Jan 25, 2011

Natural Dry Skin Remedy with Coconut Oil!


Survival Tip Tuesday
Does your skin get crazy dry in the winter like mine does?

My feet, my hands, my face, my legs, my arms… and we don’t even have super cold weather here in Texas like those of you who live up north do! I can’t imagine what my skin would be doing if we lived in a colder area!

Those of you who have been reading STS for a while now know that I love natural remedies. When possible, I try to choose products for our family that are found naturally and while I’m far from an expert in this area, I do know that so many of the ingredients in most lotions are surrounded by controversy right now and I’d really just rather not chance rubbing those ingredients INTO my skin.

You guys know how big of a fan I am of coconut oil, and it turns out that it helps tremendously in getting rid of the itchiness and even the dry skin altogether!

You can rub it directly onto your skin, or you can do what I do and take a bath with a few Tablespoons of coconut oil! Taking a bath in coconut oil has been one of my favorite things to do this winter.

I’ve also found that it doesn’t make my skin super greasy like other oils do. Obviously it’s greasy right at first but it always absorbs really well and within minutes the greasy feeling is gone!

Nutiva coconut oil saleWe typically buy the Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil on Amazon because they usually have great deals with subscribe & save. Plus, you can use it for lots of other things like tortillas with coconut oil instead of shortening and homemade coconut oil deodorant! 🙂  But any other coconut oil brand would also work for helping with dry skin.

What other things do you guys do to help with dry skin on your face and body in the winter?

More Natural Living ideas!

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  1. avon is better

  2. @Lori – To each his own!

    Thanks Rachel!

  3. Which Avon product do you like best for dry skin? I’m loving the coconut oil, though, and since we already have it on hand I don’t have to buy anything new!

  4. I am guessing that Lori sells Avon….I see a shameless plug there!

  5. Lori is right!! Avon’s Moisture Therapy Intensive or Wintersoft are the best.

    • What are the ingredients in Avon’s products? Besides costing a lot more, too many companies still use mineral oil (because it is so cheap), and mineral oil steals Vitamins E, A, D, and K, from your bloodstream. Also be aware that some companies still use mineral oil but have found different names for it to try and fool the public. I don’t know that Avon does, but many do, so always check the label.

  6. I use 100% Shea butter from L’Occitane for my feet and Argan oil for my face and neck.

  7. I mix coconut oil & my lotion half and half and use not only on my face, but on elbows, knees and feet. It works wonders for this lady firefighter for 25 years – some of the guys even use it ( I keep it in a small tub) after a cold day fire and cracked skin.

  8. Rachel (and others that might be able to point me in the correct direction)-

    I’m new to coconut oil. So new, in fact, I’m researching where and what brand to purchase because I have never purchased any before.

    I have two main questions:
    1. Does anybody have feedback on Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil vs. Nutiva?

    2. I read your blog post about making and using your own coconut oil deodorant (if nobody knows what I’m talking about you can read that post here http://www.survivingthestores.com/homemade-coconut-oil-deodorant.html) from May of 2010.

    My question is do you still use it? I read in that post that you’re in Texas, and I’m also wondering if you use or used it in the hot Texas summers, and is it effective? I’m on the Texas gulf coast, and I’m just not quite certain it’s going to hold up in the 105+ degree heat and humidity. I guess I have this newbie vision of it running down my arms or something (disclaimer: I know everybody is different and the best thing to do is go out there and try, but I would like feedback first about what works and what doesn’t).

    Thank you!

    • It works great Andrea, and no it does not run down your arm. You will probably have to keep it in the refrigerator in the summer, being in Texas with the heat. I have also found that it controls the odor better, even if I’m camping and can’t shower for a few days.

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