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The $15 Skin Lotion You’ll Looooove for Crepey Skin

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It happened during downward dog. There I was in shorts and a tank, assuming the inverted asana, when — plop! — the flesh on my arms and legs suddenly decided to hang loose, and not in a good way. While it seemed to be an all-at-once occurrence, surely decades of sun worship had something do with it. Naturally, I went into crepe-y skin damage control, even watching a  mind-numbing infomercial for an insanely pricey “miracle” cream. I came to my senses and assumed I’d just have to live with looking like a lizard.

Then, at a routine visit, my dermatologist recommended ammonium lactate 12%. She wrote me an Rx (though it’s available OTC, too; theleading brand name is AmLactin), and for 15 bucks I got the best damn body lotion ever! The lactic acid, an alpha-hydoroxy, is neutralized with ammonium hydroxide to blah-blah-blah-science…I don’t fully follow but I do know for me, it works! Well, to an extent. It didn’t cure the crepes completely, but now, in one of the coldest, driest winters in recent memory — my skin looks noticeably less reptilian than before.

A little goes a long way: One dime-sized dollop for my upper half, another for my lower. Sunscreen is a must on top (the lotion may make you a little more sensitive to rays than normal), but these days I practically slather SPF 30 on my teeth! So I’m glad I skipped the snake-oil hard sells and gave ammonium lactate a shot. And while my skin will never return to the pliancy of youth, I’ll always wear shorts and a tank to yoga!

Nina Malkin

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