Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Tip Off: In-shower Moisturizing

 Brrrr! Here in Canada it's getting cooler. No more denying that winter is still months away!

The days are shorter, the wind is chillier and our skin is drier, itchier and more painful. It's all about acclimatizing and in a few months we'll forget how we're suffering now, but in the meantime, here's a tip to at least help your skin transition.

If you're like me, your skin gets itchy, dry, rough and tight. I don't have time to put moisturizer on every morning and I often forget. Last year, Oil of Olay came out with a shower moisturizer which did the trick. You wash as usual and then you slather this stuff on and rinse it off. It leaves your skin smooth and soothed and saves you that extra step of massaging in a body lotion after you've dried off.

Did you know that applying moisturizer after a shower when your skin is still warm and wet (and pores are open) allows it to absorb more deeply and thoroughly? But why spend money on a shower moisturizer when you can just use any lotion in the shower? Same idea and same effect!

I have lots of half-used moisturizers that were either gifts or samples or don't work so well, or for whatever other reason. I've been lining them up in the shower and after I use my bar soap or shower gel, I step out of the spray and slather on body lotion. It blends with the water and forms what feels like a very creamy shower gel but instead of washing your skin, it's moisturizing it. Then step back under the spray and rinse off the excess. Towel off as usual, but you will notice the difference immediately. Obviously, the richer the lotion, the more moisturized your skin but experiment and see what works best for you.

Try it, you'll be amazed how well it works and let us know how this tip works for you!



  1. Thanks for the tip. I always have skin issues like that, especially in the winter when I'm not slathering with sunblock. There are so many advertised miracles that I rarely try without some referral. Oil of Olay has been a part of my facial regime, so glad it can help the bod, too. Will be out buying some tomorrow.

  2. Hi Laney! Thanks for the comment. It can be any regular body moisturizer, so there's no need to buy the special Oil of Olay in-shower moisturizer. That stuff works well too, but you can save your pennies if you have a regular body lotion by just trying it while your skin is wet before you get out of the shower. It doesn't seem like it should work, but it actually works better than applying it when your skin is dry!