The winter has suddenly hit hard around here, in Brooklyn. After all the balmy days, we are now dealing with teen degree wind chills and snow in the mornings. After awhile, in overheated interiors and drying cold weather, the skin gets dry and sometimes itchy. I find the best things for this are to remember not to take very hot water baths or showers, even if it does feel good momentarily, and to use products that contain colloidal oatmeal. Also for the lips, as much as I hate to say it, vaseline is the best, and if things start getting realy dicey, Carmex, or anything with real camphor in it, will keep things in hand. If you really can't deal with the petrochemical idea of these mineral oil based products, there are many wonderful hand made products of natural materials out there. Recently I discovered Etsy, the online site which offers hand made products, including lotions and soaps, directly. I like the idea of supporting the creative people out there, making their own soaps and lotions and lip balms. The prices are wonderfully reasonable, though the charges for shipping cut into that a bit, the totals are still much less than for the high end products out there available at retail, which don't have even a fraction of all the nutritive and wholesome ingredients these people are offering. I highly recommend trying this site, which also features art and home decoration products and clothing, hand made or vintage, on offer from around the country. The packaging and presentation is very appealing, and I await my first orders to see how good the customer service and delivery will be.
Etsy can be seen here. Above image from Wikipedia entry on Avena (oats).