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Dear ALL, Like many of you, I used to suffer from dry skin -- skin so dry, that I also suffered from eczema. I recall Michael Rae's solution, of increasing the fat content in one's diet -- but that is not consistent with my diet. For the past several months, I have been taking a really cold shower after exercising -- I exercise six days a week in my local gym, on the most recent model Precor elliptical cross-trainer with hand motion, at the maximum resistance and a high speed (approximately 5miles per hour). Immediately after the workout, I take my once-daily shower in the gym's shower room -- and it's a VERY cold shower. I wait about 20 seconds for the water to get appropriately cold, and then smile, and, in a semi-meditative state, allow the very cold water to bathe my back, starting my shower. It's much easier than it sounds. I take my complete shower, using a good quality soap (a clone of Olay extra mositurising with shay butter beads), and then dry. I use no moisturising cream. I've recently seen my dermatologist, for my annual skin scan. He found my skin in excellent health, and, for the first time, no problem of dry skin. I explained that I'm taking cold showers -- and my reasoning: a warm or hot shower washes away your natural skin oils. He told me that, whatever I'm doing, I should continue it. -- Saul
[Note: This is a thread spun off from a post on the Cool Tools" thread about my favorite treatment for dry, cracking skin, discussed below - Dean] Moisturizer: O'Keeffe's Working Hands Cream I know I'm not the only CR Practitioners to suffer on occasion from dry, cracked skin, particularly on the fingers. It seems to happen in the drier months of fall and winter. About a year ago I found a solution that works better than any I've ever tried, and that is O'Keeffe's Working Hands Cream (or in larger size for less per oz). This stuff is amazing, and the 3500+ 5-star reviews on Amazon show that other people feel the same way. Painful hand cracks that I thought I'd be stuck with for a week or more quickly went away after applying this stuff. Fortunately I haven't suffered from finger cracks lately, possibly because of regular application of this cream, or possibly because of sufficient healthy fats in my diet. But here is a before/after picture of the kind of cracking I'm talking about (ouch!) that this product can take care of (this is an example after 1-week of use by someone who purchased the cream). Here is a description of the product: O'Keeffe's Working Hands is an odorless unique skin therapy lotion to improve the health of your skin. A water based product that contains no oil -- No Greasy Feel -- the lotion for dry skin, skin repair, cracked skin, skin relief, skin care, and skin moisturizing. Absolutely odorless No greasy feel Hypo-allergenic Not tested on animals 100% recyclable packaging Created by a pharmacist 2.7 oz. Jar The first effective treatment specifically for people who suffer from cracked and split skin. The highly concentrated proprietary formulation stimulates the skin's natural repair process by hydrating the skin, altering pH balance and retaining moisture. Safe and effective on all skin types. But I have to admit, I haven't researched the ingredients, which are: Water, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Ammonium Stearate, Ammonium Borate, Dimethicone, Paraffin, Hydropropylmethylcellulose, Allantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Octyldodecyl Stearate, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate If anyone sees anything they consider toxic (for topical application), please let me know. Otherwise, this hand cream really does the trick and I highly recommend it. --Dean