Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Protecting My Skin & Products!

I have posted many times my frustrations with irritated, dry, and chapped skin, which I think has been the result of the dry winter and numerous hours in the pool for swim team practice. My face had dry patches on it (the cheeks and forehead), I had pink quarter-sized dry patches on my upper arms, a dry patch on both eyelids, and my ears were pink, dry, and cracking (sometimes burning). I told my aunt, who's a nurse, about my issues and she thought it was a form of eczema. I don't think it's that bad.

I started doing some more preventative things and I think it's helping. For the most part, I am really focusing on moisturizing my skin.

Here's what I'm doing/using:


  • I am using Aveeno's Daily Moisturizer everyday! I use it every morning and sometimes before bed, if I remember.
  • Before I swim, I put Vaseline on my face and ears in hopes that it will protect my skin from the chlorine. I am in the pool for 2+ hours a week.



  • After I swim I use Neutrogena's Pink Grapefruit Body Wash. I love the smell of this refreshing bodywash and the little scrubbies in it make me feel like I am really getting rid of the chlorine and dead skin.

  • I also use Aquaphor on my upper arms, where the dry patches seem to show up the most (per the nurse's request). I don't do this every day, but make sure I do it on the days I swim.

  • For my face, I use Oil of Olay. Somedays, I will admit that I use Vaseline as a face moisturizer rather than my Oil of Olay. If anyone has any suggestions for a better face lotion, please share. My skin is usually normal or mixed oily/dry, and I am looking to try something different.




  • For my hair, I have been using Swimmers Action Shampoo and Conditioner. I absolutely love the way this product makes my hair feel after a long swim session. Absolutely wonderful!



On top of all of that, Joel sent my my Tri-Swim giveaway that I won. It included 4 - 2oz. bottles of shampoo, condition, body wash, and body lotion. Yesterday I was able to try it for the first time after my swim practice. What did I think?


I liked it! I have only used all four products once now, but so far I like it. They all smell good and don't have a heavy fragrance! I will continue to use them until they're gone and then I might just buy the lotion and body wash since I already have a great hair care product for swimming!




And......I got my new goggles this weekend and tested them out for the first time yesterday! I ended up ordering the Aqua Sphere Lady Kaiman goggles that soooo many of you had recommended. It took a few minutes to get them fit right, but after an hour in the pool with little to no readjusting, I was pleased! They fight just right, are easily adjustable, and don't really leave much for ring marks around my eyes. The nose piece isn't adjustable, but it was just the right size and a soft plastic. The bottom of the nose piece started to rub a little bit by the end of my swim, but I realized that all I had to do was adjust the bands in the back a bit. I love them so far! Thanks for the suggestions, y'all!
This skin stuff is just another sign that I am getting old. I mean, Vaseline? Really? If I start going to bed with curlers in my hair I'm in trouble!





What kind of products do you use to protect your skin?

27 comments:

J said...

Thats a lot of stuff! Don't worry about the vaseline stuff. We used to put it on our feet when I played college bball because it helps protect from blisters!

xm41907 said...

My wife has eczema and she loves Aveeno. Also you might want to look into tea tree oil, It's helped alot.

Lisa said...

My skin is really bad and I can't use any of the products you listed. The only thing I've found that works for me and doesn't cause further irritation (I'm allergic to EVERYTHING) is a brand called Vanicream. I use all there stuff (soap, lotion, sunscreen, etc) and even their sister brand Free&Clear (shampoo, conditioner).

I hope your skin never gets as bad as mine...

Tony said...

I just take a shower with body wash, no name brand, just whatever cvs has for cheap. That's pretty much it.

trifitmom said...

aquaphor is my go to, i rub on my feet everynight before going to bed.

i also use neutrogena sunscreen with helioplex every am....

Anne said...

I've used that Oil of Olay moisturizer for years and have the soft face to prove it. Fewer crow's feet than my friends, though I can't do anything about the deepening laugh lines that are gravity's handiwork. I too use Aquaphor on my dry patches. Love that stuff.

Thanks for sharing.

Beth said...

Aveeno is the best! I also like Aquaphor for almost everything (scrapes, burns, etc).

The coolest, best product I've used lately is Johnson & Johnson tough pads for scrapes. They rock!

Wes said...

LOL... I feel pretty fortunate that the chlorine doesn't affect me very much, but I think I'd like to try some of that stuff! It looks good...

Staci Dombroski said...

I love the Eucerin lotion!!! I just hate that it is soooo expensive.

kelsalynn said...

