At my age it’s moisturizer all the time, especially in Michigan’s dry winter heat. These are the products I swear by at the present due to quality and cost. There was a time before the availability of hypoallergenic, fragrance free that I had to use almost strictly Clinique, which is a good product but very expensive relative to what I now use.
For cleaning and bathing I prefer Dove hypoallergenic, fragrance free body wash with nutrium moisture and their soap of the same type. Witch hazel is great for any areas of your skin that is oily or irritated, so two birds! I don’t normally even need skin cream when I use the body wash, it’s that rich. Dove does have other types of body wash so if you are not fragrance sensitive, you can feel free to try other types, deep moisture and winter care being two. Even if you don’t think you have sensitive skin, try a bar vs your regular soap and you may not go back.
There are various skin polishers you can choose from but I have found a washcloth to be my favorite. The brushes are nice to reach your back with either natural boars hair or the mesh bath sponges. I found one with a plastic handle so you can replace the sponge as needed. It really makes a difference to lightly scrub your skin when you bath, being sure not to rub so hard that you cause irritation.
Since I am fragrance challenged I have managed to find this great shampoo and conditioner at Whole Foods that is fragrance free for normal to dry hair. It is 365 everyday value. I think they were $2.99 each for the 16 oz. I purchased the Desert Essence Organic fragrance free shampoo out of necessity one day because the Whole Food stores are quite far from my home but I think I paid $7 or $8 for 8 oz., but it actually does make my hair much nicer and it’s very concentrated.
I have been using CeraVe as a facial cream because it’s very light and really moisturizes. Curel itch defense is great for the body and really does feel soothing. It is just a little thicker of a cream so not something I would use on my face, but I’m sure you could. The bliss body butter is very thick and emollient and I use this for my hands and feet for extra protection. It comes in great fragrances that are natural and not super strong. I don’t have a reaction to their scents, but usually opt for “naked” which is their fragrance free.
Hope this gives you some information about what is out there for dry sensitive skin that is affordable and actually works. The bliss body butter is not available near me, but I have found it online. FYI, that product is very expensive! Click on the product names for more information and possible coupons.