Use Vegetable Shortening for Very Dry Skin

If you suffer from dry skin, or just want a good moisturizer, try Crisco. I know it sounds gross, but it really works well, is cheap and sinks in. The only problem I have found is that my dogs follow me trying to lick it off. ;)


Source: My doctor told me about this tip.

By Mina from Bonaire, GA

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April 2, 20081 found this helpful
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Grease in your clothing is a downside to this trick. My father-in-law was told to do this by his doctor. I wish his doctor had to do Pop's laundry! The grease would NOT come out, no matter what I did. There was just too much of it. And after a few months, his clothing began to smell rancid. UGH!

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April 8, 20080 found this helpful
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I use coconut oil, then wipe as much off as possible before going to bed. Wear cotton gloves!
This is for the middle of the winter.

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By Cajun (Guest Post)
April 11, 20081 found this helpful
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Crisco was once known as "Miracle C" and studied by Universities for it's skin healing properties.

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February 23, 20200 found this helpful

What healing properties?

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April 29, 20080 found this helpful
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My sister has a friend that has used crisco to take off her makeup plus her eye make up for years and years. She uses a wash cloth to remove it, but I understand that the makeup hardly budges from the wash cloth when you wash it.

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By Artlady (Guest Post)
June 16, 20081 found this helpful
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I do this in the winter. My skin gets especially dry then.


After I get out of the shower, I smooth it on lightly. It usually is absorded and not a problem with being oily. Works great!

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April 2, 20080 found this helpful

Don't you have to worry about grease on your clothes?

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By princess (Guest Post)
April 20, 20080 found this helpful

Just use petroleum jelly, it helps, I swear!

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By Marsha Yon (Guest Post)
December 7, 20081 found this helpful

I started using vegetable shortening 10 years and the trick to using it without messing your clothes is to use a small amount and rubbing it in your hands until its warm and rubbing it over the trouble area.

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By Darlene M.D. (Guest Post)
January 12, 20091 found this helpful

I learned in medical school that at Duke University they recommended vegetable shortening for dry skin. I need to try it myself.

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October 23, 20181 found this helpful

I use coconut oil on my face, have for years. When I was young, the opposite was true: I was too greasy. So it was a delightful surprise after my change of life, that I could now put stuff on my skin. I was a licensed massage therapist till I retired, so I know about skin and oils. Coconut is the lightest of your natural oil choices. But I sometimes joke that when I remove my shirts from the dryer, they momentarily smell like French fries for a few minutes! I haven't seen the oil stain my shirts, the way other oils do to sheets when used on the massage table. That's one reason why most of us massage therapists prefer to pay to have a laundry service: oil's impossible to entirely remove, and they can take the loss when their sheets start to smell rancid, which is unavoidable if you do the type of massage modality that uses cream or oils.


But I'm gonna try Crisco, because the cream I've been purchasing for four decades, Eucerin, has just become too expensive, and the Walmart generic imitation has changed and isn't as good any more. At least Crisco is hydrogenated vegetable oil, I'd never cook with it, but it's cheap, and it may work well enough. It's just for my dry hands. I've read about fashion models who swear by it, not that they're fountains of scientific information, they use all sorts of fad stuff... but why not try on my dry hands, since it's food-grade?

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April 24, 20200 found this helpful

I used Crisco on my skin for 20 years. Then, it clogged my pores and I got a cyst on my face. I had to have a plastic surgeon remove it and she made a terrible scar on my face. Do not use Crisco on your face hear me.

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