If you’re Irish or have sensitive skin, then my guess is that you suffer from keratosis pilaris on the back of your arms like I do. I’ve seen different dermatologists regarding it, but nothing they prescribed helped me. Post college, I was buying Dermadoctor’s pricey KP Duty Scrub and Lotion for years (also available at Sephora here and here). I felt like it was working better than anything the dermatologist ever recommended, but I still wasn’t seeing 100% results. To cut down on cost, I’m experimenting with trying a normal exfoliant on the back of my arms followed by Gold Bond Rough & Bumpy Skin. While it doesn’t seem to give results as good as the Dermadoctor, I think it still works better than anything else I’ve tried. This may be a more cost efficient routine to stick to until the day that I’m professionally photographed in a sleeveless dress. Which will probably only happen if I’m ever in a wedding party again.
Do any of you suffer from keratosis pilaris? Comment below with any tips or tricks you may have. Thanks!
The last time I was talking about body exfoliants, I was reviewing Frank Body Products. You can read that review here. I wanted to share with you one of my go to body exfoliators that I love. I found it at Ulta, but noticed that they sell it at CVS too. The SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hand & Body Scrub smells delicious and is simple to use in the shower. It leaves the skin soft and smooth and goes right down the shower drain. I like to use this on my arms because I suffer from keratosis pilaris like most other Irish people. I also like to use it on my legs and feet or as a pre self tanner exfoliator. It’s pretty affordable compared to a lot of other products on the market. I just finished my second tub of this stuff, so I decided to give SheaMoisture’s Argan Oil & Raw Shea Hand & Body Scrub a try next. I think this one may be a little more moisturizing for the wintertime. It doesn’t smell as intoxicating as the Hibiscus one, but definitely provides more moisture. It’s probably important to note that neither are moisturizing enough to skip body lotion once you get out of the shower.
While we’re on the topic of exfoliators, you should check out Lush’s hand scrub which I also mentioned in this post.
Finding a natural deodorant that works seemed impossible at one point in time. I tried ones by Lavanilla, Meow Meow Tweet, and Fig and Yarrow, but none of them provided the coverage that I needed. The Lavanilla brand never felt like it was really working after an hour. The ones by Meow Meow Tweet and Fig and Yarrow would wear off after a few hours too. Out of the three, the Fig and Yarrow one was the least effective. You can forget about using it during the summertime. I did find a natural deodorant that I absolutely love and think it works better than the Dove antiperspirant I was using beforehand. Soapwalla sells this natural deodorant that is as good as all the reviews say. I feel comfortable wearing this for any event. Even for attending a wedding, working in an office environment, or heading to the gym. Instead of buying large sizes of every deodorant, I bought sample sizes of each. That way I could test them all to see which one I like the most. I would not recommend product testing something the day of a special event. If you’re the type of person that sweats a lot and uses CertainDri at night, then natural deodorant might not be for you. I have very sensitive skin, so I can’t use anything harsh like that. However, I would definitely say don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. The Soapwalla deodorant is definitely worth a try. You have to apply it with your fingertips and sometimes give it a stir during the warm weather, but I don’t mind this at all. Have any of you used natural deodorant before?
Happy New Year my friends! I have a feeling 2016 is going to be a good year. I hope you all enjoyed your holiday season and got some well deserved time for peace and self reflection. I’m planning a trip to Florida to visit my parents in the spring and another to Colorado in the summertime for a wedding. I still have Patagonia, New Zealand, Australia, Bali, and Thailand on my mind a lot, but have been unable to organize one of these trips.
Where are you planning to travel to in 2016? Leave a comment with your plans for the new year.
I think a lot of women are obsessed with trying to keep their hands smooth. If you have dry sensitive skin and live in a cold place like I do, then you’re probably searching for a way to keep your hands moisturized during the winter. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite hand products that I like to use to keep my hands soft and smooth during the winter months.
I’ll start off by mentioning the SuperGoop hand lotion that has a SPF in it. This is perfect to use year round and I mentioned it before on my blog here. I keep this stuff in my cubicle at work and slather it on my hands every time after I wash them. I also put it on before I head out the door in the morning unless I’m wearing gloves that day. Available here, here, and here.
Next up is this awesome hand scrub by Lush available here. Rub it on your hands dry or wet and then rinse it off. If you want a more serious exfoliant, rub it on your dry hands. My hands are always super soft after I use this and I’ll definitely be repurchasing this after it runs out.
Before bedtime, I’ll either apply this Aesop Hand Balm (available here) or the Liz Early Rosemary & Rock Rose Hand Repair (available here). I think both of these hand creams work really well and I rotate which one I use depending on my mood. I love the smell of the Liz Earle one.
Last, but not least is the L’Occitane dry skin cream and their amande (almond) one (available here). It comes in a small size that can fit right into your purse. Most people know that L’Occitane has awesome hand creams and I love stocking up on their mini size ones during the colder months here in New England. While I’m on the subject of travel size hand creams, I should mention the Eos Travel Size Hand Cream that I brought on my carry on bag recently when I went to Antigua (available here). I got mine at Target, so you can probably find it there in person too. I love the flip top on this which is very convenient for airports and airplanes.
Well that sure is a lot of hand products. I would definitely recommend the lush hand scrub and one of these lotions to keep your hands moisturized.