34

2. Beauty 360 Soothing Bath Treatment Packets, $9

Beauty 360 Oatmeal Bath
Photo: CVS

This is the CVS brand version of the Aveeno bath—it’s also made with 100 percent colloidal oatmeal that’s finely-milled and mixes into your bathwater to create a warm, milky soak for you to marinate your parched limbs in.

Shop now: Beauty 360 Soothing Bath Treatment Packets, $9

3. La Roche-Posay Lipikar Soothing Relief Cream, $15

La Roche-Posay Oat
Photo: Dermstore

This eczema spot treatment is super calming thanks to a blend of colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, and niacinamide. You can use it anywhere on your body—including your face—and it helps relieve itching and irritation without leaving behind the ointment-y feeling that some thicker lotions do.

Shop now: La Roche-Posay Lipikar Soothing Relief Cream, $15

4. Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Nude Body Cream, $40

sol de janeiro oat lotion
Photo: Sol de Janeiro

The brand is known for the signature smell that is infused into their products, but fragrance can irritate sensitive skin. This body cream is gentle, fragrance-free, and gives your dry skin a healthy dose of moisturizing ingredients like cupuaçu butter, colloidal oatmeal, and hyaluronic acid.

Shop now: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Nude Body Cream, $40

5. Sol Naturals Oatmeal Bath Soak, $10

Sol Naturals Oatmeal Bath
Photo: Sol Naturals

If you want to upgrade from a basic colloidal oatmeal bath, try this handcrafted soak containing milk powder, kaolin clay, and a blend of salts.

Shop now: Sol Naturals Oatmeal Bath Soak, $10

6. Honest Soothing Therapy Eczema Body Wash, $13

Honest Oat Body Wash
Photo: Honest

If you aren’t a bath person, you can still reap some of the the oat benefits standing up with this coconut oil-infused cleanser.

Shop now: Honest Soothing Therapy Eczema Body Wash, $13

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