I've had a stubborn dry patch of skin on one of my legs for a couple of years ago, using hydrocortisone creams/steroid creams made the problem significantly worse very quickly so since then I've resisted my doctor every time he's offered to prescribe them and have upped my general moisturisation routine which although not solving the problem is helping massively.
Conversely the more expensive brands of intensive moisturiser don't seem to suit this area and cheaper (less fragranced) creams and lotions are the order of the day - which is how I originally came across Cuticura's Dry Skin Moisture Lotion, finding a 150ml tube in the 99p Store. It doesn't come much cheaper than that really and I remember hoping it was going to work so I could switch from my dull (and much more expensive) E45.
It worked brilliantly and since that day, almost two years ago, I've always had a tube of this stuff in the house as it's fantastic for my 'nasty patch' and has also come in useful for various other skin issues that have arisen in the family.
The lotion has a lovely creamy scent, feminine and 'nice' but decidedly low fragrance. It doesn't smell luxurious or special but that's one of the attractions for me personally, and an attraction for most people who suffer with dry or problematic skin I'd have thought.
It absorbs quickly, I find I need to use quite a bit on the very dry patch as once the lotion has absorbed I always feel there's still room for more moisturisation so I apply more - other less irritating areas of my body are given a more normal size application and that provides enough moisture to keep my skin soft and nourished.
The lotion is completely non-greasy, something I was a little surprised about the first time I used it as it spreads so easily and smoothly across my skin that I assumed I'd be left with some level of greasiness. I can dress a few minutes after application, I leave those minutes as I do feel there's a slight residue left on my skin immediately after applying it but that soon fixes itself and then there's no sticky feeling (or any feeling really other than well moisturised skin).
I've never found it for 99p again but usually only pay £1.49 which I still think is a complete bargain that works so well for me.
I have been trying out a very good general purpose body moisturiser recently called Cuticura Dry Skin Moisturiser This is a really good budget body lotion which costs only £1.49 in Wilkinson's for a fairly large 150ml squeezable tube. The tube stands on its head so that the contents all run to the bottom and it also means that I don't waste any. The product has a large, easy to remove twist off lid.
This is a smashing cream for just slathering onto the whole of the body after a bath or shower. It's also great to use as a base for under fake tan as it prevents streaks fro occurring.
The lotion itself is slight and non sticky and it's absorbed really well into my skin. It's perhaps slightly runnier than I had anticipated as I was expecting something a little richer and thicker, but it's actually very good, and due to its light consistency, it dries quickly and so it means I can get dressed pretty soon after application.
The lotion has practically no smell, or at least none that I am able to easily detect, it's light in colour and it makes my skin feel very hydrated and wonderfully smooth for a long time after application. I also use it as a hand cream and have another tube by the side f my bed which I use most night just before I go to sleep and I use this all over my hands and also massage into my cuticles.
With a lot of body creams, it's not always a good idea to use as a hand cream as they tend to be rather greasy, however this cream isn't greasy at all, in fact I can easily drink a glass of wine about ten minutes after massaging into my hands without observing any smears on the wine glass - I've tried it!
Overall, it's cheap but a really excellent, high quality product that works well as both a general body lotion or a hand cream.
I really recommend it.
I get through a ridiculous amount of moisturiser as I have very dry skin. My hands suffer the most as I am constantly washing them throughout the day.
I use a variety of hand moisturisers for a variety of needs. At night I use a very thick, rich cream but in the daytime I need something lighter that absorbs easily and doesn't leave my hands feelling slippery.
A few months ago I discovered Cuticura Dry Skin Moisture Lotion in Savers. Most hand creams I buy come in 100ml containers, but this product came in a 150ml tube for just £1.50. As it contained glycerin, an ingredient I've found to be essential in any effective cream, I decided to give it a try.
Cuticura Dry Skin Moisture Lotion comes in a squeezable tube with a large screw-lid set into its base. As the product is stored upside-down it is easy to obtain the product with minimal effort.
The plastic is thick for a moisturiser tube which makes it robust and far less likely to crack and split than many other products. I do find, however, that once the tube is nearly empty it can be quite tricky to get the last few drops of cream out because the base is so wide.
Cuticura Dry Skin Moisture Lotion is designed as a body cream, but I found that it was too light to effectively moisturise large areas of skin. However, when I tried it on my hands I found it worked very well as it is absorbed quickly and leaves my hands feeling soft but not slippery.
This product is a white, quite runny cream with virtually no smell, meaning it doesn't clash with the other lotions and potions that I use. I apply it generously to my hands, and once absorbed I often apply a second coat which leaves a protective barrier on my skin.
When I wash my hands the product reacts with the water to make them feel slimy so I have to wash all residue of the cream from my skin, dry thoroughly and re-apply. This isn't always convenient but I've learned that it is worth following the regime to keep my hands in good condition.
This is a budget body lotion which is adequate for my needs as a daytime hand cream. The large tube size makes it a good choice for me as I need a lot of moisturiser for my hands. I would recommend it for those who have dry hands, or small, dry patches of skin that need regular treatment, but I would not use it for its stated purpose as a body cream.