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So your skin is ridiculously dry.  Your hands are so dry that they hurt.  The skin over your knuckles has even split into “cuts” at your joints.  Ouch!  You hate to wash your hands, but you know you need to after…certain activities.  You’ve been putting on your regular hand lotion after washing your hands and after showering.  But your skin is still so dry that it itches painfully.   Good news!  You can beat it without expensive treatments.  Here are eight easy tips to turn that skin around.

  1. Does your hand- or body lotion have a lovely perfumed scent?  Set those products aside right now.  Find a low-fragrance or no-fragrance lotion that features natural components like shea butter, coconut oil, even lanolin.  Of course lanolin is not for you vegetarians.  These are easily found in your health food store, but they are showing up more frequently in national chain stores.
  2. Does your hand soap have a fragrance?  Consider switching to fragrance-free glycerin soap.
  3. Put a hand lotion pump at every sink in your home and office, so you can use lotion after every time you wash your hands or handle wet laundry.
  4. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to your hand lotion pump and shake well.  This alone may fix your dryness.
  5. For horribly itchy dry skin, get packets of colloidal oatmeal from any drugstore, and follow the directions for a nice soak.  While you are soaking, ask yourself honestly if you have been taking in a lot of sugar.  If you have—and hey, we’re just out of the holidays—cutting your sugars to almost none is a worthy experiment.  Many get very dry skin and fine lines, from eating sugary baked goods and from syrups in their coffee drinks.  Drinking beer, or eating yeast breads and other yeast-containing foods also causes itching for some.  Try staying off yeast for a few days, and you’ll have your answer.
  6. After showering or soaking, put your lotion-with-olive-oil all over your body.  Wait several minutes until it dries. Now put lotion all over your body again.  Wait several minutes until it dries, before getting dressed.
  7. Eat a half avocado or more every day.  Smooth, happy skin will result.
  8. Feet dry?  Buff them with a coarse nail file, wash gently, and rub them with olive oil before putting on cotton socks.  A large pumice stone from your hardware store’s cleaning-goods department can also make a terrific sanding stone.
  9. For your dry face, consider a good natural or semi-natural night cream.  Night-time moisture products do not contain sunscreen, and they often have less perfume.  That’s two ways night-time products will not irritate or dry out your skin.

It may seem normal to have dry skin this time of year.  But why be normal?  Defeat that dryness and feel great in your skin!

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● Kebba Buckley Button is a corporate stress management trainer and the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You, and the 2012 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core.  She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister.

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