Winter used to be really tough on my skin.
My hands would dry out. To the point they would chafe, crack and bleed.
Nothing helped the skin on my face. No amount of moisturizer would touch the dry itchy patches that developed along the sides of my mouth.
This went on for years.
I got used to it, assuming it was normal.
But it wasn’t. This was something I discovered by accident. After I upgraded my lifestyle.
First, I ditched my junk food diet and started eating real food.
Then I started using plant-based cosmetics. My toxic “beauty” products went right in the trash.
A wonderful thing started happened. The skin on my face cleared up. The itchy dry patches disappeared.
The skin on my hands stopped cracking and bleeding. Because I use plant-based dish soap to rinse my dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.
Now my hands dry out only a little in the cold weather. This is easily solved with natural moisturizers. Made from plants.
Easy Cream Recipe for Dry Itchy Skin
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You can buy all natural plant-based moisturizers. They work really well. But you can usually expect to pay a lot more than you would for a chemical concoction.
Or you can make your own dry skin cream.
It’s really easy. You only need two ingredients. Plus essential oils, if you choose to use them.
This winter my husband complained of dry itchy skin. So I made him a batch of dry skin cream, made with coconut oil and shea butter.
He started using it and the itching went away. (However, he often doesn’t like to admit that natural remedies work. He’s willing to admit the itching is gone.)
Anyway, the recipe below results in a luxurious all natural non toxic cream. You can use it on your face, your hands and the rest of your body.
For best results I recommend switching to a non-toxic plant based soap that or body wash that doesn’t contain sulfates. Used as a lathering agent, sodium lauryl sulfate, in particular, is a harsh chemical.
This recipe would also work as a summer cream if your skin tends to dry out after swimming in a chlorine pool.
DIY for Dry Skin On Face
I’ve done other posts on DIY face and skin cream. Apparently a lot of people are looking for this type of information, because these posts draw a lot of visitors.
Here’s an earlier post I did on how to make your own lavender sleep cream using a similar recipe.
1/2 cup of organic shea butter (Here’s where to find it)
1 cup of organic coconut oil (Here’s where to find it)
6 drops of essential oils of your choice.
Some essential oils are considered really good for your skin. These include:
Frankincense essential oil (Here’s where to find it)
Lavender essential oil (Here’s where to find it)
Chamomile essential oil (Here’s where to find it)
Palmarosa essential oil (Here’s where to find it)
Homemade Lavender Sleep Cream Recipe
Melt the shea butter and coconut oil on your stove top. Under low heat, using a heavy sauce pan. Watch closely. Remove mixture from heat as soon as it turns to liquid.
Set aside. Cool for 15 minutes. Then put the mixture into the freezer for exactly 10 minutes. (Don’t let it stay longer.) When you remove it the edges will be firm.
Put the mixture in a large glass bowl. Whip it with an electric mixer for 10 to 11 minutes. Medium is the setting I use. Add the essential oils of your choice just before you finish whipping. Make sure essential oils are fully mixed.
You will end up with a creamy body butter. Store it in a clean glass jar, away from light and heat.
During warm weather you may have to refrigerate the cream, as coconut oil becomes solid when the temperature rises above 76 degrees F.
This cream should last about six months under normal conditions.
These statements have not been approved by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Pregnant and nursing women should not use essential oils unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional.