There’s something about winter’s dry, cold, unforgiving air that sends my skin down a dark spiral — particularly my hands. I don’t embarrass easy, but they become these itchy, patchy, irritated appendages that make stuffing them in deep pockets a necessity.The situation came to a head when it was time to get my nails done and I felt like I was going to have to explain to the technician what exactly was going on and that no, it was not contagious.I decided then that it was time to take action. My go-to is always Aveeno’s Hydrocortisone ($5, Walmart), which clears up my eczema almost instantly, but this situation needed another level of attention.A quick browse down the aisles of Target led me to my next plan of action, Aveeno’s Cracked Skin Relief Moisturizing CICA Balm with Oat ($13, Walmart).Cracked skin relief? Exactly what I need. Oat? Oat is always a good move, no? I was convinced.What I wasn’t expecting was for it to actually work. I mean, you always hope that a product will deliver on its promise but the truth is, the results are always up in the air.I guess the universe knew that I actually needed relief because the balm went on smoothly and in no time, my hands were revived to their full splendor. After 3 days of excessive use, I was back in action. Shaking hands, showing off my nails, telling detailed stories complete with expressive hand motions — the works.
If you’re struggling with dry skin and looking for a way out of the void, give this balm a try!
Dominique Hobdy is a fashion & beauty writer living between Washington, D.C. and Brooklyn, NY. She spends her time hunched over a computer feverishly typing while simultaneously swiping strange objects out of her 1 ½ year old’s mouth before he can ingest them. You can follow her shenanigans on Instagram @d_hobdy.