I'm as bad as the next gal when it comes to addictively applying lip balm. But I've found something that has stopped the cycle: Eau Thermale Avène Cold Cream Lip Balm, $11, is so hydrating and comforting that there was just no need to reapply. It leaves your lips with a slightly white cast fine before bed or if you're home alone, and easily canceled out by any gloss or lipstick if you need to look purdy.
I know it's a weird place to get dry, but my armpits can get red and chafed in the wintertime. So instead of shaving with soap, like I typically do, I switched over to King of Shaves Woman Pamper & Moisturise Shaving Gel, $6. It has the consistency of hair conditioner it doesn't foam because it contains no moisture-stripping surfactants and it left my pits smooth, soft, and utterly un-itchy.
When I blow my naturally curly hair straight, it goes into shock: The blow-dryer sucks out so much moisture that my curls won't cooperate when I wash it again. I managed to avert the trauma period thanks to Kevin Murphy Born Again, $35, a moisturizing treatment packed with essential oils. A friend even described my curls as "springy." Springy in winter: a new standard.
I definitely need a moisturizer for my scaly arms and legs, but the itchiest spot on my body is my bottom. To save myself from a public butt-scratching incident, I tried Vaseline Intensive Rescue Clinical Therapy Lotion, $5.49. The lotion contains dimethicone, which is said to lock in water, so I apply it after drying off from the shower. And shh, don't tell my tush that it's winter: It doesn't seem to have noticed.
Hands and Feet
I was putting on slingbacks for a party when I saw my "biscuit feet": cracked, nasty heels. I reached for Nouriva Repair Moisturizing Cream, $18, which has every heavy-duty hydrator you can think of, particularly petrolatum. A pea-size drop made my feet look baby fresh. I rubbed the rest into my cuticles, then ran my hands over my hair to smooth some flyaways. Multipurpose moisture!