If you go to the neutrogena website, you can take a quiz and they will recommend their facial products to you. I use all neutrogena face stuff and I really like it. I use the "Visibly Even moisturizer with SPF30" but I have scars that I wanted to try and fade. I love it- it's light but totally works well!

kelsalynn said...

Here's the link to the evaluation for your skin type-

http://www.neutrogena.com/econsumer/ntg/evalViewUnAuth.myeval?segment=women&ccp=evalunauth-view#

onelittletrigirl said...

Any good pair of goggles takes adjustment- mine did too. I love em though!!!

I was thinking of you the other day when I got an email about another Masters class. $900 which breaks down to $22/week. I told you, you are getting your classes for a STEAL!!!

Marlene said...

Wow, you sure are taking good care of that skin and hair. Thanks for the recommendations. I loooove Aveeno products, and Vaseline is an old stand-by too!

MCM Mama said...

I use Philosophy and Origins products, which are stupid expensive, but I've got incredibly acne prone dry skin and these seem to keep my skin hydrated and protected from the sun without causing breakouts.

Jamoosh said...

I, unfortunately, do get exzema -except it's always in the darndest places...

Michelle said...

I'm a vasoline fan, too! I use it on my nostril openings for running during the winter and windy days b/c my nose runs alot. Lovely, I know!

I was using Juice Organics line for my face, but they no longer carry it here. I'm looking for something all natural to use as a replacement. But, right now, I'm using Aveeno Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30 b/c I don't wear make-up that often being home with BW. I use Kiss My Face shampoo and body soap which just smells heavenly!

Hope the Eucerin works for you!

Melissa said...

I use that same body wash. I love it. It smells so good and really helps with my "backne"

Jess said...

When I lived in MN, I would get the same kind of dry patches as you. Both Aquaphor and Aveeno are great products for it! Aveeno also has a specific line of lotions and skin care products for ezcema -- if you can't find them in the regular lotion asile, check the baby section, it's there.

Also, if patches get especially bad, use something with cortizone in it. A few days with regular application can go a long way.

Kelly said...

Wow, awesome post! I have the hardest time with my skin particularly when I am in the water a lot! I love aquaphor too I just have to remember to use it more often. Now I'm going to have some new products to try :) Glad these preventative measures are helping you.

Julie said...

This was a great post! It was great to see the products that you use as well as your readers:)

I use Lancome and ART Young Living skin care products for moisturizing my face.

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Have you tried the Cetaphil cream in the round tub? I use that and love it!

Badgergirl said...

Great list! I use the Oil of Olay moisturizer for my face and love it. And like you, in the winter I get the random dry spots on my arms (this winter it was right in the crook of my elbow) and I used the Aquaphor or Eucerin cream. Good stuff. Worked like a charm. And you can't go wrong with Vaseline. Glad to hear the goggles were a success!

Steel Springs said...

I don't have any good suggestions. I use the Oil of Olay face lotion, too. I like it for "normal dryness" days, but when my face gets really dry in the winter, it doesn't seem to be quite moisturizing enough.

Anonymous said...

That's quite the skin regimine you have going for yourself. But I totally get it - I wonder if its genetic (the crappy sking issue). I blame the pool. Anyway, I think you should ditch the Olay face moisture and switch to Aveeno Ultra Calming Daily Mositurizer. I heart it! I also hear the matching face wash -- Ultra Calming Moisturizing Cream Cleanser. I have seen a marked improvement in my skin.

Also - how much were the goggles. I struggle a lot with my new ones too. I think my face is too narrow. And I end up with really bad rings around my eyes.

Ok - have a good day! -SW

K.M. said...

Cetaphil...for everything...protection on the face before long rides, runs. Post-swim moisture on the face (and have to admit- sometimes the hair if I forgot hair product...works well before a blow dry). Legs post swim and shave. Buy it in the tub and scoop it out. (I like the Aveeno as well- that's my at home choice. Cetaphil is just the tagalong that rides in the gym bag).

Kristen said...

Sorry I am again so behind on your posts! I might get behind but I always catch up!

I will have to try that swim shampoo. The one I have stinks and even though I only use it after I swim I swear the smell sticks in my hair even after I was with regular shampoo.

I use aquaphor when I have really dry skin - I have so many sample bottles of it from different races.

Runner Leana said...

A little more pricey, but I really like Philosophy. I've been using their body wash for awhile and recently tried their Purity face wash and Hope in a Jar moisturizer. Very happy with those products!