Dry skin

@jillhill (37379)
United States
September 5, 2007 4:12pm CST
It's not even winter and I find that my hands and feet are already dry and itchy. I am open to new ways to keep them moist and soft. I have tried the vaseline and the glove thing and I got up during the night with my hands itching so bad I had to wash them. Is there a very good hand cream or home remedy that any of you would like to suggest?
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12 responses
• United States
6 Sep 07
What about eucerin cream? Its more expensive then other brands of lotion but i hear it really works. I work at walmart and i have customers coming in all the time saying that their dermatologist reccommended it. So it must be good.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
6 Sep 07
Thanks so much. I'll check it out!
• United States
7 Sep 07
Your welcome. I know how it feels. I have such horrible problems with my skin, especially in the winter. My skin gets so bad it actually burns. By the way i also use the bath oil by avon - its great!
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
8 Sep 07
Right now when I put lotion on my hands they turn bright red....that is how dry they are and like I said it's not even winter yet!
@jHoEn16 (2043)
• Australia
8 Sep 07
did you try the baby oil? coz thats what i used everytime my skin is dry.. sometimes lotion didnt work.. they made our skin itchy...
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
8 Sep 07
Last year I found the baby oil gel....that helped. It also helped my friends husband who has very dry feet! Thanks for the reminder.
@jHoEn16 (2043)
• Australia
8 Sep 07
hmmmm dont mention it.... i hope it will help.. coz it help me too... goodluck mate!
• United States
7 Sep 07
Cocoa Butter - Palmers Cocoa Butter. Very good for dry skin and strtch marks
I would use a good body wash for in the shower first. I use Suave Cocoa butter and shea. Lots of moisture and smells great. Then use Cocoa butter cream. It comes in a round container. It looks kinda like vasiline{pictured Below} made by Palmers. Apply to dry spots as much as you want. I used this stuff with both my pregnancys and I didnt get very many stretch marks, I was very soft, and no dry skin! And my husband{whos a mechanic} would have very soft hands! This is the best stuff ever!!
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
7 Sep 07
Cocoa butter is good too, I know some that swear by it and even one who used it against stretch marks. They healed up rather nice, not perfect but nice. Heh, I'm surprised you are here Copper after reading the Tomboy thread XD (teasing) And now I have another lol tidbit about your hubby ;p
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
8 Sep 07
I have a wonderful list now of things to try....I love coca butter so I'll be trying that too. Thanks so very much!
@soleya (1102)
• Latvia
6 Sep 07
I know the problem of dry skin can drive people mad, but there is always solutions to all problems. I personally use a slice of lemon every time I go to bed. I take the slice of lemon and put it all over my feet and hands. It really helpsif you do it every evening before going to sleep. Just try it and you will be amazed by the results of this simple and natural way of treating dry skin.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
6 Sep 07
Lemon? That sounds very interesting! And inexpensive. I'll have to try that. Thanks so much!
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
7 Sep 07
Yep lemon is used in beauty too! Its got nutrients and healing properties that can help the skin. I've heard a couple of people use minced garlic, and upped garlic consumption, but please remember. If you apply it on a cut or opening its gonna burn (still good for cleansing though), just be careful.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
6 Sep 07
External application of olive oil with some internal consumption. Use oranges, bananas, milk, tomatoes to get some good nutrition for the skin. Keep potassium, manganese iron and calcium intake up, don't cut sodium too much either since that is also part of healthy cellular function and nutrient distribution along with the other things I mentioned. Vitamins A, D, E and K are all good for skin and hair, while B vitamins are good for blood flow, energy production and improved blood flow to the skin allowing the blood to carry the nutrients better. Copper is also good as a light additive for hair and somewhat for skin, but take it with zinc in near equal proportion so your body doesn't discard one or the other. Make sure to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. Your body does need it and it really does help keep skin very soft, hair as well. I can attest to all of it. For other externals, try some avon but be careful of bad skin reactions. When taking a new topical cream, try testing it on a part of your skin that isn't so sightly. I did the same thing with proactiv (there another factoid about me ^^). Also look for lotions with aloe and vitamin E. There are also formulas for dry and itchy skin, keep an eye for those. In most cases, using multiple lotions is not real damaging, just use them apart from each other if you feel concerned about it. Good luck Jill! If you need anything else come find me :)
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
6 Sep 07
Wow! I am impressed by all you know. Thanks for the info~!
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
7 Sep 07
Heh thanks Jill *blush* I'm usually told "too much nerd speak" by loved ones, but they still find my advice helpful. Nutrition wise and some beauty product wise I was able to help you, but notice you have plenty of people with some great answers to your question. Take care now!
@laurika (4536)
• United States
20 Nov 07
I have the similar problem every year, but it is because I wash my hand very often and don't dry them good. And that is very important since it would let your hands very dry. Also you should protect your hair with gloves, if you have problem with dry skin. The best hand cream I ever have is the Nivea, but it is in the blue can. I am not sure you can buy it in usa too. also Neutrogena worked for me too.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
20 Nov 07
Yes they sell both here ......I'll have to try them! thanks so much for sharing!
@laurika (4536)
• United States
20 Sep 07
If I can recommend you something it would be olive oil and you can use it very easy.Just apply on your hand or feet and cover with gloves or sockes.You will see how your skin would be nice while olive oil is a natural moisturizer.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
20 Sep 07
Olive oil must be a very good conditioner/moisturizer as so many recommended it! Thanks so much for posting!
@andrejuly84 (1047)
• Romania
10 Sep 07
this happened also to me.i have noticed this few days ago.thanks for remembering to get a cream a special one cause i don't like this sensation in special of dry hands
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
10 Sep 07
Me either...it's nasty!
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
8 Sep 07
I forgot about collagen. Collagen helps your cells, especially skin and hair maintain their elasticity. You can find some collagen based lotions in the pharmacy (though there are a few doubts of using it topically) Vitamin C is also a factor in its production, synthesis and procession. Also look for hyaluronic acid products since H acid is also crucial to skin (typically soy products).
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
8 Sep 07
I started getting a little more vitamin c in oj in the morning. I don't usually drink it but I found out that it also kills bacteria in your mouth to help prevent gum disease! Thanks for the heads up!
@bagumbayan (2705)
• Philippines
6 Sep 07
If the cause of the ichiness is not a kind of skin allergy, and the lotion and moisturizer not effective, how about trying virgin coconut oit. It is widely being used in our place. There are some in the market but the best are those homemade virgin coconut oil. I suggest that you browse in the internet and look for on how to prepare one. It is effective, and not costly, try it.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
6 Sep 07
Another solution! THanks so much!
@KarenLO (238)
• United States
6 Sep 07
Try 1 tsp of olive oil in something you eat everyday...it could possibly help put oil back into your hands from the inside. I know my kitty used to drink the oil out of my floating candle and he had the most beautiful silky coat he had ever had before and he didn't scratch anymore. I don't have the dryness problem but olive oil is good for your health anyway.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
6 Sep 07
It's worth a try. I have about 6 different kinds of lotion now and none of them really work! Thanks Karen!
@AmbiePam (51516)
• United States
6 Sep 07
Put some sugar into regular lotion and spread it on the area you desire. It's an exfoliator that will clear the roughness or dry skin, and leave the skin smoother. Also, any lotion with shea butter will moisturize very well.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
6 Sep 07
THanks so very much for the suggestion.