Fuel oil heat, forced air furnace, tightly sealed walls, and a low-humidity. All the right ingredients for very dry skin.
I have very dry skin to start with and this kind of environment is like dragging fingernails across a chalkboard for me. I’m in a constant frenzied search for more lotion.
Right now, I’m using some high quality face cream from Terralina as overall body cream after running out of their body lotion. I’m finding that their face cream feels even better than their body lotion on my body but this little tub is going fast. What I love about Terralina is their full ingredient disclosure as well as a handy glossary of what common bodycare ingredients really mean.
I’m also using Alana’s Alaskan Lotion Bar that I picked up at the Tok General Store. Made in Wasilla, Alaska (yes, home of that infamous Alaskan Sarah Palin), at first I didn’t understand how to use it. I thought “lotion bar” was just a term for a emollient soap.
Even though the packaging even says that it is NOT soap, I must confess I did try to wash my hands with it the first time. Then I realized it really was lotion in the form of a bar of soap.
While it is in a soap dish, I reach for it after washing my hands to try to keep them from chapping.
Another great Alaska-produced cream is from Alpenglow. I bought a small jar of the lavendar face cream and a large jar of the unscented face cream from the Natural Pantry in Anchorage and love it. I use it before heading out into the cold on both my face and hands. While it is a bit thick and a tad greasy, my skin just sucks it up and feels tremendous relief from that tight, itchy feeling.
I still absolutely love the hand-made, food-grade quality lotions from Herbal Evolution. I haven’t ordered them for a while and ran out late last year. I special order extra-large bottles from the gal who makes them out of her home in California. While all of the above lotions are terrific, there is something magical about home-mixed potions.
What do YOU use to combat the dry winter weather?
PS: If you have a lotion or cream you’d like me to sample, I will give it a try and write about it on this blog!