Frugal Experiment: Coconut Oil As a Low-Cost Remedy for Severely Dry Skin?

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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.

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About Carrie Rocha

I am passionate about helping people live within their means so they can get out and stay out of debt. I live in Minneapolis, MN with my husband and two little girls.

Comments

  1. I use regular olive oil…and put sandwich bags over hands/feet for an hour or two or overnight. Works wonders.

  2. Straight Coconut oil can be drying. I should say will be drying. A better option would be Raw Shea Butter. You could even whip it with Sweet Almond oil. I have been a soap maker for 4 years and in my experience (haveing my hands in buckets of Coconut oil) the coconut is very drying by itself. If you would like to try shea butter I have a bunch from Shea radiance and I could surely send some your way.

  3. So, do you just slather it on? I was just thinking I need a solution for my dry feet, and we have lots of coconut oil in the house. If it doesn't work for your skin, you can use it to pop popcorn, it is the absolute best for that!

    Speaking of feet, there are a lot of home-pedicure instructions online, but none of them seem to match up with the real thing. If you could ever find a great solution to this that would cost less than the $20 a real pedi costs, I'd be forever grateful! And yes, I do take advantage of Groupon-type offers on pedicures, but it's usually finding the time to out to use it is the problem!

  4. I have the same type of severe dry, cracking skin on my hands, especially in (our lovely Minnesota) winter. I use Aquaphor, or a drug store brand version. It is very emollient, protecting my skin and allowing the cracks to heal. It's quite inexpensive. I also put it on my son's face when he goes outside to play in the cold. Good luck with the coconut oil! I'd love to hear how the experiment goes.

    • I agree with the Aquaphor. I heve used it for diaper rash, dry skin and just about everything else. It works wonders!

    • I also agree with the Aquaphor. I use it on everyone in my house (9 months and up). I'll put it on my hands right before bed and wake up with smooth, soft skin. I love it!!

  5. This is a perfect topic as the last few weeks my daughter has been suffering with severely dry hands and wrists–they are red (and bumpy) to the point it looks like she burned her skin :( I may have to try the Amazon deal for coconut oil.

    • JoAnna – Then we can compare results :)

    • JoAnna, My husband has the same problem. We think that it's a sensitivity to fragrances in lotions. We have finally found something that works for him that isn't too costly. It's Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion Fragrance Free. It works wonders and no more red skin or breakouts. HTH!

  6. my daughter has terrible skin rashes due to food allergies. we saw the allergist and he suggested a couple o

    f differant lotions, but the best thing was olive oil. she gets a cup, yes, 16 oz, of olive oil in her bath at least once or twice a week. i tried it on my skin in the shower right after and it is great. she is only 2 and it is wonderful for her skin but it does really help my skin. plus there are no chemicals in it. the lotions can make our dry hands worse because of the alcohol and fragrance in them. so that is my frugal tip! olive oil from aldi is soooo cheap!

  7. I've used coconut oil and olive oil and Crisco for that matter when it's bad and I'm out of the other two. It works, but is greasy. Luckily I live on the Gulf Coast so I have massive humidity for 8-10 mos a year. Toady my thermometer read 78 in the shade and I have a nice new sunburn. I'll soon be done with the grease till next winter.

  8. Thanks for that tip on using coconut oil for popcorn. I'll be trying that tonight!

    I bought a huge container of coconut oil at Linden Hills Co-op when they opened their new store this past year… it was half price, plus I had my monthly member discount and a Blue Sky coupon. I'm just not used to using coconut oil, so I haven't used it very quickly.

    Hope you find the perfect remedy for you (and your girls') hands. Look forward to hearing about it.

  9. DeniseinArk says:

    I second that. I bought a jar at WF and have nearly used it up. I had been using grapeseed oil, but changed after seeing that the CO was more stable, anti-oxidant wise. After a couple of weeks I started mixing it with some good lotion and vitamins D and A. It worked much better. That CO is also great for high-heat cooking, like stir fry. It's still pretty good stuff.

