Lotion/cream for severely dry skin

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I need a body lotion/cream for severely dry, sensitive skin.

My requirements:

No parabans
No scent or low scent
No soy
No wheat protein
No wheat germ oil
No glycerin free or low on the list
No lanolin
Itch stopper (optional, but would be great)
Lasts for more than an hour after applying
Must moisturize, and not just coat the skin
If bought online, full ingredients are listed

I have tried too many brands to list, and most of them made me itch or didn't last for more than five minutes.

I would appreciate any recommendations.

Thanks!

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Vanicream

Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream | Dry Skin, Sensitive Skin Cream

Sold at Walgreen's and on Drugstore.com.
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Vanicream

Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream | Dry Skin, Sensitive Skin Cream

Sold at Walgreen's and on Drugstore.com.
Originally Posted by gardencurls
I've seen my grandfather use this and he loves this stuff!
I bought the Vanicream, and mixed it with coconut oil and castor oil, and so far so good.

Thanks for the suggestions!
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looks interesting, i'm putting it on my shopping list!
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I was really excited about the recommendation for the Vanicream, but disappointed after I saw the ingredients:

Water (Purified), White Petrolatum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Sorbitol Solution, Propylene Glycol, Simethicone, Glyceryl Monostearate, Polyethylene Glycol Monostearate, Sorbic Acid (A Preservative),
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Yes, the ingredients aren't the best, but I am desperate. I have tried so many lotions, both natural and run of the mill...and I have wasted so much money. I am just tired of it...

Oddly enough, the Vanicream makes my upper body itch, but it works OK on my legs. Hopefully, I won't have to use more than that one bottle.
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Possibly, it's the Propylene Glycol that makes you itch. A lot of people are "sensitive" or allergic to it. If you search, you may find the thread about that.

I'm a fine crafter and do a few shows each year. The absolute best cream I've ever used it the Whipped Shea Butter from Muddy Creek Soap Company - Products - Loofah, Body Lotion, Foaming Hand Wash, Gift Baskets It's the only thing that helps raw, chapped hands in the winter.
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I finally just made my own with coconut oil and some essential oils. I have some trouble with acne, so it has some tea tree and rosemary. Used about a cup of melted coconut oil and about 7 drops of each, and put it in a container with a lid that I got at the craft store. Coconut oil melts easily, maybe 30 seconds in the microwave on 75% power.

My skin has never looked better, seriously. My acne cleared up and all my dry patches are gone. My skin tone looks a lot more even, too, and the scaly patches in my eyebrows disappeared.

I made one for my hands, too, but I don't like it as much. I think I use my hands to much to wait for it to sink in, but I might try buying some shea butter and beeswax and remixing them to make it a little less greasy. The hand lotion has lemon and rosemary in it, mostly because I like the smell of it.
Averages out at 2b, ranges from 1c to 3a, very fine
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I am going to return the Vanicream as it now makes my legs itch.

I do use coconut oil, but it is not heavy enough for me. I mix it with castor oil and jojoba oil.

My search continues...
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I highly recommend AmiLactin or LacHydrin (same thing different names, there's also a knockoff available on Amazon and eBay. This lotion used to be prescription only and works wonders on my skin. I am so dry that I flake within hours of using any other moisturizer. AmiLactin/LacHydrin lasts about 48 hours before I need to reapply, but my skin is its best when I use it once a day.

For clarity, I have few functioning oil glands in my skin and hair, and even have horrendously dry eyes and mouth due to an autoimmune issue. AmiLactin/LacHydrin makes such an incredible difference! I highly recommend trying it. It's a little expensive but it's totally worth it. If they have ingredients you can't use, look for another moisturizer with lactic acid as a first or second ingredient. It makes a huge difference.

My other go-to is heavy cream, brown sugar and honey, combined to form a paste (add coffee grounds if you like) While it's more cleanser than moisturizer, it's incredibly healing and moisturizing on the skin. Use it as a scrub, keep the remaining in an air tight container and use when showering. Over a 2-3 day period the sugar crystals will dissolve and it will become smooth and creamy, and still work as a softening cleanser but without the scrubbing action.

Hope this is at least a little helpful.
AmLactin is also good for keratosis pilaris (chicken skin).

