Moisturizing Tips and Techniques

July 20, 2010

Here is a cool summer tip. Put your face cream/moisturizer in the refrigerator! It is so cool when you apply to your face and neck.

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February 25, 2010

Inexpensive lotions and creams do not moisturize skin well, but after being unemployed for over a year, the better ones were out of my budget. I found that adding a little bit of Vitamin E Oil to a new bottle of inexpensive lotion really ups its moisturizing power.

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I no longer waste money on expensive moisturizers. I have found two products that are amazing and very inexpensive. The first is cocoa butter in a jar. It is made by Queen Helene and is a very rich and very moisturizing body cream that can also be used on the face.

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Make your hand and body lotion work better! When you are putting hand cream on, add a little baby oil. I use the gel. Just a little, mix it up well before you put it on your hands.

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Apply facial moisturizer before blow drying your hair so the heat from the blow dryer doesn't dry out your skin.

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Rather than stick to one brand of moisturizer or face cream, I like to switch around the products - and my skin seems to appreciate it! This is where sample packages of various lotions can play a role in your skin care routine - use them to supplement your usual lotions and creams in rotation.

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It's been particularly dry this year and I have been slathering on the hand cream/face cream/lip balm! Somehow I find that my skin reacts better when I vary the types of lotion/cream I use, so I switch off.

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November 11, 2006

Does anyone have a homemade recipe for a dry skin moisturizer for face and body?

Jamish from Ransom, Kansas


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November 11, 20060 found this helpful

I wash with ivory soap, moisturise with Johnson's 24 hour moisture lotion and use extra virgin olive oil when I get really dry. I will dab it on my face, elbows and knees as needed. If I feel really dry and itchy I add some to my bath. I stand up before the bath drains and I am covered in a light layer of moisture that I only pat dry. Hope this helps....

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By vbart (Guest Post)
November 12, 20060 found this helpful

I buy pure (and not chemically processed) shea butter from, mix it with a bit of "carrier" oil (such as sunflower or almond), and use it year-round. It is amazing; it is the only moisturizer I will use, and my son, daughter, and son-in-law are hooked, too.

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November 12, 20060 found this helpful

Go to the dollar store and buy a large bottle of baby lotion (dollar store brand) a small jar of vaseline, and a jar of vitamin e cream. mix all and put in containers ( i use funnel and put back in original containers.) If too greasy, you can use 2 bottles of baby lotion. This is great for moisturizer, cheap, and lasts a loooong time.

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November 13, 20060 found this helpful

I use the shea butter mixed with a small amount of natural coconut oil. For aroma I will add a few drops of almond oil or some other essential oil. This truely will moisture and not leave an oily film.

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November 13, 20060 found this helpful

This is a recipe from recipezaar, go to recipezaar if you wnat to read the ratings
You will see the change in your skin after a week.
Recipe #61610
Internal Detox For Glowing Skin
This is a great, simple drink to detox impurities from your body. It cleanses your body from the inside out. Extremely easy to drink too. Have one first thing in the morning, and one before bed. You will see the difference within a week.

2 1/2 teaspoons good quality honey
1 slice lemons, 1 inch
1 cup hot hot water
Add Honey to the boiling mug of water, stir till completely dissolved.
Add the slice of lemon and allow it to brew for 5 minutes, stirring occassionally.
Sit back and enjoy the drink.
Lotion for Dry Skin

2 (9 ounce) bottles of baby lotion
2 (8 ounce) jars of vitamin e lotion
4 ounces vaseline petroleum jelly
Pour everything into a large bowl and mix with electric mixer until smooth. Pour into lotion pump bottles.

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By carla bledsoe (Guest Post)
November 14, 20060 found this helpful

i use virgin coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. a little goes a long way!
for lips, dab with raw honey and let set. it will mostly soak in if your lips are really dry. great for cold sores too.
you can add a couple of cups of whole milk or milk and cream to your bath. to that you can add a half to one cup of honey. pat your skin dry.
don't use anything with a petroleum base if you can help it. anything you put on your skin eventually ends up in your body in minute amounts. that is the theory behind all these patches of medicines we see these days. that said...the closer to natural, non man-made the better.

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By vbart (Guest Post)
November 14, 20060 found this helpful

Oh, another thought; being a "shower" (as opposed to "bath") person, I keep a plastic squeeze bottle (like a ketchup/mustard dispenser) filled with some kind of vegetable oil, scented with a bit of essential oil, in the bathroom, and use just a bit, overall, while I'm still wet...great for winter!

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September 2, 20070 found this helpful

I just use plain Extra Virgin Olive Oil! I use it every night and wake up with soft, smooth, silky and literally glowing skin! It works wonderfully on my dry skin and absorbs very quickly.
If you're not so crazy about the scent, you can just add a few drops of essential oils to make it smell nicer, but I'm alright with the scent. Besides, the smell does go away within a couple of minutes.
It's cheap, natural and probably sitting in your kitchen cupboard right now! (You should use Extra Virgin because it's least processed, meaning all the good 'stuff' is still in it, meaning more nourishment and it'll work more effectively)

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By Maria (Guest Post)
December 19, 20070 found this helpful

EVOO is the best...
Hey Post by PICO (194) | (11/13/2006).. says add Honey to a cup of boiling water .
But as far as i know.... Honey shud be added to hot water n not boiling. Coz honey added to boiling water turns TOXIC.....
SO please PICO.... Chk the receipies before u advise .... coz many people here are not aware.. they might blindly follow anything...
Please take care

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Does anyone have an idea on what body moisturizing lotion would be good to use after going to my tanning salon?

By Lorraine from Bristol, CT

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September 15, 2011

I really need a good "works every time" home remedy for dry, flaky, "elderly" skin. Help!


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August 13, 2009

Is there any solution to make my hands soft?

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January 26, 2018

Petroleum jelly, whether Vaseline or a store brand, can be used as a moisturizer. Dermatologists recommend it for dry skin. Some consumers will not use it because it is in fact petroleum based and choose to use other oils or commercial products. The controversy continues. This is a page about using petroleum jelly as a moisturizer.

Applying Moisturizer

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November 20, 2011

Dry skin is a common ailment that many people experience in the winter. Olive oil is a great natural moisturizer. This is a page about using olive oil as a moisturizer.

Using Olive Oil
as a Moisturizer

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April 2, 2017

There are natural oils, vaseline and even dollar store face creams that give people good results. This is a page about inexpensive face moisturizer.

Container with face cream and chamomiles

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March 16, 2018

Instead of spending big bucks at the makeup counter trying to match your shade, create the perfect blend at home. This page explains how to make your own tinted moisturizer.

A hand testing the tone of a tinted moisturizer.

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