View Full Version : Aaargh my skin is sooo dry.

10-16-2007, 09:11 PM
This will be my first winter in the Northlands and beyond the fact nothing I own is remotely warm enough to wear, my skin is so dry I am about ready to crawl out of it. My hands are already getting very rough with hangnails and my face is sucking down the night cream that I am applying several times a day. My body is used to way more humidity. I have naturally dry skin but this is going to be a miserable winter if I don't start coming up with a plan. I have been using Burt's bees Milk and Honey lotion and their Farmer's Friend Hand salve. That is what I have used in the pass with success on the body. For my face I have been using Regenerist night cream. My nose is really starting to get rough. What do you all use?

10-16-2007, 09:39 PM

Body Butter is awesome! My legs and feet get totally hideous in the winter, and this stuff really helps. I put it on right after my shower/bath before going to bed, and I can just feel it absorbing. I use it faithfully, and it really helps. Recommend the tangerine spice fragrance, very nice. :thumbsup:

10-16-2007, 09:42 PM
Thanks I will try this. Anything is better than where I am at the moment.

10-16-2007, 09:53 PM
Try mixing a few different kinds. What I do is squirt a few in a mini bottle and put it in the fridge for a while, then put it on. It works for me, but you should give it a shot. :thumbsup:

10-16-2007, 09:58 PM
For the past 10+ years I've been using Jergens lotion for my body (I haven't found the perfect facial moisturizer yet). It went on smoothly, moisturized well, lasted a good 8 hours and didn't leave me feeling greasy or oily.

I switched a few weeks ago...
Jergens is still an awesome lotion but I can't knit after I use it on my hands and I thought it was time for something new.
St. Ives Whipped Silk absorbs SUPER FAST and is very light and soft. The downside to this lotion is that it doesn't last long at all and I don't feel that it moisturizes as deep as other products.
I've been testing the Dove Regenerating Night Lotion (at night). It's doing a good job of keeping my skin soft, but, I haven't noticed a long-term moisture increase.
I currently use Yes to Carrots: C a Softer You for hand and elbow. This absorbs quickly, but, after you rub it in for a while it gets this strange tacky feeling. It actually does an awesome job moisturizing, and I find I can knit right after using it.

Last winter I went on this Body Butter binge... The stuff at The Body Shop was the best that I tried. I would slather it on before bed and before going out and it would really keep me moisturized and soft all day. It definitely leaves you feeling greasy though, but, you'll be well moisturized. Another negative: some of the scents can be really strong... and there aren't many gender-neutral scents (Nut, Olive, and Cocoa Butter seemed to be the most masculine scents for myself). On the plus side, I also found that it helped fight dryness a bit in the long-term.

Drinking plenty of water also seems to help my skin from drying out.

I'm addicted to the Burt Bee's beeswax lip balm... I'll definitely be giving the lotion and salve a try. Hopefully someone else can give a good facial moisturizer recommendation.

10-16-2007, 10:54 PM
My winter skin gets pretty bad so the Dermatologist suggested I take cooler, shorter showers during the winter, pat dry and apply Eucerin as soon as I come out of the shower.

I've never followed through on this part b/c I cannot sleep with gloves or socks on but he also suggested putting mosturizer on and then donning cotton gloves and socks.

I also keep plastic bowls of water set around the house to evaporate and put some humidity into the air - you can also look at a humidifier.

Best of Luck and know you are not alone.

10-16-2007, 11:01 PM
Drink plenty of water. 8-10 big glasses a day. Hydration comes from the inside. Ingesting vinegar is good for the skin, soemthing to do with the PH. So have salad with vinegrette dressing a few times a week.

I swear by Clinique- their Dramatically Different Moisturizer is a staple, they have other moisturizers too that are thicker and "moister". Super Defense is one, rather expensive, but nice. You also may need a cleanser that is more gentle and moisturizing.

10-17-2007, 01:14 AM
I like the body butter from Bath and Body Works. The only facial moisturizer I can use is Mary Kay. Everything else makes me break out. :ick:

10-17-2007, 01:40 AM
Face: Aveda Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Lotion (It's expensive, but it is worth it! Especially when combined with the hydrating creme cleanser...my face is so soft and smooth!)

Body: Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Spearmint.

10-17-2007, 01:49 AM
This is what I use
don't laugh it works good and you can get it at Walgreens

10-17-2007, 07:24 AM
I use:
Olay Complete for my face.

A homemade lotion with emu oil and monoi de tahiti for my body. Yes, I make it myself.

Korres Natural Products Body Butter (http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P61870&categoryId=C11245) for the really dry spots (feet, elbows, knees). It looks pricey, but a little goes a long, long way.

10-17-2007, 08:47 AM
I have a bunch of options in my lotion/dry skin care stash:

for showers, a salt or sugar scrub is great (this is a favorite of mine http://www.h2oplus.com/retail2002/productdetails.aspx?productid=100-00338-000 ) They're in an oil base, so it's like exfoliating and moisturizing at the same time. You can make your own, too (http://www.care2.com/greenliving/homemade-sugar-scrub.html)

For my face, I really like Aveeno http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=73304&catid=21503 It is not a light moisturizer, even though it says it is. This gets me through the winter, with a little help at night from their baby lotion http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=57478&catid=26908. A lot of people like Cetaphil's cream (the kind in a tub) for dry skin. If you like expensive products, I always liked Lancome's Bienfait line http://www.lancome-usa.com/skincare/moisturizers/bienfait-multi-vital-spf-30-cream.htm which I have replaced with cheaper products because of my budget.

Really, it ends up being an experiment to figure out what works well for you. Good luck!

10-17-2007, 09:18 AM
I use Oil of Olay on my face too... and then the Olay Body Thermal Pedicure on my feet that stuff is the best... I also use Gold Bond's ultimate healing... it works wonders... the best thing for my skin that helps in the winter months is running a humidifer that mists...:thumbsup:

10-17-2007, 09:28 AM
Thanks everyone. I think I will try it all.

10-17-2007, 12:53 PM
I had a bad allergic reaction to Chapstick so I got into making my own stuff. You wouldn't believe the crud they put into commercial stuff. Much of it is made to be a temporary fix. For example, many commercial products use cetyl alcohol which used to be derived from whale blubber but now is either petrolium based, or derived from veggie oil. It is used as a thickener. However, any alcohol is a drying agent. Same with acids.

The best thing I have found for dry skin is this:
Get a bottle of mineral oil and a spray bottle from walmart. Mineral oil is baby oil without the added fragrance.
If you prefer, you can add a little fragrant body oil to scent the mineral oil. After your shower, but while still wet, mist yourself all over and rub it in. Works great.