Although I live in a sunny, moist climate, my skin persists in its stubbornly dry and scaly state despite all my efforts to moisturize. I’ve tried any and all the body lotions, exfoliators and scrubs that I can lay my hands on. I always start out with high hopes; however, the latest moisturizers tend to fall short, providing only temporary relief. Donell’s AHA 20 Body Tingle ($53) is one of those rare products that does not disappoint. Effective in any climate or season, it tackles even the most severe dryness or those obstinate rough patches with relative ease.
Part moisturizer and part exfoliator, this skin-quenching lotion contains high-potency 20 percent glycolic acid which acts as a non-abrasive exfoliating agent to remove coarse, dead skin, smooth rough areas and alleviate overall dryness. It’s ideal for those difficult to soften areas like the heels, knees and elbows and will even help soften calluses, cracking and flaking. The water-based formula feels like a soap-water mixture as you apply, but it quickly dissolves without any residue. As the lotion absorbs, it envelops your skin leaving it feeling protected, as well as softer and smoother. I was skeptical about the “tingling sensation” indicated in the product’s name. But sure enough when I applied to a sensitive, scaly area, I felt a mild tingle that is more refreshing than painful. It’s one of those products that feels effective immediately and meets your expectations with results achieved as quickly as one week.
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