Beauty · Body

How I Keep my Body Soft and Supple

Is it just me or does that title seem highly sexual?…Oh well, I’m here for it! You know what I’m also here for? Not having dry skin! Which, let me tell you, is no joke. Not only is it unsightly, it’s also embarrassing.  But, worst of all, it can sometimes be painful. Actually, my hands are currently screaming for some moisture, but I’m too busy typing to pay it any mind. I count it as a win that I can ignore that cry because I haven’t always been able to. It used to be that, if I didn’t have lotion on me, I couldn’t wash my hands. Gross, I know. But trust me when I tell you that walking around with deadly germs on my hands felt better than walking around with dry, painful hands. And let’s not even talk about my scaly legs. But, we won’t dwell on the past. Instead, let’s dwell on the fact that I’ve found a wonderful concoction that my body is loving.


I’ve always envied people that could use lotion straight from the store. I’ve always had to at least mix my lotion with vaseline for it to do anything. And no, it’s not the lotion. I’ve tried all the brands and soon moved on to a Shea butter mixture. Unfortunately I had to move on because, 1. shea butter is surprisingly hard to find in Manhattan, 2. I hated mixing it because the shea butter is so hard, and 3. it wasn’t moisturizing as well as I’d hope. Fortunately, I’ve played around and found a mixture that works for me. Say hello to smooth, lovely skin, soft elbows, and hands that aren’t too painful when left on their own for a while.

So whats in my lotion? Well the base of it is:
Any ole’ lotion
Petroleum Jelly

Then small amounts of:
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Black Castor Oil
Glycerin (only because I have it on hand)
Scented lotion (For smell. Just a bit goes a long way, it’ll be smelling tasty by the next day).

I know people advise against petroleum jelly/vaseline, but I’ve never bought the idea that it’s bad for you. My best face years was when I used vaseline as a moisturizer. I say try it, if it doesn’t work for you, move on.


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