Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Crocodile Hunt

The craziness of the weather has wreaked some serious havoc on my skin.

We've jumped from freezing snow to warm, sunny skies, all in a 24-hour period. It is just more than my pores know what to do with. Being a native Texan, you'd think that 30 years of unexpected temperatures would have been enough time for them to learn how to adapt.

Clearly, I am dealing with some high maintenance skin cells.

The results of such "it is winter-oh wait, summer-ugh, I mean winter" madness is the scaly little crocodile that lives on my heels and his flaky alligator cousin who is setting up camp alongside the edges of my nose.

Or at least they WERE before I discovered a way to exterminate exfoliate them. I have two words for you, Mr. Reptile:

Eviction Notice. (otherwise spelled P-R-I-M-R-O-S-E O-I-L)

Now, I've tried every kind of lotion and cream under the sun, but these tiny caplets, that look very similar to vitamin E, are what actually took care of business. They are easily located at health food stores and even found in many drugstores, often referred to as EPO (Evening Primrose Oil).

It is effective immediately and application time was less than it took me to locate a pair of scissors. Snipping the capsule open and then smoothing the oil over the afflicted area cost less than 2.5 seconds out of my day.

Now, that's my kind of pedicure.

And as tempted as I am to show you before and after pictures, utilizing the power of the zoom feature on my camera, I just care about y'all way too much to put you through that. So, you will just have to take my word for it. It works, folks.

(And as a side note, Evening Primrose Oil has even been known to aid in bringing a stubborn baby out of a "my due date has come and gone and I'm STILL pregnant" body. There are also other additional usages when taken orally, including but not limited to, easing PMS and aiding with eczema)

I hope I don't see you later alligator, or after while crocodile. But if I happen to meet up with pesky flakes in the future, I'm armed with more EPO caplets and I'm not afraid to use them.

*For more WFMW Tips, check out Rocks in My Dryer.


Anonymous said...

My scaly, peeling crocodile heels thank you!

~Mary~ 4boys4me said...

I want to try this but I'm afraid it'll leave me slimy. Guess I'll have to experiment on a stay-home-in-case-you-get-slimy day.

Brittani's Holding Little Hands said...

Not to worry. The sliminess is very minimal. Nothing a little powder can't cover up. Go for it, girl!

Ingram Gang said...

Sweet! Good to know :)
Wish I could see you and your glowing skin in person. I really miss being around you!

The (Almost) Amazing Mammarino said...

Thanks! I'll have to try this! All of my kiddos have dry skin in wintertime.

Amy said...

Interesting. I'd only ever heard of the labor-encouraging properties of EPO. I may have to check it out for my poor over sudsed hands.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the great tip. That's really good to know.

Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

That's really great to know. Thanks.

I'm introducing my new dessert blog. I hope you'll come by.

fullheartandhands mama said...

Oh, if you saw my heels you'd know how much I needed this tip. Though, I've found the Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Creme works beautifully as well.

Does this stuff hold up to wearing sandals and flip flops everyday? Summer is when my feet are at the worst and that isn't good, because that is when they actually see daylight. Scary.

Jennifer said...

Great tip!! I love learning something new!! I'll have to go try this now:)

Sonshine said...

Thanks for the tip! I just might have to give this a go for my dry skin.

Amy said...

Thanks for the tip! I have horribly dry skin that cracks and bleeds and I think I've tried nearly every product out there. I'll have to try this!

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