I have always had a slight problem with dry skin, but it didn’t really become an issue until I hit my 30’s. Although our bodies do go through changes as we get older, I think it also has to do more with environmental changes. So for the past 10 to 15 years, I have been trying to figure out what to do to treat my dry skin.I have slight rosacea, skin that drys quickly and, at time flares up.
After spending, who know how much on different lotions, specialized soaps, creams, skin conditioners,etc. I came across two lotions that seem to work the best. I’m going to give you a quick review of both, describe the best situation for them and why I recommend them. These are in no particular order.
Vermont’s Originally Bag Balm
I have heard of and used similar product but this particular brand is completely different from it’s competitors. For example, there is a product called “Utter Butter“, that markets its self in nearly the same manor, but it’s totally different. Bag Balm is, in appearance and feel nearly the same as Vaseline or petroleum jelly.
A yellow paste that is very greasy, but Bag Balm has a very distinct oder that, to some may not be to appealing. It also leave the skin very greasy and takes along time to completely absorb into the skin. It is also very hydrating, makes your skin very soft and great for the winter.
- Pros: Super effective moisturizer, one jar lasts a long time, great for the harsh winter weather, price
- Cons: Greasy, oder, doesn’t absorb into the skin well, possibly irritate
- Price: 8oz tin usually less then $15
Exederm Intensive Moisturizer
If you have children with sensitive skin you may have heard of this product. Exederm is the king of hypoallergenic skin care. They have a great line of products designed for babies with eczema and sensitive skin. During the warmer months, Bag Balm can be to greasy, coating my skin and even making me sweat. It can be a greasy mess, that will not workout during the summer. I had to find a lotion that was lighter, absorbs fast and still did a decent job hydrating my skin.
I had a container of this laying around and decided to try it out. I was very impressed by how cleanly it applies and how fast it sinks into your skin. Exederm is a very simple lotion, with very few ingredients and will not trigger rosacea flare ups. Because it’s so light and simple, don’t expect from it as weather protection. Use after the shower to lock in moisture.
- Pros: Clean, light, doesn’t coat, not greasy, effective for summer
- Cons: Expensive, not healing, not protective in dry weather, more is needed
- Price: 8oz tube can costs $25 – $35
Which is Best for Your Skin?
There are so many skin moisturizers available it can be hard to pick the right one. In my situation, having rosacea and dry skin, these work the best. If I had to choose one over the other, it would have to be Bag Balm. Here in New York, the winters can be very harsh.
The Cold dry air is know to blister the skin if spend a lot of time outdoors. For this, Bag Balm is excellent, its thick texture creates a barrier that protects your skin. But, in the summer it can be too much.