Get rid of dryness before baring skin

STYLE FILE

March 12, 2000|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Sun Staff

Now that it's getting warmer, one's first inclination is to take off those sweaters, those hose, those boots and bare a little skin.

Don't do it.

After months of dry, indoor air, skin can grow dry and scaly.

Fight back against dry skin with a six-pack of readily available, tried- and-true, not-too-expensive skin-care products to help you get ready for spring.

L'Oreal Ombrelle Sunless Spray

Price: $8.99 for 4 ounces.

Active ingredients: Vitamin E, Parsol 1789

Available at drugstores next month

So maybe that vacation to Bali just wasn't in the cards this year. Get a summer glow, without leaving home or risking skin cancer, with this lightweight, non-greasy self-tanning spray that protects skin from UVA and UVB rays in addition to moisturizing.

Eucerin

Price: $4.99 for a 2-ounce tube

Active ingredients: Mineral oil, petrolatum

Available at drugstores

If you think shiny, over-moisturized skin is worse than having the skin of an alligator, Eucerin is the moisturizer for you. This thick, fragrance-free moisturizing lotion won't clog pores or leave skin feeling greasy. And the tube applicator couldn't be more convenient.

Vaseline Intensive Care Young Hands

Price: $3.16 for 2.5 ounce tube

Active ingredients: Alpha-hydroxy acids, glycerin

Available at drugstores

Fight back against chapped, dry hands with a product whose name evokes youth. Will this stuff make your hands look younger? Maybe. Will it make them softer?

Yes.

Blistex Medicated Lip Ointment

Price: $2.79 for .21 ounce tube

Active ingredients: Mineral oil, camphor

Available at drugstores

Blistex glides on chapped lips easily and leaves them feeling smooth and cool, not waxy the way other lip balms do. It also relieves some of the pain associated with cold sores, which often occur when the temperature changes.

Stila Melon Shine Lip Gloss

Price: $17 for .26 ounce tube

Active ingredients: Castor oil

Available at Nordstrom

OK, so maybe lip gloss isn't exactly a heavy hitter when it comes to treating dry skin, but anything that moisturizes is better than nothing at all. Wear this appealing, slightly gloppy, sheer coral gloss alone or over lipstick to look smooth and mod at the same time.

Body Shop Peppermint Foot Lotion

Price: $6.50 for 4.2 ounce bottle

Active ingredients: Peppermint oil

Available at the Body Shop

Smooth some Peppermint Foot Lotion over your tired dogs at the end of a long day and they'll stop barking. This thick, pale- pink lotion leaves feet feeling cool and refreshed, sort of like how your mouth feels after a double scoop of peppermint-stick ice cream.

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