Skin health vs. the weather

Illusional Illusional
So, this season has been insanely harsh on my skin. Maybe it's not ALL the weather but my normally smooth skin is just so dried out and cracked. I had a consistently good lotion gut it stings when I use it on the dried/cracked out skin.

I'm sure it's a combo of lack of diet, but I'm taking vitamins for it. I'm not sure if the antibiotics are playing a part but do you guys have any remedies or products you could recommend to get some moisture and life back into my skin?

I don't know if periods can affect your skin, after the first round of antibiotics a period from HELL started. I normally don't have one due to my depo shot.
Anything I can do to quicken that up also!

Please help!
01/16/2011
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Shellz31 Shellz31
Quote:
Originally posted by Illusional
So, this season has been insanely harsh on my skin. Maybe it's not ALL the weather but my normally smooth skin is just so dried out and cracked. I had a consistently good lotion gut it stings when I use it on the dried/cracked out skin. ... More
I'd say it's your diet along with being sick lately.

I would try a natural body lotion so it's gentle on the cracked skin.

I find in winter my hands, arms, thighs and trunk of my body dries out and gets extremely itchy.
So far I have found the best one for my hands is Aveeno Intense Relief hand cream. It's GREAT stuff and has my hands back in prime condition in no time.
Plus an added bonus is - it even stays on ya hands with hand washing which I love cause I always have my hands under the tap! It moisturises for 24hrs.

They have all sorts of all over body ones too (and body washes) which I haven't tried yet but have been thinking of getting some for this coming winter.
It's not natural but it works well and I haven't found it sting my hands - and in winter before getting this, my knuckles would get soooo dry, they would be really red and cracked. Sometimes to the point where they would bleeed slightly.

Hope that helps some. I know the dry skin can drive ya nutz
01/16/2011
Woman China Woman China
Warm water shower. Then as soon as you turn off the water, reach for the virgin olive oil. Pour it into your hands and lather up, massaging it into your skin, paying close attention to your elbows and ankles.

I use the oil cleaning method on my face in the winter, and find that my skin is so much smoother!!! Plus I live in the Gobi desert, higher elevation, dry cold winds and lots of sun. My skin soaks up the olive oil and thanks me for it.
01/16/2011
Kindred Kindred
For really dry/cracked skin, I recommend Bag Balm. Don't laugh. Pretty much any drugstore should carry it. It ain't just for cows anymore!
01/16/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
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Originally posted by Kindred
For really dry/cracked skin, I recommend Bag Balm. Don't laugh. Pretty much any drugstore should carry it. It ain't just for cows anymore!
I've never heard of this and I live on a cattle farm....lol.
Why did they use that on cows?


The best moisturiser (which I didn't think was worth mentioning before due to price) are mashed up avocado!
We have a massive avo orchard and we are allowed to help ourselves. After the first year of eating them til they were coming out our ears, I decided to try one as a face mask.
Absolutely perfect! Better than anything ya can buy in face products (masks or creams). It makes my face so extremely soft.... feels almost like baby skin.
Most people (cause they are expensive in the shops over here) have a fit when I tell them how I 'waste' avocadoes...hehehe. They think it's criminal but it's the ideal natural item to use.
01/16/2011
Kindred Kindred
It's a common product used in the US. It was originally designed to soothe cow udders after milking, but in recent years has found many other uses both in veterinary medicine and for people. I'm guessing there must be an Aussie equivalent. It works great. Here's their homepage if you want to read more: link
01/16/2011
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
I tan a lot and I swear the lotion I use for tanning is what keeps my skin hydrated. I use BLACK a silicone infused formula along with Revival.

link
Black has a list price of $101 but I have recently found it as low as $35. BLACK doesn't really do much in terms of bronzing, so I don't think it would have an effect on your dark skin tone.

Regardless, my point is that a lotion of serum with silicone is the way to go. I LOVE it. It even reduces cellulite and prevents stretchmarks. YEAY!
01/16/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
It's a common product used in the US. It was originally designed to soothe cow udders after milking, but in recent years has found many other uses both in veterinary medicine and for people. I'm guessing there must be an Aussie equivalent. ... More
Ahhhh.
The cattle here are breeders and for meat - no milkers so might be why I didn't know what it was....lol.

I might have a look around - probably called the same thing here.
Thanks for that.
01/16/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
Quote:
Originally posted by ~LaUr3n~
I tan a lot and I swear the lotion I use for tanning is what keeps my skin hydrated. I use BLACK a silicone infused formula along with Revival.

link
Black has a list price of $101 but I have recently found it as low as $35. BLACK ... More
Ohhhhhhhhhhhh - liking that cellulite and stretch mark bonuses!
Maybe I need to start tanning!

How easy is it to get it on even and not streaky?
01/16/2011
Illusional Illusional
Quote:
Originally posted by Woman China
Warm water shower. Then as soon as you turn off the water, reach for the virgin olive oil. Pour it into your hands and lather up, massaging it into your skin, paying close attention to your elbows and ankles.

