For many of us, the colder weather signals festive treats, fluffy jumpers and amazing wrap blankets but unfortunately, the peak season for dry skin too. It’s important to keep skin well-moisturised in the colder months no matter what type of skin you have, but for those prone to conditions such as Eczema, Keratosis Pilaris and Psoriasis, failing to keep it under control as Winter approaches, can be disastrous. Cold air has much less moisture than warm air and pair that with harsh winds which strip out the natural lipids and central heating and it’s not hard to see why we suffer more when the temperatures drop.

There’s nothing worse than having to cut your Winter activities short in order to lather on creams and ointments. But even more importantly, as a generation who are more aware of the dangers associated with the steroid creams and ointments traditionally subscribed by Doctors for dry skin, finding an alternative can be hard.

So in order to find products that would soothe our skin, without thinning it or masking the symptoms, as traditional steroid creams do, we took to Twitter to ask which products you favour out of the many on the market. We then put those products to the test on our own skin and here’s what we found……


SBC Propolis Skincare Gel

Complaint: Dry skin and psoriasis of the scalp

I hadn’t heard of SBC (Simply Beautiful Collection) before, but a contact on Twitter recommended their SBC soothing skincare gel (enriched with Propolis) as a good treatment for Psoriasis or Eczema, particularly on the scalp area which can be a common, but difficult, condition to treat in adult sufferers. The Propolis gel is water-based and contains anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties (phew), which make it ideal for hydrating chapped skin which is slow to heal.

What’s good about it?

What’s so unique about the SBC skincare gel, is that it’s incredibly light but still feels effective when used on the skin. This means that you can apply it regularly to dry skin on the scalp and it won’t cling, or make your hair look greasy, like so many other products do. It’s paraben free and has a lovely honey smell, which is down to the enrichment of Propolis, an antimicorbial agent that is used by bees to seal and protect their hive. This is the magic ingredient which soothes and helps to treat your skin when it’s dry and sensitive.

Would we recommend it?

My recommendation would be to use this gel as a preventative, rather than a cure. It worked well to hydrate some of my dry patches, but wasn’t able to clear the eczema that had already deteriorated to a state that usually requires a hefty dose of steroid creams to fix. As it states on the bottle, it’s recommended for skin with minor complaints so I’d suggest grabbing one to keep skin hydrated all year round. It’s light enough to be applied more than once throughout the day (something that I loved, as it’s so much nicer than normal handcream) and I’ll be taking advantage of the gorgeous pump bottle, by keeping one on my desk and applying at the very first hint of a dry patch.

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Dove Pro-Age Nourishment All Over Body Serum

Complaint: Keratosis pilaris (small, hard bumps, usually on the upper arms)

Dove is a brand that most people have grown up with, but like myself not so long ago, you may not have all the information about what their different lines have to offer. As soon as I began to research Keratosis Pilaris, the bumpy skin condition that, according to the NHS, 1 in 3 of us suffer with on the backs of our arms or thighs, Dove’s Pro-Age serum came up time and time again.

What’s good about it?

Its unique quality is the AHA (and from experience, this is one of the cheapest ways you’ll find to buy a product containing it), which exfoliates skin cells by breaking down the substance in skin that holds skin cells together as well as the Vitamin B3 and natural lipids, which improve skin elasticity. It’s also much cheaper than many alternative products and you can usually get it from your local Boots.

Would we recommend it?

This lotion is thin and a little greasy, which didn’t make for the best moisturising experience, but if you can get past that, it is one of the most effective treatments for Keratosis Pilaris I’ve found. Within a few weeks of application following the shower (before bed only, as the texture was too greasy for using during the day), it reduced the majority of the skin bumps and redness.

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Dematique Recurperating Cream

Complaint: Eczema of the face and body

Dermatique is a brand with a lovely back story, which I was alerted to through a series of forums such as Netmums, when looking for a cure for Eczema and dry skin conditions. The recuperating cream is its ‘hero’ product, a thick, creamy moisturiser that can be used on the face and body. Its active ingredients are essential fatty acids, Vitamin complex and natural moisturising ingredients.

What’s good about it?

What I love about Dermatique’s recuperating cream is how thick and luxurious it is. Unlike the traditional harsh creams and greasy ointments Eczema sufferers are usually dealt, it feels like the type of high-end luxury moisturiser that those with sensitive skin can usually only dream of. Another bonus was that it’s Paraben free and contains no steroids, mineral oils, peanut oils, perfume or colourings.

Would we recommend it?

This cream worked quickly and a little went a long way – thick and luxurious is the key here. I used this straight from the shower on damp skin and found that it was enough to see me through until my next shower or bath. It was effective at treating most of the dry skin patches I had, bar a few of the more severe eczema, and it’s definitely one I’ll be continuing to use on a daily basis.

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Palmer’s Olive Butter Formula Body Lotion

Complaint: Everyday dry skin

Finding an everyday moisturiser that is quick and easy to build into your routine, but that helps to keep dry skin under control can be difficult. Palmer’s Olive Butter Formula was one of the products I came across when looking for a great everyday ‘drugstore’ moisturiser. A silky formula which contains extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and antioxidants which are rumoured to help contribute to healthier, younger-looking skin.

What’s good about it?

This lotion is as rich as the cocoa butter versions Palmer’s also sells, but without the rich scent which can often be overwhelming for everyday use. It sinks in quickly and you don’t need too much of it to get an all-over even coverage which is ideal for lathering on, even minutes before you’re about to head out. It’s also paraben free and contains organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, extracted from the first cold pressing of the olives.

Would we recommend it?

For an everyday moisturiser to keep dry skin in check and make you feel silky-smooth, it doesn’t get much better than this. It’s extremely cheap too, so you can afford to keep well stocked.

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It’s important to note that everyone’s skin is different and what works for one of our writer’s skin may not always work for one of our readers. But we hope that the above gives you some guidance to what alternatives there are out there if you do choose to avoid using steroid creams.

We’d also love to hear of any creams or solutions you’ve found that could help other readers with dry skin conditions so please do share them below in the comments section.

Beth Gladstone

Beth is a Writer and Digital Marketer who founded The Full Agenda as a place to talk about the things that kept her and her friends up at night. Currently working as a Marketing consultant to various SMEs she is a big fan of the startup market and loves technology, apps and anything social media related. When not obsessively checking Google Analytics, she can be found reading, writing or relaxing with a glass of Prosecco.

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  1. Lubka Christova / December 23, 2014 at 2:23 pm /Reply

    Thanks for the follow on Twitter, dear! I like finding fellow bloggers.

    I like your blog and many topics you cover. This article is so useful. I like the products and solutions to different winter problems.

    Shall we follow each other on Bloglovin as well? I would love to.

    Lu |

  2. Charlotte / December 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm /Reply

    Thank you for this. My eczema flares up bad in the winter, I think it’s all the long sleeves! Going to have to try the dermatique because I’m fed up with steroid cream!

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