Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Why I Stopped Using Body Lotion
Body lotion is no longer my best friend. It's not that I don't really love my deliciously scented bottles of Olay, St. Ives, and Jergens. On the contrary, I think body lotions and creams are fantastic, and that's pretty obvious if you take a look at the various bottle of them residing in my bathroom. However, my skin is so horribly sensitive that I have officially stopped trying to reason with it. If it's having a dry, itchy, red spell, that's tough. I can do my best to baby it until it starts to heal again, but the fact is that nothing I do prevents it, and everything worsens it.
Normally, when my skin is having a rough time of it, I whip out some of my favorite lotions to keep it a little more comfortable. But lately, that's done nothing. The skin on my arms and legs was dry, peeling, and a bright, painful red. A handful of thick lotion would give me a teensy bit of relief for an hour or so, then BAM- back to square one. One day, I was hanging out with two of my friends, getting ready to head off to NOLA Time Fest, when this conversation occurred:
Kate: Will. You. Stop. Rubbing. Your. Arm.
Me: IT BURNS!
Kate: Here. Try some of this. (At this point in the conversation she opened a drawer and threw a jar at me, narrowly missing my head.)
Me: Coconut Oil? Yeah, okay. (I rubbed some of the fluffy oil on my arm.) Ahhhh.... Relief. KATE, WHAT IS THIS MAGIC?
Lauren: Should I be worried about her?
Kate: ...Just give her a minute...
And that, ladies and gents, is how I finally found something that helped the sensitive horror known as my skin. Not only does it give me relief, but over the past two months I've been using it, I've noticed my skin isn't nearly as sensitive, and it heals much faster.
About a month after that, I discovered For Sanity's Sake Lotion Bars, which are the best thing ever. Combining those bars with the coconut oil has made my skin more comfortable than it has been in years. Since I've found these two, I don't use body lotion anymore, because I simply don't need it. It's the best feeling.