Published Mar 27, 2004
What do you suggest as a good moisturizer? Is glycerin a good moisturer or does it just dry out the skin in the end?
sharann, BSN, RN
For work or home Vicky? Makes a difference in my response.
Cocoa Butter is the best! It reduces scars, blemishes, stretch marks (pregnant woman love it!), etc. Plus it leaves your skin baby soft. I like the smell too (they sell scentless too). My dogs love the chocolate scent and so does my boyfriend, LOL. :)
Glycerine is extremely drying. Look at the mouths of patients that have been using the old stand-by: lemon-glycerine swabs.
Look for something either with cocoa butter or even shea butter. Some of the newer ones are olive oil based.
i like cetaphil for reaallly dry skin and Avalon organic botanicals (lavender) for everyday, man does it smell good!
Any cream for the hands that contains dimethicone or lanolin or coco butter are very nice for real dry skin, however the hospitals don't allow these with glove use. Therefore the lotion they give us to use are water soluble and work as well as rubbing water on your hands. For home use though the above ingredients are good. I use "bag Balm" in a green tin($3.95 at wallmart) for very chapped areas like elbows, feet, lips or my hands when dry out.
Eucerin cream is my favorite!
unknown99, BSN, RN
Nivea lotion or cream works well for me.
what area of the body we talking about here?
A dermatologist I worked with, thought that any "cream" rather than lotion, was better for dry skin. Nivea Cream in the blue jar is very thick, (kinda like Crisco) but it does a nice job in wintery weather, and I agree that Eucerine Cream in the jar is wonderful too (but a lot like Crisco)....and is it my imagination, or have a lot of the lotions that used to seem thick, seem to be more diluted now?
I have noticed some lotions have become very thin. Nivea cream is very good, but it does have a very strong smell.
If she is looking for a lotion for work, scent needs to be taken into account as a lot of patients (and co workers ) are sensitive to perfumes.
There is a water resistant type I cant think of the name right now but it lasts a couple handwashings. My hands got so dry from the gove powder and frequent washing they would crack. I believe it had simethicone in it. I it comes to me I'll edit the post with the name.
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