BIO-OIL DRY SKIN GEL, FROM DHS23
A slippery, film-forming gel that some will love and some will hate. I wouldn’t use it on my face for fear of breakouts but, teamed with hydrating heroes Shea butter and urea, it sees off dry patches on the body pretty sharpish. L’ORÉAL PARIS AGE PERFECT INTENSIVE RENOURISH MANUKA HONEY MIRACLE SALVE, FROM DHS93
This is closer to a cream texture than a balm, so it leaves less tackiness on the skin. It’s packed with Shea butter, beeswax and Manuka honey (as good at repairing parched skin as it is on toast), and even left my elbows supersmooth. BLOOM AND BLOSSOM WONDER BALM, FROM DHS75 Creamy and lavenderoil-laced, this smoothed my rough patches and made me want to take a nap. It tastes a little too perfumed for the lips, and smells too snooze-inducing for work (or do I just have a very suggestible olfactory system?). For me, this is for bedtime only. AVEENO DERMEXA FAST & LONGLASTING BALM, FROM DHS47 Bathing in colloidal oatmeal (finely milled oat kernels) has been an eczema fix for eons, so capturing that in a handbagfriendly balm just makes sense. The velvety formula makes it the most userfriendly of the bunch, and a bit addictive actually. DECIEM ABNOMALY PETROWHAT? FROM DHS32 (AVAILABLE IN FOUR FLAVOURS)
This little tube is waging war on petrolatum (petroleum jelly), which provides the skin with a moisturetrapping barrier, but not much else. This is squalane-based (plant-derived, with skin-identical amino acids). I wasn’t a fan of the greasy film it left behind, though. Shame.