ANDMost dermatologists will tell you that washing your face in the shower with the same soap you use is a guaranteed recipe for dry skin. But thanks to the latest launch from La Roche-Posay, Lipikar Wash AP + Body and Face Wash ($ 15), you can now keep your skin clean and hydrated from tip to toe with just one product.
“In general, it is not recommended to use the same thing for face and body because they tend to have different surfactants and moisture content, and the skin on the face has more sebaceous glands than the skin on the body,” says Angela J. Lamb, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine on Mount Sinai. But unlike your regular drugstore body soap, which is most likely made with soaps that are too aggressive to lather on your face, this product is specially formulated with ingredients that work on every inch of your skin.
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“It is formulated with lipid replenishing ingredients such as glycerin and shea butter to help strengthen the skin’s water barrier and reduce dryness,” says Dr. Lamb. It also contains skin-soothing niacinimide and prebiotic thermal water containing antioxidants, as well as a patented natural extract that strengthens the skin’s barrier function. This blend of ingredients works wonders on very dry skin (it is even recognized by the National Eczema Association) and provides deep cleansing without losing natural moisture. It also helps protect your skin from hot water drying, making it the best choice for washing your face in the shower.
For maximum hydration throughout the day, apply a ceramide lotion such as Cetaphil Pro Dry Skin Eczema Soothing Body Moisturizer ($ 11) to help trap moisture and keep it out of dry winter air. Et voila: Your entire winter dry skin treatment will cost you less than fitness lessons. Better yet? Forget your shower, which is overflowing with dozens of skin and body care products – this is the only thing you need.
Here’s how to deal with dry skin:
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