How Can I Put Lotion On My Own Back?

United States
November 26, 2010 12:48am CST
During the winter months, my skin gets extremely dry. I try to stay moisturized but I cant seem to put lotion on my back. I mean I can on my lower back and on the back of my shoulders but I just can't reach that middle area of my back. Do you have any ideas on how I can put lotion on my middle back?
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• India
26 Nov 10
Maybe you can try it out with the back of your palm. That’s what I do… I know exactly what you mean when you say you cant reach your back…it’s the same with me so whenever I’m applying lotion on my back, I put some on my left palm, then dab some of it on the back side on my right palm and bend my right arm backwards so that the back of the palm touches the back of my torso… I just rub the back of the palm on my back and thus apply the lotion…I repeat with the left arm for the other side…I hope you can visualize this
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@elitess (5099)
• Ipswich, England
12 Dec 10
Hello single mommy. Have you tried using a back scratcher wrapped in a cloth with lotion on it ? That would be my first idea if you can't manage with your hands and don't have anyone to help you spread it on your back. Regards, Alex.
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@peedielyn (1211)
• United States
10 Dec 10
Hello! I have tried all the gadgets and even had my daughter put it on. I found this to be handy and hopefully so will you. We try to resuse our towels but I usually end up using mine for my hair and then washing it. I found out that if I roll it up lengthwise I can do this. I roll up the damp towel and then squirt lotion on it. I then take it with one hand on the top, swing it to my back and use my other hand on bottom. Kinda like those massagers on a rope or the body scrubbers. It works for what it's needed to and then I throw it in the wash with the rest of the laundry. It saves pulled muscles and is convieniant when I don't have anyone else to do it.
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@LittleMel (14061)
• Canada
29 Nov 10
I don't have a problem doing it myself on my own back sometimes when I'm tired hubby does it for me I remember there is something called body lotion applicator when I was selling MLM cosmetics but I don't remember whether it will reach back or not
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@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
27 Nov 10
Hi singlemommy! I have the same problem when it comes to scratching my back. Ever since I broke my right shoulder I can't reach that far in the backwards direction so I am always grabbing something to help me reach my back like a ruler or something to help me scratch. They have some nice sponge things on a stick that would be perfect for putting lotion on your back. I see them in the dollar stores. They are for washing, so they would be perfect for lotion too.
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@celticeagle (73311)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Nov 10
Do you do yoga? If you practice taking your hands behind your back and intertwine them then you can. Using a baby wipe helps too. Practice and as you get more limber you can do it. Loofa, baby wipes and damp wash cloth or pad with lotion is what I use. Yoga is great to limber yourself up!
• United States
26 Nov 10
like everyone said: you can used that back brush you used when you take a bath. or if you have a dog, you can train him how to put lotion on your back!
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@jbrooks0127 (2330)
• United States
26 Nov 10
I have never tried this but it is worth a try. If you have a back brush perhaps you could coat it with lotion and then reach those hard to touch areas. It works great for cleaning your back so perhaps this would work. :-)
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@Hatley (115107)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Nov 10
hi singlemommy my roommate has a long handled back washer with softnylong scrunchy on the end and she applies body wash to her back with it but it could be used to put lotion on your back as the stuff is soft. good luck and hope this would work for you. I have quite a time myself putting body' lotion on my own back in the middle. Its specially hard when you are all alone with no one to help you at all.
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@eshaan (6193)
• India
26 Nov 10
that is where you need someone's help...you can ask your partner or kids...as this problem is same for everyone...i too ask someone if it is itching..or has become dry..
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• United States
26 Nov 10
could you try one of those bath scrub brushes, scrubbie w/ handle of sorts you could put a sock or something like on it and then put the lotion on the sock and do your back that way.
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@savypat (20248)
• United States
26 Nov 10
I was given a very special tool for just that purpose, I think you might get it at any shop that handles bath products. It has a round plastic part that you spread your moisturizer on then apply to your back, the handle is not to long and that makes it long enough to reach but not to long to control.
@carolbee (16245)
• United States
26 Nov 10
Maybe a piece of lightweight wood or plastic would work. My only suggestion would be to stop by a paint store and see if they have something to give you that stirs the paint. You could wrap a washcloth or a soft rag around the end and use it to put lotion on the center of your back. I have problems with itchy skin only on my back in the winter. I had several of these sticks when I was using them to make a craft but can't remember where I put them!
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@moondancer (7434)
• United States
26 Nov 10
Well, the only ways I can think of is if you have a back scratcher or something like that. Wrap a soft small piece of cloth onto the end of it. Put lotion on it and and start rubbing. Or take a long strip of material and put some lotion in the center of it and one hand on the cloth at your waist area and the other over your shoulder holding the material in each hand and rub back and forth, like you are drying you bath with a towel.
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• Canada
26 Nov 10
Not sure what the thing is called, but I've seen things that look like the brushes on a stick that one would use to wash their back in a shower, only, instead of being a brush, you fill it with lotion, and rub it on your back. Try looking for one of those.
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