[CLOSED] Beat the Winter Cold on a Budget

I love winter, in fact, it’s my favourite time of year and probably why my heart belongs in Chile! But my skin isn’t such a fan, and this year it has been taking some major strain, even though it’s not nearly as cold as it once was, this time of year. Thankfully, keeping my skin in tip-top shape with the help of quality products doesn’t have to cost the earth. Don’t believe me? Here are a few of my favourite budget-friendly, mom and baby products that help keep skin hydrated.

1. Aveeno Dermexa Emollient Cream

Clicks, R169.99

If you’re looking for a product that is suitable for the whole family and helps combat dry skin, then look no further than the Aveeno Dermexa range. The Emollient Cream was developed by dermatologists and formulated with triple oat technology that works to intensely moisturise skin that is extremely dry, inflamed or irritated by allergies or eczema. By strengthening and reinforcing the skin’s natural barrier, the emollient targets the 5 signs of dry skin: roughness, redness, itchiness, tightness and scaling. I experienced immediate relief after application and love that these products are gentle enough to use on the kids too. Of course, they are soap free, fragrance-free, and paraben free.

2. Aveeno Dermexa Emollient Body Wash

Clicks, R169.99

Ever notice how your skin feels a hundred times worse after a shower? The hot water, combined with harsh soaps, strip the skin of its natural oils, and if, like me, you’re already prone to dehydrated skin, it can cause inflammation and lead to extreme sensitivity, which is why choosing a body wash that restores the skin is so important in winter. As part of the Dermexa range, Aveeno also offer an Emollient Body Wash which gently cleanses your skin, without causing any dryness.  Like the emollient cream, their body wash contains a unique formula that combines finely-milled oatmeal with Avenanthramides, which is clinically proven to soothe dry and irritated skin.

3. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream

Clicks, R99.95

Admittedly, this is pricier than your typical drugstore hand cream but coming from someone who loathes hand cream, this is totally worth it! Hands (and lips) usually suffer the most during the cooler months, because they’re exposed to the harsh elements and lack proper hydration and protection. I personally hate hand creams, because they leave a slight residue that leaves marks on my screens and laptop, so a non-greasy formula that boasts the ability to instantly absorb into the skin seems like a dream. Well, the Norwegian Handcream from Neutrogena does exactly that, and what’s better is that it repairs and hydrates your skin after the first application. The result is soft, supple hands.

4. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

Clicks, R141

You really can’t go wrong with Neutrogena’s infamous Hydro Boost range; it’s one of the most affordable and effective skincare regimens on the market, offering an extensive range of products that target all your combo to dry skin concerns. Their Water Gel Moisturiser is an award-winning formula that absorbs quickly and offers intense hydration. Impressively,  it contains hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin and acts as a sponge, leaving skin more supple and smooth.

5. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleanser

Clicks, R100

I love pairing the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel with their Cleanser to help prevent my skin from being stripped of any moisture, and by using multiple products from the range, I find that they complement one another. Like the moisturiser, the gel cleanser contains hyaluronic acid which keeps skin hydrated. The lightweight gel transforms into a silky lather that removes makeup and impurities, leaving skin refreshed and clean, without drying it out.

6. Johnson’s Baby Top-To-Toe Wash

Clicks, R59.99

For baby’s skin, hydration is just as important, if not more! You see, in the womb, your baby is surrounded by liquid, so when they’re born, their skin might struggle to adjust to the elements. I remember that with Axl, the skin around his wrists, ankles and the inside of his armpits would peel. Johnson’s Baby Top-To-Toe Wash is a gentle wash that cleanses your baby from head to toe, with a formula so gentle and pure that you can use it from day one, thanks to their No More Tears guarantee.

7. Johnson’s Baby Top-To-Toe Extra Moisturising Baby Cream

Clicks, R24.99

After a warm bath, a massage with cream does wonders for a relaxed baby and has always helped my boys settle quickly into their bedtime routine. The Johnson’s Baby Top-To-Toe Extra Moisturising Baby Cream is deeply nourishing, while still being light-weight and super gentle while repairing, restoring and protecting your baby’s skin from dryness.


