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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Dry Skin Woes

Late December and January, we had super sweater weather.  It was actually cool! What's not so cool, my skin getting dry, drier than the Gobi desert, not a pretty sight I tell you.



To vanquish my dry skin woes, I tried to think of the causes first (and try to brush up on what anatomy I learned way back when, hahah).  It could be the cold weather sucking in the moisture from my skin.  Age is another factor, yes ladies I'm a dinosaur, a relic - could be that my skin is losing its elasticity and suppleness.  Because its cold out, I might have been forgetting to hydrate myself more.  And you see I love taking hot baths, so I think that's another culprit.  It could also be because I love to exfoliate/dry brush.  A lot of reasons . . .

So what's a girl gotta do?

*CHOOSE THE RIGHT TYPE OF MOISTURIZER FOR THE RIGHT SEASON.  What's light and greaseless in the summer just won't cut it out for cooler months.  For cooler months, better try lotions/moisturizers that are oil-based to create protective layering. 

For me, I find mixing a few drops of moringga oil with my lotion to be beneficial.


I have used this lotion for a long time now, but lately it feels too light on my skin, not really doing wonders for my dry skin. This lotion is good during summer months, but not on colder months.  So in order for it to not go to waste, I try and add in a few drops of moringga oil. 




Using moringga oil alone, according to Jellybean, alleviates dry and rough skin.  There is no oily or greasy feeling as it is easily absorbed by the skin.  It smells faintly of Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea perfume.  I can also say that it relieves itchy skin and good for insect bites.  Very affordable at 99 pesos.


Now, this lotion is love - Olay Moisture Lotion with Shea Butter.  I bought this at S&R (sorry forgot the price).  I use this after shower and I feel like it is absorbed quickly providing much needed moisture on my skin.  My dry skin was cured in a week even my rough feet, no kidding!  I felt that my skin is more supple and healthier. There is a faint powdery scent, which I love.

Extra TLC should be given to areas that are more prone to dryness like your hands, elbows, feet and knees.

*LAY OFF ON THE EXFOLIATION/PEELS/SCRUBS.  I do dry brushing.  While it is good to exfoliate skin in order to get rid of dead skin cells, it is better not to overdo it as it will strip skin of essential oils needed for protection.  My skin hurt from too much brushing so I just do it twice a week instead of daily.

*TRY TEPID BATHS and keep it short and sweet.  Hot baths are great on colder weather, soothes my aching joints as well, but do you know that hot water can actually break down the lipid barrier of the skin which leads to moisture loss?  Best to use lukewarm water or water with mild comfortable warmth (as we used to say during my PT days).

I have also switched soaps.  I like using my Safeguard bar for that squeaky clean feeling, but it doesn't moisturize at all.  It leaves my skin tight, so (I know my mom will be happy about this) I've started using


Dove soaps.  Jellybean calls this soap "okra" soap.  You know that vegetable that has a slimy texture.  Yup, this soap leaves a slimy film after using it, but it's actually good.  I have come to appreciate this only now.  I now see why my mom had been lecturing me to use this soap.  It leaves my skin smooth after baths and I smell like a baby afterwards.

*HYDRATION IS KEY.  Often times when cooler weather steps in, I tend to forget to drink water.  I just don't like drinking a lot as I have to pee more often, but we have to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate to balance our bodily fluids for better circulation.  Better circulation would mean toxins would be flushed from our skin and would give good blood flow, making our skin's condition better.


*GET ENOUGH ZZZs.  Sleep is our body's natural way of healing itself.  While we sleep, our body repairs the wear and tear of the day.  Repairs and builds up collagen, which keeps our skin smooth and elastic.


*SEEK A SPECIALIST.  After changing your regimen and yet you have dry, scaly, itchy, red, plaque like patches of skin, it might be a different condition altogether, so best consult with a specialist as they will give you the best advice tailored for your needs.

That's all folks! Love the skin your in.

27 comments:

Jean Quiambao said...

That Malunggay oil looks interesting! I used to apply lotion on my skin everyday when I was in high school; I got tired when I was in college and now I'm regretting it. But I'm back to the regimen and I hope that my skin would forgive me and be back to being smooth. Hehe :)

Jocris Mangubat said...

Its really yay sis.. I wish I could change my regimen too.. I hate dry skin, yet I am still poor to switch soaps, and the Olay wooow.. ! quite expensive., but will soon try that..

Rae A. said...

