By Marissa Oliva
As one of the original multi-hyphenates, Rachel Zoe only has time for skin-care products that work double, triple, even quadruple duty. It only makes sense, then, that her desert-island product is the remarkably versatile Aquaphor Healing Ointment. “I have used and loved Aquaphor for many, many years. For me, it really is one of those go-to products that I keep around my house and in all my handbags and travel bags,” she says. “It’s so quick and easy to apply, so it fits into anyone’s busy routine.”
Not only is the iconic ointment known for moisturizing, protecting, and helping heal skin, it also makes for a great addition to any makeup bag, Zoe tells us. And the uses don’t end there. Read on for an inside look at how Zoe incorporates Aquaphor Healing Ointment — as well as other standouts in the line — into a typical day, and see how this industry secret could become a part of your regular routine.
Skin absorbs moisture better when it’s damp, so Zoe keeps Aquaphor in the bathroom for a hydrating post-shower routine. “I like to use the Aquaphor Body Spray, because it’s not too greasy or heavy, and it doesn’t sit on top of your skin like a lot of oils or lotions do,” she says. For areas that tend to be extra dry, like the elbows and knees, Zoe dabs on the Aquaphor Healing Ointment for added hydration.
Anyone with kids knows the magic of Aquaphor. “I have been using it on my boys since they were babies,” says Zoe. “Before they leave for school, I always rub some Aquaphor on their lips, because they will complain about them feeling dry and cracked. I have also used it to soothe many scrapes over the years. My boys are very active and love to play outside, so little accidents are bound to happen. I think the secret is that Aquaphor doesn’t sting them. It protects their skin to help enhance the natural healing process.”
Zoe wears lipstick every day, “even if I’m not leaving the house,” she says. For anyone who can relate, this one’s for you. “I will occasionally add some Aquaphor over my lipstick to give my lips some shine.” It also has the added benefit of keeping chapped lips at bay during back-to-back-to-back video conference calls.
The last few things Zoe does before she goes to sleep, aside from tucking in her kids? First, she slicks on Aquaphor Lip Repair Stick. “I always know when I forget to apply it, because my lips will feel so dry,” she says. Then, to combat rough feet, as well as hands and cuticles desiccated from frequent washing: "I love to slather on the Aquaphor Healing Ointment. Slip on a pair of socks to lock in the moisture, and when you wake up the next morning, I swear it’s like you have two new feet.”