It's that time of year when we all have the same troubles known as dry-skin-itis. That is exactly what the dermatologist described me as when I thought I was experiencing poison ivy.
Remember I thought I had the mad itch? Seems it was STRESS and Dry skin.
She told me to hydrate; no more HOT showers (the heat dehyrates - but I love hot showers!!!); stay moisturized and keep the stress low!!!
In doing so we all have to be mindful of the ingredients in the lotions. NO Alcohol, very little perfume and color; full of oils and refined natural butters like Shea butter, almond and Jojoba etc.
Some of my favorite indulgences are:
Canyon Sun....yes Angie I stole the picture!! Talk about baby smooth! Love the Moisturizing Balm - it is especially good on extreme dry areas such as elbows. I've used it on my hands in extreme situations.
The Body Butter, Brown Sugar Scrub and Lip Balm are also very, very nice. Great for everyday use and especially for those "oh so wonderful" nights out!!
Plus you don't have to use handfulls of this stuff.....just a dab'l do ya!
Another product I've used daily this winter was Keri Nourishing Shea
It is light, low on fragrance and leaves the skin silky. Plus it's not very expensive - I got a large bottle at Big Lots for $5.
Shower time is when I like to use the scrubs in place of my Dove soap. Love Dove soap!!! Less harmful to the body, no deodorizing elements to dry the skin. But it just doesn't cut it when it comes to having silky smooth skin.
Some of the shower scrubs I like are
Ulta Coral Sand Scrub. This has grains of sand in it....gotta be careful not to scrub too hard or it will scratch ya. This has a delightfully light, beach type scent. About $17, but if you shop right you can catch these on the buy one get one free sale.
It goes well with the Water Lotus hydrating gel they have too.
One I found recently that I liked was at Bath & Body Works "Be More Pacific" a tropical shower cream with Tahitian Monoi Oil ý an ingredient used by the best island spas for its deeply moisturizing, supremely soothing effects.
Nice!! Smells good too. Leaves a light silky smooth feeling. I like it better than the other one, although it is nice.
Since we use a lot of heat in the winter, the air is dry in the house as well. If I were smarter than I looked I'd use a humidifier, but....
I'm very picky about my face and the products I use on it. I am a former Mary Kay user turned to CLINIQUE.
I like the lipsticks of Mary Kay and Clinique....they seem to hold true to their color the best for me. Just can't wear the cheap stuff on my lips.
Don't even get me started on my hair and nail products. AOL doesn't have enough room for me to write about that!!!