I found these natural recipes, and from everything I've been reading, avocado oil is the way to go for dry skin. Then you can add whatever you want. The one for dry skin sounds like it would smell nice, too.

I have combination acne skin, oily t-zone and dry cheeks, which is annoying, but going to try jojoba oil with tea tree and rosemary. I think the coconut oil is starting to break me out.
Averages out at 2b, ranges from 1c to 3a, very fine
Mane 'n Tail co-wash + leave-in
Clarifying shampoo every few weeks
Lavender Allergy
I am going to return the Vanicream as it now makes my legs itch.

I do use coconut oil, but it is not heavy enough for me. I mix it with castor oil and jojoba oil.

My search continues...
Originally Posted by Zinnia
Oh, poo.

Maybe the propylene glycol, like Kathymack said. It rarely causes irritant contact dermatitis, but it's in so much stuff, including food, you would definitely want to consult an allergist to know for sure if it affects you.
BHT is a preservative in Vanicream. BHT is a synthetic antioxidant and preservative often used in cosmetics, foods and industrial compounds for its ability to deter rancidity in oils and improve the shelf-life of water-based products. BHT is a known allergen and skin sensitizer.

Another cream widely recommended by dermatologists is CeraVe. Here are the ingredients: Water (Purified), Glycerin, Ceteareth 20, Capric/Caprylic Stearic Triglyceride, Behentrimonium Methylsulfate/Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 11, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phytosphingosine, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum
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Last edited by gardencurls; 11-17-2012 at 10:06 AM.
CeaVe didn't work for me either.

And thankfully, I rarely eat processed food, and if I do, it is organic 'junk' food, so I avoid PG and BHT in my food.

I think my dermatologist thinks I am weird because so many of the lotions are a dud for me.
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You poor baby...SO frustrating and painful!

We've polluted our world so badly it's getting less and less livable!

It's bizarre how many "hypoallergenic" products cause me to have allergic reactions of some kind. Especially laundry products.

Sebamed has become very popular. I haven't tried it yet, but I've seen it in CVS.

Lotion:Ingredients
Water, Dicaprylyl Ether, Glycerin, C14-22 Alcohol, Butyrospermum parkii butter, Sodium Lactate, Brassica campestris Sterols, Tocopheryl Acetate, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Potato Starch Modified, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol.

Day Cream:
Water, Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado), Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Brassica Campestris Sterols (Rapeseed), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Citrate, Fragrance (parfum), Phenoxyenthanol, Sodium Benzoate

Night Cream:Ingredients
Aqua (Water), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycerin, Brassica Campestris Sterols (Rapeseed), Octyldodecanol, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil (Jojoba), Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Sodium Lactate, Cera Alba, Magnesium Sulfate, Fragrance (Parfum), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Sorbic Acid

Have you tried putting olive oil in bath water?
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I really like Gold Bond Ultimate Restoring. Urea is one of the top ingredients, which is great for skin that flakes. I also love Paula's Choice Slip Into Silk body lotion. The Gold Bond lotion is one that Paula recommends based on research/ingredients ans states that it is one of the most state- of-the-art lotions sold in the drugstore. It does have a light fragrance, though...I do wish it was fragrance- free.
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I used to have severely dry skin and had to use the heaviest Eucerin cream but it's getting better, now shea butter and the burts bees body butter works fine for me.

What really helps is to put oil on my skin in the shower before putting on cream. Either right before after drying off or while shower is on and rinse off(the oil is still on).
I make a whipped shea butter with coconut oil, castor oil, peppermint oil and lavender oil that has worked wonders on my dry, winter skin. It's not as greasy as using shea butter straight out of the tub which is why i prefer it.


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I work at sephora and a brand that we sell a lot and is amazing for sensitive skin as well is a line called FAB first aid beauty. They make a cream that is soooo good for dry skin. It helps with eczema even, Id check that out. They have a big tub for 28 and a small one for 12. You can use it on your face and body. Super moisturizing, but not greasy. It literally is amazing. Everyone I try it on ends up buying it because you can feel the results instantly. A little goes a very long way too.
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It is a common problem with many people. No need to worry just use some natural ingredients for your skin like aloe vera or butter etc as a lotion or cream. I hope you will feel the difference and found good results.
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