Dry Skin, Be Gone


My dry skin has plagued me for I don't even know how long. Ha, I remember once offering a friend who needed lotion the Neosporin that I would put on my cracked hands. She politely declined. Now Ryan will point at my dry spots that appear if I don't get to put lotion on after a hurried shower (which is often) and announce, "Wiz-zard! Wiz-zard!" I wonder who taught him that. 

Now that I'm responsible for three people's very different and somewhat picky skins (Chris never even has to use lotion ... I know!), here are my five moisturizing items that I currently use on our family:

1.
Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisture Cream, Fragrance Free, 8 Ounce
I use this baby lotion on ... me! We have been buying it since Ryan was a very wee one, and Chris' aunt recommended it to us. One day when I was out of lotion for myself, I put this on. It lasted on my skin better than my other lotion so now it's my go to.

2.
Nature's Way Coconut Oil, 32-Ounce
Last year before we went skiing in Utah, I ran out of the same Olay facial moisturizer I had been using since the fifth grade. I read that coconut oil had a lot of benefits for skin so I purchased a small jar during my last-minute shopping trip the night before we left.

That whole week in dry, dry Utah, my face was perfectly moisturized, and I was the only one who didn't get sun burned or wind burned. I've been using it ever since. Now, I also use it for diaper rash since it is cloth diaper friendly, and spoiled second-child Conor gets a massage with it after every bath (but he only gets a bath every few days so I guess he isn't that spoiled).

3.
Aquaphor Healing Ointment Dry, Cracked and Irritated Skin Protectant, 1.75 oz Tube, (Pack Of 6)
During the summer, I don't even have to put lotion on Ryan. The winter is a whole different story. His skin gets dryer than mine, which is saying a lot. Aquaphor is the only thing that I have found that has worked on him. I do have to work it into his skin more than regular lotion.

4. 
Heel Tastic Intensive Heel Therapy, 2 ounces I have gotten three pedicures in my life, and each time I have been so embarrassed. Only once was I embarrassed because I didn't realize pedicures include a lower leg massage and it was the dead of winter and well, I didn't know where my razor was. I've learned since then. But every time I have been embarrassed by how cracked and rough my feet are. I know, maybe that is a clue that more pedicures would help, but that's realistically just not going to happen. Last month during the first round of negative degree house-bounding weather, I utilized my Amazon Prime and ordered this infomercial wonder. It really is fantastic. 

5.
Water. This is a no-brainer, but my skin does feel much better if I am not dehydrated as I often am as a nursing mother. My goal every day is to drink more water and to make Ryan drink more, but easier than done. 

Now, I'm no expert so if you have a miracle, dry-skin-be-gone item that I do not about ... please type and tell! 

And what is favorite toddler that will keep them occupied for maybe 30 minutes at a time? Is it dream I'm chasing that will never be reached, or do they exist? Thank you mucho in advance. 

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