Saturday, January 26, 2013

Homemade relief for sensitive skin.


I have super sensitive skin.  The kind that breaks out in pimples and hives with dry spots all at the same time. About two years ago, I was getting these crazy itchy red, scaly looking patches on my legs and belly.  I went to a dermatologist who diagnosed it as Psoriasis and gave me some heavy duty steroid cream with strict instructions to use it twice a day for two weeks, then two weeks off.  If you continued to use it, it ate your skin off or something.  The cream did help with the itching, but the marks weren't going away, so what was the point of continuing to use something so... whatever that is!!

So then he had me try a Vitamin D cream and said "psoriasis patients are the one group of people you will hear a dermatologist say should get more sun, so to get outside for 20 minutes every day with no sunscreen on the affected areas."

Again, it didn't work, and sitting outside with thighs and belly exposed for 20 minutes a day just didn't always fit in with my day job, so I started some research. I have several friends in the holistic care field, so with their suggestions, I started using coconut oil exclusively as a moisturizer.  And guess what?  The itchy, scaly, ugly red patches were GONE in just three days.  The minute I used it, the itching stopped, and three days later - completely gone. I was SOLD!  Not to mention the frizz tamer it also becomes for my super curly hair in the summer.  I use it for absolutely everything now, and so far, I haven't found anything it doesn't help.


However, I simply can't just use coconut oil straight out of the jar.  I have to mix it up with some Vitamin E and pour it into pretty little jars for my bathroom counter!

Before I start, I always leave the jar sitting by our wood stove for a few hours to get it all melted.  I know the Pinterest and Blog world are full of recipes and ways to mix this up, but you really don't need anything more than coconut oil and a mixer if you want to fluff it up.  That's it. I've found that mixing it does make it just about double it's volume, so you get more bang for the buck.

The coconut oil can seem to be a bit on the pricey side - you want to be sure to get organic extra virgin coconut oil.  I think this jar was something like $12.  But, when you really break it down, for as long as it lasts, it's cheaper than chemical and fragrance filled commercial moisturizers, and coconut oil has a wealth of benefits.  Check 80 of them out here at HealthImpactNews.com.

So, if you'd like to try this, you'll need a mixer, some coconut oil, and some Vitamin E.  I like to use the big, bad ass Kitchen Aid so that I can just let it do it's thing for 10 minutes or so without having to actually do anything myself.  I do have a friend who adds some tea tree oil to hers (been hooked since I sent her a sample of the first batch), but again, I'm Mrs. Sensitivity over here, so I skip it.

I make this is small batches, so I add about a cup of the melted coconut oil and a "squeeze" of the vitamin E oil. (Drives my husband crazy that I don't measure anything, even when I cook.)  I'd say that the squeeze probably equals about 2 teaspoons.

I lower the mixer, set the speed on a medium level to help keep it from splashing everywhere and just let it go, again, for about 10 minutes.  Once it's done, I pour it into my pretty little jelly jars and I'm set!  I love the size of these jelly jars - perfect for not making a mess when I'm dipping in and they hold enough to last about a month each. 

That's it!  As soon as it starts to cool off, it starts to turn semi-solid and white again. (I believe I read that the melting point is about 75 degrees.)  I've found the longer I let it mix, the more air gets in and the more like a real body butter it becomes.  It stores on the bathroom counter just fine and I keep my backup jars in the linen closet. The only bad thing with using the glass jars is it makes it interesting to travel, but I usually just whip some up and put it in Gladware containers when we go anywhere.


If you have any skin issues or just want to try something natural, I highly suggest coconut oil!  I hope you have the same outstanding results I've had!

4 comments:

  1. Can't thank you enough for my first jar! I use it from head to toe every day and refill it about every two weeks. Coconut oil is amazing and so good for you, and your pets too. Winston gets a tbs on his breakfast each morning.

    Our Kroger carries the Spectrum organic brand for $6-7 a jar and I just use an old coffee grinder to whip up a single batch... about 3 heaping tbs & 5-6 drops of tea tree oil... my skin loves the healing properties of the tea tree. Just don't add honey. Tried that once and it made it too sticky.

    Have I mentioned that I love that you're writing and sharing?! Good stuff!

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    1. Glad you love it! Just wait till I get some of my lotion bars shipped to you - heavenly!

      The coconut oil price - I do buy the biggest jar they have, and I've found this brand to take to the whipping process the best so far!

      Thanks for the kudos! I just need lots of readers :) Share with anyone you think might like it!!

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  2. Love this recipe! We still have a bunch left from Christmas, thank goodness. I used it as lip moisturizer the other night when I was too lazy to go downstairs for Burt's Bees. Amazing! It was light, refreshing, and just the perfect amount of coconut flavor!

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    1. Glad you're liking it too, Amanda! I haven't used commercial lotion for over a year - or lip balm. Love this stuff! And I love that you don't smell like a coconut once it soaks in :)

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