If you're never quite sure whether the ads for popular beauty products can be believed, relax. Our 4you Beauty Board is made up of veteran testers ready to try the latest when it comes to all things beauty. We'll share what worked and what bombed with the hope of making life a little easier for you.
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Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer
Available at most large retail stores, including Walgreens, CVS, Publix and Walmart, Target; around $4 for 10 fluid ounces
"This nourishing formula will take even your roughest spots - heels, elbows and knees - from a state of extreme dryness to a state of lasting softness."
Cloe says: I know a body lotion works well when it makes its way to my husband's side of the bathroom vanity. See, hubby likes body lotion, too. (And he has touchably smooth skin to prove it.) We both look for the same thing: We want a lotion that moisturizes, but doesn't leave skin feeling slick and slippery. This one soaks in in a jiffy. It kept ashy skin at bay for hours and quenched those pesky dry skin patches that pop up a few hours after I moisturize. It contains vitamins C, E and B5 - ingredients known for their healing properties. And the clean scent doesn't clash with my perfume or my husband's cologne. This trusty standby will live in the middle of our bathroom vanity.
Cloe Cabrera, 43, covers fashion and beauty for the Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8.
Melvita Moisturizing Body Milk
Available at usa.melvita.com, SkinStore.com and Amazon.com ; 6.76 ounces for $28
"This fresh, creamy body milk provides in-depth nourishment for the driest, most dehydrated skins and forms a protective film"
Michelle says: They didn't call me "Lizard" for nothing when I lived in Arizona. Though Florida's humidity has put some life back into my leathery skin, I rely on a daily routine of moisturizing to ward off those unsightly crevices and scaly patches that come from too much sun. My pores soak up this yummy body milk, developed by one of France's best-known organic cosmetic companies. Some of the ingredients are a little funky-sounding - like "baobab" and "kigelia" - but I do recognize several others: macadamia, coconut, shea, cocoa and avocado butters mixed with the repairing properties of stevia and pumpkin sterois. Oh, those French women sure know how to pamper themselves! This moisturizer smells delish, isn't greasy and leaves my parched skin feeling soft, supple and sexy. It may be pricey, but a little goes a long way. And the experience is a lot cheaper than a ticket to Paris. Ooo-la-la.
Michelle Bearden, 55, covers faith and values for The Tampa Tribune, WFLA-TV and TBO.com
Vaseline Intensive Rescue Clinical Therapy Body Lotion
Available at most drugstores, grocery stores, Target and Walmart; $5.79 for 24.5 ounces
"An advanced formula specifically designed to provide prescription strength moisturization to help heal dry skin."
Wendy says: This is the perfect body lotion for the cooler, drier months. The unscented moisturizer does its job without being greasy or sticky. And my skin stayed soft for hours. I like to use it before bed, particularly on my feet, which always seem to need a little softening. The maker promises "instant relief, long-lasting protection, and sustained recovery" for extremely dry skin. I haven't had occasion to use it on chapped skin, but I plan to toss it in my bag when I travel this winter. The dry heat in hotels, combined with the cold, dry outside air, wreaks havoc on my skin. This could be just the remedy.
Wendy M. Whitt, 44, is the Tribune's audience editor.
Eco Tools Replenish Your Resources Body Butter
Available at Walmart, www.drugstore.com and www.ulta.com; $5.99 for 6 ounces
"Extra moisturizing to soften the driest skin, leaving skin supple and well-protected."
Shantae says: With the cold months approaching, it's time to pull out the body butters to help combat dry, scaly skin. EcoTools Body Butter does a thorough job of moisturizing parched skin and keeps it soft all day long. It's a creamy butter that's 98 percent natural, enriched with mango butter and free of parabens. The mango butter also helps to protect the skin against sun damage, wrinkles and stretch marks. The fragrance has a faint hint of mango, shea butter and coconut. This butter is smooth, not greasy, and it penetrates quickly for long-lasting moisturizing. If you're looking for a rich, emollient body butter to combat that dragon-scale skin, EcoTools has got your back - and your ashy elbows and knees!
Shantae Brewster, 36, is the Tribune's Readers Desk supervisor.