Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
Dry Skin Care Tips
By Debbie Steele
Hopefully youíve made it out of the shower without stripping
your skin of its natural moisture. Now, seal in the moisture
with a good cream or lotion.
While your skin is still damp is
the ideal time to apply a moisturizer. Don't limit yourself to
only applying lotion after showering, though. If your skin
feels dry at other times during the day, feel free to apply
more moisture! In my case, I shower at night, then apply a
fairly heavy cream.
By morning, my skin tends to be a little
dry again, so I moisturize again, this time with a lighter
lotion (because I donít wear perfume, I take this opportunity
to use a great-smelling lotion that also serves as my
The trick, in my opinion, is to find a moisturizer
thatís heavy enough to be effective but not so heavy that it
leaves you feeling greasy.
When my dry skin sent me to the dermatologist, she recommended
Cetaphil cream (the stuff in the green tub).
It is still my old standby: widely available, relatively
inexpensive (16oz about $11.00) and very effective.
It also sinks in quickly enough so as not to leave me feeling
too greasy. Like the Dove bar, however, it is unscented and
I really wanted to find some more
interesting options, but I am pretty picky: I wonít sacrifice
effectiveness (no exotic packaging or clever marketing angle
is worth dry, itchy skin)! I also donít like feeling like Iíve
been dipped in a vat of Crisco.
Finally, my skin is sometimes
uncomfortable with some heavier fragrances, so I tend to stay
away from those (I said I was picky!). But, I have found a
couple very nice alternatives to Plain Jane Cetaphil.
My favorite so far is a 30% shea butter cream from
Chelmsford Herbal Soap Company, available in several fragrances or
unscented. It has a marvelously smooth consistency, sinks in
quickly and is very effective (it sells for about $8 for 4oz).
Chelmsford's specialty is shea butter products; they make
a companion lotion that is somewhat lighter, with 15% shea
butter (8oz for about $10.00) as well as a couple of other
moisturizing products. Their hand cream contains 30% shea
butter and has a light floral scent. Very nice.
I also enjoy
their foot cream. Like practically every other foot cream on
the market, this one contains peppermint; however, they
combine it with cucumber, which tones down the minty tingle
and results in a very fresh, cooling, wonderful foot cream.
Apply some before bed, put on some socks, and wake up with
baby-soft feet! The hand cream and foot cream sell for $6.50
Shea Butter isnít your thing, try the
Kukui Nut Cream or
Lotion from Oils of Aloha (each about $10 for 4oz). These are also
non-greasy, fast absorbing and very moisturizing. As with
other product lines, the cream is richer, the lotion lighter.
Oils of Aloha
in an earlier article and for more moisturizing options check out
Whatever products you choose, I encourage you to maintain a
consistent routine of gentle cleansing and generous
moisturizing. Your skin will thank you for it!
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