  10. I first discovered Coconut Oil when i heard it was great for weight loss. I used to eat it straight from the spoon. Since my last preg. I can no longer eat that solid substance. I still cook with it and spread it on my toast. I purchase 2 bottles. One is labeled kitchen and the other is labeled Bathroom I used it for all my hair care needs and for a replacement of lotion. my son has eczema and it works wonders. My friends tell me you use this stuff for everything. Yep I sure do:) And its cheaper. I also use jojoba and raw shea butter:)

  11. Carrie – a lot of us that battle dry skin will anxiously be awaiting for your results! I too use the Mary Kay extra emol. night cream when I have it around, but I still prefer Aquaphor to that, and I can sometimes find a coupon to match a sale with that. And also Walgreens does make an equivalent, but I've not tried it. I will say that someone gave me some Bert's Bees intensive foot cream for Christmas and it is working well for my disgusting dry heels. I've heard of lots of products and tried several, but I seem to always go back to Aquaphor.

    • By the way – my sister buys pure Emu oil (yes, emu's being the big bird things) from her local Farmer's Market and swears by it. It's expensive, though : ) Guess I don't know how they get the oil from the Emu!!!

    • White vinegar works great as a rinse for your hair. Just like in the laundry it removes all soap ( shampoo) and softens. Just mix a little with water, work through your hair, leave on a minute or two and rinse. Then you can spray a homemade detangler on after to help with combing.

      • LB, how do you make your homemade detangler?

        • Andrea,

          For the detangler I simply mix any type of conditioner that I like with water and then put it into a spray bottle. Shake it well before using. I'm sorry I can't tell you the exact measurements since I just dump it in, however, it does not take much conditioner. If you get it too thick then you won't be able to spray it. If I had to take a guess at a measurement I would say maybe 10 parts water to 1 part conditioner. Just experiment a little bit. Good Luck!

  12. I got the coconut oil when Amazon had a similar deal going on a while ago. I've used it to make body scrubs, although it is a solid at room temperature so I have to warm it up a little first. I've also poured it straight into my bath water. I have really itchy, dry skin in the winter and it has made a huge difference for me! Also works great for massage oil! :-)

  13. Colleen Schmidt says:

    My sons have very dry hands too. The best lotion we have found is the Neutrogena Hand Lotion. Also very expensive but it really does the trick.

  14. My son has battled eczema for his entire life. I have tried EVERY lotion perscription or over the counter, home remedies, you name it I have tried it. The only lotion that has worked for his terrible dryness is Cetaphil. For a 16oz bottle it is around ten dollars, but it does last quite a while. I am not kidding, whenever his condition flares up *mid winter!* just a few applications seems to get it under control like no other lotion I have used. I do not have eczema,but also have excessively dry skin *hands especially* and I just love it! I am sure there are a bit cheaper lotions out there but wow does it do the job! Just thought would share:)

  15. We have a family history of exzema, so, the red, itchy, dry skin is a huge problem for us as well. I have found that coconut oil is what works best for me. Love it! I also told my sis of it when she was having problems with her hands, and her son developed a milk allergy. She has used it for both of them as well. He likes it because it "smells good" and it doesn't hurt when she put it on his tender skin. :) Good luck! This winter weather takes a toll on all of us!

  16. My daughter has eczema on her head, neck, and back and coconut oil is great not only to keep the flaking down, but to ease the itch. I'm in the Twin Cities, too, and this must be the driest winter ever. I normally don't get super dry hands, but I have dry, cracked fingertips this winter. I have use CO on my hands, but not consistently like I should. I've had much success with the cracked hands using Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer. It's on Amazon, but not cheap by any stretch. It isn't greasy like Mary Kay's EE night cream…though I love that on my feet, too. Good luck!!

  17. I've only bought lotion once in the past two years and we have very dry skin here! We use coconut oil instead. It's great straight out of the bath or shower and then cover up with winter pj's. It does tend to feel greasy so for my hands I put it on before bed and cover my hands with a pair of socks.

    Hope it works for you too!

