I made my own body moisturiser and it was super easy.
I love to be moisturised, but I have to admit that moisturising my entire body is something that I generally skip. Simply because I get lazy about applying the moisturiser or oil, and then lazy about letting it sink into the skin before getting clothed again. I’m much more of a ‘pour coconut oil into the bath and lay there’ kind of person, but even then I have to scrub the tub to remove all left over oil residue.
However, recently about a week into being coconut oil-less I realised I couldn’t live like this any longer. I couldn’t live with my inability to care for my precious outer layer. The layer that protects me from the environment and bacteria, that repels water, that stabilises my temperature, and that holds my entire being as a human together. It stops my organs from falling out and protects my nerve cells and how do I repay it? With sad sad layers of crust A.K.A. dead skin cells. And yes, I do get dry skin even during the Summer months.
I took to trusty YouTube on this one and discovered a simple 2 step recipe that can be altered and made fancy, but like I said I’m kind of a tiny bit lazy. Just a tiny bit. I found the recipe on Madeleine Olivia’s (click here) YouTube channel so I won’t even try to take credit for it. I’m sharing it on here because I think it’s a great all natural and extremely affordable body crust saving solution for everyone. Try it. Go on.
What you will need
- An empty jar – I rinsed out an old coconut oil jar. Well, it wasn’t really that old; only one week empty.
- Blender to blend – I used a smoothie machine and it worked fine.
- Shea Butter
- Oil of choice – I chose Coconut Oil but other options include Jojoba, Sweet Almond, Avocado; anything that works for your skin.
Additional Ingredients that I didn’t use this time:
- Cocoa Butter
- Vitamin E Oil
- Essential Oils
This recipe is so simple and easy because I made my moisturiser by only using two ingredients: Coconut Oil and Shea Butter. Note: this recipe will likely fill a 500ml jar so half recipe if your jar is smaller.
- First, I measured out 1 cup of coconut oil by scooping it into a glass cup. I didn’t fill it completely to the top but I ensured I had equal parts with the 2 ingredients.
- I then did the same thing with the Shea Butter. I measured out a cup full in a glass cup. For reference, see the image below.
- If you’re adding any additional ingredients, measure those out now too. For cocoa butter use 1/3 of a cup to 1/2 a cup depending on preference. For Vitamin E oil use a table spoon and for essential oils add 5 – 15 drops depending on your scent preference.
- The next step is to simple add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Finally, transfer the mixture from blender into your clean and empty jar and hey presto: natural homemade moisturiser.
- Fatty acids and natural vitamins make it extremely nourishing and moisturising on the skin.
- Shea Butter contains oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids which protect and nourish the skin.
- Can help with pregnancy stretch marks or stretch marks in general.
- Can improve skin elasticity.
- The saturated fat content of coconut oil helps retain the moisture content of the skin.
- Has antimicrobial properties due to fatty acids: Capric, Caprylic and Lauric acid.
- Vitamin E content helps prevent the skin from cracking and is also anti-aging.
- When organic, cold pressed and unrefined coconut oil retains its benefits from the fatty acids and doesn’t contain chemicals that can cause skin irritations.
- Coconut oil is also nourishing on the skin.
Further information by Active Skin listed here.
How & Why I use it
I apply this moisturiser like I would any other moisturising product. I like to rub it all over my skin when I’ve come out of the bath or shower and feel super clean and fresh. It’s also great to apply after shaving when the legs feel extra tight and dry. It can be applied to damp or dry skin and some say damp skin helps the moisture from the product to soak into the skin. The product can also be applied in shower as the oil will cling to the skin and won’t wash off. Alternatively, it was be put into the bath as it melts into the water and clings to the skin.
I generally just use this on my body, hands and feet and not so much on the face. This is simply because coconut oil can clog my pores if I use it on my face regularly, and this is quite common due to the molecular structure of the product.
I also like to use this after I exfoliate because then my skin feels even softer the next day. I find that moisturising regularly really helps my skin in all weathers and exfoliating before moisturising helps my leg hair to grow evenly and I don’t get as many in growing hairs.
I personally find this is a great all natural moisturiser and next time I make it I will definitely be adding Cocoa butter and experimenting with additional ingredients. I find this is a much more affordable way of buying body products as some natural moisturisers can be expensive. Unfortunately the cheaper store bought moisturisers are filled with toxic ingredients that we shouldn’t be absorbing.
Have you tried making your own moisturiser?
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