As the weather gets cooler and the colder seasons are upon us, dry skin can get more difficult to avoid. What’s your best DIY recipe for dry, cracked skin?
I have a favourite body butter that I buy in 2L tubs off the internet, but on the DIY side I'll use coconut oil and then put on long sleeves/pants to hold in the moisture. Sometimes I'll cut the bottoms off of old socks and roll them up my arms or calves if I have particularly dry spots. Excited to hear from other people!
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Chris Pettit Moderator
SO many tubes of chapstick. I buy extra to make up for the ones that I forget in my pocket and end up in the dryer. Thankfully winters in the pacific northwest are pretty mild, but I always make sure to put on my moisturizer right after the shower. I also try and avoid the temptation to take hotter showers, as those really dry my skin out.
I thought I was the only one that used chapstick for unconventional reasons. It works better on my dry and splitting fingertips van vitamin D or any moisturizer I have ever found. I find that the regular chapstick although I'm not promoting a brand, but the ones without perfumes are coloring added do the very best and help me especially through the winter where I will rub chapstick all over both hands especially my fingers and nails areas at bedtime
I forgot to add that I have psoriasis that is limited to my hands and fingers and affects my nail beds drastically. I also have psoriatic arthritis which has ruined nearly all of the first joint the furthermost joints from my knuckles, and I only have a few fingers left that aren't disfigured are enlarged to where I cannot put on rings and my thumb's which are the worst so, I can barely use a pair of scissors anymore. But we're not talking about sorry Attic arthritis right now
I actually had a giant chapstick that was designed for use on the skin! I think the company stopped making them though...
Brenda, it can be so difficult when the hands are affected. It sounds like you're having a particularly bad time with it. I hope you will find this community a support. We also have a community for psoriatic arthritis over at: https://psoriatic-arthritis.com/ - please feel welcome to stop by here or there anytime.