As a board-certified dermatologist with over 20 years of experience, Heather Woolery-Lloyd, MD knows the importance of keeping your skin hydrated. And because the skin on her body is always dry, she has first-hand knowledge to support this understanding. But she has a secret: she hate apply body lotion.
“When you have really dry skin and are busy like me and always running around, it’s hard to stop and apply moisturizer,” says Dr. Woolery-Lloyd, who lives in Miami. But instead of forgoing hydration, she leans on in-shower moisturizers. “Those in-shower body lotions and oils — I love them.” Right now, her go-to is the Dove Body Love Moisture Boost Pre-Cleanse Shower Butter ($10).
The Dove Moisture Boost Shower Butter is filled with hyaluronic acid and moringa oil to soften and hydrate your skin. It has a dewy, floral scent with notes of white sage, vanilla, and bamboo to make using it a ritual to look forward to. Dr. Woolery-Lloyd wets her skin, applies it all over her body, rinses, then uses soap only where necessary. Remember, dermatology says to only use soap on your armpits, groin, feet, and anywhere you’re visibly dirty. So even after she’s soaped up, the oils from the Dove pre-cleanse butter are still on her skin.
Moisturizing ingredients work best on wet skin, so using them in the shower will add even more moisture to your skin. “They’ve done studies, they did it on eczema, and they found that applying moisturizer when the skin was wet, so within a minute of a shower, increased hydration more than “those who applied to dry skin, says Dr. Woolery-Lloyd.
If you want to incorporate an in-shower moisturizer like Dove Moisture Boost Shower Butter into your routine, you’ll love the time it saves you and how it makes your skin feel. The only disadvantage? “They can make your bathtub slippery,” says Dr. Woolery-Lloyd. “So be careful when rinsing because it could leave an oily residue and that could be dangerous.”
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