Winter does weird things to your skin.
And during the chillier months, one of the first body bits to get neglected are the elbows and knees.
Dry air caused by central heating and cosy nights in front of a roaring fire can strip the skin of its natural moisture, leading to dryness and flakiness. Hot showers, tight clothing, and skipping moisturiser on your bod’ are other culprits that can leave your elbows and knees feeling a bit knobbly.
If you’re noticing little patches of dry skin where they shouldn’t be, there’s a new remedy this winter, and TBH, every bathroom should have a tub of this stuff.
Aveeno Smoothing Cream is part of the brand’s new Skin Renewal range, created to address skincare concerns of rough and bumpy skin, loss of firmness, and uneven skin tone.
The range is formulated with naturally derived polyhydroxy acid (PHA), which has been specifically selected for its gentle properties; nourishing oat to help maintain the skin’s natural microbiome balance.
It’s suitable for people with sensitive skin and can also be used by people who are prone to keratosis pilaris, a harmless skin condition that causes dry, rough patches and tiny bumps.
The Smoothing Cream, which gently exfoliates while moisturising, is a stand-out star.
It makes some big promises (including noticeable results after just one night’s use) but you know what? It does exactly what it says on the tin.
While many moisturisers simply mask the problem and make dry skin feel a little more comfortable in the short term, this formula gets to work immediately.
After slathering it on my dry elbows en route to bed, my skin was almost back to normal the following morning. After three nights use, my dry skin had disappeared completely and miraculously, it hasn’t returned.
When it does, Aveeno Smoothing Cream will be my first port of call.
It comes in a sizeable container too, so at €16.99 (you’ll find it at Tesco, SuperValu, Dunnes, and Boots) it’s a bargain buy for anyone who struggles with dry or bumpy skin.