  18. My Great Grandmother had the most beautiful, supple skin up until the day she died at 98 years. She was Hungarian and immigrated here as a teen. Since she was a teen, she used pure olive oil on her skin everyday. I haven't tried it yet but I have been tempted to try. Another tip that she had that I do once or twice a week is for exfoliating. Take a couple tsp. of salt or sugar, mix with olive oil or liquid baby bath and GENTLY massage face. Be sure to use some type of moisturizer after. I love this! It works so well and is so cheap! Sometimes I make up a larger batch to do my whole body in the shower. I would recommend using sugar if at all possible since salt can be drying. I only use salt if I'm washing my face in the sink since I always tend to get a little sticky residue in my hair from the sugar. It doesn't matter if you're in the shower and going to wash your hair anyway. I may follow up with the olive oil now that I hear so many of you guys are using oils for your skin. Problem is, I really dislike the smell of olive oil. I'm afraid that with the salt and oil I'll smell like a salad! (:

  19. I use coconut oil to make lotion-you can make it much much cheaper than anything you buy, and it really is not as hard as it sounds! The website thesage.com has a lot of good recipes (Easy Does it Coconut Cream is the one I use) and also sells the supplies you need.

  20. Also try Neutrogena products or Avon's Moisture Therapy Intensive lotion. They are very similar to each other but Avon's Moisture Therapy is cheaper. You can get the bonus containers of Avon Moisture Therapy Intensive right now (they don't always offer that size) for fairly cheap. They also make some just for chapped, cracked skin. Let me know if you'd like to try some of it (I sell it). My mom just bought Neutrogena's Foot lotion to try for her dry, cracked heels. We found it at Target for less than $4.

  21. Where do you find coconut oil? I had no idea it was solid at room temp.

    • LB – I am buying mine online. I have never purchased it, or even looked for it, in a store.

      • I looked at a few stores recently when Dr Oz suggested using it for health reasons (in limited amounts). It was expensive in grocery stores, but I was looking for cooking oil and not to use for my skin.

        Last week I had a severe wind burn from being outside too long on a "warm" day, and I used olive oil because my regular Kiehl's moisturizer hurt. The olive oil was great!

        I also use Amlactin. I find I don't need to use much, so although it is expensive per ounce it isn't expensive to use.

  22. When my son was a baby and developed a severe diaper rash, my pediatrician told me to mix Eucerin Cream with Milk of Magnesia or some other liquid antacid. He said it would sooth the bur n while healing. Sounds strange but worked like a charm!

  23. Jennifer Nedry says:

    I've been using a dry body oil that I bought at the Thymes Limited 1/2 off sale (they have it every Sept). A main component of it is jojoba oil. I recently found that jojoba oil is available in bulk for about $1 an ounce at the Wedge. I find it has made a huge difference in the quality of my skin especially this winter – less dry and itchy and not quite a 'crepey' looking (oh the joys of being over 40!)

  24. I actually started using Coconut Oil because every lotion I tried burned like the dickens! Coconut Oil did not. I also put it on my feet, as I have horribly cracked heels.

  25. Saflower oil. Our allergist recommended it for my kiddos excema. You can either poor some in the bathwater or rub it into the skin after a bath/shower while still wet. I have used plain old canola oil too in a pinch. For myself, I really like baby oil.

    On a daily basis, sometimes twice a day, we use baby Aveno. The one with the dark blue top. We love it!

  26. Well, if it doesn't work, at least you can eat it. It is especially good on sweet potatoes and banana bread.

    Fwiw, I have had good luck with an Avon hand cream. Cannot think of the name just now and I'm not at home to check, but it comes in a white tube with 3 royal blue water drops. I think of it more as a moisture seal rather than a source of moisture, so I layer it on over a more moisturizing lotion. It helped me when I couldn't get anything else to work, and it's cheap. It goes on sale frequently.

  27. I do use coconut oil as well. It works great on my hands and on my 2 1/2 year old son's face when it gets dry around his mouth. I will say you do not need to use much of the coconut oil. A little goes a long way! If you do use too much your hands will stay greasy for too long (in my opinion). If that happens, just wipe some off. I like to go back and forth between coconut oil and Burt's Bees' Baby Bee Buttermilk lotion. The lotion is nice because it is gentle and doesn't burn like many lotions do. A bottle of the Burt's Bees Baby lotion is about $8.99 for an 8 oz. bottle and you can get it at Target, Rainbow (I sometimes buy this to help me get to $25 for multiple transactions and receive Roundy's Rewards for gas), Cub, etc. I REALLY like the Burt's Bees' Raspberry Shampoo and Conditioner (Adult version) as well. The bonus is that it works for the whole family!

    P.S. I don't work for Burt's Bees'…really! :) I just enjoy their products!

  28. Saw Dr. Oz recommend coconut oil for dry skin and skin conditions just a few weeks ago. I found a jar of organic at Super Target, so no need to order it online. It is not doing wonders for my daughter yet, we were using pure organic shea butter before that. Just wanted to give my advice to everyone about grocery store soaps & lotions: Please read your labels. If the ingredient list says "mineral oil" or "petroleum" – stay away. These are inexpensive filler ingredients that coat your body, not moisturize it. Petroleum based products feel good at the time, but create a dependence on the product and do nothing to heal your skin. Petroleum and mineral oil are also aging to the skin and are a known carcinogen. Look for vegetable based products, and if they cost more – it will be worth it in the long run!

  29. The coconut oil sounds like a great idea. When I was a nursing student I worked in a care home where one of the residents was 104. She swore by olive oil. Rubbed it on every night before bed and her skin looked great. If her age hadn't been in her chart I'd never have guessed it.

  30. One of my friends worked at a place where she handled paper all day long – very drying. She swore by the generic "Neosporin". Slather it on then cover with cotton gloves or socks. She said it healed and softened the cracked heels.

    I've used 100% Lanolin from a food co-op. It's safe enough for babies to ingest (breastfeeding mothers) so I figure you guys with toddlers can consider it safe as well.

  31. Forgot to say that I once heard a dermatologist say the best time to put on lotion, etc. is immediately after a shower. Think of it as "locking in" moisture.

  32. Coconut oil is used as an all-natural rash preventative and treatment for cloth-diapered babies! I haven't used it, but lots of diaper creams harm cloth fibers – hence the use of coconut oil. People SWEAR by it.

  33. My kids both have problems with eczema and we've been back and forth to the dermatologist with several different recommendations. This morning during our early childhood class, many moms were raving about using coconut oil as a remedy for eczema/dry skin. I bought that same exact brand from our local coop and applied it for the first time this evening! I'm hoping it works, too!

  34. I have suffered from palma-plantar psoriasis (which is excessive dry,cracked and bleeding hands and feet) for many years and have pretty much tried everything from hemorrhoid cream, udder cream, medications from pill for to topical steroid creams that were all very expensive……but FINALLY found something that WORKS!!!!! Cranberry seed oil-It instantly soothes and never burns (which I have always had issues with in almost everything) I would recommend this to anyone and everyone. I just ordered 8 oz from camden-grey and some base lotion to mix it with to make body lotion!!!! Good luck in your quest but everyone is different and i'm sure there are multiple good choices but please give this a try…..it instantly smooths and softens the skin!!!!

  35. My husband works daily with chemicals that dry his hands and tried a lot of stuff. His two tricks are:

    1. He lotions up his hands (he uses Udder Cream) and dips his hands in parafin wax. The heat locks in the lotion. I picked up the parafin wax bath at Ulta.

    2. At night he lotions up his hands at night, and then wears gloves/mittens to bed. Sounds strange, but works for him also.

  36. I have psoriasis which is a form of severe dry skin on my feet, hands, elbows, leg, and knees. As some of the others have stated, I have pretty much tried just about everything, but I recently heard of a 'concoction' so recently tried it and it really seems to work well.

    Take 1 equal part Vaseline (I bought the new coconut Vaseline), Baby Lotion, and Vitamin E Cream (I ordered this off Amazon as I was having trouble finding some E in cream form). Mix them all together with your kitchen mixer. Yes, your kitchen hand mixer. They do mix together well and the beaters easily come clean with a quick rinse in the sink and then a run through the dishwasher.

