This is a sponsored post written for Neutrogena. I was compensated and provided complimentary products for this post. All opinions are my own.
Winter in Southern California is unlike winter anywhere else. I mean, it hardly qualifies as winter. I was reminded of this last week when I was in the South on a trip. Although how we handle winter (or are affected by the cold – being a cold weather lightweight is a legit affliction) is different from people in other parts of the country, we endure bad winter skin like everyone else. So while we may go overboard to protect our sensitive selves from colder climates, we are all looking for the best lotion for dry skin.Before I travel, especially in the winter, I constantly check weather reports for my destination. Too many times before I have packed based on previous trips or what I think an areas weather is like, only to be faced with low temperatures or inclement weather. For my recent road trip from Tennessee to Louisiana, I watched the weather reports like a hawk. Temperatures were scheduled to be in the 50s. To some of you, that might not make you bat an eye. But to a gal who is born and raised in Southern California, that’s daunting. I want to be fair and say that not all Southern Californians travel this way. But for me, making sure that I have packed the proper winter garments is the difference between a trip enjoyed and one where I am consistently miserable and in a constant state of near hypothermia (probably and exaggeration…). For me to be warm and enjoying myself when outdoors, there should be as little skin showing as possible. That means using a blanket scarf, gloves (not the knitted kind that lets frigid air right through) and a hat to ensure that I am bundled. No. I do not feel out-of-place when standing to someone who is from my destination and they are wearing short sleeves. Obviously they’ve become rugged and built up a cold tolerance by living in that location.
Winter travel does not include wearing my beloved flip-flops. Except on the most blustering days here in California, you will see someone wearing flip-flops on their feet. The only times I ever wear socks is when I travel out-of-town in colder months. Which is a real shame since I have amassed quite the collection of patterned socks.
Do my boys and I need big puffy coats for our California winter weather? Not really. But we have them just in case. I would say that there are a handful of days, out of the whole year, when there is an actual need for a heavy winter coat. But otherwise, we have them in case we head somewhere with actual “weather.” The boys did wear them, the other night, to walk around and look at Christmas lights. They complained they were a little sweaty…My big jacket came in handy in New Orleans when a cold front moved through and temperatures were in the low 50’s. Without that coat I wouldn’t have been able to leave the hotel. My body was not designed to withstand temperatures below 50 degrees. (And I will acknowledge the fact that I have been called a sissy for this).While our California weather may not get super cold, the air does get really dry. Couple that with the dry air caused by using the heater and my hands take a beating! Ever since I was a teen, my knuckles would crack and bleed in the winter. The skin would be itchy and super dry. My hands were bright red and I was kind of embarrassed about it. In my 20’s, I learned that I had to start using lotion, every night at bed time, if I wanted to keep the skin from cracking. I have been a Neutrogena® user for about 30 years now (boy, does that make me feel old). My grandmother always used the transparent Cleansing Bar and I do too. When you find a brand that you love, it makes sense to check out their other products as well. I remember first seeing the Norwegian Formula® Hand Cream, sometime in the 80’s and thinking it was so exotic. I mean, it was all the way from Norway, after all! I’ve found that the Neutrogena® Norwegian Hand® Cream provides relief to angry skin and keeps the moisture in to make my hands, softer and smoother, longer. It really is the best lotion for dry skin! The 2 ounce sized tube is perfect to taking with you on your winter travel excursions. The hand cream formula was developed for Arctic fisherman in Norway who needed to protect their hands from some of the coldest, harshest weather. So I know it will work for me at home and on my trips which usually involve eating delicious food at fun restaurants and shopping. Just a small amount of lotion will help fight dryness, chapping and cracking. And I love that it isn’t just for hands! I use just a touch on my dry lips, too. A product that can work for multiple things is perfect when traveling. And is perfect for using at home, too. If you are looking for the best lotion for dry skin this winter, check out Neutrogena® Norwegian Formula® Hand Cream.
And don’t worry. The rest of my winter travels only take me to other cities in Southern California. I may or may not take my puffy jacket with me. Just in case.
Neutrogena® Norwegian Formula® Hand Cream was created in 1972 and the long–lasting formula is clinically proven to heal dry hands and provide relief for up to 17 hours. And this lotion is seriously affordable! For about $5, you get just about 200 applications from this 2 ounce tube!
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