Have you heard of hard lotion yet? If not, listen up because this stuff is awesome!
If you or your child suffers from gluten intolerance or food allergies, then there is a good chance you are all too familiar with the many skin conditions that often accompany both food allergies and gluten intolerance: eczema (atopic dermatitis), psoriasis, dermatitis herpetiformis, and Xerosis (dry skin) just to name a few. Lucky me, I’ve suffered from all of those skin conditions over the course of my lifetime! If you’re interested in reading research on the association between gluten intolerance and various skin disorders, I shared several medical journal articles in this post.
My little guy, Luke, also suffered from a pretty bad case of eczema, before we found out he was gluten sensitive, casein intolerant and allergic to egg whites (breaks my heart to this day just looking at the following photograph – I really had no idea back then):
A good skin care regimen can go a long way in relieving the painful symptoms of various skin afflictions – but no skin cream will permanently fix the problem if a food allergy or intolerance is the underlying root cause of the problem. Dr. Vikki Petersen discusses the mechanism behind how gluten intolerance can affect our skin in the following video:
So what the heck is Hard Lotion you ask? Well, it’s a brilliant idea actually. MadeOn Hard Lotion was founded by Renee Harris after her own suffering from dry skin and her son’s seasonal eczema. Hard lotion is lotion that is solid at room temperature. It is designed to specifically protect hands and feet from cracked skin and extreme dry skin (for more delicate skin, try the Beesilk Jr). You can read more about Hard Lotion here.
What I like about the original Hard Lotion is that it only contains 3 ingredients: coconut oil, Shea butter and beeswax. The Au Chocolat Hard Lotion uses cocoa butter in place of the Shea butter for that warm cocoa scent. And it’s so easy to use – just like using a bar of soap!
I’ve been using hard lotion for the past few months (I wanted to give it a good test drive before endorsing it) and I’m happy to report that my skin is as smooth as a newborn baby’s bottom – especially in the areas that are notoriously dry and rough, like my elbows, knees and heels. I live at high altitude and in an extremely arid climate here in New Mexico, so dry skin is a constant battle. No matter how much water I drink, a quality emollient is still mandatory. I’m also either barefoot or in flip flops year round and my house is covered in ceramic tile (carpet is not a good idea when you have dogs and allergies), so my heels have a tendency to callous – that problem is gone now since I’ve been using the hard lotion (and socks to keep the lotion on)!
True Blogger Confession: I’m a Lip Balm Addict!
Yep, it’s true, I’m addicted to lip balm and have been since I was a kid – just ask my dad, it used to drive him nuts and he would hide my lip balm to try and “help” me overcome my addiction – only to give it back when he could no longer endure my withdrawal fits, LOL! My addiction is so bad in fact, that if I were stranded in a desert, I think I would give up water before I gave up my lip balm. No joke.
My addiction didn’t just pertain to any ol’ lip balm though, it was to one brand in particular: Carmex.
Now, the powers that be over at Carmex state that their product is not addictive (seriously, they’ve actually addressed this question, LOL!) and they also state that Carmex is gluten free. Nevertheless, I am seriously trying to cut back on my petroleum consumption these days – did you know that the average woman consumes approximately 6 POUNDS of lipstick in her lifetime? If that’s the case and seeing that I’m anything but average (I’ve never been accused of do anything “small”) I’ve probably consumed about 28 pounds of
petroleum lip balm thus far…ewww!
Anyhoo, I have tried many times over the years to make the switch to a petroleum-free lip balm, but none of the more natural lip balms I’ve tried have stood up to the thick filmy shield that Carmex provides. MadeOn’s Peppermint Lip Balm does not provide the same type of shellac that Carmex does, but I do think it holds up SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER than all the other natural products I’ve tried thus far – and it tastes really good too.
I do believe I’ve finally found the product that will cure me of my Carmex ways for good!
Only 4 ingredients: Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Essential Peppermint Oil.
MadeOn Diaper Rash Cream
3 Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Beeswax and Zinc Oxide
I REALLY wish the MadeOn Diaper Rash Cream had been around back when Luke was a baby and battling the most ferocious diaper rash on the planet – the type that left open, festering welts on his bottom and would bring my 6’2, 200 lb. iron-clad father to his knees. The same type that all his doctors told me was “normal” (after they handed me a prescription for yet another topical steroid cream) and told me I should just go ahead and potty train him…at 11 months old! (Are you kidding me?? Have you ever tried to potty train an 11 months old boy, Mister M.D.??? Yeah, that’s what I thought!). Luke’s rash was so painful for him that I even resorted to giving him tea baths twice a day in my kitchen sink to try and help alleviate the pain but nothing – and I do mean nothing, mainstream diaper rash ointments only made the pain worse - was available back then that could help ease his discomfort while I was desperately looking for the reason behind his toxic poo. (Note: it wasn’t until we eventually discovered and eliminated his food allergies, treated him for a hookworm infection AND put him on an anti-candida diet to treat his yeast overgrowth several years later that Luke was finally able to quit living in constant pain).
Would you like more opinions of MadeON Hard Lotion?
Check out the following reviews from a few of my fellow gluten free bloggers:
Would you like to try some Hard Lotion for yourself?
Well, here’s your chance (psst…these will make for GREAT stocking stuffers this holiday season!).
**This Giveaway is Now Closed**
To enter for a chance to win this giveaway,
Leave a comment telling me whether you’re are now (or ever have been) a Lip. Balm. Addict.
Bonus Entry Opportunities (strictly optional, but should you decide to do any of the following, be sure to leave a separate comment for each task you complete as this is how I keep track of entries).
- Follow MadeOn Hard Lotion on Facebook
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I will announce the 3 winners on Friday, December 9, 2011…good luck!
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