If there’s a product out there that says it can cure/heal/soothe dry, cracking skin you can pretty much bet I’ve tried it. After grappling with eczema (which I have on over 70% of my body) for two decades, I have come to the conclusion that the condition, unfortunately, is here to stay. Add to that a stretching pregnant belly (and really, well, stretchy everything), and I have been an itch fest. TMI, right?
The good news is, however, that because of my tenure with this nasty skin condition, I have some methods for relieving dry skin that have brought relief to the driest and most uncomfortable of eczema breakouts, so I’m confident they’ll help you too.
1. EVENING PRIMROSE OIL: I initially started taking the supplement because my OBGYN implied it helped tone and strengthen the uterus for more productive contractions and shorter, less complicated labors (here’s to wishful thinking, eh?). What I didn’t know, at the time, was that these magic pills came with a plethora of other benefits. If you’re a psoriasis or eczema sufferer, add these to your supplement regiment immediately. If you suffer from painful periods, arthritis, or a number of other ailments, this magical plant-turned-supplement is said to help. It also has made my hair extra shiny, which is always welcome.
2. BIO OIL: Kim K is a Bio Oil advocate, and despite having no talents outside of her bodily dimensions defying nature, her skin is pretty darn beautiful. The “star” is a fellow eczema sufferer, and swears by the stuff. I received a sample from my OB’s office, and immediately went out and bought myself a bottle. Here’s the kicker: While I use it as an après-shower moisturizer, I’ve also taken to mixing it with salt and using it as an exfoliant on my face and body. If you are prone to acne, I don’t suggest using it on your face, but if your face is like mine and you are in dire NEED of oil and moisture, it will help. Plus, it rids my face of flakes and creates an acceptable palate for make-up.
3. AHAVA Moisturizer: A bit of a splurge, but worth every darn penny. With ingredients from the dead sea, the stuff smells like sunshine and will make your bod silky smooth. I slathered myself with this miracle potion for weeks before my wedding to ensure healthy skin for the day, and it did not disappoint.
4. HYDRATION: Ugh. I know. If you WebMD search pretty much any condition from acne to cancer, they’ll tell you water is an essential part of treatment. I was never a big water drinker, so to force myself, I mash up strawberries and mint to make the H2O a bit sexier. If you’re lazy, buy a Dasani water flavor droplet bottle and get to drankin’ kids.
5. PEDICURES: I’m not just including this part to convince my husband that pedicures aren’t an entirely frivolous expense (ok, maybe I am a little), but it’s proven that circulation issues contribute to skin problems, and pedicures help to spur blood flow. I always request some extra exfoliation with olive oil, which helps my legs heal. To that end, olive oil is the cheapest and most effective way to keep dry skin at bay. Instead of spending $$$ on a fancy exfoliant, simply mix olive oil and salt together, and voila!
6. HOT YOGA: While I can’t partake right now, as I am 100000 months pregnant, hot yoga classes helped to increase the amount of oil that came to the surface of my skin. I had to use the mat next to the smelliest woman on planet Earth, but it was well worth it. (Helped shed some pounds, too.)
7. VASELINE: For the spots where your skin is simply parched, skip over the lightweight moisturizer and head straight for the heavy duty stuff. If you’re an eczema sufferer, rub it on your breakout, wrap the area in plastic wrap, and sleep like that. When I do this, I look like a giant plastic-wrapped casserole, but it’s well worth it for the silky skin.