Turns out organic lotions are cheaper than regular lotions, if you make them yourself.
Ever since I can remember I’ve been using lotion and cream every day. As a child I learned from my grandma that - unless I wanted my skin to be dry and get wrinkly - I had to slather lotion all over my body every-single-day after taking a bath. My skin got so used to having the lotion that it would literally hurt if I didn’t use it. I remember watching grandma spend a long time washing her face every night, she had a whole routine that would always end with Ponds. I don't know why Ponds was so popular in Colombia but when I was growing up I I loved that cream and the way it smelled. To this day grandma is still using Ponds daily - old habits die hard...
One of the biggest lessons I learned while I was studying health coaching is that our skin is the largest organ we have, anything that we’re putting into our skin is being absorbed right into our bloodstream. In fact, there are studies that confirm that we absorb 60% or more of the topical products with which our skin comes into contact - 60%?! - that's a lot if you're like me and have been using lotion and beauty products every day for the past 30+ years. I started looking at all the nasty ingredients, chemicals and unpronounceable things my regular lotion had. Have you heard the saying 'if you can't eat it, don't put on your skin?' Well I was pretty sure I didn't want to eat any of them. Long story short I decided to start making my own, turns out it is super easy and ends up being a whole lot cheaper than buying organic chemical-free lotion from the health store.
Before I get to the recipe, I'll give you some tips to keep your skin glowing and hydrated without having to be lotion obsessed like I used to be:
- Drink more water - If your skin is dry you need water more than you need lotion. I know, sounds obvious, but most people don't drink enough water. We should all be drinking lots of water every day. How much? it depends but probably more than what you're drinking. A good way to know if you're drinking enough water is to look at the color of your pee.
- Eat leafy greens and vegetables - Yes, this is the answer for many of our problems but it is true. Your skin will glow if you eat more veggies and introduce green juices and smoothies into your diet.
- Use a humidifier in the winter - It will make you sleep better and feel less itchy.
- Use oil instead of lotion - For a while I ditched the lotion and started using coconut/almond oil after the shower. It works great and makes your skin feel smooth and pretty.
Want more tips? Send me a note and I'll give you some more.
Now, back to the lotion talk - here's a quick recipe that only has a handful of easy to find ingredients:
5 oz Distilled Water
4 oz Rose Water
4 oz Almond Oil
3 oz Coconut Oil
2 oz Olive Oil
1 oz Beeswax
1. In a 16 oz heat-proof container, combine 6 oz of the liquid oil (Almond & Oil) with 4 oz of the solid oil (Coconut & Beeswax).
2. Put the container in a pot partially filled with water (double boiler) and place it over medium heat until the solid oil melts and dissolves into a uniform liquid. When ready, let the mixture cool to room temperature.
3. Pour 9 oz of the water (Distilled & Rose) into a glass container and heat to body temperature.
4. Pour the water into a blender, process at high speed and slowly start pouring the oil mixture. Continue to process until the water and oil are blended together into a creamy liquid. In a Vitamix it usually takes about 5 minutes, in a regular blender it can take up to 20 minutes.
Tip: When its ready you'll hear a noise and will be able to tell that the texture of the mixture has changed.
5. At this point you can get creative and add any essential oils that you like if you want it to smell good - I usually use lavender oil. You can also add natural preservatives like vitamin E, vitamin C or grapefruit seed extract which will make the cream last longer.
6. I then scoop the cream into a big container or many little ones if I am making gifts. Then you can have fun making labels and packaging as you like.