Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Dry Skin and The Body Shop

My 2009 Hall of Fame Collection: The Body Shop Body Butter ! My favs are Shea, Mango (too bad this no longer around) and Passion fruit (great for hand and arms and a substitute for perfume).

To those who just swing by, just to say, among all the wonderful stuff The Body Shop have in store, nothing beats their award winning body butter.

I have a mild case of Ichthyosis Vulgaris or IV in short. It's the dry, scaly part of your body. I only have it on my calf area, so you won't notice I have any fishy thingy going on if you're walking past me. Haha! Since its autosomal dominant inherited disease, I get this from my long line family members, my dad and my late grandfather. Even my aunt and uncle have it. The rest of my siblings were lucky enough to escape this disorder. Lucky them :p

Like eczema, there is no instant cure for this disorder, however it will often improve with age, although they may grow more severe again in old age. I have to moisturize my body twice a day after shower, if not my shin gets dry and itchy. My other body areas tend to get dry too.

I've tried dozens of over-the-counter moisturizing, products and nothing beats it like The Body Shop body butter. It smells yummy and it works wonder! Other products just smell nasty and artificial.

Just for the record, I've tried these products on my skin;

Nivea cream: My college budget cream. Need to use this right after shower. The Nivea signature smell is so-so and can be a bit too boring sometimes, but what makes this a 'meh' for me is for the fact that its greasy, not moisturizing. Yerrrr ouuuut!!!

Palmer's Cocoa Butter: How to say this in a subtle way, it's like a mashed lip balm :p

QV: This product is good for those with very dry skin and sensitive skin. I have actually bought three products on this from the body gel, body spray and cream and it actually works fine for me. What's lacking is the smell and the availability in normal pharmacy. I can only find the whole range in Singapore and in certain location in KL. Bummer.

Reuse is better than recycling! Empty tubs make an awesome currency tub for my future travels. Too bad it doesn't come with a good exchange rate. Hahahaha!

I gotta say, this tub costs a slight whopping of RM59.90. It's a real ouch if you have to spend it every month, but hey, my shin is loving this.

Wait, there's ANOTHER one must-have for dry skin (IV and also eczema) is the Shea Body Scrub. A friend of mine who has eczema uses The Body Shop Shea Shower Cream and it definitely a good addition along side with Body Butter.

Shea Body Scrub (in my shower)

Zoom in one the sugary scrub texture. At the lower part of the tub, you can see a surface of oil that makes the scrub moist. You can use just the oil for the dry part of your body. If you noticed, the fine lines on my hand is another characteristic of Ichthyosis Vulgaris.

Check out my MJ glove. LOL! It's also from The Body Shop. At first, I thought a glove scrub would make scrubbing easier, but I dunno, it feels rather odd and a bit tedious to be taken off. I ended up using only one side of the glove instead.

I recently started using Shea body scrub for exfoliation after a suggestion from the sales lady and OMG it makes a whole lotta difference!!! The scrub works both ways; the sugary scrub exfoliate dead skin well and the oily scrub leaves the skin moist when you scrub and it doesn't hurt. If you have dry skin, right after shower, it is recommended that you need to pat only 40% of your skin dry and immediately apply moisturizer before your skin dries up.

I highly recommend the scrub and the body butter for all the dry skin-ers out there. Let me know your success stories on this :) Took awhile for me to complete this article as it's made from love :x

Go to this site to find out which Body Butter suits you.
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