I use the oil cleaning method ... More
Where can you get virgin olive oil?
01/16/2011
Illusional Illusional
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
It's a common product used in the US. It was originally designed to soothe cow udders after milking, but in recent years has found many other uses both in veterinary medicine and for people. I'm guessing there must be an Aussie equivalent. ... More
Interesting!
01/16/2011
Illusional Illusional
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
For really dry/cracked skin, I recommend Bag Balm. Don't laugh. Pretty much any drugstore should carry it. It ain't just for cows anymore!
Sweet, so the closest store to me doesn't carry it, but the one by my mom's house does.
01/16/2011
Illusional Illusional
Quote:
Originally posted by Shellz31
Ohhhhhhhhhhhh - liking that cellulite and stretch mark bonuses!
Maybe I need to start tanning!

How easy is it to get it on even and not streaky?
If I had 35 bucks, I'd so get this one it sounds nice.

However, I think I can convince my mom to let me borrow 10 bucks more than 35. lol
01/16/2011
Illusional Illusional
Are there any diet things I can do? I can't keep down much food but I can try.
01/16/2011
liilii080 liilii080
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
For really dry/cracked skin, I recommend Bag Balm. Don't laugh. Pretty much any drugstore should carry it. It ain't just for cows anymore!
My mom used to slather us kids with that stuff in winter. It does work, but it's also funny. I also like Aveeno products now.

Diet- up your omega 3 fatty acids- salmon has a lot. And almonds and other nuts. The oils should help your skin as well.
01/16/2011
Kindred Kindred
Food wise, I think you could try to take in Omega oils (3 and 6) but that won't make an immediate impact. Also, make sure you drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Other than that, avoid hot showers, use a mild cleanser (I like Eucerin Calming Body Wash), and moisturize frequently (especially after showering and washing your hands).
01/16/2011
Illusional Illusional
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
Food wise, I think you could try to take in Omega oils (3 and 6) but that won't make an immediate impact. Also, make sure you drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Other than that, avoid hot showers, use a mild cleanser (I like Eucerin ... More
Okay, I'll try to get some of these and see if these help.

Almonds and other nuts, okay.
01/16/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by Illusional
Where can you get virgin olive oil?
At the grocery store. I'd buy generic virgin olive oil for skin care, as it would work well, and be less expensive. Go to the baking section and it will be right next to regular cooking oil.

I find Curel the best, with Bath & Body Works second best for my skin on my body. Olay or L'Oreal face creams for me are better than generics.

I'm Mediterranean, and we have naturally moist skin, but the last few years I have been dry and flaky on my face, so I finally broke down a few years ago and started using face cream. My hands are always a mess, I NEVER clean anything, dishes, the floor even my hair without Nytril cleaning gloves (much safer than latex) to protect my skin as my hands are always cracked if I don't take care of them. I also find that the JimmyJane massage candles moisturize my hands and feet really nicely. Expensive, but great, as they protect with the natural soy oil and wax, which forms a barrier.

My step mom has dry skin and very bad allergies and the only thing she can use is Aveeno creams and lotions. They are very mild, made for allergenic skin and work well.
01/16/2011
Kim! Kim!
Quote:
Originally posted by Illusional
So, this season has been insanely harsh on my skin. Maybe it's not ALL the weather but my normally smooth skin is just so dried out and cracked. I had a consistently good lotion gut it stings when I use it on the dried/cracked out skin. ... More
I'm not entirely sure it is just you on the dryness! I've been trying to figure out if I'm just getting old or if this winter has been exceptionally dry.

I haven't been using anything super-special. I have some Oil of Olay stuff for my face and Aveeno for the rest of me.

However, there are some great suggestions on here. I've always been nervous to try olive oil because I have really spazzy skin but I have read so many good things about it!
01/16/2011
Not here Not here
Gold Bond Ultimate Healing lotion works miracles! Also, Eucerin Calming Creme Daily Moisturizer is really good for dry skin- my man has eczema and it's done wonders for him. I second Kindred on the Bag Balm, too! My dad has consistently kept it in our house since I've been alive- he's a carpenter so his hands get really beat up. I sneak some whenever I have super dry skin and it's amazing. Smells a little funny, but totally worth it!
01/16/2011
Jobthingy Jobthingy
I LOVE the Vaseline Intensive Care Clinical Therapy. It does wonder for my skin in our very cold and very dry air.

on my face I am an oil of olay lover. I use the complete one and it is great.
01/16/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I use the Bath and Body Works triple moisture cream consistently, but even in the winter my hands still end up really dry. My mom uses this stuff called O'Keefe's Working Hands, you can get it at most hardware stores. Has no scent and works wonders without leaving your hands greasy.
01/16/2011
Illusional Illusional
Have any of you guys ever had black spots on your legs?
01/17/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Nothing that wasn't a freckle or some other kind of pen marking of sorts.
01/17/2011
Illusional Illusional
Any of you know a good fade creme?
01/17/2011
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