Olive oil is a natural oil, as is coconut, jojoba, and almond oil. Petrolatum or petroleum jelly are absorbed into the blood stream where they carry away important nutrients from your body. Temporary fix for a long term problem. Lanolin is from the wool of the sheep, and can be used to soften skin. I buy Jojoba oil and use it twice daily after washing my face, just a few drops. It is available on line quite cheaply at vitamin companies.
3/16/2013 5:19:01 PM
As soon as I hop out of the shower, without drying off, I lather all over my body with johnson's baby oil gel and air dry. (I choose the lavender but there are other options) Once completely dry my skin is so soft all day long :) Since the gel is pretty thick I sometimes mix a little jergens shea butter lotion with the baby oil gel and put it in a tiny bottle for a quick and on the go treatment for hands through out the day. (the lotion mixture in the oil gel helps with quicker dry time which is why I say it's great for on the go). Baby oil gel feels sticky at first (without the lotion) but when it dries you won't regret it :) Even if you aren't dry all the way put your clothes on and through out the day once dry you will start feeling aerodynamic lol. I love it :) It feels even better (for those that shave) through out the day when you put the baby oil gel on your legs after shaving! Smoooottth and light :) Hands down Johnson's baby oil gel I say :) Coconut Oil is also good too though :) If you ingest a couple of tablespoons a day of refined virgin coconut oil it helps with your skin from within and you can even put on your skin and hair :)
I find the skin on my hands will crack and bleed in the winter. A dermatologist told me to put vaseline on my hands at night and to put on a pair of gloves. I know this sounds odd but trust me it works.
I am in Chemo and talk about dry skin but I have it.....The clinic I go to (not CTCA) has me using 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup Epsom Salt rather than all of the scented moisturizing baths... it really helps!
3/13/2013 11:22:48 AM
Anyone recommending petrolatum etc. needs to update their education! Coconut or almond oil work wonders without all the bad stuff!
3/13/2013 10:01:28 AM
How does an article on dry skin miss the main proponents of skin care? Moisture inside and out? Water makes a tremendous difference. Sometimes the skin is dry because were dehydrated. And taking hot showers is not a major no- no if you properly hydrate promptly after bathing/ showering. Patting skin dry and using an adequate moisturizer ( not petro!) on damp skin does wonders to seal in moisture. I use coconut oil. I saw it mentioned below and it is amazing for softening the skin and helping to seal in moisture. Sure diet makes a big difference as well but the main ingredient that helps dryness is Moisture and you get that from WATER!!!
3/13/2013 9:22:34 AM
I would never, ever put petrolatum or lanolin on my skin.
I've made up my own lotion that clear my skin in two weeks. Consist of 2 ounces of bees wax, wheat germ, grape seed, EVOO, and Almond oils in the double broiler. After the Bees wax has liquefied, I add 20 drops of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Camphor essential oils and 10 drops of Clove oil. Clove has a strong fragrant . 35 years living in South Florida and three years in the Persian gulf region has done a number on my skin. Picked this blend up on an internet site as a homemade suave for tiger balm. Though I would share it
Thanks for this article. I have dry skin.My skin gets so dry that my hands and legs hurts from it. I have tried allot of lotions,now I know which ones to buy. I find myself putting lotion on my hands all day long. I hope to that eating more of the correct foods will help. Before I wasn't drinking much water and now I drink 8 a day now.I haven't thought much about it, but I guess my skin has improved.
My dermatologist has also recommended petroleum jelly as a dry skin remedy - even for the face.
9/21/2012 11:54:59 AM
Both my husband and I have found enormous improvement in our skin with a more plant-based diet. We have also switched to coconut oil. I even use it as a skin moisturizer. It is amazing!...and it does not leave you feeling oily.
My husband has eczema and used very strong expensive topical cream that was only partially effective but has now been using a vinegar wash on his hair before he shampoos and if he does that 2 X a week, he is problem free. It is amazing. So stick with natural...it is better for you and gives you incredible results.
9/21/2012 8:45:58 AM
Some very good information, and it also sounds like an ad promoting fortified breakfast cereals. Seems like it defeats the purpose - like saying a daily vitamin is a good source of Vitamin C.
I'd like more natural, less processed ideas of incorporating good nutrients. Thank you for providing those!
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