(Closed) Any suggestions for ridiculously dry winter skin?

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Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I use Johnson’s Baby lotion, the oatmeal one, its so great especially in dry winters.

Post # 33
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@MrsEdamame:  I used to live in the desert, and winters were brutal.  I used Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream, which worked very well! It’s sooo thick, but it’s Glycerin based so after it settles in, my hands felt silky but not greasy or shiny. (Note: Glysomed and Corn Huskers Lotion are very similar and cost less.)

Also, I don’t use soap every single time I wash my hands, in some cases rubbing hands together under running water is sufficient enough. I make that call depending on the situation. Soap is very drying.

If you use hand sanitizer, cut it down. It contains alchohol which is extremely drying. I think many people go way overboard with that stuff when it’s not necessary.

Post # 34
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

I use coconut oil it works amazing! If you want to slather it on at night and lock in moisture I’d put on cotton gloves, NOT latex. I also put it all over my body when I get out of the shower it’s great (use it on my hair too)

I also use L’Occitane Shea Butter hand cream and love it’s non greasy formula, moisturzing and the smell is great (I love their lavender as well but sometimes the scent is too much).

Also I use Eucerin Intensive Repair hand cream it works great and is good on a budget!

Post # 35
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My hands also get really dry during the winter months, I am constantly washing them and wearing gloves at work (I’m a dental hygienist) Vitamin A, E, D cream from GNC works wonders. It’s relatively cheap too. I also get little bouts of eczema during this time of year as well, as soon as I see some patches appearing I apply this stuff and it clears it right up. Definitely one of the better creams I’ve used.

Post # 36
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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@Mrs. Candy Apple:  Ugh same here. It’s totally flaring up in this cold weather too 🙁

I think I’m going to try coconut oil, I have heard good things. 

Post # 37
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

How often are you applying lotion? When I lived in Boston, I carried hand creme with me, and applied it every time I washed my hands, and in between if it had been a while. Totally fixed everything! I definitely needed a heavier lotion for winter, though. I bet anything the dove stuff isn’t cutting it! Try a legit hand creme/cream

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I’ll add to the chorus of people who use coconut oil (sometimes straight out of the jar, sometimes in a sugar scrub).

Post # 39
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

As weird as it sounds, Boudreaux’s Butt Paste (diaper rash cream) it is the only thing that I use in the winter on my hands. Just a little bit in problem areas. works wonders!

Post # 40
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

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@Bec6517:  that makes sense. the active ingredient is Zinc Oxide, which is known to be a very good natural skin soother.  (off topic: this is why I love Olay’s Complete SPF 15 and SPF 30 face lotions, it’s the only face lotion that contains zinc, and it really seems to sooth my sensitive skin.)

Post # 41
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have a prescription topical lotion because my hands get so raw and chapped.  I apply at night and then sleep in gloves!

Post # 42
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Bag Balm. Bag Balm on everything, ever, in the world.

Post # 43
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I do the olive oil and sugar thing, and then follow that up with the coconut oil, then the gloves.  The olive oil soaks in better I find while the coconut oil does a better job of protecting after the fact.

I use vaseline if I’m too lazy to chip out the coconut oil when it’s hard.

Post # 44
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Buzzing bee

THIS! Every season. It’s seriously amazing. Between the moisturizing and the aloe, it softens my skin up ASAP, has a very light smell, and is cheap!

Oh, and the aloe is a wonderful for itch from dry skin (even bug bites) relief.

Post # 45
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I know this thread is old, but had to reiterate that coconut oil is amazing for dry skin. Last winter, when my entire body was dry and itchy all the time, I used coconut oil as my body wash (no sugar, because scratching made it worse). I read about the oil cleansing method for face, and just adapted it for my body instead. I’d apply it generously before getting in the shower, then gently remove some of it with a wet washcloth once I got in. By the time I got out, it had absorbed almost fully, and I’d just appy lotion before getting dressed. This really helped reduce the itching. 

This winter, it hasn’t gotten that bad yet (fingers crossed). I use my humidifier daily. I have also totally stopped taking NSAIDs like ibuprofen/naproxen at my dermatologist’s suggestion, and that seems to help woth itchiness. I also swear by ShiKai’s borage oil body lotion – that stuff is hands down the best-moisturizing lotion i have ever used, better than creams like CeraVe recommended by my dermatologist! I get mine at Earth Fare or Whole Foods.

Post # 46
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I need to try coconut oil apparently.  I love the way coconut smells so it’s worth a shot!

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