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 as itchy as can be! IMG_0193

One of the things I do that helps ease the dryness of my skin is I use Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap. 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.


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.

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body cream recipe


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

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

    • 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!

  • 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!

    • 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!

  • 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:)

    • 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!

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

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

    • Heather February 11, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      You definitely should give it try!

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

    Thanks so much for stopping by!!


    • Heather February 11, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Thank you!

  • 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

    • Heather February 11, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      You definitely should!

  • 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.

    • 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

  • 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

    • Heather February 10, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Oh that bunny! What a cutie!

  • Britni February 8, 2014 at 9:03 pm

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

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

    • Heather February 10, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Thank you!

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

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

    • 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.

  • 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

    • Heather February 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Oooooh cracked hands! I hate when that happens!

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

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

    • 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!

  • 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!

    • Heather February 11, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks Cathy!

  • 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?!

    • Heather February 11, 2014 at 1:25 pm

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

  • 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!

    • Heather February 11, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Oh cracking skin is NO fun!

  • 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.

    • Heather February 11, 2014 at 1:23 pm

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

  • 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!

    • Heather February 11, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Thank you!

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

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

    • Heather February 11, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      Thank you!

  • 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:)

    • Heather February 12, 2014 at 6:42 am

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