My Skincare Secret Is This $17 Lotion—and Other Affordable Buys I Love
For anyone with dry skin, you know how it can be a struggle when you're battling some very patchy, rough, and/or cracked skin. You know, the times when your skin is so dehydrated that nothing you can do can make it feel moisturized, no matter how many products you're putting on, or how much water you're drinking. I've been dealing with dry and sensitive skin most of my life, with the occasional eczema flare-up, so I consider myself pretty well-versed in the various lotions and creams out there. I've probably tried so many in my quest to calm my irritated skin down during particularly dry spells (pardon the pun).
While I still haven't unlocked the secret to stopping my skin from having its dry moments, I do think I have a triage routine down now. It involves a rotating list of products, from gentle face washes to serums to rich creams. Plus, upping my water intake and making sure I'm eating especially well during that time.
But there's one product that I always turn to when I'm dealing with dry skin woes and for every day: Vanicream's Moisturizing Skin Cream. I consider it the holy-grail find, and my only regret is that I just discovered it about one year ago.
I was having a particularly bad dry skin flare-up last fall where my face was so dehydrated, patchy, rough, and it actually hurt. I think a lot of it had to do with the air being so dry in Los Angeles—I had moved back a few months before from New York City and I think my skin was still being acclimated to the lack of humidity. I was getting my eyebrows waxed one day and my aesthetician was shocked at how bad my skin looked. She thought I was having some allergic reaction. When I told her that I was slathering all the creams and serums I had in my possession, she suggested I go straight to CVS after my appointment and buy a bottle of Vanicream's lotion, which is formulated specifically for sensitive skin with no fragrance, dyes, or scary ingredients.
So I bought the lotion and the rest is history. My skin didn't miraculously recover in minutes, but after using the lotion for a day or two, I was feeling so much better. And because it was free of any irritating ingredients, I didn't feel bad about applying it a couple of times throughout the day. I love that you can use it on both your face and body, and that its consistency is not too thick, not greasy, and goes on so smoothly. These days I use it as a daily body lotion, and it's in my rotation of facial moisturizers for both day and night. Plus, the fact that it's just $17 makes it even better. I love being able to say one of my skincare must-haves is under $20.
Right now, it's even cheaper—just $14—at Dermstore, thanks to the retailer's epic anniversary sale (just enter the code CELEBRATE for major savings). And if you're going to add the lotion to cart, why not add some more affordable finds while you're at it? These are some other ones I love: