Relieve Dry Skin
Winter is here and dry skin is back. I am a nurse who is constantly washing my hands. They become so dry and cracked and make me look old just by looking at my hands! I have tried so many different lotions for relief, and I am guilty of buying ridiculously expensive lotions and creams, that the scent alone makes me think it has to be especially effective. WRONG!! I’ve experienced no difference between the high end products compared to the regular over the counter ones, other than the scent. The expensive ones do smell really nice and clean but are no more effective in my experience.
I was getting the same results; Dry, cracked hands:) I am a big advocate of essential oils and carrier oils. Carrier oils are the base that you mix your essential oils in so you can apply them evenly on your hair or skin. There are so many natural carrier oils you can use and they are made specifically to help with your skin and hair health. One of my favorites is coconut oil, jojoba, vitamin E, castor oil and aloe vera oil. I also recommend grape seed or sweet almond oil. These oils are all beneficial to soften skin by locking in moisture. Castor oil and vitamin E have anti aging properties by reducing wrinkles and decreasing pigmentation. Vitamin E is also an anti oxidant. Castor oil and aloe vera have anti inflammatory properties as well.
I get the best results by mixing a carrier oil (as mentioned above) with an inexpensive body lotion purchased at any discount store, such as Target or Walmart. One of my favorites is Suave. I get a pretty large bottle for around $3 or $4, compared to $50 – $70 I’ve spent on specialty skin care products. You can also purchase the carrier oils in these stores, at drug stores, or on Amazon for really cheap. I mix the oil with the lotion when I apply in the morning and at night. Definitely apply after showering. I just pump a quarter size amount of lotion on the palm of my hand and then squirt about half of teaspoon full of the carrier oil into the lotion and mix it with my hands. Gently rub it all over your body (externally only) until absorbed and you won’t believe how soft and smooth your skin is!! Put socks on over the mixture at night to really lock in the moisture. Apply as much as you need. Do this at least once every day. After just a few days you will notice the difference. Especially on your feet. They will no longer be dry and scratchy!!
I’m sure you will be super excited with this little tip. You will get amazing results and your skin will feel like you spent a fortune when you actually only spent a few a few dollars.
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