Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Dry skin woes

I've spent the better past of the past nine months in Ghana and my skin was never in a better condition. Here I am back in England and I have no idea what on earth has happened to my skin! I guess it really is true what they say about how hard the water is in London and its effect on the skin. My skin now dries out immediately as soon as I come out of the shower and I've noticed dry patches on my cheeks. I use a combination of Bio-oil (will do an extended post on this later) and an anti-inflammatory cream called "Surfaz" , which I discovered in Ghana, and it seems to be working so far.

I avoided Bio-oil on my face while I was in Ghana as I discovered that it was combining with the sun to make my skin even darker. Conversely, my skin looked great darker but I was too cheap to go out and buy a whole new foundation so I had to preserve the NW45 shade! Will keep you updated if my skin improves.

Now my body has also been suffering from the same dry skin syndrome since I came back a few weeks ago and I've been using raw shea butter to remedy the situation. However, my God do you know how annoying raw shea butter is to use?! It's very hard in its natural state and I resorted to filling the sink up with hot water, putting the shea butter in a plastic bowl  and immersing it to melt while I was in the shower. This way it would have softened by the time I was ready to moisturise my skin. But, after forgetting to do this once too many times, I scooped up a coconut and shea butter body butter on sale at Superdrug. It's two for four pounds at the moment and it smells absolutely gorgeous!

 It's nice on my skin and the coconut smell is not too overpowering but I still think I need more moisture so I'm going to melt some of my raw shea butter and mix it in with the body butter and this should hopefully solve my problem. I will let you know how my amateur mixology goes. Is anybody else having a dry skin moment and how are you combating this? I'm definitely open to new ideas.

Love, life and moisture

 Domzy x


  1. Surfaz is the best! Do you know where I can purchase it in London? I had a little bit my cousin passed on to me, which really helped to fade the black patches on my knees, but I have run out.
    It really is your one stop shop for all problems skin related.

    Maybe you should try investing in a water filter, which will take out all the hardness in the water. It may help your skin but I'm not sure.

  2. Aww my first comment. I originally started using Surfaz for a heat rash on my neck that I got while I was in Ghana and my cousin recommended using it on my face. I haven't looked back since. I hope it remains good for my skin in the long-term.

    A water filter may be worth a thought but it all seems a little long! Ugh the "benefits" of living in England....

  3. I remember when I came back form not even needing to cream in Martinique to England where I couldn't even bend over cos my skin was so tight and dry lol! and I'm an eczema girl so any gentle remedies would be of maximum help

  4. I use Surfaz too because of dry and slightly cracked skin on my hand but I also feel it doesn't moisture enough, how did you get on with the Body Shop cream? Or have you found a better alternative? Lemme know! :) x


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