If I added up all the money I've spent in my life trying to cure my dry skin, well, I could start my own skin care company. The sad thing is, I probably didn't have to: some of the best and more effective dry skin treatments are available at a drugstore near you, for $10 and less. (Sometimes, much less.)
Here are a few of my favorite super-cheap, super-effective dry skin cures. Learn from my mistakes, people. Skip the pricey stuff and go straight to these products.
Ask any older person with good skin the secret of their beauty, and they'll probably tell you it's Pond's. (An esthetician friend of mine said that she's made a bet with herself that every gorgeous-skinned client of a certain age will be a Pond's devotee. She's never lost yet.) I use Pond's as a makeup remover, a night cream, and even a moisturizing face mask. It's a classic skin care product worthy of the name.
Price: Under $5
, a.k.a. those gross, red bumps that some of us are fortunate enough to have on our arms, legs, and sometimes faces, is a notoriously tricky condition to treat. The secret is exfoliation and moisturizing, two things this bargain drugstore product offers. Lac-Hydrin Five is one of my go-to skin treatments all year round. In the winter, it helps with my dry skin; in the summer, it allows me to wear those cute summer dresses without worrying about red, bumpy arms.
And speaking of KP, if you've never used coconut oil as a moisturizer, and you suffer from keratosis pilaris, run, don't walk to your nearest grocery store and pick up a container of this stuff. It's great for both chicken skin and garden variety dry skin. Also, it makes you smell like a plate of macaroons and it lasts forever. Well worth the trouble of rinsing off in the shower after application or allowing the product to absorb before dressing. Just make sure you wipe out the tub after, or the next person who bathes after you will get a slippery surprise.
Price: $8 or under
Dry skin is bad enough. Dry skin + stretch marks = one very unhappy person. Short of laser treatments, there's little you can do to make those little lightning bolts go away. Most of us will settle for just making the stretch marks we have less apparent, and preventing the formation of new ones. That's where Palmer's Cocoa Butter for Stretch Marks really excels. The appearance of my stretch marks faded after a few applications. Plus, my skin felt so much better -- no more tight, itchy feeling. My pregnant friends tell me it's a life-saver when you're expecting, but it's great anytime for treating dry, tight-feeling skin. Plus, cocoa butter is one of the best-smelling things in the world.
Price: $5 - 10
Don't be fooled by the size of this product's packaging. Although it comes in a relatively tiny tube, it's so dense and rich, it lasts me several weeks, even in the dead of winter. I like it better than many much more expensive products. Used regularly, it completely transforms my red, chapped winter hands. Price:
$5 and under.
An oldie, but a goodie, Vaseline has more uses than I could possibly list in such a limited space. I like it best as a lip moisturizer, and also use it on my elbows, knees, and feet. You might like it as a hair defrizzer
, eye makeup remover
, or even a base for your perfume
. The cheapest product on this list, it's also one of the best.
Price: $3 and under.