My skin has always been dry and extremely sensitive – prone to reacting to fragrances and essential oils in many beauty products. Throw eczema into the mix and cold New England winters and you get weeks of dry, itchy, flaky patchiness.
I’ve learned to take preventive measures now, which greatly decrease the amount of discomfort I get from my dry skin. For example, the moment that late fall rolls around, I take out my humidifier to keep in my bedroom. It can get really dry with the heating on, so making sure that you are keeping moisture in the air will help your skin retain some of its moisture as well.
I do recommend that if you suffer from eczema, you should make an appointment to see a dermatologist. They can prescribe you more specific creams targeting your eczema. Many of these creams, in fact, were recommended to me by my dermatologist. Read on to hear about my top 9 moisturizers for dry, sensitive skin.
I’ve linked these products to their amazon page and listed the price at the time of this posting for your convenience. But you may be able to find these products at your local pharmacy or at CVS for cheaper.
Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment Skin Protectant 14 oz for $9.52
I would highly recommend this over Vaseline. As my dermatologist explained it to me, this is like Vaseline but with water added into it, whereas Vaseline is just petroleum jelly (which can protect, but won’t add ay moisture to dry skin). I find this much more effective than Vaseline. I use it as a lip balm since there are no fragrances, colors, etc, added. I will also apply this to particularly dry patches.
Aveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream 7.3 fl oz for $10.06
Aveeno is a pretty popular brand that I’m sure you’ve heard of. They do a good job of creating various creams for sensitive skin. This one is great for eczema, but also in general for those with sensitive skin.
Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream 7.3 fl oz for $9.49
This one is like the previous lotion mentioned, but even gentler on the skin since it is for babies. In fact, if you do suffer from extremely sensitive skin, keeping an eye out for creams that are safe for babies is a good way to find creams/lotions that are suitable for your skin.
Johnson’s Baby Shampoo 20 oz for $4.67
I know this isn’t a cream, but it’s useful enough that I wanted to include it on here. Showers already dry out your skin – particularly hot ones. My dermatologist had recommended lukewarm showers for the winter – which I find really hard to do. But one thing I can do is use gentler soaps that don’t strip my skin of its moisture and oils. This one does the trick, and never irritates my eyes.
Theraplex Clear Lotion 8 oz for $18.59
This is a dry oil that is great for after showers, which is when your body loses a lot of moisture through evaporation. It gets absorbed without any residue, which I love. Doesn’t have any of the stickiness that most “oils” have. My dermatologist recently suggested I try this one out, and I’ve loved it so far.
CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion 12 oz for $10.59
CeraVe is another brand that was recommended to me by my dermatologist. Fragrance-free, their lotions never irritate my skin. Really solid option for dry skin in the winter.
CeraVe Moisturizers, Moisturizing Cream 16 oz for $12.35
This is just a more intense version of the aforementioned lotion.
Eucerin Original Healing Rich Creme 16 oz (Pack of 2) for $18.39
This is a particularly rich cream, even more so than the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. It may not be for everyone, as it may be too “heavy” for certain people. I will use this on especially bad days.
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream 16 oz for $10.66
This is a lightweight, everyday moisturizing cream. Another excellent choice for sensitive skin.
I’ve also heard good things about coconut oil. But, as I’ve said before, most oils feel too sticky for me, so I’ve been wary about trying it. Let me know if you have though. Also, I’d love to hear any other moisturizers or creams that have worked for you in the comments below!