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I am Megan Kelly, the creator behind By Megan Kelly, mom of two boys, named Axl and Eli, and local business owner providing digital marketing solutions. I live on copious amounts of coffee, can be bribed with chocolate and will never admit to having too much makeup – although, I probably do.

  • Carol Ann Jewell
    Posted at 02:55h, 02 August Reply

    Awesome blog
    Would love to try all the products especially NEUTROGENA HYDRO BOOST WATER GEL

  • Jade Abbott
    Posted at 22:40h, 30 July Reply

    I’d like to try the Norwegian Handcream from Neutrogena

  • Pravina Walabh
    Posted at 13:07h, 30 July Reply

    Most excited to try Aveeno Dermexa Emollient Cream

  • Ayesha Motala
    Posted at 19:40h, 29 July Reply

    I love Johnsons

  • Sofiah
    Posted at 19:39h, 29 July Reply

    Excited to try theses out

  • Irfaan Adam
    Posted at 19:38h, 29 July Reply

    great products

  • Marlaine
    Posted at 11:36h, 26 July Reply

    Awesome range of products….. I would love to be a winner please Megan….. In need od this fabulous prize it would be such a blessing in my life. ❤️

  • Bernice Vermaak
    Posted at 10:31h, 26 July Reply

    They all sound Great, but I would love to try the NEUTROGENA HYDRO BOOST CLEANSER.💙💙💙

  • Eve Mackay
    Posted at 09:03h, 26 July Reply

    I’d love to try Aveeno Dermexa Emollient Body wash ♡

  • Ronnae Elliott
    Posted at 08:29h, 26 July Reply

    I would love to try the Aveeno Dermexa Emollient Body Wash.

  • Ansa Theart
    Posted at 08:27h, 26 July Reply

    The Neutrogene Hydra Boost range is amazing

  • Deena Padayachee
    Posted at 04:43h, 26 July Reply

    l would love to try the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

  • lindalaing
    Posted at 20:23h, 25 July Reply

    Would love to try the Johnson’s Baby Top-To-Toe Extra Moisturising Baby Cream And love the spindle for its energy efficiency and no damage to clothes

  • Ansuya Chetty
    Posted at 16:44h, 25 July Reply


  • Sarah-Jane van Heerden
    Posted at 13:09h, 25 July Reply

    Neutrogena hydro boost water gel sounds amazing! Id love to give it a try!

  • Liezel Thomas
    Posted at 12:55h, 25 July Reply

    Would love to try the neutrogena hand cream, my winter hands are a mess

  • Megan
    Posted at 12:36h, 25 July Reply

    Really excited for the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleaner.

  • Thea lennox
    Posted at 12:36h, 25 July Reply


  • Anusha Naidoo
    Posted at 12:26h, 25 July Reply


  • SANDY Maharaj
    Posted at 12:18h, 25 July Reply

    Thanks for a wonderful review on these winter products….makes shopping a lot easier

  • melissa cook
    Posted at 12:17h, 25 July Reply


  • Alison
    Posted at 11:33h, 25 July Reply

    Hydro boost cleaner to rejuvenate my acne skin during pregnancy

  • Henriette
    Posted at 11:01h, 25 July Reply

    Most excited for the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleaner!

  • Zakiah fyzoo
    Posted at 10:52h, 25 July Reply

    would be super stoked to try the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

  • Nicola Meyer
    Posted at 10:38h, 25 July Reply

    I have always wanted to try the Neutrogena Norwegian Hand Cream

  • Talitha Dias
    Posted at 10:35h, 25 July Reply

    Would looooove to try the JOHNSON’S BABY TOP-TO-TOE WASH for my baby expected to arrive in November/December

  • Janel Sunderlall
    Posted at 10:16h, 25 July Reply

    I am most excited to try the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleaner

  • Michele (@mombaking)
    Posted at 09:55h, 25 July Reply

    I would love to try all these products! I’m most excited to try the Neutrogena Norwegian hand cream, my hands and lips get extremely dry during winter. I honestly need a bit of pampering lol, I’m a busy mom of three children. Thanks

  • Justine Burgess
    Posted at 09:46h, 25 July Reply

    I would love to try these Amazing products!

  • Deserisé Cocklin-Viljoen
    Posted at 09:41h, 25 July Reply


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