Just saw this great post by Mommypotamus for a hydrating skin repair serum, using only rosehip seed oil and an additional essential oil. I didn’t know it but rosehip seed oil apparently “promotes collagen production, hydrates and plumps skin, helps to even skin tone and fade brown spots, supports scar healing (including stretch marks), and soothes eczema and psoriasis”. Since I’m currently dealing with what I believe is “hard water dermatitis” and suffering from severe excema on my hands, I am all for anything that might promote my skin returning to normal! I’m going to give this a try! (and the water softener for our very hard well water has been ordered!). Check out her recipe here.
A while ago I got into making lotion at home. I was actually getting tired of buying lotion and paying for “good” stuff for our family of 6. I also was starting to think about how what we breathe, eat, as well as rub on us and into us can affect our health. Something I read said that we really shouldn’t rub into our skin anything that we couldn’t (or shouldn’t!) eat. A look at the ingredient list of most lotions and you can see there is typically a lot of stuff in there that I probably don’t want rubbed into me, and a lot of things I can’t even pronounce! So I started using olive oil on my skin. It’s hard to use runny stuff on kids, so I started using coconut oil.
We use very good quality coconut oil for cooking (I get mine here from Tropical Traditions), but for lotions I just buy what is on sale at the grocery store, or what they carry at a Wal-Mart. I scoop it out, put it in a mixing bowl, pour a bit of olive oil in and add several drops of whatever essential oil I’m in the mood for, and blend it up with my electric mixer. It whips up nicely and then I scoop that out and put it into little pint jars, or recycled plastic containers (for the kids bathroom). Easy peasy!