Hello, dear Allure frequenters, and welcome to another narrative in which my skin condition takes center stage. I’ve already lamented about the ways in which it (“it” being Netheron Syndrome, a rare form of an already-rare auto-immune disorder called Ichthyosis) impacts my life, including but not limited to ever-perennial facial redness, chronic all-over dryness, and severe itchiness. But, alas, there always seems room for more.
All of the above symptoms tend to worsen in the winter, but for some reason, this year, in particular, has been especially rough on my hands. I’m sure most of you can relate to what having dry hands feels like: tight, uncomfortable, and, in worst case scenarios, chapped and flaky. And unfortunately, since the seasons changed, I’ve been struggling with a triple whammy of tightness, scaling, and next-level chapping, none of which are cute or easy to stave off. I’ve even resorted to sleeping with gloves on, which seal in the Aquaphor or Vaseline I’ve slathered on in an attempt to alleviate the aforementioned tightness and temptation to scratch at night, but during the day this obviously isn’t a feasible solution.
So, I’ve started hoarding hand creams. (It was bound to happen, OK?) Skinfix makes a great one and so does Voya, a brand that specializes in seaweed-based skin-care products. But when I truly need something that’s triple-duty, I always, always turn to my beloved Weleda Skin Food.
Put simply: It’s thick, creamy — oily, even — and, in fact, might be the complete opposite of what some people are looking for in a hand cream. But for me, it’s absolutely perfect. This is because I’m not looking for a lightweight lotion that smells like vanilla or chai tea and sinks in immediately upon application. No, folks, these chapped hands need a next-level cream that’s going to deliver allllll the nourishment and work its magic for hours.
You may have heard of Skin Food before, and that’s because it’s actually a cult-favorite product for many makeup artists, who use the thick formula to plump and soothe skin their clients’ skin. Katie Jane Hughes, a makeup artist who’s worked with everyone from Kerry Washington to Whitney Port, tells Allure she loves using the balmy cream before a full coverage foundation so it looks more glowing and luminous.
It’s also backed by skin experts, too. Sejal Shah, a New York City-based dermatologist and founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology, tells me that Skin Food is so beneficial because it contains an abundance of nourishing, hydrating, and ultra-soothing ingredients that help combat dry and weathered skin. “The glycerin attracts moisture into the skin, while the combination of oils and beeswax provide emolliency and lock in the moisture by creating a barrier,” she says. Chamomile and calendula, she says, work to soothe irritated skin at the same time.
Industry opinions aside, though, I sincerely don’t think I could make it through the remainder of the season without this stuff. The balmy consistency and über-rich formula never fail to calm my distressed epidermis, soften the alligator-like dryness, and keep any chapping in check until nighttime. Needless to say, from one parched pupil to another, if you suffer from severely dehydrated skin, I’d recommend picking up a tube of this green good-good, stat, for $11.39 at target.com.
Find more skin-saving creams:
- 11 Hand Creams That Will Save Your Skin This Winter
- 17 Moisturizers That Won’t Clog Your Pores
- The Winter Skin-Care Swaps That Allure Editors Always Make
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