Elbows, Knees, Heels These areas often look and feel roughest because they don’t shed dead cells as efficiently as the rest of the body, says Fredric Brandt, MD. A moisturizer that contains lactic acid (gentler than fruit acids like the alpha-hydroxies), such as AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion ($15; drugstores), will soften dead cells, allowing buildup to be washed away easily.
Hands Harsh weather plus the exceptional thinness of the skin on our hands is a recipe for painful chapping, says Elizabeth Tanzi, MD. Her go-to remedy: “Put on petroleum jelly, then slide on a pair of cotton gloves overnight.” If your cuticles are red and tender, nothing beats a pre-bedtime coating of good old A+D First Aid Ointment ($4; drugstores).
Lips When they’re dry and uncomfortable, it’s natural to lick them. Then do it again. And yet again. But all that licking can actually make things worse, because the saliva evaporates, taking with it any moisture from your lips and leaving them chronically dry. A better strategy, says Amy Derick, MD, a dermatologist in Barrington, Illinois, is to use an occlusive balm like petroleum jelly or Aquaphor ($6; drugstores). It will keep your lips feeling moist and inhibit water evaporation.