Iniisip ko din yan, na pwedeng age... Kasi even in the warmer months, dry na din yung legs and thighs ko e. Yung face ko lang talaga ang ayaw matinag sa ka-oily-han. Haha. Naisip ko din mag-swtich to dove, pero nung nasa grocery na ako, I swtched to Johnsons baby milk bath. Ok naman so far.

Nathalie said...

I have that same Aveeno lotion (even the same size) and so far it's doing a good job moisturizing my skin. I also have moringga oil, but I haven't used it for weeks. Though yes, I agree that it smells like Elizabeth Arden Green Tea which I love. ^_^

Kittykat Miyaw said...

Jean, it's never too late, your skin will thank you for it years later :)

Kittykat Miyaw said...

Sis Jocris, you can try oils, very inexpensive :)

Kittykat Miyaw said...

Sis Nathalie, I have been a long time user of Aveeno, it's just that my skin reacted to the colder weather we are having plus some other factors too, that's why itsn't doing much for me at all. I find that combining it with malunggay oil makes it more effective. The malunggay oil doesn't smell herbally surprisingly :)

Kittykat Miyaw said...

Rae, my face isn't dry at all, oily din kahit na dry buong katawan. Yung mga factors na pin-oint out ko yun ang mga napansin ko sa akin buti na lang pwede pa natin i-combat and i-correct, pero ung aging we can't beat it haha.

Sarah Rizaga said...

I don't have a dry skin, i used Johnson's Baby Milk bath for like a year or two at kita naman talaga yung results, honeslty though, andaming products ang nilalagay ko sah skin ko hehe, ang problema ko lang talaga ay ang pagka-oily ng face ko, pero may nabasa akung article nah oily skin is good daw pagtanda natin, it'll reduce wrinkles daw. Hehe im interested in that Moringga oil.

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Angel E. said...

uy pede pala yung moringga oil, matry nga ;) thanks for the tip sis!

Style and Glow said...

I'm also having dry skin especially on my legs. I'll try that moringga oil and I must say hello again to my Dove soap.

Mango RabbitRabbit said...

i am probably the worst at ZZZZZ-ing!!!!! terrible terrrrrrible sleeping schedules and hours :( need to remind myself to sleep MORE!!

I just realized someone created a fake Facebook account pretending to be me... I hope this doesn't happen to you! I've just created an official Facebook page, hope to see you there!


xoxo, Mango ❤
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MuShii said...

I drink a lot of water and sleep as much as I can ! I'm sure it helps a lot, but my skin is still dry.

lornadahl said...

I use Human Heart Nature's vanilla lotion to moisturize my skin. OK sya. I heard olive oil is also good in moisturizing the skin. Pwede mo rin siguro i-try, there's olive oil products in Body Shop. *hugs*

Maita Atienza, Makeup Artist Philippines said...

Ah, my sister loves lotion and always passes them to me when she gets bored with them so I never need to buy my own lotion. Great suggestions, though. And yes, I absolutely adore dove soap!

--> Mrs. Diaz

Kittykat Miyaw said...

Sarah, thanks for following back ha :)

Kittykat Miyaw said...

Angel, try it, very inexpensive :)

Kittykat Miyaw said...

Style and Glow, yey for Dove soaps!

Kittykat Miyaw said...

Mango Rabbit, don't forget your beauty sleep :)

Kittykat Miyaw said...

MuShii, may be there are other factors causing your skin to be dry. Try and investigate :)

Kittykat Miyaw said...

Lornadahl, ay oo I totally forgot about Body Shop's olive oil products. I remember somebody gifted me with it long time ago and it worked great. Thanks, and thanks for the hugs!

Kittykat Miyaw said...

Maita, I have come to love Dove only now, sayang all those years hehe!

Wander Woman said...

Oooh. I'll defintely hoard Malunggay oil when I visit the Philippines. :)

Christine Uy said...

I hate having dry skin during summer, it's so horrible. Good thing Aveeno worked really well for me, it's awesome! You picked great moisturizers. :)

Take care always, love Christine ~ xo
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MigsandAlaine Alejandrino said...

I love moringga! I am using their moisturizer but have yet to try this oil...thanks for the info. Getting myself one today.

Mrs. Panda said...

this is super helpful, my skin is getting so dry with the weather :(

Pauline Reyes said...

Hi,
You can also purchase Aveeno Moisturizing Lotion at Kallony at an affordable price! :)
xo,
~Pauline @Kallony

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