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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Lotion Factory

You don’t know how many times I’ve wished for one of these in my backyard.  I have plenty of room back there and heaven knows how much I’ve spent on lotion since moving to the desert ten-plus years ago.  This place isn’t for sissies.

Forget about ever having nice skin again when you live in a place this dry.  You’ll have cracks in places you didn’t know could crack and it doesn’t take long to get them.  I think this is doubly bad as you age because your skin loses moisture anyway.  It’s no wonder you can walk into Walmart and see a large portion of shelving lined with lotion.  There are brands there I’ve never hard of before moving here.

I’ve probably tried them all by now and I’m still searching for the best one out there.  So far, Gold Bond is high on my list.  Recently a girlfriend gave me another one she picked up to try at the dollar store.  Everyone is desperate for some skin hydration here, as the humidity dips as low as 6 % at times, although it’s usually hovering between 10 and 15 %.  This lotion is a creamy petroleum jelly that seems to be good.  It’s not greasy after it soaks in and is pleasant smelling, but may be too perfumy for a guy.  I’m still trying it out, but the cracks on my feet are getting better.

I recently ordered another from Amazon that has rave reviews.  I think it will be similar to the one from the dollar store.  The fact that the reviewers say it heals cracks is good enough for me to give it a whirl.  I haven’t received it yet but once I do and try it out, I’ll post a review here on my blog.

You can now see why I’m looking forward to moving to a place with a bit more humidity.  This extreme dryness is killing my skin.  Of course, that’s not my only requirement for a new place to live, but that’s for another post.

Do you suffer from dry skin?


  1. My hands used to always crack , but I use Lubriderm now a couple times a day and I have no troubles. My feet still get big cracks, but they were doing well with Lubriderm too- I am just too lazy most of the time to lotion my feet :)

  2. Pilch,

    I wouldn't dare be lazy about putting lotion on my hands and feet. I'd be sorry if I let myself slack off for more than a day.

    Thanks for reading.


  3. Not really--but I live in Nashville and it's outrageously humid here. My sister moved to Chicago and her skin has suffered from dryness since. I think she got used to the moisture in the air here as a child!

    1. Steph,

      Nashville would be humid, at least more so than the desert. The humidity here hovers around 10-12% so you get shocked all the time. It's that dry. Even living in CA it was more humid than it is here and around 30%.

      I grew up in south TX and the humidity there is very high - in the 90% range in the summers. You sweat all the time, but it's better on your skin and hair.

      Thanks for reading.



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