When I got out of bed this morning, there was frost on the ground. Three days ago it was 80 degrees. Ahh, November in South Jersey. As long as it’s not snowing yet, I’m okay with it!
I’ve always suffered from a bit of dry skin. When I was overweight, I rarely noticed it, but I did have very dry elbows in the winter. During my weight loss journey, I developed a rash over 60% of my body. It was red, patchy, itchy and AWFUL. My doctor thought it was ringworm, so I got anti-fungals. I went to a dermatologist who thought it was eczema and prescribed prescription moisturizer and bleach baths. None of it worked. Finally, I went to an allergist, had a patch test. It was discovered I was allergic to NOTHING. (Okay, I was allergic to nickel but something like 96% of the world is allergic to nickel.) The allergist looked at me, looked at my skin, and said, “I think you just have really dry skin!” She told me about an over the counter jelly called Vaniply to apply after showering, and within two weeks my rash was GONE and hasn’t come back. Since then I’ve been really diligent with moisturizing my legs and arms after showering. Here are some other tips I use to beat the winter parch:
My hair is another thing that suffers in the winter. I keep it longer, and it gets drier and curlier every year. In the summer it’s not much of a problem, barring frizz, but in winter, my hair starts feeling like straw. A solution I found a few years ago was Co-Washing, or washing your hair with only conditioner. There are a TON of resources on the net if you’re interested, but my process is simple and CHEAP. I use Suave Naturals conditioner in, what else, coconut scent!
I wet my hair, squeeze out the excess, and pour a handful of conditioner into my hand. I focus on massaging it deeply into my scalp, let it sit for a few minutes while I shave or wash my face, then slowly add water, a little at a time, making sure to massage my scalp thoroughly with my fingertips. You have to rinse very well, taking extra care, but when your hair is fully dry, it’s much softer and smoother than regular shampooing.
Vinegar Rinse for Hair
Using apple cider vinegar helps smooth the exterior of the shafts of hair to make your hair smoother and softer while helping it retain moisture. It really helps your hair feel less “crunchy” in the winter months, and can stave off dry, itchy scalp. Mix a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water and pour over your hair after shampooing. Leave it in for about a minute, making sure not to get it in your eyes, then rinse with clean water. The vinegar scent will fade when your hair dries. I do this once a week max, but it really helps.
Coconut Oil Brown Sugar Body Scrub
This is what I use when I want super silky, touchable legs. It’s the easiest thing in the world. Mix brown sugar with just enough melted coconut oil to make the brown sugar look like damp sand. Then, after shave your legs, use small handfuls to scrub your legs and feet, then rinse under warm water. The coconut oil will leave your skin super soft and smelling great.
Brown Sugar, Honey & Olive Oil Lip Scrub
When I saw this on Pinterest I just had to try it. A cheap lip scrub that’s hard not to eat when you’re scrubbing your lips! It left my lips soft and smooth, and will be great for the great dark winter to come.
Do you have any frugal tips and tricks for dealing with dryness in the winter months? I’d love to hear them!