For a couple of years now, I've had horribly sensitive skin and I'm not quite sure why things changed so drastically. My mother tells me it happens as you age (thanks, Mom!) but its onset also coincides with an allergic reaction to a spider bite. Either way, it seems lately that every little thing either makes my skin red and itchy or dry and itchy. Clothing feels like it's made out of steel wool, lotions give me hives, soap leaves my hands raw, and I have scratched hard enough to leave bruises without realizing it. And on top of all that, Ohio winters! Dry heat, icy winds...a tender hide can really make a person miserable.
So in an effort to remain itch-free, almost every product I use is something-free: fragrance-free, preservative-free, SLS-free...and, oh, whatever they put in practically every single soap nowadays to make it "antibacterial"? That stuff is the absolute worst. Might as well just rub myself with nettles. Anyway, I've whittled down my beauty products. I use sensitive skin baby wash, a shampoo and conditioner from Trader Joe's (which is, according to the ingredient list, is an exact duplicate of a much more expensive brand), Dove sensitive skin deodorant (do you know how hard it is to find unscented deodorant?), and...olive oil.
Yep, I found a terrific, all-natural, moisturizing lotion in the grocery store, right next to the Crisco. A little bit of light olive oil rubbed in after I get out of the shower and I've got a perfect buffer between me and a very prickly world.