Homemade Lotion for Dry Skin

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Enjoying long walks on the beach, lazy days by the pool, or even a long weekend hitting the slopes can be a great way to pass the time, but it can really wreck your skin. You may slather on lotions containing chemical or synthetic ingredients only to discover that they leave you dissatisfied with the way your skin feels. Let’s take a look at how to create a clean, simple, dry skin lotion with ingredients you can find online or in grocery and natural food stores.

Choosing Ingredients

Cocoa butter is an old stand-by for many lotion makers. It has a creamy, moisturizing property that is great for skin and makes a wonderful base for a lotion. Another great base is shea butter, and for those of you with really dry skin, the relief shea butter provides cannot be beat. Try combining both cocoa and shea butters in your lotion for an extra moisturizing cream. Many different oils can be added to your lotion as well, such as almond oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, even olive and sesame oils. The bonus of olive and sesame oils is that they can both be easily purchased at your local grocery stores, and can also be used in the kitchen! A good ratio of butter to oil ingredients is one part cocoa butter to one part oil. You can use any combination of butters and oils.

Tools You'll Need

Construct a double boiler to melt your chosen ingredients: Use a medium-size bowl that can handle high temperatures and a cooking pot that is slightly larger than your bowl. Fill the pot with 2-3 inches of water. Add your ingredients to the bowl and slowly heat them over low heat. Low heat is the more gentle way to melt your ingredients to ensure proper fusion. (Remember, when heating ingredients, the best way is "slow and low.") Stir the ingredients with a spoon or other utensil, if necessary.

Fragrance Options

Once your lotion has melted, you can add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil such as lavender, peppermint or orange. This is entirely optional, however, as the lotion will have a nice smell even without added essential oils.

Containing the Final Product

Glass jars are good containers for holding your lotion because they can handle the heat of the warm lotion until it cools. Plus, it’s a great way to reuse an old jar. The lotion will keep well in most any type of container, however.

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