Multitaskers that blitz dry hands, rough cuticles and sandpaper skin? Beauty editor Cassie Powney got slathering.
Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel
A slippy, film-forming gel that some will love and some will hate. I wouldn’t use it on my face for fear of breakouts but, teamed with hydrating heroes shea butter and urea, it sees off dry patches on the body pretty sharpish.
Bloom And Blossom Wonder Balm
Creamy and lavender- oil-laced, this smoothed my rough patches and made me want to take a nap. It tastes a little too perfumed for the lips, and smells too snooze-inducing for work (or do I just have a very suggestible olfactory system?). For me, this is for bedtime only.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Intensive Re-Nourish Manuka Honey Miracle Salve
This is closer to a cream texture than a balm, so it leaves less tackiness on the skin. It’s packed with Shea butter, beeswax and Manuka honey (as good at repairing parched skin as it is on toast), and even left my elbows super-smooth.
Aveeno Dermexa Fast & Long-Lasting Balm
Bathing in colloidal oatmeal (finely milled oat kernels) has been an eczema fix for eons, so capturing that in a handbag-friendly balm just makes sense. The velvety formula makes it the most user-friendly of the bunch, and a bit addictive actually.
Deciem Abnomaly Petrowhat?
This little tube is waging war on petrolatum (petroleum jelly), which provides the skin with a moisture-trapping barrier, but not much else. This is squalane-based (plant-derived, with skin-identical amino acids). I wasn’t a fan of the greasy film it left behind, though. Shame.
From Dhs32(available in four flavours)