Moisturizing is one of those things I tend to slack on, and every fall when the air starts to get dry it comes back to bite me in the butt. Sometimes my skin gets so itchy that I wake up in the middle of the night and have to slather on the body lotion.
For some reason, while putting on lotion after a shower seems like too much work, putting on lotion or body oil in the shower is perfectly acceptable to me (maybe because it gives me another minute or two in the hot water ;). There are some new options in stores for in-shower moisturizing so I thought I'd test them out for you.
First up is Neutrogena Body Oil. This stuff smells so good, and I really like that you can use it as a moisturizer or can put it in your bath. While it makes my skin look nice, I don't think it actually moisturizes that well - it feels like it's just sitting on top of your skin rather than sinking in. This would probably work for the summer time, but doesn't quite cut it for dry winter skin.
The second is a bit of a throwback for me - Johnson's Baby Oil Gel. I actually used this a lot in middle and high school when my skin was a little more sensitive. If I put nothing on my legs after I shaved them, they would be really dry, but lotion typically gave a bit of an allergic reaction. So I started using regular baby oil, and switched to the gel version because the thicker formula means it doesn't just run all over your shower and get it really slippery and then make your dad really mad at you. I thought I'd give it a try again this year and actually still really like it - it definitely provides that deep moisturization I need and is great for sensitive skin. What I don't like though is that it leaves a bit of a sticky residue, so it makes my legs stick to my pants which is kind of gross.
The last thing I tried is Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion, which, like the name suggests, is lotion you can put on in the shower. At the end of your shower, you slather on the lotion and then rinse it off. Bada bing banda boom. I tried two versions of this, Hydrating for normal to dry skin, and Smoothing for dry skin. While I liked the Hydrating version, once I tried Smoothing there was no going back - it really leaves your skin feeling like you put on lotion after you get out of the shower and lasts until your next shower. This was definitely my favorite of all the products I tried, and I'm definitely going to keep using it!
Have you tried any of these products? What's your favorite?
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