As much as you hate winter weather, your skin hates it more. Cold dry air and the tight, cracked skin it causes can only be combated with rich lotions that create a protective barrier.

As much as you hate winter weather, your skin hates it more. Cold dry air and the tight, cracked skin it causes can only be combated with rich lotions that create a protective barrier.

I road-tested a few to find out exactly how well they stood up to their smooth-skin claims. And if you're a moisturizing maniac to begin with, like me, you might want to hang onto these loaded lotions year-round.

Most of these options are fragrance-free, which is nice if you already have enough scents going on - or for guys fighting dry skin who still want to maintain their masculinity.

True Blue Spa Lay It On Thick

4 of 5 stars

Claim: Shea butter and macadamia nut oil hydrate skin. Especially recommended for use after exfoliating.

Pros:Long-lasting moisture is thick and creamy. Not something you'd want to rub all over your body, but great for hands.

Cons:It's a bit greasy feeling and doesn't rub in as quickly as the others. Good if you want moisture, bad if you want to shake someone's hand.

Available atBath & Body Works, $15

Borage Dry Skin Therapy

2 of 5 stars

Claim: "Borage" is an oil that relieves dryness in skin cells. Recommended for use on hands, elbows, knees and feet.

Pros:It's non-greasy, rubs in fast and lasts. The tiny tube is great for travel.

Cons:Although labeled "fragrance free," its inherent scent smells a bit like glue.

Available atWhole Foods, $6

DermaQuest Revive Rich

3 of 5 stars

Claim: In addition to intense hydration, beeswax protects against future moisture loss and allantoin is anti-inflammatory. Use fingertips to massage into skin.

Pros:Creamy, but not heavy. Hydrated-skin feeling lasts hours, and it's completely scent-free.

Cons:Does a good job moisturizing, but perhaps not a $72-a-tube good job.

Available at Mukha Medi-Spa and Bijou Esthetic Studio, $72

Jergens Shea Butter moisturizer

4 of 5 stars

Claim: Jergens' most nourishing lotion heals and moisturizes for 24 hours, and it's infused with pure shea, cocoa and mango butters.

Pros: Light formula rubs in fast and has a slightly fruity scent. Its consistency (and pump bottle) is great for all-over use.

Cons: After a few hours, you're reaching to reapply again (luckily, with this price tag, that's not cost-prohibitive).

Available at drug stores, $7