Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A question for you!

Hello all! You'll have to excuse the formating on this post. I'm all cuddled up by the fire because there are a few inches of snow on the ground outside. :) Its a wonder for TN at this time of year. So I'm doing this from my phone. Meaning bad format and no pictures. But anyways. My question has to do with dry skin. Here in TN my skin is used to the hot sticky air of summer and come winter it gets so dry that it seems to suck all the moisture right out! For me the only thing that seems to work is to put a capfull of baby oil in my bath water. Now that poses a few problems. . . The least of which is keeping it out of my hair. The other is that it goms up the bathtub and makes things dangerously slippery. So does anyone have any good home/herbal remedies for dry skin? They would be greatly appreciated. :) ~ Much love Meggie Ps. If you asked me a question on an earlier post I promise I'll get to it but I'd rather do it from my computer. . . And there is no way to the library right now.


Trisha said...

I don't have any good remedies, but I will say that my skin and mum's got REALLY dry when we were in Canada (winter), and it was a relief to get back here.

Sabine said...

Hi Meggie,

I live in a dry climate with cold winters. My best all-natural tip for you is to get some moisture into the air. You can put water into an open crockpot or simmer a pot of water on the stove on the lowest heat (make sure to set a timer to check on it so the water doesn't all evaporate). You will be amazed to feel the difference in your skin.

To make this a herbal tip, you can add a couple of drops of essential oils to the water to scent the air. Or add some cloves and sticks of cinnamon. Orange peels smell nice, too.

Also, use rubber gloves to do wet chores. When you do need to wet your hands, apply moisturizer afterwards right away.

Instead of messing with baby oil in the tub, you can just apply it right after drying off. The idea there is to trap the moisture from your bath into your skin.

You can use a tiny bit of coconut oil instead of baby oil if you want something more natural (coconut oil needs to be refrigerated and it solid; just scrape a bit off with the top of your fingernail). You can also melt a little coconut oil between your hands and rub it into the ends of your hair. You can get other oils, like shea butter or jojoba oil (expensive but goes a long way).

I prefer commercial lotions that absorb into the skin more quickly. If you use oils, you have to be careful to protect your clothes until the oils absorb into your skin.

Enjoy your snow!

Avonlea_dreamer said...

Trisha- I'll bet! What a difference in conditions! Sabine- thanks so much! Its good to hear from you! We have a wood stove for heat and we usually have a pot of water on it at all times but up until now I'd forgotten. I'll be sure to put some herbs and things in it now. :) Thanks again!

Rach said...

Try some Vitamin E lotion.. That usually heps me. I just realized that you have Ashokan Farewell on your blog! I love playing that on my violin! Have a great day, hon!

Avonlea_dreamer said...

Rach- that is my all time favourite fiddle tune! I wish I could play it!

Morgan said...

As someone said above, coconut oil works well. Just rub it right in.:) My skin gets really dry in the winter as well. It can get bad enough to crack and bleed.:( Make sure you wear gloves outside and while doing chores.:)

By the way, I love the music on your blog! I really like Michael Buble, and its so nice to hear his voice on your blog!


Anonymous said...

Oh, Meggie thanks for posting this! I've got some new ideas to try .. I'm expecting my hands to start bleeding any day now. Wood heat is so dry..
have a nice day
love Kate N