Skin me!

@AmbiePam (59104)
United States
May 19, 2012 1:11pm CST
This past fall I loaded up on lotion. I think at one time I bought three different kinds, all promising great moisturizing properties. I thought the winter was just hard on my skin. Not the skin on my face, which I've never had a problem with. Now it's hot. It was in the nineties the other day. And my skin is still dry! I'm still slathering lotion on my hands, legs, and feet. Maybe at 31 old age has overtaken my skin and run out every last bit of hydration I have. By the way, I know drinking a lot of water is important, so I do that. And sure, one of my medications can make my mouth dry, and perhaps it can dry out my skin. But it's worse now than it's ever been. Anyone else drying out?
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• United States
20 May 12
No , I have oily skin. All I can suggest is you talk to your doctor about your meds. Maybe there is something you can take that won't dry your skin.
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@AmbiePam (59104)
• United States
20 May 12
It doesn't bother me enough to go to the doctor. Maybe if I have a regular appointment I'll mention it. I've seen so many blasted doctors in my life, now I try to stay away if at all possible.
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@AmbiePam (59104)
• United States
20 May 12
Now that is one I have never tried. Next time I'm at the store, I'm going to find it and try it for once!
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• United States
20 May 12
Ok. I can totally understand. Suggestion: Try St Ives Intensive Healing! It is the strongest lotion I have ever tried. It is for sensitive skin and it has a light powdery scent. I use it on my dry feet.
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@carmelanirel (20942)
• United States
20 May 12
Yes, I think I was in my thirties when I really started using lotion a lot more.It also depends on how much sun exposure your skin gets and water exposure as well. I don't like wearing rubber gloves to wash dishes, so I have always used lotion after cleaning. And now that I am closing in on my 50s, I find I have to moisturize daily, even my face.
• United States
20 May 12
Oh yeah, having 2 dogs I too am always washing my hands too, so I can relate..I like the scent of lilacs, so I just purchase a generic brand of unscented lotion and add lilac essential oils and I think between the lotion and oils, my hands stay pretty soft..:)
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@derek_a (10874)
20 May 12
I too have had problems with my skin. Dryness, rashes, itching an other problems. I always use vaseline as a barrier in colder weather. Just a small amount on my face and hands make a huge difference. I have learned more about healthy diet and how to absorb sun to get good doses of vitamin E on Dr. Mercola's site. It can be found at.. www.mercola.com (not an affiliate link). I am sure that you will find useful information here as I did. _Derek
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@AmbiePam (59104)
• United States
20 May 12
Thank you.
@MoonGypsy (4606)
• United States
19 May 12
i am not in my thirties, but i am headed there. i don't think that has anything to do with it, because you mentioned that you take medications. this certainly does have an effect on the skin. i never really even considered that. i don't know what kind of lotion that you are using, but i use a medicated one. you may want to talk your a pharmacist or a doctor to see about getting the best brand (prescribed or over the counter). i had some good results with aveeno and vitamin E combination. i also found that traditional baby oil works okay, too. like i said, check with a dermatologist to see what's best for your skin. oh yeah, keep drinking water. don't give up on that.
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@AmbiePam (59104)
• United States
20 May 12
I've been fortunate to have good skin all my life. I keep waiting for my hands to start looking old. Someone once told me she knew she was getting older when in her thirties her hands started looking like they constantly needed lotion. I wonder if my allergies could dry out my skin. I know allergy medication can, which is why I'm careful if I take any, I make it sporadic. But I have to take it sometimes otherwise I'll itch like crazy. A doctor I used to see once told me Aveeno was best for the skin because "back in the day" it was actually a prescription lotion. So I used that forever, but gradually started using other ones that seemed to hold the moisture longer. But then I haven't used Aveeno in so long maybe it's time I try them again. Thanks!
@savypat (20217)
• United States
19 May 12
I am having this problem also, but I'm pretty sure mine is mostly age, I'm over 70. I finally got some coconut cooking oil, which comes in a solid form but melts at skin temp. Use just a very little, start small you can always add more, and I rub it into my face, hands elbows and knees all those really dry places. For me it's working well so far. But don't forget the sun screen also.
@AmbiePam (59104)
• United States
20 May 12
You know my mom has dementia, and the lady that babysits her twice a week told my dad to have my mom take coconut oil twice a day. She said it has been known to improve the mental health of patients with dementia related problems. Of course it's not going to cure her. But any kind of improvement whether it be her aggressiveness, her attention span, her concentration would be worth it to try. So they've been doing it for about three weeks now. She said it takes six weeks to show. She's a vegan and really into health stuff. My mom hates it though. He'll melt it in a cup and sometimes she'll drink it and then spit it at him.
