An excellent gift I received this Christmas was a wide assortment of skin care products from Bath and Bodyworks. As I've gotten older, I guess my skin just isn't as good at taking care of itself anymore. I remember the good ol' days when all a guy needed was a bar of Irish Spring soap and a bottle of Prell shampoo.
Now, not so much. My skin is much more dry than before, and my days of going to the beach for a week without sunblock are now behind me.
The problem is, I hate most lotions. I hate the way most of them make me feel "sticky" and make my pants/scrubs stick to my legs.
I love this stuff:
True Blue Spa Lotion w/ Parafin: I've been using this on a weird spot on my hand where I have skin that has peeled off over the years due to the fact that I keep pulling calluses off. It's a weird anxiety thing that I've had since college, and during times when my mind is idle (like watching TV or just sitting with nothing to do), I'll pick at my hand. The key to handling this is to keep my skin soft and pliable, where no hard leather-like calluses can form. I've never found a lotion as effective as this one. I've only been using it for a week and my hands look like I've been on vacation for a month.
White Citrus Intense Moisture Body Butter. Intense moisturizing thick cream that absorbs very quickly.
White Citrus Body Scrub and Body Wash: Much better for my skin than my usual, Irish Spring. Yes, I've had to pull out that not-so-manly puff ball, oh well. A little bit goes a long way, and it smells very nice (but not overpowering).
White Citrus Lotion: Absorbs rapidly but moisturizes well. I like the fragrance, but it isn't overwhelming. The most important thing is that I use it regularly. With previous lotions, it made me feel so slick and greasy and made my clothes stick to my skin, which discouraged me from using them at all.
Over the past week, my skin has felt and looked much better. The only downside is that it has added several minutes to my daily routine, but it's totally worth it. The fragrance isn't so strong that it violates our hospital's policy against strong perfumes.
Plus, really, that weird OCD spot on my hand is almost totally healed.