Along with the sound of jingle bells and carol singers, is the sound of your dry legs scraping the inside of your pants. Luckily, there is an easy way to remedy that—oils!
Winter weather, artificial heat, and bathing strip your skin of its own natural oils which keep your largest organ supple and healthy. A lot of folks turn to lotions during this time of year, but I am here to make an argument for oils.
Lotions are generally made up of oils along with other ingredients to keep the oil from separating. Sometimes these are ingredients you would rather not put on your skin (remember, everything that goes on your skin goes in your body), and sometimes these are ingredients like alcohol that require you to use much more lotion than you would need if you just used oil.
With oils it’s clean and straight—no ingredients to read or decipher, no potential allergens (aside from the oil itself), and oils put YOU in control.
Oils may seem expensive, and they absolutely can be—however, you need very little and the price ranges from “This is so cheap I’m gonna bob for apples in it” to “I’m gonna put this in a dropper bottle and put it next to my saffron and diamonds.”
But it’s so slippery! Absolutely! It’s pure fat! If you are concerned with potentially dropping it, I would suggest keeping it in a plastic container, and one with an opening that isn’t a gaping hole. Or, you can also choose to use oils that are solid at room temperature.
I’m already so oily. I’m not going to add more oil to this equation. It may be just what Dr. Skin ordered. Our bodies often begin overproducing oil when they need it. If its thirst was quenched, it should slow down production. Many of you may have seen the benefits of using oil on your face - it’s the same concept. Once I started using oil to wash and moisturize my face, my acne reduced to a dull roar. Same with the rest of your body.
Ready to slip into the world of body oils? Here are a few hot tips:
•No matter what oil you choose, use a very small amount to start—we’re talking a drop or two. Rub that in, see how it feels.
•Oils also vary in their natural scent; however, most will be very light and will work well as a base with essential oils.
•Use oils on your body right after a shower or bath.
•Exfoliate—this is especially true if you are really dry and can’t get regular lotion to soak in. Help your skin remove dead cells. Below I have a recipe.
•To extend the life of your oils, store them in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator.
•Choosing just a straight oil is a great way to start—a lot of folks will choose jojoba, shea (which is solid at room temperature), or almond oil. Willy North has Inesscents bulk organic oils—which is a great way to try a little of some fun oils without committing to a large container.
•You can also find a recipe to combine ingredients to make your own bodycare products! Here are some ideas to get you started:
1 part oil—your choice. Single oil or combo.
2 parts sugar or brown sugar
Directions: Combine. Gently scrub. Feel free to add essential oils. Great way to exfoliate! I used this scrub weekly on my pregnant belly to help with itchy skin.
Easy Lavender Body Balm
From Aura Cacia
1/4 c. cocoa butter
3 Tbs. sweet almond skin care oil
50 drops lavender essential oil
1 tsp. vegetable glycerin
Directions: In a saucepan over low heat, melt cocoa butter. Remove from heat and stir in sweet almond oil, vegetable glycerin and lavender essential oil. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowlset in an ice water bath. Whip mixture as it sets up into a cream.
Remove cream from ice water bath and scoop into a jar or tin.
Lemon Hand Cream
From Aura Cacia
1 c. sweet almond skin care oil
1 tsp. lavender essential oil
1 tsp. lemon essential oil
3/4 oz. beeswax
1/4 tsp. sodium borate (Borax)
1 c. water
Directions: In a double boiler, combine beeswax and sweet almond oil. Heat just until melted.
Dissolve sodium borate (Borax) in water. Add water mixture to blender, turn on and stream in the wax and oil mixture. Continue blending until the cream begins to thicken and takes on a hazy appearance. Add essential oils and resume blending until cream is thick. Transfer to container. Store in refrigerator.