There is an abundant amount of moisturizers taking up shelf space in stores, and it can be a little overwhelming trying to determine which moisturizer is best. When it comes to finding the best moisturizer for your face and hands it’s important to first consider your needs. The severity of your dryness will determine the richness that you’ll want to look for in your moisturizer. Fragrance free is recommended for anyone with sensitive skin, but I recommend fragrance free for any facial moisturizer. In the following paragraphs I will discuss some of my favorite facial and hand moisturizers in a variety of richness categories.
For a lightweight daily use moisturizer, I use Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion. It comes in a large bottle with a pump, and it will last you a long time. I use this lotion on my face daily. When I have drier than usual facial skin, I’ll use Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion all over and then go back over the driest areas with a richer moisturizer. Vaseline Intensive Rescue Lotion is what I use on the drier areas. When I have extremely dry skin, Cetaphil also makes a moisturizing cream, which I find to be very effective. At night I’ll also use Aquaphor Healing Ointment from Eucerin. The reason I don’t use the Aquaphor during the day is because it is an ointment and while it provides a nice boost to healing dry, cracked or irritated skin, it takes longer to absorb and leaves your skin looking shiny.
I have naturally dry skin, but I tend to have drier skin in the winter, as most people do. For someone whose skin isn’t very dry I recommend Simple Replenishing Moisturizer. I picked up a bottle of the Simple Rich Moisturizer, but I feel the description didn’t match the hydration I received from the product. Simple does offer lightweight lotions as well as the rich moisturizer; however I found the rich moisturizer to be very thin and providing little hydration for my skin. What I really like about the Simple line is that it is just that, simple. Made up of a blend of pro-vitamin B5, nutrients, and no perfume or dyes, Simple is intended for those with sensitive skin and those seeking simplicity in the products they use.
I use most of the same products for my hands and body as I do for my face, with a few exceptions. Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion is not just great as a facial moisturizer, but also as a hand and body moisturizer, as is Vaseline Intensive Rescue. When my hands are chapped and cracked I really like the hydration I receive from Gold Bond Ultimate Skin Therapy Cream. Again, like I do with my driest facial skin, I like to use Aquaphor at bedtime since I won’t be using or washing my hands in my sleep. Therefore, my hands have time to heal. To add some additional protection you can use the ointment and then put on gloves. You can find gloves made especially for this purpose.
In general the majority of moisturizers that I use are fragrance free; however, I do occasionally enjoy a scented lotion. When my hands are in decent shape, I like to use Sleep Aromatherapy Lavender Chamomile Body Lotion from Bath & Body Works at bed time. I’m not sure that it actually helps me to fall asleep, but it does have a relaxing and comforting scent.
Sometimes it’s a matter of trial and error to find what products will work best for you, but I hope that my recommendations are helpful to you; maybe you’ll love them too! If nothing else, hopefully my suggestions provided you a guideline for finding your soon to be favorite moisturizers.