With this bitterly cold weather -hello negative one degree- my skin is taking a beating. It’s unreal how a few days of gas heat kickin’ on Stage 2 (that means our gas bill will be $200+, YAY) creates a crocodile state.
I’ll own it, I’m a bit ashy. I’m even irritated just thinking about the inconvenience of this winter storm. I can take being holed up in the house for a few days, my car covered in an inch of ice, even running out of snacks, but when my skin starts screaming…it needs to be over, soon! I walk around itching all the time!
Then it dawned on me…I already have a solution.
A few years ago, Josh had a terrible bout of eczema on his arm that started small and spread out. It created a rash, then a raw spot and then finally, it was just a discolored spot in the crook of his elbow. It was about the size of a tennis ball.
We were having dinner with several other couples when one of the guys mentioned he *used* to have eczema but started using this particular soap and it was healed. Not just healed, but brought back the skin to its normal color and left every other bit super soft. He left the dinner party and came back with some African Black soap for us to use that same night.
I’m telling you now, after the first use, Josh saw an immediate difference. His skin calmed down, was no longer red, no longer itched, and after about 6 weeks of use- was completely healed. His skin color returned to normal! I was so shocked. Here’s a $10 cure for something that so many people deal with day in and out. Who’d have guessed?
My oldest daughter, La, came home telling us about a friend who had eczema so bad on her legs, she wouldn’t wear shorts or a skirt. She wore jeans year round! Can you imagine a teenager going through that? The next time we were in Whole Foods, we picked up an extra bottle and sent it to school with La. Reports back say that it did improve her skin condition, so here’s hoping that sweet girl will be in shorts this Spring!
The magic soap- you don’t have to get it at Whole Foods anymore. It’s more widely available. I’ve tried the bar soap and the liquid and honestly, we prefer the liquid. A little goes a LONG way! We’ve tried two brands and are equally happy with both. There is also a lotion you can buy and apply right out of the shower. It’s awesome too. The products contain raw shea butter and not a whole lot of chemicals that you can’t pronounce.
#1 favorite is the Nubian Heritage brand (you can find it on Amazon (HERE) . It lasts forever and lathers really well.
#2 favorite (if we forgot to order from Amazon and need it like NOW) from Target (find it HERE). This tends to go a little faster and doesn’t lather quite as well, but it does work!
What did not work for us: Alaffia brand. Josh felt his skin flaring back up after just a few days of using it. I believe there is a difference in the brands! but, you may have success with this one. If so, let me know!
If you know anyone who suffers from overly dry skin, suggest this to them. If you try it for yourself, let me know if it works for you!
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