Like many in winter time, I battle dry skin. It gets so bad at times that I find myself waking up during the middle of the night itching until my skin is raw, red, and painful. And my face gets just as bad. Flakes around my T-zone, chin, and cheeks are commonplace for me during cooler months. (Imagine putting makeup on that!) And don’t even get me started on my hands. My knuckles are so raw and red, I might as well be be Rocky. Although lotion might seem the obvious solution to this problem, my go-to secret weapon is not the what you expect. For ultimate dry skin protection, I reach for balms. Forget sticky, creamy lotions—literally, my pet peeve—I prefer the comfort of the protective barrier of a balm. You might be familiar with classic petrolatum (found in Vaseline and Aquaphor), but there are many other balm options out there that are nutrient-rich, soothing, and a little less jelly-like in case that’s not your thing. If you’re ready to become a balm convert, read on for the best skin balms out there!
100 Percent Pure Intensive Nourish Moisture Balm ($25, 100percentpure.com)
This all-natural balm contains avocado, shea, and almond butter, which make this a super-rich, almost butter-like balm. Apply to face and hands for an instantly nourishing touch that only improves over time. It’s scentless and has a matte finishing—making it ideal for applying pre-makeup.
Glossier Coconut Balm Dotcom ($12, glossier.com)
When cult-fave Balm Dotcom got a beachy makeover, we knew we would be hooked. This universal salve is just as great for rough hands and peeling cuticles as it is for dry elbows or eczema. Plus, this coconut scent is enough to make you feel like you’re on vacay—even if it’s only imaginary!
La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 ($15, laroche-posay.us)
This do-it-all skin saver is a handbag essential. Between its matte finish, moisture-locking barrier, and fragrance-free formula, it’s not hard to see why this is a must for anyone suffering from sensitive or extremely dry skin. We’ve taken to applying this to any particularly dry patches on our arms, legs, and feet. Consider the problem solved!
Shiffa Healing Balm ($106, shiffa.com)
This balm might have a higher price tag, but it’s benefits are worth it. With ingredients like St. John’s Wort and Chamomile used for calming and treating skin problems like psoriasis, eczema, and small bites, this luxe balm makes spot treating skin woes unbelievable easy.
Vaseline Lip Therapy in Aloe ($4, drugstore.com)
If you prefer the traditional petroleum jelly of Vaseline, let’s say you can’t go wrong with this pocket-sized tin. Formulated with aloe, this update on the beauty staple helps heal uber irritated skin—think red, inflamed lips. We love swiping a hefty portion across lips before going to bed for an overnight treatment!
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