February 07, 2020 at 12:00AM by CWC
You know how sometimes, no matter how much water you drink, you can never seem to quench your thirst? The same can happen with your skin—especially in this freezing, dry time of the year. All of your usually dependable body lotions and oils can kinda, sorta alleviate some dryness… but nothing has worked for me like Olay Rinse-Off Body Conditioner ($6).
The new product is a rich, moisturizing conditioner that you apply to your body in the shower and rinse after washing, just like you would with a hair conditioner. But even though you’re rinsing it right off, that hydration isn’t going anywhere—the formula’s packed with the most skin-moisturizing, healing ingredients you can get, including petrolatum (a dermatologist-fave), niacinamide, and shea butter. Much to my utter shock, when I stepped out of the shower post-conditioning, my skin felt silky-smooth and somehow softer than it feels after my go-to body lotion.
“In-shower conditioners are really good, especially since you use them in the shower when you’re already wet, which helps your skin absorb that moisture better,” says Shirley Chi, MD, a Los Angeles-based board-certified dermatologist. “I’d say for most people, this would be a really great option for the winter. Shea butter and petrolatum are great moisturizers, and niacinamide is great for anti-aging, which will benefit your entire body.” Another key part of the product’s formula? Dimethicone, which is a type of silicone that acts as a barrier to keep your skin hydrated, says Dr. Chi. “This is what gives your skin that silky finish.”
After using it several times now, I’m still amazed at how smooth and baby-soft my legs feel against each other, and I can’t stop caressing my hydrated arms (I can’t help myself). If nothing else is working for your dry, winter skin, this stuff—which, I repeat, costs $6 at your local drugstore—is your solution.
Watch the video below to hear more dry skin-busting tips from a dermatologist: