Show itty-bitty spots some love
Chapped lips? Swipe on a waxy balm. It sounds straightforward, but try not to smear it all over your mouth. “The area where lips meet the skin, called the vermilion border, has lots of tiny hairs, and it’s very pimple-prone,” says S. Manjula Jegasothy, MD, a dermatologist in Miami.
For your hands, it’s all about a two-pronged approach. For day, use a cream with the usual hydrating suspects: hyaluronic acid and ceramides. At night, layer an occlusive ointment with petrolatum or mineral oil on top. “Occlusives tend to be greasy but are the best way to boost absorption, since moisture can’t escape the skin,” explains Neal Schultz, MD, a dermatologist in New York City.
Finally, your feet may be hibernating in boots, but they still need TLC. Deep-treat with a cream that has exfoliating glycolic acid, like Glytone Ultra Softening Heel and Elbow Cream ($54; amazon.com). The ingredient helps dissolve calluses and moisturize dry patches, says Howard Sobel, MD, a dermatologist in New York City.