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All Hail Curel

By Amalah

This is an emergency! I swear!

I am having some serious issues with a little problem I like to call SWDS (Severe Winter Dry Skin). It has gotten to the point that I have tons of cracks and very scary looking dry patches all over my hands.
I work in a health services related field, and so I am constantly washing washing washing my hands. I am also quite the little germaphobe, which doesn’t really help my seemingly lost cause since that means I wash my hands 50 gazillion more times when I get home from work. I don’t always have time to moisturize right after washing my hands, but I usually try to get some lotion on them whenver I can.

I am at a loss. I have tried many lotions…and have many 3/4 full bottles of lotion sitting around just mocking me.

I am looking for a good quality (and preferrably fragrance free) lotion or some sort of treatment that you could possibly think of to combat the harsh antibacterial soaps I am required to use at work, and also the incredibly crappy weather that Minnesota dishes out this time of year. HOLY RUN ON BATMAN!
Anyhow, since I know for a FACT that you are the goddess of all that is beauty supplies I guess I was just hoping that you could help my poor little dry self.

-Freezedried in MN

I know, I know. I kind of addressed this topic already, but now that we’re in the thick of January and (at least around here) it’s actually SNOWING and stuff instead of being 70 degrees, I think it bears repeating.


Plus, this time I have testimonials! Look!

curel.jpg“The Curel lotion is the best. I have infuriatingly dry skin and the Curel is the answer. Thanks Again — Melissa”

“Thank you thank you thank you thank you. I love Curel! I have always had dry, flaky, yucky skin. I would have never tried Curel, but when I saw it on the Smackdown, I thought, what’s the worst that can happen…I waste $7 on top of the $100+ I’ve spent on other lotions that haven’t worked. And then I found it for $4.50 at Target. Thanks! (I’ve used it on my son, too, and he says thank you.) — Lisa”
“I just wanted to say thank you for cluing us in to Curel as a cure for eczema! Our son has suffered from horrible eczema since he was only a few months old-itchy, blistering eczema. We used to have to touch up pictures of his face online because it was so bad. We tried every ointment, cream, lotion, oil, prescription hydro cortisone, anything that people and Dr.s recommended. He itched his way through 3 years! But the Curel has kept the nasty stuff at bay so far even in the dryness of Santa Fe, NM when we visited my parents for Christmas. The Curel folks are really missing the boat by not marketing constantly to moms and pediatricians, this stuff is a miracle! Honestly, I can’t thank you enough! — April”

“Amy, Thanks so much for answering my question about perfume and recruiting two others to help, too! You all gave me great ideas and in fact, I bought some Amazing Grace and put it with my Curel in the blue bottle (also thanks to you!) and it didn’t bother me at all! Awesome! Jae”

Our entire household has switched to Curel this winter, and using it just once a day (after my shower) has kept the winter flakiness at bay. I’m not ripping stockings with the sheer force of my snaggy, crappy skin. Jason isn’t itching like crazy. And Noah’s eczema has reared its ugly head exactly once, and that was my fault because I got selfish and tried to make him smell like flowers.

I have no idea why Curel works so much better than the average drugstore or specialty lotion. But it does, and since (as April pointed out) the Curel folks aren’t marketing the stuff to the skies like they really should, I’m going to do it for them.

About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch


Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

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Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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