How to Moisturize Properly (and Save Money)

Should I use different moisturizers for different body parts?

Yes. You wouldn’t use shampoo to wash your hands, so don’t use the same moisturizer on your face that you use on your feet.

  • For dry, cracked feet, use a moisturizer that contains a mild acid, such as lactic acid which softens thick, scaly skin. My patients like AmLactin Cream.

What is the best way to moisturize?

  • Shower or bathe in comfortably warm, not hot water.
  • Use a mild cleanser such as Dove instead of soap. I can’t tell you how often patients’ dry skin is caused by some “natural” or “organic” soap. Unless these soaps are specifically designated as moisturizing, they are often too drying for your skin in the winter.
  • Pat dry with a towel, leaving your skin damp.
  • Apply cream to your damp skin, locking in moisture. Doing this everyday will significantly relieve your dry, itchy skin in just a week’s time.

What is the best way to moisturize during an economic recession?

OK. So maybe we aren’t in a recession just yet, but skin care products can be prohibitively expensive. If you are moisturizing properly, then you could easily use 5 ounces each week. That means you could use up one Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Cream every two weeks!

Simple petroleum jelly (Vaseline Ointment) — it might be old-school, but it works.

Use a thin coat right after the shower. You can blot excess with your towel. Some patients like to use it only at bedtime since it can mark your clothing.

7 thoughts on “How to Moisturize Properly (and Save Money)”

  1. What about dryness caused by topical creams? I’m in my 20s and using Retin-A for stubborn acne on my forehead and mouth area. If I use Retin-A less than three times a week, the acne returns with a vengeance. If I use the Retin-A at all (and I’m using as little as possible, in problem spots only), the entire lower half of my face turns into a scaly nightmare that I can’t exfoliate away and requires heavy-duty moisturization at least 3x daily. So I have lovely clear skin, but look like I wash with sandpaper. I hate winter.

    I suspect that at this point the moisturizer is probably contributing to the acne, but Retin-A is the only cream that’s consistently given me clear skin.

  2. Embrace the peeling.

    Scaling is an expected (and to some extent desired) effect of Retin-A; it’s a sign that the cream is working.

    Continue to use your Retin-A three times a week. In a couple of weeks, increase to every other day. Then after a month or so increase to every night. The scaling and peeling will improve over time.

    Also be sure your face is completely dry before applying the Retin-A. Use it on your whole face, it doesn’t work as a spot treatment.

  3. I do like the Aveeno a lot (which also has dimethicone), but it can start to add up especially in the winter and unfortunately isn’t quite enough for me. Eucerin cream is even more expensive, but reading the side, I found petroleum jelly was a major component.

    So I started mixing petroleum jelly with with my ultra healing lotion. A pharmacist had once recommended lanolin for me during a particularly bad flare up of excema in my hands while I was nursing (didn’t want to contaminate newborn’s food supply). It had worked really well, so I decided to add a couple of tablespoons of that to the mess.

    Overall it’s about half the cost of Aveeno and works better for me than Eucerin. My drama queen skin and I are getting through this winter so far without a single crack in my fingers.

  4. What if is your face is more oily – can you still use vaseline as a moisturizer? My skin is also very sensitive. I’ve been using Cetaphil for my moisturizer. I have been searching for an eye cream/gel for the puffiness, now that I am almost 40. What I’m getting from this website is Dove is a great moisturizing cleanser correct? What do you think about Ponds? I do get zits and my face seems to be a lot of blackheads. Perhaps a mask once a week for that?

  5. One of the best ways to moisturize is to opt for home made moisturizers made from natural ingredients. You do not only save on ingredients, but you also save your skin from constant exposure to synthetic products. Scourge books and articles for possible home made concoctions. Better yet, check out this link for the best natural ingredients for a home made moisturizer:

  6. Laurie Rose says:

    Hey there! This is awesome information for dry skin sufferers! I found another informative site that offers a ton of tips for dry skin too, it’s sponsored brought to you by AmLactin’s line of moisturizers….I tried their moisturizing lotion and love it!

  7. i use retin-a for my acne. my skin just has too much oil i think. i ordered it online in i have been using it for months and i do see some good results

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