There are times when a basic moisturizer simply won't do. Times when the winter wind cracks a whip to your face, and your skin raises a feeble white flag. This surrender to the elements can take the form of itching, flaking, and peeling, and often makes skin develop fine lines, deep fissures, rough patches, redness, and a feeling of tightness. When skin reaches a whole new level of dryness, it's time to summon the winter warriors. Setting aside any quibbles with unwelcome ingredients, I narrowed down a list of heavy-duty moisturizers for both face and body that make healing dry skin their priority.

Osmotics Cream Extreme Barrier Repair. Putting most regular face moisturizers to shame, Osmotics Cream Extreme goes beyond the call of duty when delivering moisture-replenishing properties to the skin. It features a special Barrier Repair Technology, comprised of epidermal lipids proven to restore and strengthen the skin's healthy barrier function. Recommended for use after peels, lasers, and dermal procedures, this hydrating cream is intense enough to take on the driest and most damaged of skin. Loaded with lanolin, glycerin, cetyl alcohol, dimethicone, petrolatum, hyaluronic acid, soybean sterol, ceramide, and stearic acid, Cream Extreme practically eliminates the underlying causes of dry skin. While epidermal lipids rebuild the skin's barrier, antioxidants from linoleic acid and vitamin E nourish depleted skin and allantoin relieves irritation.

The Body Shop Hemp collection (Face Protector, Hand Protector, Body Butter, Foot Protector). Too thick and greasy for year-round application, these creams were built for the winter. My family has been known to raid The Body Shop's entire stock of Hemp products, which frequently end up backordered through the spring. The Hand Protector is a personal favorite, particularly when travelling, though its 0.3 oz. size is too large to pass unconfiscated in carry-on luggage. The aroma of these products is deliciously fresh, and the ingredients are devoted to locking in moisture. With its exceptionally high content of essential fatty acids, hemp seed oil helps repair the skin's moisture barrier, keeping it hydrated and smooth. Glycerin, myristyl myristate, cetearyl alcohol, and silicone all act as skin-conditioning agents. Organic beeswax, a natural emulsifier, softens and protects the skin.

Epionce Extreme Barrier Cream. Throughout the winter, low temperatures, low humidity, and biting wind all deplete skin of its natural lipid layer. Providing maximum hydration, Epionce's Extreme Barrier Cream fortifies the skin barrier in areas that are highly susceptible to severe damage, such as the nose, lips, hands, feet, elbows, and knees. Despite its thickness, this cream absorbs quickly without residue. When chapping and peeling occur on my face, I apply Extreme Barrier Cream on irritated areas and instantly feel a sense of relief. Combined with the emollients petrolatum and glycerin, essential fatty acid, sterol, and ceramide precursors, along with rose hip, safflower, avocado, flax, and meadowfoam extracts, encourage optimum skin moisture and health. This one-size-fits-all cream is especially convenient for travel, treating dry patches on all parts of the body simultaneously.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant. This is the single-minded workhorse of skin creams. An intense peach-colored potion more akin to Vaseline than lotion, Eight Hour Cream is excellent for chapped lips, elbows, knees, and feet. Not recommended for everyday use on the face, this balm is better employed as a first-aid treatment for windburned, chapped, or cracked skin. Although its rather medicinal scent takes some getting used to, there are some situations when this cream is truly indispensable, including long flights full of moisture-sapped air, extreme activities on snow-capped mountains, and endless days indoors while suffering a cold. The bulk of the formula is petrolatum, which creates a sealing effect that softens the skin and prevents moisture loss. With the addition of salicylic acid, which causes the cells of the epidermis to shed more readily, Eight Hour Cream is a trusted remedy for soothing skin irritations, abrasions, burns, and rashes.

Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment, Advanced Therapy. For drugstore enthusiasts, Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment is the golden ticket when it comes to dry skin. Costing about the same as Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour and The Body Shop's Hemp line, Eucerin's ointment draws heavily on petrolatum to hasten the natural healing process and create a protective, moisture-sealing barrier. It also contains mineral oil, lanolin alcohol, panthenol, and glycerin for added skin conditioning benefits. Free of fragrances and preservatives, this hypo-allergenic formulation is ideal for sensitive skin (and even babies). Unlike a traditional moisturizer, Aquaphor doesn't absorb into the skin and leaves a greasy feeling. But as a super emollient, it has the power to effortlessly heal and soothe raw, irritated, chapped, or chafed skin.

Ingredients in Osmotics Cream Extreme Barrier Repair:

Purified Water, Lanolin, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Petrolatum, Hyaluronic Acid (Polysaccharide), Soybean Sterol, Ceramide, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Linoleic Acid, Stearic Acid, Allantoin, L-Carnosine, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.


Ingredients in The Body Shop Hand Protector:

Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Myristate, Hemp Seed Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Beeswax, Lanolin, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Evernia Furfuracea (Treemoss) Extract, Limonene, Citronellol, Talc, Geraniol, Linalool, Citral, Chromium Oxide Greens, Iron Oxides.


Ingredients in Epionce Extreme Barrier Cream:


Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Petrolatum, Butylene Glycol, PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Cyclohexasiloxane, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Beeswax, Bisabolol, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Cyclomethicone, Dimethiconol, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexlglycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Hexylene Glycol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Lilnalool, Limonene, Magnesium Salicylate, Magnesium Stearate, Manganese Glycerophosphate, PEG-100 Stearate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Unsaponifiables, Phenoxyethanol, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Fruit Extract, Phytosphingosine, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Zinc Pyrithione, Zinc Stearate.


Ingredients in Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream:


Petrolatum 56.8%, Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Fragrance, Salicylic Acid, Propyparaben, Castor Oil, Corn Oil, Tocopherol, BHT, Iron Oxides


Ingredients in Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment:


Active Ingredient: Petrolatum (41%). Inactive Ingredients: Mineral Oil, Ceresin, Lanolin Alcohol, Panthenol, Glycerin, Bisabolol.