Oily Scmoily

February 9, 2012

Cheap, Eco-Freaky, Journal

Several years ago I discovered the magical properties of lotion. Up until then, I’d just hop out of the shower, dry and dress and go about my day, leaving a trail of skin flakes that guided me home at the end of the day like a disgusting Hansel and Gretel story. (Too vivid? Sorry.) Then I tried lotion, and was amazed at how much less like lizard skin my skin appeared! Who’da thunk it?

Around that time I also cleaned my glasses, and looking in the mirror I could suddenly see that the skin around my eyes was turning into crepe paper! I cursed my newly-discovered wrinkles, and purchased a face lotion that promised to restore my crinkly skin to baby-smoothness. (I only used half-doses, though, because I didn’t want fat baby eyes.)

And then there were my elbows. The ones that had such dry, scaly, weird bumps that they made my dermatologist think I had scabies. (I didn’t, and he was an idiot. Those bumps come back every winter.) I showed them to my regular, non-idiot doctor and he prescribed a cream with steroids to calm my troubled elbows. There there, elbows.

And then….. I tried olive oil.

So many olives had to die to make my skin soft.  *sniff*

Yep, the stuff you cook with. I’ve been using it instead of all those lotions for about a month now and I am deeming this experiment a success. Straight out of the shower I pour a little in my hand and slather my legs and elbows, then pat my face with the residue left on my hands. While it hasn’t given me baby eyes – my face doesn’t feel wintery-dry-itchy, my legs aren’t shedding, and my elbows are completely non-scabby!

It soaks in rather quickly and since it’s not the extra-virgin kind, I don’t think I smell like salad dressing, but then again – my nose isn’t the best smeller. Even if I do, I think I’m sticking with it because this stuff is cheeeeeeeeap! Win!

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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11 Responses to “Oily Scmoily”

  1. Mary Ellen Said on:

    I wonder if the extra virgin stuff would restore my skin AND my innocence?


  2. Brad Said on:

    I wonder if other oils would be as successful. Shortening would be less of a spill risk.


  3. Lauren's dad Said on:

    You could scent it with a few drops of garlic juice. :>) Yeah, I know I’m bad!


  4. Peggy Said on:

    HAHA! I cracked up at your 1st paragraph! Laughing with you because I can so relate. From one flakey person to another, I’ve had a steroid cream this winter too for my dry skin.

    Olive Oil you say? I hate feeling oiling as much as feeling dry, but if you endorse it, I’ll try it.

    Hopefully I won’t go Slip Sliding Away (there now you can have a new song in your head)


  5. Peggy Said on:

    PS I didn’t know Paul Simon died.

    And did you watch 30 Rock last night Lauren. It was written just for yuo.


    • Peggy Said on:

      I meant just for you. (Yuo is Yoko Ono’s half sister)


    • Lauren Said on:

      I had a meeting last night so I haven’t watched my stories yet. I can’t wait.

      There is no way Paul Simon is dead! I would have sensed a disturbance in the force, wouldn’t I?


  6. Kristi Said on:

    I’ve heard that olive oil does wonders for your skin. I’m trying coconut oil right now, and it’s working. With the cold temps, it’s in a solid state. After a shower, I warm it in my hands, and I smell like I’ve come straight from the Hawaiian Islands. Ooh-la-la.


  7. Curt Said on:

    Sorry but right away I thought of this clip. Lauren, make sure you stay out of the sun and out of the kitchen when you are wearing that oil.



    • Lloyd Said on:

      I haven’t clicked on the link yet, but I’m pretty sure I know what it is, and that’s the first thought that occurred to me as well.


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