Once the temperature drops and the heat kicks on, my skin goes from dry and ashy to dry, ashy AND itchy. Based on the “winter skin” advice that I’ve been reading across the net, it seems that coconut oil is the NEW recommended cure-all to fight this seasonal travesty. I am always willing to try something new to address my winter skin, but coconut oil? I don’t think so.
I am from Jamaica so I am not adverse to coconuts. I use it in my rice and peas; I am a big consumer of coconut water (any brand but Zico); and coconut oil was actually the only cooking oil that we used before we were introduced to the likes of Crisco which was shipped to the island by our expat relatives in trailer loads. I really don’t want to walk around smelling like macaroons all day, however. And for the people who say they “slather” it on before they hit the shower, that just sounds like they are creating some really hazardous and slippery, conditions in their tubs.
Here are some great alternatives that helps me to keep coconut oil in my kitchen and off of my vanity.
My Winter Defense
1) Oatmeal Body Wash – I think this was originally formulated to help people that were suffering from chickenpox. It’s worked wonders for me because it addresses both the dryness and itching factor. My favorite brand is St. Ives Oatmeal & Shea Butter Moisturizing Body Wash ($3.97). I am currently using a fragrance free oatmeal wash that I found at the Family Dollar store, that works just about the same. I highly recommend that you use this with a textured wash cloth which helps with exfoliation.
2) Aloe Vera -Your hoo haas and nether regions need moisturizing too. I try to stick with aloe vera (100% pure, alcohol free) for these sensitive areas. I am currently using the CVS brand ($3.00).
3) Oatmeal & Shea Butter Lotion ($3.99)- St. Ives brand Oatmeal & Shea Butter Lotion is great all over body moisturizer. It absorbs quickly, leaves my body soft and moisturized and doesn’t leave a greasy film or residue which I would expect you will get from coconut oil.
4) Shea Butter ($20.00) – St. Ives Oatmeal & Shea Butter lotion, doesn’t have much affect on my lotion resistant feet, elbows and knees. I use Carol’s Daughter Shea Souffle to address these areas. Shea souffle is a little heavier (not as greasy as coconut oil) and works well. The scent is the issue that I have with this product and unfortunately, Carol’s Daughter products are notorious for being heavy on their perfumes.
5) Vaseline Lip Therapy – ($1.97) Dry, ashy lips is another winter burden. Vaseline Lip Therapy is thicker than its petroleum jelly cousin and keeps my lips moisturized all day.
Have a beautiful Tuesday.