@nikki3 (172)
• United States
19 May 12
I use vaseline total moisture. It has pure oat extract. I myself am 30 years of age and this seems to be the only lotion that works best for my skin.So, yes I had this problem and this is the only one that does the job.
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@nikki3 (172)
• United States
19 May 12
oh and it does make your skin feel hydrated after use.
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@cher913 (25782)
• Canada
23 May 12
i have been noticing that my skin has been really dry lately. i guess because i am 50 and it all goes down hill from here! anyways, i bought this walmart brand of cream for extra dry skin and it is really good. no more white spots!
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@Madona1 (2096)
• Gibraltar
1 Jun 12
Hello there, my favorite moisturize lotion is Vaseline. Every time after the shower or bath, I will apply it to my whole body to keep my skin feel good and healthy. However if you feel thirsty despite drinking lots of water, you can have some water melon or coconut juice that helps. Meanwhile, please watch out the food that contains lots of salt, which won't be good for you. Because the salt will make you thirsty and make your body store water. Hope this helps.
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@lynboobsy11 (11337)
• Philippines
21 May 12
I used Jergens and sometimes vaseline that's two only good for me. I tried to used other slightly cheap in cost but can't cure dryness. But since it's summer time here in my country I rarely used lotion specially when I'm home because it's too hot. But when I go out I make it sure that I used lotion for protection from dust and dirt that goes directly to my skin.
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@jdyrj777 (6530)
• United States
22 May 12
Funny how you think at 31 old age has overtaken your skin. Im 56 and feel im just at middle age. I usually just use lotion in the winter. My skin is older looking then it was and people are usually very surprized when i tell them my age. Even in the winter i dont put lotion on my face. They say that drinking plenty of water keeps your skin moist too.
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@MandaLee (3708)
• United States
2 Jun 12
I certainly am. I drink alot of water and use a moisturizer daily, both of which are extremely helpful for my dry skin. Have a wonderful weekend!
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• United States
19 May 12
My legs are always dry. It really doesn't matter how much water I do or do not drink and anymore it doesn't matter what season it is either. It used to be that in the winter I was really dry but summers weren't too bad. But now they are dry all the time.. I don't even put lotion on them anymore....so I have no idea!
@ryanong (9665)
• Vietnam
20 May 12
My skin turns to dry too in the winter time even though i still drink much water a day. I often use lotion after taking shower then dry skin is not big problem with me anymore. Better you should choose a good lotion type that is suitable with your skin. Hope you can get out of this problem soon.
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• Philippines
20 May 12
I used to have a dry skin but as I grew up, I tend to have an oily skin to deal with now. But during the time of dry spell, I used to take 400 IU of Vitamin E everyday. Sometimes, when it is really unbearable, I take double dosage and coupled it up with 500mg Vitamin C. These combination works wonders for me during those times when I am drying up.
• Canada
19 May 12
Both of my daughters and I all seem to have drier skin than we ever used to... and, of course, it's worse after shaving our legs or even just after bathing/showering. I bought several different lotions - some affordable, some more expensive - but nothing was really giving any of us good results. Then I bought one at Walmart and we were amazed... it makes our skin SO soft and we never really use it more than once in a day. It's by St. Ives and it's very reasonably priced, too. Don't know if it will help you but all three of us really, really like it Here's what the bottle looks like: http://www.stives.com/Hand-%28and%29-Body-Lotion/Prevent-%28and%29-Relieve-Dry-Skin/24--Hour-Moisture-Lotion/
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@mentalward (14692)
• United States
19 May 12
Funny you should mention this. Yes, I've noticed a definite difference in my skin lately. It started this winter and, like you, I chalked it up to the dry heat in our homes. But, it's been especially wet this spring with high humidity and my skin is still dryer than it's ever been. I haven't been doing anything differently, not taking any new medications, drinking as much (or more) water as usual, nothing has changed except my skin. I have dry mouth, too. It's caused by at least one of my medications. But I've had that for quite a long time now so that can't be the same reason as the dry skin. In my case, I've just assumed it's because of my age. (I just turned 60 last month.) That's a normal part of aging. But, this has been an especially strange year, weather-wise, so it could very well be due, at least in part, to the unusual weather. We've had excessive pollen this spring so, who knows, maybe that has something to do with it. If it is bothersome, maybe you should consider seeing a dermatologist.
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@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
19 May 12
hi Ambie my hands are drying out since I am diabetic it seems. First I didnt really notice but now its springtime and we got nice temperatures as well and my hands are rough..... I dont forget to put cream on when I am at work but I always forget during the weekends when I am at home. Shame on me. Got a problem with water retention and my leg skin starts drying out too as it seems.
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