For as long as I can remember I have battle dry skin. I’m not talking a few dry flakes, but painful, cracked, bleeding-type dry skin on my hands. As a child I can remember my parents buying one of almost every type of lotion on the shelf, in an attempt to help me feel better. Now, as a parent, my girls have battled dry skin on their hands and wrists and behind their knees. The only relief I’ver ever had was the year I lived in the Amazon; wow, the 100% humidity did wonders for my skin.
But, I live in Minnesota now so 100% humidity isn’t an option. I have, gratefully, found one lotion that really helps, Mary Kay’s Extra Emollient Night Cream, but it is expensive at $6.19 per ounce. Considering that some days I’d like to bathe in it, plus I need it for my kids, that price has gotten difficult for me to pay.
Recently, a friend suggested I try organic coconut oil as a natural moisturizer instead. I wasn’t wild on the idea, but when I saw that I can get it for $0.38 per ounce (a $5.81 per ounce savings), I decided to give it a try.
I’m about to order my first batch of organic coconut oil from Amazon.com and see how well it works to relieve the brutal dryness I battle.
Specifically, I am buying a 2-pack of Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (15 ounce) for $11.51 after I opt for Subscribe & Save (I’ll cancel Subscribe & Save after my order ships). Even better, I have some Amazon gift cards I earned through Swagbucks and the credit I bought a few weeks back from Living Social (now expired), so I don’t have to pay anything out of pocket when I place my order.
I’ll let you know what I find out.
Your turn: Two questions: 1) do you have ideas for low-cost remedies for dry skin? and 2) do you have any things you buy, but wish there was a lower-cost option available? Maybe we’ll feature your idea in a future frugal experiment.
Image courtesy Flikr (it’s not really my hand) :)
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