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Because No One Likes An Itch

By Amalah

Hello Amalah-

I need your advice! Every year around this time, especially living in Minnesota, my skin gets very very dry. Not just dry, but to the point where I can SEE the dry, especially on my thighs? and my upper arms. I’ve been testing a plethora of lotions for daily use, but I haven’t come across anything I love, or even really like. Usually right after I put the stuff on I’m okay, but give it oh, an hour and little skin flakes come creeping back. I try to stay away from fragranced lotions because I feel they aren’t as moisturizing, but I could be wrong. And as for in the shower, I usually use Bath and Body Works stuff, but I’m definitely open to try new things if you have suggestions, because honestly? dry skin you can feel just isn’t sexy.

Thanks so much!

Ah, yes, the flakes of winter. I know them well.

About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch


Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

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Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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  • Imanitsud

    October 23, 2006 at 11:36 am

    I have the same winter problem, and I swear by Neutrogena’s “The Sensual Moisturizer.” It’s a light sesame oil, lightly scented. I put it on at the end of the shower…after I’ve turned off the water, but before I’ve dried off. Good luck.

  • lizneust

    October 23, 2006 at 1:35 pm

    I, too, am a big fan of the Neutrogena body oil. The fragrance is very light. However, if you’re getting the scaly patches, I would double-dose that with the Curel (the BEST). The other products I love are the Origins Salt line – the scrub, body wash and soap are not cheap, but they silky-up dry skin like nothing else. And if you are so dry the pantyhose is snagging on the thighs (oh, yeah, it happens) take remedial action: shower every other day, use cooler water and use a VERY gentle exfoliator (facial ones are good) on the worst of it. Good luck!

  • Ames

    October 23, 2006 at 4:47 pm

    I second Amalah on the humidifer. The more you run the heater the drier the air gets. Run it at night to add some moisture into the air. This always helps me during season changes.

  • Stephanie

    October 23, 2006 at 7:39 pm

    Curel is great. I used it for years, but I also had trouble finding the unscented. I have been using the Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. It is unscented, has dimethicone (this is the ingredient that helps seal in the moisture – for those who didn’t know) and oatmeal (which helps with the itching – I’m sure many of you remember being forced to take a bath in the oatmeal stuff when you had chicken pox). Good luck Ali!

  • Timi

    October 24, 2006 at 8:08 am

    I don’t have eczema, but I do have super dry skin. For my body I use Olay quench, the purple bottle. It isn’t very heavy but it does manage to keep my skin not scaly and it keeps the itchies away (I don’t know why, but my arms and legs have a habit of starting to itch awfully after showering, whether they seem dry or not). Another plus is that it smells good.
    For my hands, which tend to get to the point of cracking I use Ahava stuff as well. I used to use their basic hand cream, which worked well. Now I use the hand cream from their Dermud line (one of the good outcomes of their reformulation). This stuff is awesome. It looks like mud, but my hands haven’t even remotely approached their previous state of dryness in the two years I’ve used this stuff.

  • Meramoo

    October 24, 2006 at 12:49 pm

    I love L’Occitane’s Shea Butter cold cream soap – it’s the only thing that keeps my back from itching all winter long.
    For lotion, I get the CVS (drugstore) brand of Vitamin E cream. It’s very gentle. Vaseline’s Advanced Healing (white bottle) also works well and doesn’t wash off immediately. It’s been quite some time since my hands have cracked with this regimen.

  • VHMPrincess

    October 24, 2006 at 1:00 pm

    AVEDA! I’ve had a baby TWICE in December and get cracked bleeding hands from the handwashing to get rid of germs, the handwashing after diaper changes, handwashing before making a bottle, and then handwashing the bottles. The aveda hand lotion cured it – I don’t even have to use it all day, just right before bed at night. I love it and can’t live w/out it.

  • Carrie

    October 24, 2006 at 3:02 pm

    I’ve found that Dove body wash is the only soap I can use without getting dry, itchy, flaky skin. B&BW soaps dry my skin out like nobody’s business. I would suggest trying a new moisturising soap, in addition to the lotion suggestions!