Cold weather comforts

According to Eucerin, Atopic Dermatitis is now the second most diagnosed skin condition worldwide.

It causes the skin to become raw and cracked through extreme dryness. This makes using regular body products really difficult, as there are a lot of ingredients that can exacerbate the problem.

Atopic Dermatitis
Atopic Dermatitis

As you all know, I suffer with seriously dry skin in winter. Although I don’t have eczema or atopic skin, I do get quite itchy when I’m cold. My legs and arms look like shedding snakes unless I use an arsenal of products on them.


These are my current winter body favourites. Some are brand new finds, and others, old, tried and tested winners.


Eucerin Ato Control Bath & Shower Oil with 20% Omega, R139.99, was developed for Atopic skin. It will reduce inflammation and help prevent damaged to the skin’s natural barrier, as well as reduce itching. I use this in the shower every second or third day – depending on how dry my skin is.

Epimax Cream

Epi-Max Plus + Enhanced Moisturiser with 10% Urea, R42. The glycerine, paraffin and urea in this rich cream will make sure no moisture is leaving your skin.


Lush Honey Bee Bath Ballistic, R42.50 per 200g contains honey, aloe and rhassoul mud to soothe, condition and soften the skin. Honey also has great antiseptic properties, so is great for very irritated or raw skin.

Epimax Oil

Epi-Bathe by Epi-Max Moisturising Bath & Shower Oil, R35, contains evening primrose oil, vitamin E and lavender essential oil to hydrate and calm dry, irritated skin. The subtle lavender scent is great for a bath before bedtime!

optiphi Body

Optiphi Body Curve Body Lotion Restore Total Skin Hydration, R360, is a new find. It’s time-release hydration keeps your skin hydrated all day. Due to the price, I only use this once a week. Read the full write-up here.


Vaseline Intensive Care Dry Skin Repair, R22.99 is another new find. It’s incredibly hydrating and absorbs quickly. I use this cream every day after I shower. Read more about this range here.

Cetaphil Wash

Cetaphil RestoraDerm Skin Restoring Body Wash, R215, is a wonderful everyday body wash that is soap and fragrance free, making it suitable for adults and children.