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cayacia
14-01-2005, 14:56
Since it's winter, and for some reason as soon as I moved to college my skin gets dry in the winter now (I'm sure it's the hard water) I have really dry skin. My hands get all chapped, back, shoulders, face even! I've been going through creams, lotions, and butters from Bath and Body Works like nothing you can believe this year to try and ease the discomfort. And especially annoying are my feet! I don't know if it is related but the bottom of my feet are peeling something awful, and no matter how much i scrub and moisturize they're still doing it. I don't know what to do! Does anyone have any suggestions for stuff like this? Good soaks for dry skin and battered feet? You know, the kind of things that don't come packaged at a store. I would really like to know some things that would be good for my skin and my soul ^_^

Majecot
14-01-2005, 15:24
I am there with you...I hate winter skin! I too spend a fortune at B&B Works. The best I have found is to take nice long soaks in Dead Sea Salt baths. It really does do wonders for your skin. I also use Dermud hand cream in the winter. I wear an nasty scratchy polyester uniform and it does not mix well with winter skin!
Soaps made from natural ingredients are less drying to your skin as well.

Mesara
14-01-2005, 16:08
I too suffer from unbearable dry skin in the winter. I have found that Aveno lotion works really well. I noticed that the fancy scented lotions that I was using from Bath and Body Works (I get tons every year for birthday/christmas) were only adding to the irritation. Aveno is pretty natural and scent free, and it is about the only thing my skin can tolerate in this condition. Aveno even makes bath soaks for severe dry skin, but I have never tried them, as I manage to get by with just the lotion.

It sucks because I really love those vanilla and citrusy shower gels and lotions from Bath and Body Works. I swear I have about 10 bottles just laying around, waiting to be used; but I won't touch them until summer comes around and my skin isn't so sensitive.

Grigori
14-01-2005, 19:11
Might be an idea to get your diet checked out. Probably you need to top up on some of the fats and fat soluble nutrients.

I'd get the advice of a nutritionist/naturopath etc. or even the clerk at your local health food shop (assuming they are qualified in the area and know what they are talking about, instead of just trying to sell you some wonder bottle)

You can see some general advice here, but still I'd suggest get a professional to advise you.

http://www.mercola.com/2003/dec/27/dry_skin.htm

Dark Inquisitor
15-01-2005, 07:14
It sounds to me like you have psoriasis and/or excema , cayacia . You should see a dermatologist for a prescription to quiet it down, and try pure coconut oil, vitamin k cream, and tea tree oil soap. A small amount of tea tree oil added to olive oil will help stop the itching too. All other regular moisturizing products are useless against it and will only aggravate it with the chemicals they contain.

cayacia
15-01-2005, 08:24
No...it's not excema. I used to get it on my elbows every summer when I was young and my brother (who is 10-when I used the get it) has it really bad. However, It's not that dry and bumpy skin. And it's not cracking, really (only on my hands and feet). It just feels like it is. Like if i stretch some days it feels like I have a peeling sunburn on my back without the burn feeling. Tea tree oil sounds like a great idea. It tempts me to use the tea tree mint shampoo I bought for boy's dry flaking scalp on my body ^_^

The fatty acid thing is really interesting, Similia. My boyfriend also has dry skin but not as bad as I. We don't eat very well as we are poor college students. So meals aren't very well balanced (I have other health issues because of this...) Thanks for the link, it's helpful.

annik
15-01-2005, 09:35
Personnally, I sometimes use extra virgin olive oil. I always have a bottle in my home. I use it for cooking but I sometimes put some aside in a cup for my skin. The skin will be oily but it won't hurt the skin.

Dark Inquisitor
15-01-2005, 09:55
And it's not cracking, really (only on my hands and feet).


I would have it looked at if you can . Don't use tea tree oil on any cracked skin - OW !!

cayacia
15-01-2005, 11:15
What about avacado or almond oil?

scorpio
15-01-2005, 12:11
Take a cotton ball and soak with vinegar and apply directly to your feet and you will be amazed!

Phaedra
15-01-2005, 13:02
I have similar problems, especially if the air inside is very dry. I spent a couple of weeks at my mother's house a few years back and about jumped out of my skin. No amount of creme helped; I needed humidity. (My mom had similar problems.) A humidifier helps tremendously. You don't need anything fancy; even an inexpensive vaporizer is better than nothing.

Don't use hot water on your skin. Bathe or shower in water as cool as you can stand. Don't scrub! That only increases the irritation. Use as little soap as possible. Really, a good deal of the time you only need to soap under the arms and your privates. Your arms, legs and back are unlikely to be that dirty. The water will be enough. Exfoliate lightly.

I found pure olive oil soaps to be quite good on my skin. They seem expensive upfront, but they last a long time, and save money on expensive skin cremes later on. A trick I learned decades ago to make soaps last, unwrap as soon as you get them. They will dry out and last much, much longer.

greenfrog
16-01-2005, 19:42
Have u tried Palmer's Cocoa Butter - Moisturizing Body Oil.

It looks like cooking oil, and u put it on wet skin, and it leaves skin feeling divine!
(mine does anyway.... hehe)

I use pure olive oil soap as well, there's lots of people who sell it at craft markets, just make sure you leave it somewere air circulates so it can dry out after every use, and it last ages.

HudsonGray
17-01-2005, 07:14
I know exactly what you mean! I work with fabrics and that pulls oils out of your hands like crazy. A humidifier works really well, but for helping the hands and feet I've tried all sorts of things (including emu oil) and found only two do a good job when you're looking at extreme skin conditioning.

The olive oil (yes Phaedra!) or vasoline! Do it at bedtime--wash the hands and feet then slather on a good layer while the feet are still sort of damp (you're coating over the moisture to help it sink in deeper). Put socks on so you don't stain the bedsheets, and rub as much into your hands as they'll hold, then pat lightly (or wear socks on your hands too! No kidding!). They heal faster overnight with these two things than with any commercial product I've ever tried, though the emu oil did a great job & I'd rank it as #3 but the cost factor there may put people off. Vasoline & Olive Oil are cheap.

Coconut oil, shae butter, St. Martins, Jergins, Vasoline Intensive Care, Lander Lubricating Skin Lotion....those are all #4 or lower for fixing really dry skin.

Scorpion
18-01-2005, 04:15
I get problems, but only on my face and only in winter. It was pointed up this year by the fact that our central heating conked out at the start of winter but as we were going to have a whole new system put in around Christmas we decided not to get it fixed and my skin was fine until the central heating went back on.

I've tried a lot of things but sooner or later they all irritate me. The only cream I can use everyday is E45 - and then it has to be just the facewash and the proper cream, not the moisturiser or any other product in the range.

Coincidentally, I think someone else mentioned getting checked for psoriasis or any other underlying condition - when I was sent to a joint specialist in the summer for what seemed to be RSI, he immediately diagnosed that I had mild psoriasis just by looking at my nails and asking a few questions. Not even my doctor had come up with that!

annik
19-01-2005, 10:07
The olive oil (yes Phaedra!) or vasoline! Do it at bedtime--wash the hands and feet then slather on a good layer while the feet are still sort of damp (you're coating over the moisture to help it sink in deeper). Put socks on so you don't stain the bedsheets, and rub as much into your hands as they'll hold, then pat lightly (or wear socks on your hands too! No kidding!). They heal faster overnight with these two things than with any commercial product I've ever tried, though the emu oil did a great job & I'd rank it as #3 but the cost factor there may put people off. Vasoline & Olive Oil are cheap.


Olive oil and sock before bedtime was the ritual I was getting when I was a child!
Thanks for the good memory