It’s not much more than a skiff, but it’s here! Snow!
What’s also here is dry skin! Sheesh! With the fire almost constantly going at our house the air is dry and so is everything else.
Travis and I have been using Aveeno, which works good, although I really want to get into making my own lotion. The start up costs to purchase everything are what’s stopping me right now. Once you have all the ingredients it’s relatively inexpensive to continue making. Or so my friends who make their own say. I’ll let you know how it goes when I finally get around to trying it!
Burt’s Bees lip balm has been a life saver as well. All the other balms I’ve tried, the minute I would forget to apply it my lips would rebel and chap and crack like crazy. Almost like they became addicted to the balm. It was gross and the total opposite from what I was trying to accomplish! Burt’s is the one brand that hasn’t happened with. I also purchase their tinted balms from the Nutrition section at Fred Meyer and use those as well. I think the regular balms are around $4 and the tinted are around $8. Great stocking stuffers!
As far as Tyrion goes, he has been dealing with a bit of cradle cap, which the dry air has not helped with. I didn’t know that it could be a problem for those over 12 months, but apparently it’s not uncommon. After doing a bit of research I sat him down with a bowl of coconut oil and gently massaged it into his scalp. He loved it, which makes me think that maybe it was a bit itchy? After about 10 minutes of rubbing it in and loosening the dry skin, I took a small tooth comb and carefully worked it over his scalp, picking out as much of the dry skin as I could. It worked great and I let him run around the rest of the day with a grease bomb for a head, figuring it couldn’t hurt to let it really saturate his dry skin. He kept bringing me the comb throughout the day to do it again. Such a little goose.
Even with using Burt’s Bees baby lotion on Tyrion, he still has been struggling with a few dry patches of skin. So, that same evening I filled the bathtub with a little oatmeal bath I concocted for him.
It had –
- 1/2 cup ground oatmeal
- 1/8 cup lavender buds (those were from my garden but you could also use lavender essential oil, only a couple drops.)
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- small handful Epson salts
I turned the water on as hot as possible and swirled all the ingredients together in the bath for about 15 minutes until it cooled enough to put Tyrion in. He wasn’t quite sure what to make of all the floaters in his bath, but he got over it after a minute.
It smelled so good and he slept great that night, which I’m sure had something to do with the lavender and Epson salts.
I washed his hair really good using fresh water from the tap to rinse it off. His hair is so soft now! I might need to try a coconut mask on my head!
He came out of the bath like a little grease slick, which I was happy with. I didn’t apply lotion, there didn’t seems to be a need to.
I have noticed a couple days later that he still has some dry skin on his head, but not near as much as before. I’m thinking of doing the oatmeal bath and coconut oil on his head once a week until his issues are gone. With the skin though I’m sure I’ll be doing these baths all throughout the winter months.
Just thought I would pop in and share with you all, in case you were dealing with the same issues!
What are your favorite wintertime products for staying moisturized?