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Dry Skin Problems?

February 7, 2014
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Yeah I hear ya! It keeps me awake at night and that is no lie; I toss and turn wishing someone was awake to scratch my back like a crazy wild person. It’s hard to be comfortable because I am so dang itchy all the time. My torso is the worst and relaxing isn’t really relaxing because I have to move around so much to fix an itch. In fact right now I am sitting on the couch cringing because I have about ten different spots that are killing me. If you haven’t gone through this I envy you. It used to be worse believe it or not. So what did I do? First and foremost I got rid of the sulfates in my soaps and shampoos! Sulfates are just plain BAD; there’s a lot of crud they can do, but to keep it simple they dry the heck out of your skin. Sulfates are in your shampoo and body washes and other various things…I even saw that it was in my glucosamine supplement!!! Needless to say the supplement went back to the store. Sulfates give you the lavish lather we all crave, but you can also get that lather from REAL soap. Soap is made with lye and fat, while lye can be terribly dangerous if the soap is made correctly it is 100% neutralized and won’t be singeing any skin! I don’t like making soap, so I use Dr. Bronner’s liquid soaps.

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A 32 oz bottle will run you around $15, you can get it most places that have a Green section. There are various scents with my favorite being the peppermint and Baby Mild though, I don’t like the peppermint in the winter as it makes getting out of the shower more than chilly. Dr Bronner’s liquid soap is very concentrated so 32 oz is not 32 oz; it can be as little as 64 oz when diluted at 1:1 or as much as 96 oz when diluted 2:1. I just mix it in a spare bottle and squirt a bit onto a puff, really making it go far. When washing my hair I just squirt it directly into my hair as it’s watery thin. At $15 it can seem steep even when diluted as you can get a shampoo at the wholesale clubs that is about that size for around $6. Most sulfate free shampoos are going to cost a pretty penny and I don’t care that I have to pay more because I feel better…maybe not all better, but better.

The other thing I do is I use a homemade body cream with just three ingredients: shea butter, mango butter and coconut oil. I don’t use it for my around the house hand cream because it is sort of greasy and gets all over everything.

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When I slather it on after a shower I let it sit for a couple of minutes and then buff off the extra because who’s got time to let it soak in??? For my hand cream I am trying out a Burt’s Bees selection, but I don’t think I will buy it again, I am picky about the texture of hand creams and it’s not quite what I’m looking for. Now if you just have dry skin this might solve your problems, it might not but it should definitely make it better. My skin is excruciatingly dry to the point that I occasionally cry so this hasn’t cured my problem, but made it about 30% more bearable.

I have a recipe for the body cream I use, but first checkout this house:

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It’s not under construction, no a tornado came and blew out all the windows and sucked everything out, except for the bathtub that is. The Playmobil people might have been safe had they not put windows in the bathroom. Here is the tornado:

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It was an “EF5 the most powerful tornado” says Little Man. One more thing before we get on to the recipe:  I am now on Instagram so click on the social icons in the right hand sidebar and give me a follow wollow.

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38 Comments

  • Reply Pat Liggett February 7, 2014 at 7:40 am

    I have to try the body cream!!! And I love Little Man’s scientific projects!!

    • Reply Heather February 11, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Oh yes, your skin will love you for it! Hahaha, he is hilarious. We have cardboard tubes from some rugs we purchased and now those are tornadoes!

  • Reply Deanna {sew mccool] February 7, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Great ideas for our dry skin! I also am trying to remember to drink extra fluids…that does seem to help!

    • Reply Heather February 11, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      That is a must! I am trying to be better about drinking more water instead of soda, I know that can’t be good for my skin!

  • Reply Krista @ the happy housie February 7, 2014 at 9:14 am

    This sounds like thick great strong stuff! I have pinned the recipe and will have to give it a go- I get a few really bad spots of dry skin and psoriasis. Usually I have to use steroids on that which totally sucks but nothing else has worked -so I really get your pain!! Thanks for the recipe:)

    • Reply Heather February 11, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      Psoriasis get be so tough to deal with! That does suck, having to take steroids for it! Thanks!

  • Reply Carrie Groneman February 7, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Stopping by from The Party Bunch and I would love to try this. Thanks.

    • Reply Heather February 11, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      You definitely should give it try!

  • Reply Debbie-Dabble February 8, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Thanks so much for stopping by!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

  • Reply Yael from Home Garden Diggers February 8, 2014 at 9:50 am

    This sounds fabulous. I would love to try it.

    Yael. From Home Garden Diggers

    • Reply Heather February 11, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      You definitely should!

  • Reply jessica @ american gypsy style February 8, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing your recipes! Where do you get mango butter? Or do you make it from scratch? I just bought coconut oil for some smoothie recipes…but would love to try it as moisturizer.

    • Reply Heather February 11, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      I get mine from Mountain Rose Herbs, their quality is very good. But you can get it on Amazon and I am sure there are other great quality butters I just haven’t tried them! :D

  • Reply Christine February 8, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Hello there Heather, , thanks so much for leaving me a sweet comment on my blog Little Brags (the post with the cute bunny in front of the fireplace) I tried to reply to your comment directly but you came up as a non reply blogger. Christine

    • Reply Heather February 10, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Oh that bunny! What a cutie!

  • Reply Britni February 8, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat Link Party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

  • Reply Krystle(Baking Beauty) February 8, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    The body cream looks AMAZING! Where do I buy the butters to make it?

    • Reply Heather February 10, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      I get them at Mountain Rose Herbs you can get them other places, but I like MRH’s quality.

  • Reply Heather February 9, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Man, I need some of that on my cracked hands right now. :( Thanks for all your sweet comment love on my blog. xo

    • Reply Heather February 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Oooooh cracked hands! I hate when that happens!

  • Reply Diana B February 9, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I love the body butter recipe! My hands feel softer just thinking about it.

    • Reply Heather February 10, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      It is so nice, I had hubby put some on my back this morning. It was just burning and I couldn’t sit still. It was very soothing!

  • Reply Cathy February 9, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing at the Happiness Is Homemade Link Party! Pinning to the party board and can’t wait to see what happiness posts you share next week! Have a terrific week!
    Cathy

  • Reply Kelly Griglione February 9, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    If I wasn’t so darn lazy, I might just try this myself! Thanks for sharing the after effects of your tornado … it’s strange how they seem to happen every other day, right?!

    • Reply Heather February 11, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      It’s definitely strange! oh they do and everything tubular turns into a twister!

  • Reply Kim February 9, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Oh boy, I should try this. My hands get so dry they actually crack. It is so painful. A 30% improvement sounds very helpful!

    • Reply Heather February 11, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Oh cracking skin is NO fun!

  • Reply Raquel @ Organized Island February 9, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Sounds great – my skin is so dry from having the heater on so much these days.

    • Reply Heather February 11, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      The heater sure does make the winter weather a little more harsh on the skin!

  • Reply Allie February 9, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Wow, I want to make some of this now! Thanks so much for sharing it on Worthwhile Wednesdays!
    ~Allie

  • Reply Carrie Groneman February 10, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Great idea! Stopping by as co-host of Homemade link Party.

  • Reply Ginnie February 11, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    I need to try this body cream – thank you so much for sharing! This winter is doing a number on my skin:)

    • Reply Heather February 12, 2014 at 6:42 am

      This winter has probably been the toughest on my skin. Not fun!

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