solve cracked fingertips, shower, moisturize dry skin

As the temperature drops outside, so does the humidity. Cold air holds less moisture. It won’t be much better inside in most cases, as heating tends to dry air out. It is no wonder so many people are troubled with dry skin during the colder months. But what can they do to solve cracked fingertips and chapped hands?

How to Solve Cracked Fingertips:

Q. In the past I had trouble with dry skin. Now after I shower I use coconut oil all over my body, including my damp hair.

This has improved my skin far better than any expensive creams and lotions. I no longer have cracked fingertips or frizzy hair. Even my complexion has improved.

Virgin Coconut Oil Is a Good Moisturizer:

A. Virgin coconut oil is often used as a moisturizer. Studies have shown it is more effective than mineral oil for easing dry skin (Contact Dermatitis, March, 2004) and eczema (International Journal of Dermatology, Jan., 2014).  Coconut oil also discourages the overgrowth of common skin pathogens that can cause problems such as cracking fingertips (Dermatitis, Nov-Dec., 2008). It’s great you found a way to use it to solve cracked fingertips.

Dermatologists advise that your approach, applying moisturizer after a shower while the skin is still damp, is most effective. The skin should be blotted rather than rubbed dry with a towel, and the strongest moisturizer that can be tolerated should be applied. Most strong moisturizers are greasy, so having a product that tends to soak into the skin like virgin coconut oil is helpful.

“A Word from the Sponsor:”

As television shows used to say, decades ago, we now offer a word from the sponsor, in this case, The People’s Pharmacy. Our Winter Skin Survival Kit contains no virgin coconut oil, alas. But it does contain Udderly Smooth Extra Care 20 Cream in both a handy 2-ounce tube and a generous 8-ounce tub. It also contains three of our all-natural People’s Pharmacy Pomegranate Lip Care tubes. It’s a great collection for cold-weather moisturizing.

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  1. Auna
    Portland, Oregon

    Organic coconut oil is the best for your skin and the planet. And, since it’s absorbed into your skin, you’re essentially eating it. So organic is best.

  2. Bobbie

    Is it the coconut oil found in the baking section of the grocery store or is there a coconut oil made to be a moisturizer?

  3. Janice

    A few years ago, I developed a dry skin condition around my eyes. It was like having dandruff on my eye lids. I first used CeraVe’ eye cream. Then after reading a lot about coconut oil. I reasoned that since they make a cheap coconut oil for cooking and it is 100 percent coconut oil, it should do just as good. So I bought a jar at Walmart in the baking section for under 2 dollars. It has lasted about 6 months. I like the coconut oil because it works, it is very cheap and it does a great job with out making my skin oily. The coconut oil feels greasy between the fingers but after a light dabbing, the skin just feels smooth.

  4. Denise

    Why “virgin” coconut oil and not just plain coconut oil?

  5. Mary Ann Lopez
    New York (NY)

    memory: difficult to focus more than 5 minutes on bills . Normal tasks OK Mary L.

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