    I use mine right out of the shower every morning and each night before bed. It really seems to keep things well moistened. I would think it would work well for Eczema also. ; )

  37. Great ways to cure the cracks on your hands is to use chapstick on them! We have a lot of excema in our family and it works wonders. For itchy skin use chapstick with menthol!

  38. I make a sugar bath scrub- since Trader Joe's stopped carrying the one I liked- here's the recipe

    2 cups sugar (white or brown)

    3/4 cups oil (veg. or olive-whatever kind you prefer)

    4 drops of scented oil ( I use the scent for reed diffusers)

    Glycerin- optional

    Mix the oil and the sugar first, then add scent and glycerin.

    Use in the shower- the sugar acts as an exfoliant, and the oil

    stays on your skin- with the scent.

  39. Chapstick is also really good for gymnasts to use on their rips! My daughter keeps a stick in her gym bag.

    She also battles eczema, and we have tried a lot of different lotions. The ones that we have had the best success with are Cetaphil, Aquaphor, and Renew. When she started getting it on her eyelids, the allergist wanted to give her something that I didn't want her to take because of the black-box warning. A friend introduced me to olive oil, which was recommended by her dermatologist in Florida, and it really helped my daughter too.

    I have recently been using coconut oil as a deep hair conditioner and on my face when I ran out of my own cream. I really like it and should probably take advantage of the Amazon deal too.

  40. If you don't like the smell of olive oil, try the light olive oil, not the extra-virgin. I have been using coconut oil for years. I use it as a moisturizer, a hair conditioner, suntan lotion, eye makeup remover, lip gloss, lubricant,(don't use with a latex condom), eyelash and eyebrow conditioner, massage oil, bath oil, body scrub (with sugar or salt)and as a cuticle cream. Since moving to the tropics, my skin isnt nearly as dry as it used to be, but this cold winter my heels were cracked and flaking. Coconut oil slathered on at night, then socks to bed.

  41. I'll chime in and agree with Aquaphor as well. We've been using it on our 3 year old daughter since she was a baby and it has worked wonders. We usually put it on every night before she goes to bed.

  42. My sisters son suffered from severely dry skin for his first several years of life. She tried everything, and nothing worked. Then she started rubbing coconut oil on him a couple times a day a couple years ago. He has had great skin ever since! However, she gave me some to try for my sons eczema, and I haven't found that it makes a huge difference and have found that Aquaphor still works better. So I think the results may vary from person to person and depending on the condition (as is always the case with any product!).

  43. Coconut oil also works great as a deoderant. Mix 1/4 c baking soda and 1/4 c arrowroot powder or cornstarch with 6-8 T softened or melted coconut oil. You can either rub on your pits in "cake" form or pack into old deoderant containers. Coconut oil has natural antibacterial properties plus you have deoderant with no harmful aluminum! Cheap, too! You'll want to reapply after heavy sweating, but it's the best deoderant I've ever used, and I tend to be more sweaty and stinky than most!

  44. I use coconut oil on my face every night and every morning. It's the best moisturizer I've ever used. Not greasy or heavy. I've never had better skin.

    I used it when my hands were dry and cracked and it worked better than regular lotion.

    I use coconut oil on my kids bums when they get a rash.

    I use it when I'm cooking something sweet. It is really, really good for Honey Stir-fry.

    Some people put it in their smoothies and even use it as lube. You can seriously use coconut oil for everything.

  45. Pure coconut oil is NOT drying! It is the best natural emollient there is! My sister in law is the owner and distributor of "Just Coco" products and trust me, as one of the family guinea pigs for her products, I would know! My sister in law lives in the Philippines and makes her product herself using coconut oil from the farmers in her community. I don't believe you will find more reasonable prices for similar products anywhere! here is a link to her website if anyone is interested. http://www.justcocooil.com/

  46. We put coconut oil in the kids baths. Moisturizes their skin instantly.

  47. Has anyone tried using this on the scalp..specifically for dry scaly red patches? My husband is dealing with this.

  48. My coworker's dermatologist told him to use Vaseline. He started using it on his face and hands and has had nice looking skin ever since. I think he has atopic dermatitis.

  49. Thanks for the site. 'dump' and 'squirt' recipes are disaster for me.

  50. I've seen coconut oil in the "natural" foods section at Cashwise (my local grocery) by all the organic cooking oils.

  51. Coconut oil is heaven. The key is to find unrefined oil, so that it has not gone through lots of processing. I have found one or two brands that are technically refined, but the product is still pure (Spectrum is my favorite brand). I don't like the smell or taste of coconut, so that is what I use.

    I use it for everything!! Baking (instead of shortening), frying, sauteeing, making popcorn (the best!!), moisturizing, deep conditioning my hair & scalp, baby rash, burns, you name it! It's anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-yeast. It lasts for ages.

    I usually get mine on-line, but you can find it even at Cub (look in the "natural" section). Whole Foods has a HUGE selection.

  52. Where I come from (India), coconut oil is routinely used to heal severely dry skin. It's wonderful, as long as you don't mind smelling like coconut oil for a bit (we love that smell). And, forget Amazon or any other 'hippie' outlet for cocnut oil, stop by your local Indian store – you'll find coconut oil for about 20 cents an ounce of cheaper.

    • Nomnom—where there locations in the sw metro?

      • There are quite a few – you can look up India Spice House, Patel Grocery , Namaste Plaza or TBS mart – I know these have location ins Hopkins, Bloomington etc. Google 'Indian grocery near 55xxx' if you're looking further afield.

  53. Excellent point and there is an excellent website called Safe Cosmetics.org that evaluates the ingredients in lotions, shampoos, cosmetics, etc. I have found it helpful in my search for the least toxic/most effective sunscreen.

    We also need to remember that the best way to combat dry skin is from the inside out. Stay hydrated. Water, milk, juice, etc.

    Coffee & alcohol dehydrate and do not count. Sorry, coffee house builders. Although, I do wonder if there is enough caffine in Hot Chocolate to act as a diuretic. Hmm?

    • There is not enough caffeine in chocolate to act as a diuretic. In fact, there's not enough caffeine in coffee to act as a diuretic:

      "Also, coffee is not “the equivalent of no beverage.” That’s a myth. Caffeine does have a mild diuretic effect, but it is counterbalanced by the water. Especially if you customarily drink coffee, it counts as part of your fluid intake, not as a diuretic."

      -Dr. Harriet Hall

      Source: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/?p=9541 in the comments.

      Although it is still a good idea to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

    • Also, there is a specific study mentioned at the end of this snopes article: http://www.snopes.com/medical/myths/8glasses.asp

      It showed that in regular caffeine drinkers, there was no noticeable difference in their level of hydration if they drank caffeinated beverages instead of water.

  54. That cinches it. The next reasonably clean parafin dip heater I come across at a garage sale is mine!

  55. What's the SPF of coconut oil?

  56. supertarget has it with the cooking oils. $7-8 for a jar.

    i've used it on both my kids since birth and LOVE how they smell after a bath.

  57. You have a lot of response to the dry hands problem and wanted to let you know my solution. Every since I remember, I have problems in the winter with severe dry, cracked, bleeding hands that need continual daily care to avoid these problems. When I was a child, and once in a while now, when I go to bed I put on the best lotion I can – rub it in – and then follow it with vaseline to lock it in. then I put on cotton gloves for the night.

    As an adult, I've tried most everything, including prescription lotions. So I feel like I know what I'm talking about here. The best cream is "Shea Butter Cream" by Cococare and costs only about $1-$2 for 4 oz.. It has raw shea butter, which is the only kind recommended. Most lotions that have shea butter are processed and not as effective. I used to get it all the time at Snyders, but now I have to get it online. It is absolutely the best!!!!!!!! My hands have never been so good in my 50+

  58. I love coconut oil too! We use it for baking and I use it on my face and body. I actually soften it in warm water for a bit and then fill an old deodorant container with it and use that as the applicator since it is sometimes hard to get out of the container when it's pretty cold. And, it's quick and easy to just glide on then. It actually absorbs into your skin and doesn't end up being greasy.

