I would stick to olive oil. Right before you dry off slather on some olive oil. Plus try to consume more omega-3's in your diet.
I had a similar problem because I wash my hands so much (I work with food and a lot of people daily) and after a million handcreams gave up and bought pure shea butter from L'Occitane. Works like a charm.
The olive oil and humidifier suggestions are good too. You might try an oatmeal bath to help with the itching.
I like showers 99% of the time but baths are great for relaxing.
Urgh my hands are the same cause of work. It's so annoying. I've taken two weeks off and my hands are finally back to normal, and I just know as soon as I go back for one day they'll be dry and flakey :(
Mine like to get raw and chapped and crack. It has something to do with the way I wash my hands-usually I lace my fingers and scrub that way at some point in the routine, I think, and that seems to be enough to screw my skin up. The soap at work doesn't help either "lotion soap" my ass!
Seriously gurl, shea butter.
Aveeno always helped when I had super itchy dry skin. I still get dry patches but its the only thing that stops me from scratching all the skin off.
When my skin is very dry, I skip the lotion and go for coconut oil.
I use jojoba oil, but I'm going to switch to coconut oil I think :P Lotions do zip for me.
Apparently coconut oil is comedogenic. Jojoba is commonly used for acne-prone skin, but if you have dry skin you should try olive or almond (I got some almond today, amazing!). </unsolicited advice).
No that's good to know. I don't have acne and I mainly picked up jojoba for the scent - I do use it on my face because my skin is so dry. I have terrible eczema. I have to oil down 2-3 times a day in the winter. Olive oil maybe a better option. I know with coconut oil everyone recommends organic virgin. Is it the same with olive oil or does any olive oil do? I'll have to research almond oil - I don't think I've seen it. I'm going to make people hungry when they are near me LOL.
I don't personally buy organic oils, but I've heard the same (that they are superior products). I have keratosis pilaris and I use jojoba and now almond on it, which seems to be working very well. I actually bought my almond oil from a nut store for $10 (250ml) which is great where I'm from.
I swear by Eucerin products. Their Intensive Repair lotion and Skin Calming Dry Skin Body Wash Oil specifically. My skin gets soooo dry in the winter, and this stuff fixes it right up.
Eucerin's Intensive Repair lotion. It's exfoliating and that helps me without being too rough on the skin.
Mine is too. I live in a really shitty cold+dry place. I like l'occitane en provence products but theyre expensive :(
BATHS all the way!!!
BAG BALM, do it. buy it.Edited at 2013-01-24 04:15 am (UTC)
I have to echo others suggestions of Eucerin Intensive. I have eczema, so my skin is beyond dry. I swear by it.
Seconding cetaphil. For my hands specifically, I have something called Dermasoft Sorbolene Cream which works pretty okay.
2013-01-24 05:48 am (UTC)
i have the opposite problem of you, i have really awful oily skin. this
is supposed to help with any sort of skin type, though, and if you have really sensitive skin then it's also worth noting that your skin shouldn't react to it. it works great for me, so maybe you could give it a try if you have a lush where you live. you could even just ask for a sample if you don't want to commit to it.
i take baths.
I swear by the Aveeno stuff. It's done wonders for my skin. The skin relief especially during the winter.