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Dry. Dry dry. My skin is dryyyyyyyyyyyy!

 

I know I don't drink enough water, but I do get a lot of liquids by drinking teas, juices, smoothies, eating juicy fruits like oranges and grapefruits.

 

My skin is so dry that it actually feels uncomfortable...like it's a size too small. What's up with that??? I'm itching and scratching a lot too. So much so that I'm scratching sores on myself.

 

I have tried (individually, not mixed) shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil or coconut oil after I shower, but I'm still dry. I used to use petroleum based products when I was ignorant to what that does to your skin. I still have some of these products left and I'm really tempted to use them for some relief. I would rather stick to the natural butters or oils, but they don't seem to be working.

 

Anyone else have this problem? If so, what do you do about it?

 

 I'm sending a couple close ups of my hand as an example.

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Remember, tea can actually be a diuretic.  Do you eat enough fat?

Are you having any other issues: fatigue, weight/gain loss, sleep issues, irritation, depression, IBS, constipation, etc?

Do you have allergies, or take hot baths and showers?

Hello Donna,

I don't know where you live, because climate has a lot to do with dryness. If you live like me up North, the heating system dries the air and the skin during winter. My solution is to dry brush my skin every day, and wash less. I used to take long hot showers and wash away the natural oils on my skin. I now sponge bathe my intimate parts twice daily and take a cold to tepid shower once a week. I know it's not for the type of person who goes in the shower 3 times a day but I just thaught I would let you know my system because it worked for me.

Another thing, you say you eat a lot of oranges and grapefruits, these are acidic fruits and might be the reason for your itching. You might want to replace them with a more neutral fruit like pears or mangoes, or the family of melons.

Don't forget that the skin plays a major role in the elimination of toxins and you might benefit from taking a hot sauna followed by a cold dip in the lake... (I also do that since the ice broke up recently) Ah! Ah!

I also read in David Wolfe's "Eating for Beauty" that MSM lotion applied topically is greatly beneficial in treating acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and scars (page 101).

Good luck.

Hi Marie-Paule,


Thank you for your response. I live in the bay area, about 35 miles south of Sacramento and 35 miles north of San Francisco. Not sure of what that means as far as climate goes. I do tend to love to take long warm showers and long, hot, soaking baths. When I get out I slather oil or butter all over while I'm still damp, but it seems like as soon as I get dressed, my skin has dried up and is a size too tight.

 

I am actually interested in dry skin brushing. I just bought a natural bristle bath brush a couple days ago but haven't tried it yet 'cause I'm not quite sure how to do it. I never thought about skipping the daily showers and brushing instead. You can bet I'm willing to try it because I need relief!

 

I will also try your suggestion about the neutral fruits. For two nights this week, dinner (for me) consisted of three oranges. I've even had grapefruit for dinner several times a week. I will change that. I do love mangoes!

 

Uh, I don't think I could tolerate a cold dip in the lake... this water out here is, let's just say, not too appealing. Plus, I'm cold all the time anyhow without having been in cold water! I applaud you for being able to tolerate the cold like that. I will also check out the msm lotion and see if that helps. Thank you for all your suggestions!

 

Marie-Paule said:

Hello Donna,

I don't know where you live, because climate has a lot to do with dryness. If you live like me up North, the heating system dries the air and the skin during winter. My solution is to dry brush my skin every day, and wash less. I used to take long hot showers and wash away the natural oils on my skin. I now sponge bathe my intimate parts twice daily and take a cold to tepid shower once a week. I know it's not for the type of person who goes in the shower 3 times a day but I just thaught I would let you know my system because it worked for me.

Another thing, you say you eat a lot of oranges and grapefruits, these are acidic fruits and might be the reason for your itching. You might want to replace them with a more neutral fruit like pears or mangoes, or the family of melons.

Don't forget that the skin plays a major role in the elimination of toxins and you might benefit from taking a hot sauna followed by a cold dip in the lake... (I also do that since the ice broke up recently) Ah! Ah!

I also read in David Wolfe's "Eating for Beauty" that MSM lotion applied topically is greatly beneficial in treating acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and scars (page 101).

Good luck.

Hi See*Grin,

 

Well, I actually don't have any allergies and I do love to take long hot showers and baths. I just never connected that with having such dry skin because I oil or butter afterward.

 

I only drink caffeine free herbal teas, right now I'm stuck on having Peppermint everyday. As for fat, since I am mostly made of fat, I try not to have too much extra, but I do use olive oil on my salads, and I eat 1/2 of an avocado about 5 times a week. 

 

Other issues? I need / want to lose weight, I sleep ok. Irritation? only when I scratch my skin sore. Depression is lifting thanks to raw food. No IBS. Constipation happens sometimes, but it's relieved when I drink a lot of juice for a day or drink smooth move.

 

Other than that, I'm still dry and itchy!!!

 

 

See*Grin said:

Remember, tea can actually be a diuretic.  Do you eat enough fat?

Are you having any other issues: fatigue, weight/gain loss, sleep issues, irritation, depression, IBS, constipation, etc?

Hello Donna,

 

Try jojoba oil. From all the natural oils and butters I think jojoba oil works best and relieves the dry skin. Moreover, it is absorbed very well by the skin. Jojoba oil is actually liquid wax, and it protects the skin.

 

Almond oil is the one which is closest in composition to the natural human oils. It is suitable for dry, sensitive and mature skin.

 

I can check for some more natural oils suitable for dry skin. But as I already told you, for me jojoba oil works best. I've also tried mixtures of various oils.

But first, try jojoba oil. I would like to read your feedback about it. :)

 

Hi Dessy,

 

Thank you for your suggestion. I am more than willing to try the jojoba oil. I will report back as soon as I buy some.

 

I did try the skin brushing last night, but I also "sponge bathed" myself using the sink, warm water, and Dr. Bronner's Lavendar soap. After damp wiping off, I slathered some coconut / olive oil mixture on that I made. It actually seemed to just sit on top of my skin! It didn't sink in. I didn't itch as much though.... It was very much a relief!

 

Jojoba search, here I come!

 

Dessy said:

Hello Donna,

 

Try jojoba oil. From all the natural oils and butters I think jojoba oil works best and relieves the dry skin. Moreover, it is absorbed very well by the skin. Jojoba oil is actually liquid wax, and it protects the skin.

 

Almond oil is the one which is closest in composition to the natural human oils. It is suitable for dry, sensitive and mature skin.

 

I can check for some more natural oils suitable for dry skin. But as I already told you, for me jojoba oil works best. I've also tried mixtures of various oils.

But first, try jojoba oil. I would like to read your feedback about it. :)

 

Perhaps your soap is the problem. I've always had rashes and itchy, dry skin until I switched to handmade soaps. I was so fed up with synthetic soaps that I decided to make my own soap. I'm no longer red and itchy, but in winter time (far far north) I still get patches of eczema. I try to control that by applying a body butter made of shea butter, virgin coconut oil, and hemp seed oil or evening primose oil, which are high in gamma-linolenic and linoleic acids (essential fatty acids that soothes inflammation and help the skin retain moisture).

 

 

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