Have you seen this Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion ($10.99 drugstores) yet? Body cream on its own isn't always enough for dry, flaky skin -- those layabout surface cells prevent moisturizing ingredients from sinking efficiently into skin. An exfoliating body lotion can help get rid of those interfering flakies, and moisturize, too. For instance, in Curel Rough Skin Rescue, a gentle, hydrating alphahydroxy acid (AHA) called lactic acid does the heavy lifting to evict flaky dry patches; glycerin, mineral oil and petrolatum help bind moisture to skin.
Regular use should give you smooth, happily hydrated limbs.
Lac-Hydrin 12 ($11.29 at well.ca) is another drugstore-available option if you have itchy, rough skin. Whether it actually exfoliates is unclear -- some sources say its pH is too high -- but it's been around for years as a solution for dry itchies. The key ingredient is a form of lactic acid.
Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix ($12.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart) is a mild 3% formula that puts salicylic, lactic and glycolic acid to work in the quest for smoother, softer skin. (If you love light, citrussy, grapefruit scents, this is so for you -- and me too!) You might want to start with something like this if you've never used an exfoliating body formula before.
The exfoliating body lotion I'm most familiar with is Neostrata Body Smoothing Lotion ($37 at well.ca), which is 10% glycolic acid. One of the strongest smoothing creams available on drugstore shelves, it'll smooth those bumpy upper arms as well as take care of flaky patches that interfere with the efficient absorbtion of moisturizing ingredients. Serious stuff. And yes, it can be used daily, but be careful re: freshly shaved skin -- or freshly buffed skin if you use body scrubs or a loofah.
Similar to Neostrata's version is Reversa Skin Smoothing Body Lotion ($36 at drugstores) -- it's also a 10% glycolic acid formula and Canadian, too. Don't use it on broken skin, of course, or freshly shaved or sugar-scrubbed skin either, obvi. I haven't tried it yet, so can't compare it to the Neostrata Body Smoothing Lotion; I expect results to be on par. The bottle is a smidge smaller than the Neostrata -- 200 mL vs 240 mL.
Have you tried any of these? Or are you a body-scrub person instead?