    I've heard numerous alternative med docs say it's great as a supplement too. Just take a spoonful or two a day. Lots of benefits! Make sure it's unrefined, all natural, etc.There are definitely good brands and bad. Spectrum is okay, but Living Foods Garden of Life is better yet. Here's what my bottle looks like:
    http://www.vitaminlife.com/product-exec/product_i

    Another side note on skin…I began taking Barlean's Omega 3-6-9 Swirl and it's helped my skin a ton!! Both my face and these rough patches I've had on the backs of my arms forever!

  59. I use A&D ointment! The standard tube from the diaper rash aisle (about $4), I use it on my hands in the winter, and on my nose when I have a cold and it gets chapped and raw from blowing it constantly. I generally apply it just before bed, as it is an ointment and will leave skin feeling greasy for a while until it is absorbed into the skin.

  60. I'm a fan of coconut oil for skin and cooking but last night I rubbed coconut oil through my hair, tied it up in a scrunchie and wore a shower cap over my head before I retired to bed. This morning I shampoed the coconut oil out to discover that not only was my hair not frizzy or dry, but it is lush, shiny and full. Now I plan on using the oil from head to toe.

  61. FYI Coconut Oil is on sale at Fresh & Natural Foods (freshandnaturalfoods . com) for 6.99/jar. Yay!

  62. On my skin I use Cethapil on my face and Eucerin, Aquafor, or Olive Oil on my body. This winter I have been taking Schiff Mega Red Omega 3 Krill Oil and have not had a single dry patch! I think this oil supplement in combination with daily moisturizing does the trick. There was also a post on PYD for a free trial of this Schiff oil, but not sure if it is still available.

  63. On my skin I use Cetaphil on my face and Eucerin, Aquafor, or Olive Oil on my body. This winter I have been taking Schiff Mega Red Omega 3 Krill Oil and have not had a single dry patch! I think this oil supplement in combination with daily moisturizing does the trick. There was also a post on PYD for a free trial of this Schiff oil, but not sure if it is still available.

  64. As a CNA I have huge problems with this in the winter. I always use A&D. I put some A&D on my hands at night, put on some vynal gloves and sleep with them on. My hands always look and feel a lot better in the morning and it's super cheap :).

  65. Hi, I can relate with you. That may be a picture from flickr but you might as well take a picture of my hand. I've talked to several pharmacists and they recommended "Vanicream" or Cetaphil. So far I'm using Vanicream and it works, when i remember to use it. Is your skin really sensitive to lotion? If so, maybe you can try Vanicream as well. Or if the coconut oil works out for you I think I will switch to that. :)

  66. oh and the Vanicream wasnt that cheap. for a 4 oz bottle it was on sale for $7.00. And its available at certain stores.

  67. I put vaseline on my hands and wear gloves to bed. If I'm away from home and have a crack in the cuticles, I'll use Burt's Bee's or other lip moisturizer. On my face, I swear by Pond's liquid cold cream. I also use it as hand cream sometime. My 91 year old grandmother has used Pond's (and Dove for cleanser) for years and she has soft and sweet looking skin.

  68. My mom always slathered my hands with Vaseline and had me wear gloves to bed in the harsh winters. Gross, but it worked! Very cheap, too. My daughter likes the Vaseline Intensive Care lotion better than several others. I put Aquaphor on my baby's chapped face because I have some sample tubes, but really vaseline works just as well and is cheaper.

  69. My family has extremely dry skin and I use the original bar lotion from Big City Naturals. The lotion has only 3 ingredients, works wonders on our skin and lasts a very long time. My kids even love using the bar because it does not sting. (Both of my kids suffer from eczema and I have tried everything so I was elated with this find.) I recommend this product to everyone as I won’t use anything else.

  70. No store product can come close to coconut oil except maybe Burts Bees and its not cheap!

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