This post is way out of the ordinary for me. As many of you know, I’ve been privileged to have been a member of the Eucerin Skin First Network. This has allowed me to try a bunch of great skin care products, as well as offer fun and valuable giveaways to you, my dear readers.
The Skin First Network promotion ended in December, but Eucerin is back this winter with a $3,000 Winter Gear Sweepstakes promoting their Aquaphor line. Yes, you read that right. Enter at Facebook for a chance to win $3,000 worth of winter outdoor gear from REI.
And just in case you don’t win the big prize, Aquaphor is providing Brave Ski Mom readers with an additional giveaway: a gift pack containing Aquaphor Lip Repair, Aquaphor Healing Ointment and a $50 VISA gift card. Not quite $3,000 in winter sports gear, but it’s a start. To enter, simply leave a comment telling me how you’ll spend the $3,000 when you win it.
A couple of years ago, we had friends visiting from Germany. One of them, noticing that I never leave home (or my bathroom) without lip balm asked me if I was addicted. “No,” I answered. “It’s just life in the desert.” It doesn’t matter if you live below sea level in Death Valley, or high in the Colorado Rockies, the interior western states are dry. Winter exacerbates this dryness, with lower relative humidity and cold temperatures. Plus, let’s face it. Most of us who live in the west want to be outdoors as much as we can. Dry skin, dry lips: it’s a fact of life.
Aquaphor Healing Ointment
I first tried Aquaphor Healing Ointment last winter. Now this thick, clear ointment is best friend to my hands and my heels. Aquaphor Healing Ointment is odorless and rubs in without too much stickiness. But it doesn’t disappear. Because it lasts so long and can be a bit sticky, I use it at night. I think it really does help heal wintertime cracks on my thumbs and fingers.
As for windburn, I wouldn’t hesitate to give Aquaphor Healing Ointment a try (but please note, I haven’t been windburnt this season — knock on wood — so I don’t have any first hand knowledge).
Finally, while I am hardly an endurance athlete, when I visited the Carmichael Training Center last March, I was told that Aquaphor Healing Ointment makes a great butt butter (that’s for you, all you cyclists!).
Aquaphor Lip Repair is new to me with this review. Waxless, with just a little shine, Lip Repair contains shea butter, vitamins C and E, and chamomile. Aquaphor Lip Repair is designed to provide immediate relief for damaged lips and to seal in moisture. I find that while it offers initial relief, I need to reapply it more frequently than my wax based lip balms. In addition, because it doesn’t have any SPF protection, it’s not good for use outdoors during the day. Still, if your lips are trashed, give it a try. It definitely goes on light and easy and won’t hurt irritated, cracked lips (which are precisely the lips for which it is designed).
Eucerin Professional Repair Extremely Dry Skin Lotion
As long as I’m on the topic of dry skin and winter, I also have to mention a brand-spankin’-new product: Eucerin Professional Repair Extremely Dry Skin Lotion. I received a sample of this product last week. This is a very thick, rich lotion with staying power. I put some on before going to bed and could still feel it in the morning. That’s a long time for lotion — almost too long! Formulated to “lock in” moisture, it seems to do a darn good job.
While I don’t recommend it as an all-purpose lotion (it’s too rich and feels a bit “sticky”), it does help with chronic dry skin. On a spectrum of lotions, I would place Professional Repair between Aquaphor Healing Ointment (used sparingly on specific areas of acute need) and Eucerin Calming Itch-Relief (appropriate as a lighter body lotion). (Please note: This lotion contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid, which is great for smoothing skin, but increases the skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Cover up!)
One winner of a $50 VISA gift card, Aquaphor Lip Repair and Aquaphor Healing Ointment will be chosen in a random drawing on February 22, 2012.
The Aquaphor $3000 Winter Sports Gear Sweepstakes is subject to its own rules and entry requirements. To enter, visit this link on Facebook.
As always, all opinions expressed in this post are my own and are exactly what I would tell my family and friends.
To facilitate this post, I received the same prize pack that is being given away (Aquaphor Healing Ointment, Aquaphor Lip Repair and a $50 VISA gift card). I also received Eucerin Professional Repair Extremely Dry Skin Lotion to review and a $25 VISA gift card.
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to David.
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